I recently read and reviewed book one of Drew Karpyshyn’s Darth Bane trilogy, Path of Destruction. It was so fun that I couldn’t put it down, and so I immediately reserved books two and three at various libraries across the area. In true Dark Side fashion I didn’t want anyone getting the books but me. POWER!!!
As I mentioned in the previous review, Drew Karpyshyn is probably most famous for his work on the Mass Effect and Knights of the Old Republic video game series. Those are beloved games, and his stories are a big part of the reason why. The writing itself isn’t amazing in this book – the acknowledgments indicated he only had six months to write this 300+ pages of the trilogy. That being said, the story is great, and Karpyshyn really goes for it when it comes to bad guys being bad. The Sith aren’t just emo Jedi who hang out under the bleachers and smoke – they’re legitimately living with a different set of values and rules than the rest of us normies. And it shows.
The structure of a trilogy is itself a spoiler in a way – it’s the Bane trilogy so you at least know Bane appears in some form in all three books. In this one we’re past the origin story aspect of book one and we’re into his growing power. The Jedi, clueless as ever, aren’t quite sure what to do about it. If I may editorliaze a bit, I think the Sith would’ve been much less successful had the Jedi displayed any common sense as an organization. It seems like they confuse nice for good regularly.
This book was an enjoyable as the first, and I’ve got the third ready on my list so stay tuned!