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Rule of Two: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 2 | [Drew Karpyshyn]

Rule of Two: Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 2

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.
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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

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    Edward N. Cambria, PA, United States 12-09-12
    Edward N. Cambria, PA, United States 12-09-12
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    "The Ultimate Anti-Hero!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rule of Two to be better than the print version?

    Yes! The sound effects and background noise make it so much more enjoyable!! You can actually put yourself into the action.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rule of Two?

    So many stand out moments...but if pressured...the final battle is quite awesome! It seem to last like for 10 minutes of listening!!


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Ultimate Anti-Hero


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-12-12
    Sean MESA, AZ, United States 11-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't wait till book 3"
    If you could sum up Rule of Two in three words, what would they be?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He caries this series well and I look forward to listening to him again.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-17-13
    Pamela Pottstown, United States Minor Outlying Islands 10-17-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Amazing Sequel To An Amazing Book."
    What did you love best about Rule of Two?

    The why it drew you in to the story. It made you feel apart of the action in a certain way that not a tone of books do.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's characters. While one particular character felt like cardboard to me, all others were pure originality.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Huh... I was going to type Darth Bane but to be honest, I can't say. They're all so intense and interesting to hear that I'm finding it hard to choose.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "The Dark Is Patient" Working off of the Revenge of the Sith's novelization theme of 'The Dark'.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow. This book continues the Story of Darth Bane into the era of silence, as I call it. Not quite accurate but it refers to the New Sith Wars and the republic's deafness to the Sith's existence.

    Last book we saw the Sith in a war against the Republic and the Army of Light lead by Jedi Lord Hoth. After Bane's masterfully executed plan, one hundred of the Army of Light including Lord Hoth are now dead, as well as the entirety to the Brotherhood of Darkness. Now Bane, the sole surviving Sith Lord, Must train his newly acquired apprentice in the ways of the dark side.

    This book brings so much into his character as well as bringing a new character, Darth Zannah. Her character is such an opposite, at first, to Bane's. She is blind to the dark side in the beginning and must be taught of it's nuances. Faded have the ways of the warriors, filled instead with the political sabotage.

    To add to this newly established way of warfare, Bane has fallen victim to a symbiotic insect known as Orbalisks, which, incidentally, boosts his power and hatred in combat scenarios as well as becoming a nearly impenetrable wall of armor. Useful for the old ways, not so much the Order of the Sith Lords.

    While Bane meditates and attempts to finish an ancient Sith technique, Zannah must conduct their public plots. Yes, there are other characters a Jedi, the Padawan of Lord Hoth, and Zannah's cousin Daravit (Apologies for any misspelling.).

    With all this going on in the same book, it seems ridiculous that anyone could keep track of what was going on. But Drew pulls it off in this stunning sequel. My first read through, I was stunned. Listening to it with Johnathan's narration is epic.

    I'm begging every SW lover to listen to this, even if you've already red the novel, it's a different experience entirely.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 01-19-13
    Desmond Grand Prairie, Texas, United States 01-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great start"

    This was a very interesting addition to the ongoing introduction and metamorphosis of Darth Bane. Jonathan Davis must be the best in the business as everything he does is always done with a level of discernment I have found far batter than your average audio book performer. His narrative makes the book worth it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Kingwood, TX, United States 12-07-12
    Robert Kingwood, TX, United States 12-07-12
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    "Glad to see this come to audiobook"
    What did you love best about Rule of Two?

    The story and the characters. I loved reading all three books and the audio version did not disappoint.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how it was unabridged, so you didn't lose a minute of the action.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    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.


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    angelina spence Arizona 04-07-14
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    "Exciting book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Rule of Two the most enjoyable?

    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!!


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    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13
    AaronSaint81 Lorain, Ohio 06-05-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Rule of Two keeps you interested!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Rule of Two to be better than the print version?

    Don't know, haven't read the printed version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rule of Two?

    Finding his new apprentice.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    Everything! J-Davis is a gifted voice actor/narrator!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Plano, TX, United States 01-21-13
    Karen Plano, TX, United States 01-21-13

    Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.

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    "Loved It...Want More"

    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.

    Questionable Points:

    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.

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    Trevor North Richland Hills, Tx, United States 01-14-13
    Trevor North Richland Hills, Tx, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dark and Original"
    What made the experience of listening to Rule of Two the most enjoyable?

    The Reader reallyyy takes his job seriously, does lots of voices and reads with
    Great enthusiasm.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The re-forming of the darkside, and the difficulty of maintaing the raw power of the darkside


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Just the lightsaber noise


    Any additional comments?

    Very interesting story perspective of the sith

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Tamborine, Australia 01-09-14
    David Tamborine, Australia 01-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Dissappointing ill thought out mess"
    What disappointed you about Rule of Two?

    Generally I think the series started off really well, with a character that you could generally relate too, but at the closing chapters of the first book and the opening of the second one the story and believability for me crashed and burned and just became too preposterous that I couldn't stand any more of it. Take this example early in the second book at the point where I gave up, Bane is stuck on a dangerous jungle moon that apparently has a sister planet insanely close to it (Never-mind that having celestial bodies this close without them destroying each other is impossible, it definitely wouldn't be a jungle paradise anyway) so through the force he coerces a flying reptilian creature to pick him up uses the force again to shield both him and the creature, they fly into space and over to the sister planet. That's when I stopped listening and called bulldust on the whole thing.

    And why is there an ancient Sith ritual (Called the "Thought Bomb", really Drew you couldn't of thought of a better name for it) that requires a big group of Sith? Considering the natural state of the Sith is 1 master and 1 apprentice, it just makes no sense.

    The Jedi Masters aren't very wise, which is odd considering thats what they are supposed to be good at. They run into some Sith mercenaries, they lock them up and are told by the mercenaries about a surviving Sith lord that killed their friends at the Sith encampment, it just gets dismissed by the Jedi even though it would be such a simple matter of going down to the planet to the Sith camp and just looking for the bodies electrocuted and cut up by a light sabre, duh!

    Honestly I could just go on and on and reveal all the silly stuff and inconsistencies of what I have listened too, but I think I will leave it there.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Kim Frandsen
    Cork, Ireland
    4/13/13
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    "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.

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  • Mr. M. E. Mcgookin
    UK
    4/7/13
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    "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.

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  • John
    Amesbury United Kingdom
    3/29/13
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    "Fantastic"

    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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