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Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn


In terms of chronology, this is the oldest authorized Star Wars fiction novel. Written by the writer of the KOTOR games, it describes a period even before the Old Republic when the Sith and the Jedi were numerous and warring against each other – and the story is about how the well known Sith principles of only two Sith Lords arose.

The main character starts from humble beginnings in a cortosis ore mine and ends up training on a Sith academy by accident – and later goes on to become the most powerful of them all.

The book deals mostly with dark side, of course. We’re shown the motivations and thought processes of the Sith, which is the really interesting part – most Star Wars books actually involve the Sith only as the enemies but this is a book written entirely from their perspective. So the “enemy” are the Jedi, and the “good” qualities are betrayal and treachery and the “weakness” is compassion.

The writing is decent, but it isn’t as good as say Matthew Stover or Timothy Zahn. But it’s definitely a page-turner for any Star Wars fan.

Rating: 4 / 5

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