Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction
|Cover artist||John Jude Palencar|
|26 September 2006|
|Media type||Hardback & Paperback|
|Followed by||Darth Bane: Rule of Two|
Path of Destruction is a novel in the Star Wars saga and is centered on the life of Darth Bane and the fall of the first Sith order. It was written by Drew Karpyshyn and was released on September 26, 2006. The book takes place roughly 1,000 years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Bane's backstory is established in the book. He is born as Dessel on the planet Apatros, the son of an abusive miner named Hurst. An abusive alcoholic, Hurst blames the boy for the death of his wife in childbirth, and often calls him the "Bane" of his existence. His father takes him into the mines at a young age, and the boy is bullied and abused well into adulthood. After killing a Republic officer following a game of cards, Bane escapes into military service for the Sith Empire, and is eventually discovered by the Sith, taking the name Bane. Powerful in the dark side of the Force, Bane remains a high ranking student until a dream reveals he unconsciously murdered his father, and his abilities are crippled by self-doubt. In a vain attempt to reestablish himself, Bane challenges Sirak, the best student, and is seriously injured in the ensuing duel.
Nursed back to health and tutored by fellow student Githany, he reestablishes himself by crushing Sirak in another duel, then leaves the Academy, searching for teachings of the original Sith, disgusted by the hierarchy of the Academy. He returns after stumbling across a holocron made by Darth Revan, from which Bane devises the rule of two: only a master and an apprentice Sith should be all of the Sith, to avoid the infighting and rivalry endemic in the Sith and the Academy.
He teaches a force-sensitive young girl named Rain, who had been brought to Ruusan by the Jedi. When Rain's friend is accidentally killed by two Jedi troops, her anger draws her to the dark side snapping both of the soldiers' necks. When Bane happens upon this scene, he realizes he has found a worthy apprentice.
Darth Bane: Path of Destruction reached 11 on the New York Times bestseller list on October 15, 2006.
This novel has a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars on amazon.
- "Best Sellers: October 15, 2006". New York Times. October 15, 2006. Retrieved 2015-04-01.
- Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Path-Destruction-Star-Wars-Darth/dp/0345477375. Missing or empty
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