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
I was first introduced to audiobooks during a summer when I decided to drive a truck in order to pay for college. Listening to books all day, every day was the only thing that made that job bearable.
Definitely. In fact, I've already "read" it twice. I got the print edition when it was first released in paperback and absolutely loved it. But after hearing Jonathan Davis read it, I would never go back to print. He brought this story to a whole new level.
Bane. This is his story, and for good reason. He's not a good guy, but you can't help but cheer for him anyway.
Yes. I just finished listening to Snow Crash and Jonathan is way better in this one. His voices are far more varied and they suit each character perfectly.
Path of Destruction is the best of the Darth Bane trilogy and one of the best Star Wars books available. I can easily recommend this to any Star Wars fan, but also to anyone who would enjoy a story about a villain unleashed. The pacing is great, the story is solid, and the characters cannot be beat. This book is well worth a listen.
Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.
I really enjoyed "Path of Destruction". I found the story to be compelling and extremely satisfying. The narration and overall production (sounds, music, and voice acting) was exceptional. The characters were captivating and the stories being told from the position of the Sith and the Jedi were expertly done.
Do I have any complaints? I am not sure that I really have any. For me, this book was precisely what I look for when I listen to or read a book... a fun and interesting escape from reality. I thought the book was narrated to near perfection, it was well written, had great action, excellent dialog, and provided amazing production value through and through.
I know this is completely nerdy of me to say, but I absolutely loved this book!
It was my first Star Wars book. It came highly recommended and I can now see why. The story line was believable and you really get to know and understand the characters. There was always enough action and twists to keep the story engaging, but not too many to detract from the actual story line.
On top of that, the performance was extraordinary! There was music and sound effects that, admittedly, made me giggle at first, but then really added something special to the story. They picked a great person to read the story. Davis's voice was almost seductive and made me want to keep coming back to listen. Each Character sounded different and he was really able to show emotion through his words.
I must admit, I did not get much work done while I listened to this audio book! Great Read! Your credits will not be wasted!
I read this book when it first came out in hardback. Loved it. When I discoverd Audible I searched every month to see if it had come out yet. That was years ago. When I saw they had put in audible I bought it even though I had no credits. One of the best star was books ever. Get it you'll love it. The last two Bane books are also worth reading. Both are very solid books.
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.
I always thought I was a Star Wars geek because I saw all the movies multiple times. I had never read any of the books before or listened to one. After hearing this rendition of Darth Bane I can say that I am on board the Star Wars ship (pun not intended). It was awesome, like watching a long movie. So in a way I did like it better than reading a book. The sound effects and dialogue made it a more pleasing experience. I love the description of the Darkside and the book gave me a more in depth look at the Darkside vs. Lightside. It all seems like it has been borrowed from Taoism. I finished it in less than a week and am eagerly waiting for my next credit so I can hear and enjoy "The Rule of Two." A tremendously entertaining audio book!
Darth Bane of course, you kind of root for him because he had such a bad life; however you realize the full extent of the evil he is becoming later and feel a guilty pleasure at being his fan.
Well read and stays true to the dynamics of the narrative.
I love the light saber fights and the music. The sound effects are awesome!
Adapting the dark side to be an appreciable path rather than just a choice of evil.
Seriously don't want any spoiler alerts here
As a huge fan of listening to the Star Wars books this reader was an excellent vocalist. Most of the other books are by Marc Thompson, who is awesome. I'm glad to know that they can bring in someone else equally as good.
Peace is a Lie, there is only passion.
Simple a great introduction to the legendary character in the star wars universe. Jonathan Davis as usual never dissapoints.
i wouldnt consider this audio edition better than the print because its missing a chapter or two. theres a gap from the end of chapter 17 to chapter 18 thats not there. it goes from bane going to bed to bane missing with no explanation. other than this the audio is great
where is the part where bane argues with the master and leaves to search the sith temple?
"a must for all star wars fans"
have to say I really enjoy this book its very well written and fits in well to the star wars universe.
my only gripe is with the narrator Jonathan Davis it felt a bit flat in some parts. But I have to say I normally enjoy his work in the other books he has Narrated.
Over all a great listen!
"One of the best"
This is by far one of my favourite books I have listened to it was so refreshing and gave you a real understanding on what the author was trying to get across to his audience.
"Book one of the Darth Bane series."
Path of destruction takes you on a journey a long ling time ago in a place far away. Before most known lore of Star wars.
It follows the life of a Sith legend and shows you his struggles to greatness. You meet a wide cast of different characters all brought to life by a great narrator, Jonathan Davis, Which really pulls you into the story that bit extra
Another thing that pulls you in and is a fantastic bonus over the books is the sound effects. Just hearing the hum on a lightsaber just adds the extra oomf to the battles.
Its a must have for any Star wars fan or just anyone into sifi.
The great story writer Drew Karpyshyn really had made this series of books a great one which will make you just want to keep listening and hope it doesn't stop.
These are a must have in any Star wars fan.
Really enjoyed this book, so much so that I bought the second one before I was due a credit. Great telling of how the sith order was in the past, and how the "one master, one apprentice" theory came about and how Bane goes about his plan to restore the order to his vision. Nice to hear Bane's beginnings before he was a sith as well.
"Great Star Wars story"
Loved the voice acting and story telling of the reader a really enjoyable story - a must for Star Wars fans wanting to learn more of the back story
My first audio book and I loved every minute of it! Excellent story and an outstanding vocal performance by Jonathan Davis really drags you into the Star Wars Universe. A must buy for any Sci-Fi and in particular Star Wars fan.
"Can't wait to listen to books 2 and 3!"
This was the first Star Wars novel I've listened to and it was a great account of the birth of the rule of two. Interesting characters and thoroughly enjoyable storyline. A must for any Star Wars fan... Especially if you lean a little to the darkness!
A fantastic story, which is well read, gripping from start to finish, well worth a listen.
"the best yet"
really enjoyed finding out more about the Sith and about Bane. great story the best I've heard so far in a series
"Behold, the true birth of the Sith!"
A fantastic way of showing the true birth of the Sith. great flowing story, facinating characters. a real insight into the Dark Side
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