Star Wars Book Summary

Darth Bane: Path of Destruction

Set 1,000 years before Star Wars: A New Hope, Darth Bane: Path of Destruction by Drew Karpyshyn tells the story of Darth Bane and the rise of the Sith Order.

It is a time of chaos in the Galaxy. The Galactic Republic and its most stalwart defenders, the famous Jedi Knights are at war with the forces of evil, led by the Brotherhood of Darkness and its fearsome Sith Lords.


The Outer Rim

On the planet Apatros, a young miner named Dessel dreams of escaping from the clutches of the Outer Rim Oreworks Corporation and the crushing debt he inherited from his deceased father. The primary product of the mine of Apatros is cortosis ore. Cortosis is a rare mineral and is highly prized for its ability to absorb tremendous amounts of energy, making it ideal for the manufacture of hull armour for starships, as well as body armour for ground troops. It also one of only two known substances capable of stopping a blow from a lightsaber, the preferred weapon of both the Jedi and the Sith.

Following a fight with another miner, Dessel is relieved of his duties and sent back to the barracks before the end of his shift. Instead of going back to the miners’ barracks, however, Dessel heads for the local cantina, where he finds several Republic officers engaged in a game of cards. He joins them and several hours later successfully parts them from most of their money. On the way back to his bunk, he is attacked and forced to kill a young ensign in self defence. Knowing that his story will never be believed, Dessel makes contact with a smuggler operating on Apatros and arranges for transport to Sith space where he joins the Sith Army.

The Sith War

A year goes by and Dessel acquires a string of extraordinary victories in combat against the Republic and the Jedi Order. Dessel comes to the attention of the Brotherhood of Darkness, a shadowy group of Force-users whose goal is the overthrow of the Republic and the Jedi. Dessel is taken out of the war and sent to the planet Korriban. It is here that he learns about the Force for the first time. The Force is a mystical, little understood energy field that binds everything in the universe together. With time and training some individuals can learn to unlock and control the Force potential within their own selves.

While on Korriban, Dessel also learns the history of both the Jedi and the Sith. The Jedi and the Sith have been enemies since before the formation of the Republic, more than 20,000 years ago. The Jedi seek enlightenment and allow the Force to guide their actions, while the Sith seek power for its own sake and attempt to twist the Force to their will. Over time, the Sith have been wiped out and resurrected on several occasions. Dessel learns about such famous Sith Lords as, Darth Revan, Darth Malak and Exar Kun.

In the meantime, the war, which had been going in favour of the Sith now beings to turn in favour of the Republic. The Republic’s forces are led by the Jedi Master Lord Hoth, when the fighting becomes bogged down on the planet Ruusan.

The Rise of Darth Bane

Neither the Jedi or Sith realize that Dessel, who has now taken the name Darth Bane, has other plans in mind. It is only when Bane convinces the Sith to unleash the thought bomb, a deadly Force weapon that destroys everything in its blast radius, does Bane’s plan become clear. Bane destroys the entire Brotherhood of Darkness so that he can rebuild the Sith as an order of two; one master and one apprentice. Bane’s plan is to disappear and let the Jedi grow overconfident. When the time is right, the Sith will strike.

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