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Star Wars Darth Bane The Rule of Two (Review) February 10, 2008

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 Darth Bane the Rule of Two is easily the best Star Wars book we’ve read all year (mind you we’re only 5 weeks into 2008 at this point).

Drew Karpyshyn continues the tale he began in Darth Bane Path of Destruction . Whereas the first book had some basis in well known Star Wars canon and Dark Horse comic books – this book really carves out some very new and unkown territory.

 Karpyshyn is a gifted writer and his prose is smooth – leading to an incredibly satisfying page turning experience.  Bane is still the dark brooding Sith lord as always, but now we get insight into his apprentice Darth Zannah.

As opposed to most other Star Wars tales where the Jedi are the heroes — here the Sith are the ‘heroes’. The Jedi are seen as weak. Their lightsaber skills inferior. Their command of the Force – incomplete.

The final confrontation in the end of this book (without giving away too much) is AWESOME. But also dissapointing in some ways too. At some points in the story we get the story told from the Jedi point of view. But when it comes to the final battle – it’s very one sided — in more ways than one.

The first book Darth Bane Path of Destruction is still a superior book to this one – the plot in that book is richer, the Sith more complete and Darth Bane’s transformation is among the best Star Wars tales ever told…as such this book Rule of Two had a tough act to follow.

That said..Rule of Two is a MUST READ for all Star Wars fans. It expands the expanded universe in a critical era and most importantly…it’s a great read.


1. Kev - February 10, 2008

Agreed. I thoroughly enjoyed both books and look forward to any more Bane/Zannah or even just Zannah books.

2. Maloch - February 11, 2008

I liked the books as well though, on the cover, why is Bane holding Qui Gon’s saber handle and why is Zannah holding Mauls?? I noticed this on Fury too, as Ben is holding, again, Qui Gon’s hilt. What gives. I think it’s important to a lot of fans that these charactors have there own unique hilt. Again, I did REALLY enjoy the series. One more please.

3. Anakin's death was my least favorite death ever!!!! - February 14, 2008

book one was better than book two but they were both really good.

it is a breath of fresh darkside air to read about the sith era more please i agree

4. jay - April 25, 2008

book one was better, book two was pretty slow at parts but it picks up. Either way im a fan of how Karpyshyn writes, so in the end there both ill.

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