Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy - until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.
Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape - a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.
On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy - if he can prove himself truly worthy.
As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure... especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival.
Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph - and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.
©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio
Path of Destruction was a fascinating listen. I had read it once, a looooong time ago, but a lot of the details had slipped from my mind. Now it's more firmly entrenched. [grin]
"Path of Destruction" is one of a fairly few unique style of Star Wars novels. Like the more recently acclaimed "Darth Plagueis", this story is set almost exclusively within the realm of the Sith, and you really get a look at things from their perspective. From their view, it seems they're not evil at all (although I would classify Darth Scabrous of "Red Harvest" that way. Yuck! Don't waste your money on Red Harvest!). Instead, they are portrayed simply as a different order of Force users with a philosophy contrary to that of the Jedi, which is, I think, one of the things that made Plagueis such a hit.
And yet this books is not set within the familiar and comforting time period of the movies, or shortly before or after. It is 1,000 years before the events of "The Phantom Menace", and starts off even earlier, portraying Darth Bane's early life as an abused son of a drunken miner on the miserable world of Apatros, when his name was Dessel. It's fascinating to get a look at a character who is so far removed from the Star Wars movies, and yet so crucial in setting it up.
It's been a long time since I'd heard anything new from Jonathan Davis, what with Marc Thompson apparently having taken over the bulk of the newer novels. I was glad to see his return to the Star Wars Expanded Universe here!
His creepy soft voice for Bane was brilliant, but it was very similar to Sith Lord Khan (I don't know why, but I kept picturing either Ricardo Montalban or Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Lord Khan, lol). It's fortunate that the two of them didn't have much contact in the story, or it might have gotten very confusing.
Aside from that, his narration was sharply delivered, often in a voice like that of the character so you really know from whose perspective the story is being told. Jonathan is one of my two favorite readers for the Star Wars novels.
A New Hope . . . For the Sith!
Having recently also heard the Old Republic novel "Revan", I was saddened to see how the Star Wars universe largely remembers him only as a Sith Lord. This was portrayed by Bane's studies into Revan's antics while he was bad, and then later on by Bane finding a holocron left by Revan, made before his redemption by the Jedi.
On a personal note, I've become sympathetic to Revan and the raw deal he got, and seeing the good that he did, and ultimately ended up sacrificing his life for, ending up all but forgotten is rather depressing. It brings to mind all that Anakin Skywalker did during the first two prequels, and the Clone Wars, and yet the galaxy will always remember him as Darth Vader. It just sucks that Revan and Anakin got such raw deals.
Tell us about yourself!
Bane is pure evil, in this audiobook you can understand the true meaning of the dark side.Awesome narration of J.Davis.You must buy it....
When he found the holocube of RAVEN you understand the RULE of the DARK SIDE
Path of Destruction ranks in my top 3 of Star Wars books I've listened to so far. The perspective it gives on the often barely touched on Dark side really makes you understand the Force in it's entirety.
Bane was by far my favorite character. Seeing a character progress from a lowly, insignificant miner to a Lord of the Sith really helped you feel the struggles and tribulations someone pursuing training in the Force must endure.
Mr. Davis did a fantastic job with the transitions of characters and the emotion he put into the reading made me feel like I was there in the situation.
Without a doubt. I found myself going out to the car on my lunch break and listening to it, and not wanting to stop to go back into work.
A great origin story of Darth Bane, a fascinating character. The story really moves at lightning pace.
Bane is an obvious choice, but the cast of supporting characters is excellent, with Githany being a standout.
I was a bit skeptical getting my first audio book not narrated by the outstanding Marc Thompson. Davis was terrific however putting his own stamp on the characters. Davis seems to be a tad darker in tone, but that makes sense given the dark subject matter. His narration and the production quality are terrific. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to purchase a narration from Davis nor Thompson.
Nah, though when pulling into work when listening to this during my commute, I wasn't to happy to stop the story many times.
Highly recommended, and can't wait to move on to the next in the series.
I never realized how much fun being evil could be until I read this book via paperback and then I've listened to it several times and finally bought all 3 parts in hardcover. The author is very easy to read and great at the action. I liked all 3 parts but the first book will always be one of my favorite books and a classic in the making. The audio version includes sound effects which kind of threw me at first but it wasn't long before I started looking forward to them with each book. Great narration.
It's hard to come up with a criticism but the only thing I've ever balked at was how the last two parts seemed kind of rushed towards the ends of the books but if he ever came up with a part 4 I'd buy it without hesitation. So if you like Star Wars and action-oriented writing then you can't miss with this book.
Darkside, Adventure, Prequel
Jonathan Davis delivers another great performance, definitely pick this one up if you are a Star Wars fan and want some Sith back story.
Honestly near the top, i still rank the Thrawn series above this but its like saying Godfather 2 is not as good as the first. I got this book on a random hunch and very glad i stumbled upon my first and definetly not last star wars book.
The climax at the academy, wish i could say more but listen for yourself
Bane for sure
No just kept me on the edge of my mental seat.
Jonathan Davis' performance is excellent. The voices he chose and the way he delivered the lines really make the experience all the more enjoyable. The story is excellent as are the sound fx. Its nice to see things from a predominantly Sith point of view.
This is probably my favourite series in the Star Wars extended universe so far. I have enjoyed every one I have listened to but this one really stands out. The performance is great as is the story.
Path of Destruction is very good book. Karpyshyn introducing us to a sith lord as strong as vader but also one with a story as interesting as the original trilogy. This book is dark and menacing without the happy side of the stories may other starwars novels try to convey.
Fantasy Novels 4 Life
You have to get it!
Darth Bame Begins!
Yes! He does well. It funny how he makes Darth Bane kind of sound like Bane from Batman!
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