Rule of Two

Rule of Two In the New York Times bestseller Darth Bane Path of Destruction Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young mans journey from innocence to evil That man was Darth Bane a twisted genius who

In the New York Times bestseller Darth Bane Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young mans 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 dIn the New York Times bestseller Darth Bane Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young mans 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 , 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 Banes hands in the last great Sith War Though the rest of the Jedi scoff at him, Joshuas 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

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  1. Drew Karpyshyn is a Canadian author and game designer After working at a credit union for some time, he eventually became a game developer He joined BioWare towards the end of the Baldur s Gate series, and wrote the tie in novel for Baldur s Gate II Throne of Bhaal He stayed with BioWare, where he worked on Neverwinter Nights, and became the Senior Writer on the critically acclaimed Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic.This Star Wars connection gave him the opportunity to write Darth Bane Path of Destruction, his first hardcover Karpyshyn still works for BioWare where he is the lead writer for the Mass Effect series.

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  1. There must only be two, No and no less Darth BaneRule of Two is a wonderful continuation to this amazing saga Ten years have passed since the Seventh Battle of Ruusan, and Zannah s apprenticeship under Bane has been blooming for years, hidden in the shadows The Jedi believe the Sith extinct, but a state visit from the Supreme Chancellor has the potential to unshroud the mysteries of the Dark Side.This second book of the Bane trilogy is probably the weakest one, but it does have what is hands do [...]

  2. Darth Zannah, you are my apprentice The heir to my legacy After greatly enjoying Star Wars Darth Bane Path of Destruction PoD , I delved into part two Bane begins his training of his heir, Zannah, in the Dark Arts and continues to add confusion to the Republic and the Jedi Order Can t really expand on it than that, to be honest What I Liked One of the best things about this book is how it deals with such an under explored area the Sith I enjoyed reading about Bane, what happened immediately af [...]

  3. The second entry in Karpyshyn s Darth Bane trilogy kept me turning the pages, but like its predecessor, seemed like it didn t live up to its potentially awesome potential Bane is a seriously neat character, but the novels themselves just never seem to rise to the challenge I had really hoped that with the coming of age stuff completely out of the way we d ditch the YA vibe the first one had and get into some deeper, darker territory Well, these novels certainly are dark for Star Wars books, but [...]

  4. Good story, but predictable and juvenile As I mentioned for the first book of this series, it s video game origins are readily apparent.Avoids the usual fan fiction limitations by including none of the usual Star Wars suspects by being set longer ago than even long,long ago Speaking of which it s interesting how the technology of the Star Wars galaxy seems frozen There s no appreciable improvement in anything medicine, weapons, transportation in the thousands of years spanned by the SW stories. [...]

  5. 3.0 stars A good, if predicable, follow up to Path of Destruction that continues the story of Darth Bane and his creation of the current Rule of Two among the Sith A fun, fast read that was perfect for when I was in the mood for something light to read.

  6. 3.5 stars, but I rounded up A good read, though not as well told as the first book I liked book one for Drew s impressive handling of Darth Bane s transition from a miner to a Sith lord Rule of Two was about the story of Zannah s own transition to become Darth Bane s apprentice, but I didn t find her journey nearly as dramatic, since we do skip ahead 10 years in the novel from the time Bane first takes her on The ending, however, was superb It s one of those where you know that something awful [...]

  7. Drew did an excellent job at overlapping character arcs a solid mix of perspective and emotion He also mixed in a good deal of lore, which immerses you in the story.I gave it three stars because while I thought it was a strong EU novel, I just didn t love it The middle book of a trilogy is, in my opinion, is the most difficult to write The balance of keeping the reader interested and advancing the overall plot is a tricky dance.I m onto the third book now and hope it ends on a strong note.

  8. This book is actually an improvement on the first book in the series The new main character, Zannah, is the apprentice that Darth Bane took at the end of the first book, and unlike Bane, she has some depth and complexity While he is purely powered by white male rage and the angst of not being recognized as the alpha male he thinks he is, she experiences doubt, makes difficult choices, and outmaneuvers her opponents Her character actually develops, and it s clear that there are difficult choices [...]

  9. Just as good as the first of the Darth Bane books I like the author s style He does an excellent job of humanizing characters that would likely be stereotypical one dimensional bad guys on the big screen It was a glimpse into the mindset and the viewpoint of the Dark Siders It offers an intriguing alternative philosophy of the nature of the Force, filling in some of the gaps left between the cryptic quotes of Darth Sidious, Darth Maul, and Darth Vader You will be hard pressed to consider the Sit [...]

  10. It s official I liked Rule of Two considerably better than its predecessor, probably because ironically it features a lot less Darth Bane and a lot action and development of secondary characters like Zannah, Johun Othone, and so forth.For a Star Wars novel it goes to some pretty dark places, but I guess that s to be expected when dealing with a book primarily focussed on the dastardly Sith I m looking forward to seeing how Bane and Zannah s relationship develops into the deadly cat and mouse we [...]

  11. This was alright I started losing some interest toward the end, but it is probably still one of the better Star Wars books.

  12. The second Star Wars novel by Drew Karpyshyn set in the Old Republic, Darth Bane Rule of Two picks up immediately after the climactic events of the first book Darth Bane Path of Destruction The detonation of former Sith leader Lord Kaan s thought bomb has devastated the Jedi and Sith remaining on the planet of Ruusan Darth Bane has survived and has just chosen a new apprentice, a girl named Rain who has recently killed two Jedi in a fit of rage Her cousin Tomcat, who was brought to Ruusan with h [...]

  13. First, there should be stars that have something to say about bad books, because out of the five star system above, only one says that I didn t like it Well, just as there are degrees of liking there are degrees of not liking and this one would probably be at the bottom of the latter.The first book, Path of Destruction was actually pretty good The best part of that book was probably reading about Bane s training in Korriban, and how he went from a despised trainee to a cunning warrior Plus, it [...]

  14. Darth Bane Rule of Two was an intense and very dark tale in the Star Wars Universe, about 1000 years before the Star Wars films Although I enjoyed it, I had to stop often to absorb the grim and rather depressing nature of the Sith story As this is a sequel, it follows directly after Darth Bane Path of Destruction However, unlike its predecessor, it does not focus primarily on the story of the title character, Darth Bane This book is mostly about Bane s apprentice, Darth Zannah This did not prese [...]

  15. Yes yes yes yasssss I can t get enough of this series, and I can t remember the last time I ve torn through a book series so rapidly The complexity of the characters continues to get better, and the writing just has this way of hooking you from chapter to chapter view spoiler The end fight scene between Bane Zannah with the Jedi Masters, and Johun was phenomenal I m glad he finally ditched the Orbalisks, and I m curious what the potential consequences aside from the poisoning are going to be It [...]

  16. Second book in the series, this book picks up exactly where Darth Bane Path of Destruction left off Part the appeal of this mini series is how it turns the tables on the traditional Star Wars tale The mystery that has surrounded the Sith Order is another part of its appeal, and partly I did read in anticipation of learning about this much talked about and little revealed Order The evil of the Sith is nicely demonstrated in their cruel actions to certain individual figures throughout the book, b [...]

  17. Rule of Two is the second novel in Drew Karpyshyn s Darth Bane trilogy The first book in the series, Path of Destruction, was based on a classic comic that Karpyshyn eviscerated in order to tell a better version of the same story Rule of Two benefits from being a completely original tale, though the novel as a whole isn t much of an improvement view spoiler The novel picks up where Path of Destruction left off Darth Bane taken former Jedi student Zannah as his apprentice, and before they make th [...]

  18. It is now several years since I read the first Darth Bane novel, but the ending stuck in my mind well enough that I didn t need to read it again before starting this one We pick up in the immediate aftermath of the first novel s ending and then follow the various characters over ten years as Zannah studies the secrets of the Sith, Bane looks to perfect the art of creating a Holocron and they both try to hide the fact that the Sith order has survived, while at the same time putting plans in place [...]

  19. If anyone should have the means to pay for decent cover art, it s Lucasfilm That s why seeing the cover to The Rule of Two, with its potato headed Sith Lord upset me It looks like a poser creation one of your friends keeps posting on Facebook that everyone politely ignores No one should have to pay for a cover that ugly.Anyhoo, Darth Potato now has an apprentice I guess they don t call them padawans if they re evil If I understand the style guides of the two camps, Jedis get names that sound lik [...]

  20. Ok, I know I ve been rating most of the books I ve read with 5 stars, but I really liked this book This story continues the path of Darth Bane, and his desire to destroy the Jedi In the 2nd installment of Bane s story, you get to learn much about his apprentice, and her special abilities, as a Sith Sorcerer This was my first look at what the Sith Sorcerer is and does Bane continues to amaze in this story, bringing of his great plan into fruition Prior to reading this, and the previous Path of [...]

  21. Light spoilers ahead The second in the Bane trilogy, I was less impressed than with the first book in many ways 1 The apprentice Rain Zannah is a compelling character than her master who is much one dimensional in this book.2 The Rule of Two makes less and less sense Bane s philosophy of I ll have an apprentice until she kills me flies in the face of the scenario where they re both killed or how easy it would be to track them down once their existence is discovered 3 The annoying trope of Bane [...]

  22. Bane and Zannah make a formidable pair, and yet you still get the sense they would slit each other s throats at the drop of a hat An odd couple, unless you are Sith Karpyshyn again gives us an insight into Sith history and culture as Bane Zannah create it I couldn t put the book down as I read the last hundred pages, and the ending was pure treachery in a satisfying way, trust me I hope their is to come from this talented writer and the Sith.

  23. This book was the second Darth Bane book and it was just as good as the second one I just couldn t put the book down it was amazing This book was about Bane and how he got his apprentice named Zannah I do not want to spoil anything for this book because it is so awesome when you find out what happens and how he trains Zannah If you love the Sith era this book is the one to get If you have not read the first Darth Bane book read it before you read this one.

  24. Star Wars Rule of Two the second in the Darth Bane series claims to have been written in 6 months and it s obvious that it is a true statement It felt rush and incomplete, of a list of events then the story surrounding them The book could have been twice as long with story to it and it would probably have been a three or four star.

  25. Overall the book was excellent, though one of the main characters I found to be of a distraction than anything else Can t even remember his name any, didn t really connect with him I especially like the fight scene description probably among the best Star Wars confrontation I ve read.

  26. Really good and a worthy follow up to Path of Destruction Darth Bane was a fascinating character already, but the development of Darth Zannah was icing on the Sith flavored cake Always nice to see things from the dark side s point of view.

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