Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule of Two

Just finished this book.  After a brief pause of reading a couple of other books, and also of some unplanned time-off from reading, I am back into the Star Wars universe.

Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Book 2) picks up right where Path of Destruction left off, immediately after the annihilation of the Brotherhood of Darkness and many Jedi on the planet of Ruusan.  Darth Bane, the last surviving Sith, recruits his new apprentice and they leave the planet.  After a few chapters about these events, the book fast-forwards 10 years.  Bane has trained his apprentice and she is becoming a very dark Sith.  Bane is also still thirsty for knowledge of ancient Sith manuscripts and artifacts, and goes on the hunt for several more of these.  Upon finding a Holocron of a long-dead Sith Lord, Bane is infected with crustacean-like parasites called Orbalisks, but these creatures amplify his strength and his connection with the dark side of the Force, making Darth Bane an unstoppable foe for the Jedi or anyone who crosses his path.

By the end of the book, the Jedi Council has learned of Bane’s existence and dispatched several Jedi to kill the Dark Lord, but once again Bane is triumphant and deceives the rest of the Council about his existence.  Carrying and teaching his apprentice along the way the entire time, they both grow much stronger.

I personally thought that the idea of the Orbalisks was somewhat of a waste of time at first, but as the story progressed the idea grew on me.  By the end of the book, it becomes apparent how Darth Bane makes his mark in the Sith Lord history books, other than the fact that he invented the Rule of Two.  Darth Bane is most definitely a force to be reckoned with, and I am curious to see how the 3rd book turns out at the end; will Zannah, his young apprentice, defeat Bane and become the new Dark Lord?  Or are they both wiped out by the Jedi so that the theory of, “…the Sith have been extinct for a Millennium” holds true, as spoken by Master Ki Adi Mundi in The Phantom Menace?  I’m looking forward to reading the last book in the Darth Bane trilogy, which I plan to start today.  Watch for updates on this website.

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