In the New York Times best-seller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man’s journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith - until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order...and create it anew from the ashes. As the last surviving Sith, Darth Bane promulgated a harsh new directive: the Rule of Two.
Two there should be; no more, no less.
One to embody the power, the other to crave it.
Now Darth Bane is ready to put his policy into action, and he thinks he has found the key element that will make his triumph complete: a student to train in the ways of the dark side. Though she is young, Zannah possesses an instinctive link to the dark side that rivals his own. With his guidance, she will become essential in his quest to destroy the Jedi and dominate the galaxy.
But there is one who is determined to stop Darth Bane: Johun Othone, Padawan to Jedi Master Lord Hoth, who died at Bane’s hands in the last great Sith War. Though the rest of the Jedi scoff at him, Joshua’s belief that there are surviving Sith on the loose is unshakeable.
As Johun continues his dogged pursuit of the man who killed his master, Zannah, faced unexpectedly with a figure from her past, begins to question her embrace of the dark side. And Darth Bane is led by Force-induced visions to a moon where he will acquire astonishing new knowledge and power - power that will alter him in ways he could never have imagined....
©2012 Drew Karpyshyn (P)2012 Random House Audio
"Two there should be, no more no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it."--Darth Bane
Excellent narration, excellent story.....The Rule of Two "One to embody the power, one to crave it." is a game changer for not only the Sith, but the galaxy as a whole. Darth Bane and Darth Zannah begin the grand plan to topple the Jedi, along the way of laying the foundation they must make perilous journey's. Zannah must infiltrate the Jedi Order itself while Darth Bane heads to the orders ancestral home world of Tython. The Path of Destruction started in book 1 continues, and many will suffer.
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The "Rule of Two" was amazingly fun and a great listening experience. As a sequel, I was concerned the story would fail to live up to the quality of the first book, Path of Destruction. While different, the book still managed to exceed my expectations. The story throws in some surprises as Bane goes on the hunt for ancient holocrons and begins preparing his new apprentice for her eventual rise to power. The ending introduces additional twists and turns that I found interesting. The narration and production quality are the same as the first book (which I loved) and continue to receive nothing but the highest of praise from me.
If I had to pick a couple of criticisms, one would be that I do not really agree with Bane's ideology of the "rule of two". I find that the Sith, whether they are two or two million, suffer the same backstabbing and power hungry intentions regardless of their numbers. Another criticism would be the lack of force power use and the over reliance of the light saber. These are more issues with the universe as a whole rather than the author since force users create barriers against each other hence the reliance on the sabers. These are comments regarding the lore overall, but are two things that often surface to the top of my thoughts. Although I find myself disappoint by the progression of the Sith to a "rule of two" rule of two ideology and the lore's nullification of force powers, I still found the story, characters, narration and overall enjoyment of the book carried through till the end.
Overall, an exceptional tale with fun twists and turns that delighted me every step of the way.
Yes! The sound effects and background noise make it so much more enjoyable!! You can actually put yourself into the action.
So many stand out moments...but if pressured...the final battle is quite awesome! It seem to last like for 10 minutes of listening!!
He does them all quite well, even the females. However, I think he seems to do quite well with Valenthyne Farfalla. He seems to put allot of emotion and feeling into his dialog.
The Ultimate Anti-Hero
Even though Bane is the real main character here, he spends allot of time in the background. The gist of the story focuses on Zannah and her missions and training. Also on her doubts. She is by a Sith for sure, but sometimes feels torn about it.
Not a let down. Often the middle of trio has no real plot and is all set up for part three. This book did an excellent job of creating a unique story and still left me wanting for the next one.
He caries this series well and I look forward to listening to him again.
The story and the characters. I loved reading all three books and the audio version did not disappoint.
I loved how it was unabridged, so you didn't lose a minute of the action.
I've always enjoyed his performances on Star Wars titles. My only fault was there was one or two moment for about 5 minutes apiece where there was a reverb effect where none was needed. It made everything sound like a interior monologue when it was obviously not.
loved it the story exciting and suspenseful
the narration was superb. I could not turn it off or stop listening it catches your attention from the beginning to the end
I enjoyed the way Johnathan Davis fit his voice to the mood of the story.
My Favorite character was of course Darth Bane. he is the dark side incarnate.
the deep baritone of banes voice.
Another great performance by Davis! The characters are believable and, of course, the sound effects are awesome. It's like listening to a movie. The story was a little slower in parts, at least compared with the first book, but overall was a great book. I really loved it!!
Yes, Drew's story was excellent, not to mention greatly narrated by Jonathan Davis.
The tense and gripping ending. I never thought one could 'read' about a lightsaber battle but Drew made it truly imaginable with his accurate descriptions.
The background noise sets the environment, while Jonathan and his many voices really add flavour to each character. It would have been a bit flat if all the characters had the same voices, so the fact that each character had their own unique identify really made it more exciting.
Despite being evil (albeit a lawful evil), you really do feel a bit sorry for Bane and everything that he struggles against.
I can't recommend this entire series enough. Not only is it great story telling, excellent narration, but the characters are their own with each distinct personality. Some you really care for while others you just want to slap. But the fact that you care so much either way is a great testament to how good this series is.
"Does the Sith justice for lack of better words"
I've listened to Starwars Kenobi, and didn't care much for the lazy space western, next came Darth Vader, which seemed short and unfinished, later listened to The Force Unleashed which left me mildly satisfied, but Darth Bane is one of the Jewels so far in the Republic series. Could make a good movie, but 2, even 3 hours wouldn't be enough. Also what is narrated, battles and use of force (dark and light) is better told in writing or heard than on the screen. Great book to start a series based on "The law of Two". I look forward to the next book.
"Another gripping story"
Another gripping story in the Darth Bane series. Well read couldn't stop listening. Continues where last one left off, gripping characters.
"for every Star Wars fan I recommend this audio"
book the events in this story has ramifications for the future of Star Wars excellent
"one of the best star wars books i have listened to"
amazing book, listened to this series quite a few times now aswel as red them
"Great book, even better narrator."
Great book, taking you through the life of Darth Bane and the establishment of the rule of two. You get the impression that the character thinks higher of himself, than even he is prepared to admit.
The narrator is good as well, using different voice and accents that make it easy to distinguish between characters at any given time.
"Really great, looking forward to part three"
Great listen, finding out how Bane and his apprentice go about re-establishing the sith order in his vision. Stay with Bane as he goes about finding more about he ancient sith order and his apprentice as she begins her training and learns how to survive using the dark side as her ally.
Really looking forward to listening to part three next month and getting to the conclusion of this great trilogy.
I read these a while back nd was hooked. I love this series and the evoulution of the Sith 1000 years before Anakin turns up.
Fantastic listen! All three!
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