Book Reviews

Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane) by Drew Karpyshyn

** spoiler alert ** I am well aware how long it took me to read this book. My rating: 2 1/2 stars. I will probably never reread this book again, hence its low rating and I will tell you why below.

For starters, I decided to read the Star Wars series, all books published up to this date, in chronological order to better understand a time period sense to the series. I really liked the idea of having a book told from the Sith’s POV compared to most I have read so far that are from the Jedi’s POV. A terrible habit I mak I am well aware how long it took me to read this book. My rating: 2 1/2 stars. I will probably never reread this book again, hence its low rating and I will tell you why below.

For starters, I decided to read the Star Wars series, all books published up to this date, in chronological order to better understand a time period sense to the series. I really liked the idea of having a book told from the Sith’s POV compared to most I have read so far that are from the Jedi’s POV. A terrible habit I make when beginning books, I read the last page and then try to make my own conclusions of the book as I go along in the first few chapters. I figured our dear main character would become a Sith but wasn’t sure whether he would become Bane or Bane’s apprentice. Up until the last chapter even, this book was able to surprise me.

The beginning is a little slow, hence why it took me about 3 months to get through that. I would pick up the book, and return it back to my currently reading shelf while I read a better book. I pity Dessel’s life but he whines too much for me to truly care. He works in the shitty mines and his dad was super abusive so he’s plagued by the memories. Dessel also has a very awful temper that is the cause of his dad’s death, and also leads him to get fired from his job for killing somebody else. His temper and pride lead him into larger trouble when he challenges Republic men to a card game that inevitably lead to bad tempers and more fighting. Dessel has to leave his planet, for nowhere is safe with the blood of Republic soldiers on his hands. Dessel seeks out the Sith army.
There is a huge span of time missing now where you don’t know exactly how his army training went, nor do you know exactly how he got to such a high rank he is. The author fails to share this, though he sure as heck fills you in pointless ongoing-but-to-nowhere plots in the later pages. What they do tell you of his army period is that he is very smart and no one can figure out how he senses certain things prior to them happening, but he does so they trust him as a higher leader of his team. His great knowledge that leads the Sith army to many victories is what gets the Sith academy’s attention.
Though much older than any beginners, Dessel begins his journey at the academy-with much struggle due to beginning his education so late in age. His temper and anger help him use so much power of the dark side, but when he finally realizes how much blood he has actually slain due to using the dark force, he backs away and basically becomes bitch. Suddenly, a the hot former Jedi-turned Sith chick comes up and helps him out of his bitch state and long story short he becomes the top student in the school and renames himself Darth Bane. He uses the title Darth to show his pride over ALL Sith as the best of everyone.
Now this part of the book, all the Sith join up to battle and snuff out all Jedi, a lot of long pages, and Bane refuses to listen to his authority for he feels they are too weak and leaves to a far planet. Bane is set in the mind set that he can rebuild the Sith’s old rule of 2 by tricking the Sith leaders to use a spell that will take out all Jedi on the planet but will also wipe them out. In the nick of time he escapes to seek out his apprentice and to pass on the rule of 2 for further Sith generations. Oh, and the whole time they build up knowledge of this Jedi-turned Sith, who’s name I cant remember, to suddenly kill her off at the end, right before you think she will become Bane’s apprentice.
The book is excruciatingly long, and majority of the plot lacks in dynamic. Dessel/Bane you want to pity for his crap life, but you also can’t accomplish that due to his excessive whining and pride. I will read the second book just to know what happens, but I will definitely not reread this.

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