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

So this is the first part of a trilogy of books set around one thousand years before the main Star Wars timeline.

It follows the story of Dessel, born and raised a miner in a world where the workers are basically indentured slaves to a corporation. It is on the fringes of the Republic and is used by both the Republic and the Sith Alliance for material for the war so is a kind of neutral ground. The Jedi and the Sith have been at war for a long time at this stage and it seems like there is no end in sight, though the Sith have recently all began forming under a single leader so might have a new initiative. We see how events unfold as Dessel has to flee the mining life he knew, then into the general Sith forces as a soldier and finally learning the secrets of the force under Sith guidance.

I have not read many Legends books as I only really got into Star Wars novels in the years since the new canon was finalised and so have focused my intention on them. However I’d heard some good things about these and since there is nothing to really contradict this too much yet, I thought I’d give it a go and was pleasantly surprised.

Dessel/Bane is a good character and I thought the author did a good job of showing his gradual embrace of the dark side. I’m not saying he was ever a ‘good’ person but the guy at the start compared to the end is a very different person. I really liked that though he was obviously extremely determined and vindictive, there was some sort of crisis of conscience, even if it was mostly at a subconscious level. The whole school element, though a complete cliche, was still very enjoyable to read and I loved every bit of it.

The author who wrote them is also in game design I believe and it does show sometimes. I actually really enjoyed the lightsaber styles which are done in great detail, along with new powers and searching for lore so Bane can ‘level up’. Now this is in no way LitRPG but you can see elements of it. I also like that at this stage there is not much differences between the Sith and Jedi in a lot of ways and the bothers people from both sides, it was a nice touch.

Bane has a lot of Gary Stu elements to him and by the end he is practically twirling his moustache but I still had greet fun reading this, quite interesting to read a book that’s almost entirely from the bad guy’s POV. There are a few other character POV’s but they are minimal. All in all it was a good read and looking forward to seeing where it’s going from here.

4 stars

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