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Book Riview: Star Wars Darth Bane: Rule Of Two by Drew Karpyshyn

Updated on April 2, 2020
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LJ Milan is a fan of science fiction since his elementary school. And he loves sharing gems he finds along the way.


Two there should be; no more, no less. One to embody the power, the other to crave it.

— Rule of Two


This book begins with Bane still on Ruusan. In the aftermath of the battle he wonders the planet until he comes across a ten year old girl named Zannah. In her anger over killing her friend, she killed two Jedi Knights. Sensing that the Force is strong in the girl, Bane makes her his apprentice.

My Review

This novel is second in the trilogy of Darth Bane. And its a direct sequel to the Path of Destruction. This novel begins right where the first ended. On Ruusan in the aftermath of the battle between Siths and Jedi Knights. But later it jumps ten years in the future.

Equality is a lie. A myth to appease the masses. Simply look around and you will see the lie for what it is! There are those with power, those with the strength and will to lead. And there are those meant to follow—those incapable of anything but servitude and a meager, worthless existence.

— Rule of Two

With this novel we leave behind most of the characters from the previous book and meet new ones. One of them is Zannah. A girl who is brought up by the Sith Lord.

But this book continues the in the footsteps of its predecessor. It's filled with philosophy of the Sith.

The interaction between Bane and Zannah is pure gold. The author did fantastic job in depicting it. Essentially, Bane is bringing her up just for her to kill him in the end. What a beautifully twisted idea.

One day I will surpass you.And on that day I will kill you, Lord Bane. But that day is not today.

— Rule of Two

There is a lot of things I love in this book. One of it is how deeply philosophical this book is. Granted, the first one was also. But this is a worthy continuation of it. The author did a great job with keeping the philosophy on par with the first book. Which is hard to do.

It's obvious that the author took great care with it. He made sure that Sith philosophy doesn't contradict itself. Which is a big task that some writers fail in.

Equality is a perversion of the natural order! It binds the strong to the weak. They become anchors that drag the exceptional down to mediocrity. Individuals destined and deserving of greatness have it denied them. They suffer for the sake of keeping them even with their inferiors

— Rule of Two

I loved the character of Zannah. She knew what she wanted when she started on her path of the Dark Side. I like how she didn't let anyone or anything stands in her way in the pursuit of that power. When she sees a threat to her quest, she quickly disposes of it.

You did what was necessary to achieve your goal. You showed the power and the strength of will to destroy those who stood in your way. You saw what you wanted and you took it, no matter what the cost. You acted like a Sith.

— Rule of Two

Zannah is the girl that knows what she wants. And she never wavered in her quest.

She even saved her Master twice. All in search of that power. I loved the patience she possessed in her endeavor. She bides her time, and waits for perfect opportunity.

I love how the author exemplified that quality of hers. Especially in today's world patience is lost, we want it all, and we want it now. It's refreshing to see a book with this message. In my opinion, we need more books like that. Granted we need it from other side, that is from the good side. But, beggars can't be choosers.

I will continue to study at your feet, Master. I will learn from your wisdom. I will discover your secrets, unlocking them one by one until everything you know—all your knowledge and all your power—is mine. And once you are no longer of use to me, I will destroy you.

— Rule of Two

In this novel we find out how the Jedi's have fallen in false sense of security. They were blinded by the victory they achieved. Only a couple of them sensed the coming trouble.

It could be said that this is the begging of the end of the Jedi Order. Yes, it will take a thousand more years to total destruction of the Order. But, that was Bane's point. You can't bring Jedi's down with force. You need to be cunning and ruthless.

Chip away at them for generations and they will fall. Which, of course, turned out exactly as he predicted when Palpatine destroyed the Republic.

Evil is a word used by the ignorant and the weak. The Dark Side is about survival. It's about unleashing your inner power. It glorifies the strength of the individual.

— Rule of Two

The best part of this novel is that the quality of the story didn't drop. In style, in action, in philosophy it's on par with it's predecessor . Of course, it's much more fast paced then the first one. But, the story demanded it.

The author did a fantastic job of continuing the story. And it's important to know that this novel was published seven months after the first one. We can surmise that the author wrote this novel in three or four months. And he didn't let the quality of it drop one iota.

He even managed to build up this proverbial house he was building. And that not easy. We see every day how you can ruin a good trilogy with its second book.

I really enjoyed this novel. It was pure joy to read it. And I must say, although it's a cliche, that it's a real page turner. It's a fun and entertaining ride that everyone can enjoy.

5 stars for Darth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn

© 2020 LJ Milan


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