Rule Of Two: Star Wars Legends (darth Bane) by Drew KarpyshynRule Of Two: Star Wars Legends (darth Bane) by Drew Karpyshyn

Rule Of Two: Star Wars Legends (darth Bane)

byDrew Karpyshyn

Mass Market Paperback | October 28, 2008

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In the New York Times bestseller Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, Drew Karpyshyn painted a gripping portrait of a young man’s journey from innocence to evil. That man was Darth Bane, a twisted genius whose iron will, fierce ambition, and strength in the dark side of the Force made him a natural leader among the Sith–until his radical embrace of an all-but-forgotten wisdom drove him to destroy his own order . . . and create it anew from the ashes. As the last surviving Sith, Darth Bane promulgated a harsh new directive: the Rule of Two.

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

Now Darth Bane is ready to put his policy into action, and he thinks he has found the key element that will make his triumph complete: a student to train in the ways of the dark side. Though she is young, Zannah possesses an instinctive link to the dark side that rivals his own. With his guidance, she will become essential in his quest to destroy the Jedi and dominate the galaxy.

But there is one who is determined to stop Darth Bane: Johun Othone, Padawan to Jedi Master Lord Hoth, who died at Bane’s hands in the last great Sith War. Though the rest of the Jedi scoff at him, Joshua’s belief that there are surviving Sith on the loose is unshakeable.

As Johun continues his dogged pursuit of the man who killed his master, Zannah, faced unexpectedly with a figure from her past, begins to question her embrace of the dark side. And Darth Bane is led by Force-induced visions to a moon where he will acquire astonishing new knowledge and power–power that will alter him in ways he could never have imagined. . . .
Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Mass Effect: Revelation, as well as several other fantasy and science fiction novels. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the blockbuster St...
Title:Rule Of Two: Star Wars Legends (darth Bane)Format:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 6.86 × 4.18 × 0.96 inPublished:October 28, 2008Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Bane novel Bane and Zannah make a formidable pair, and yet you still get the sense they would slit each other's throats at the drop of a hat. An odd couple, unless you are Sith. Karpyshyn again gives us an insight into Sith history and culture as Bane & Zannah create it. I couldn't put the book down as I read the last hundred pages, and the ending was pure treachery (in a satisfying way, trust me). I hope their is more to come from this talented writer and the Sith.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great Great book from a great trilogy
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Fantastic sequal to the first book. This book its great from the first page!! I would give it more stars if I could.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Even just the preview is amazing n n
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A forceful wind Amazing continuation of the saga
Date published: 2014-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Darth Bane is the new Darth Vader Darth Bane Rule of Two is the second book of three in the Darth Bane trilogy. The book is very well written. It follows a jedi who fought on Ruusan, Darth Bane and his padawan Zannah. The book is basically about staying hidden from the jedi, and finding more knowledge about the sith and the dark side. It is very good.I do recommend it if you like star wars. Its a funny book because the main character is a bad guy, but you find yourself cheering for him.
Date published: 2012-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Rule of Sucess Drew Karpyshyn has done what most cannot do: improved on his first novel and created an even better one. The Rule of Two was a great read, filled with suspense and intrigue; it definitely is a book to read with the lamp on at night. Darth Zannah, once Rain of Ruusan, is apprenticed to the last Sith Lord, Darth Bane. Hunting for the secrets of the Dark Side of the Force, the Master searches for sith artifacts around the galaxy. Hunted by a survivor of the world ravaged by the Thought Bomb, secrets are revealed that should have never seen the light of day. The Rule of Two was great to read, as we travel between Master and Apprentice, as we see how one plots to take down the other and all the petty issues in between. With aid of the author's words, we unravel what hidden secrets the Sith have hidden from us. If you enjoyed the previous Darth Bane novel or simply love the Sith, you're in for a real treat.
Date published: 2011-02-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from True Star Wars fans beware Drew is a fine writer. His prose and pace are very good. For this he gets two stars. Where does this book suffer? Where to begin... The Sith are like super heros; their powers - "spells" he calls them are simply beyond Star Wars canon. Drew is a video game developer and it shows. Dragons that can fly between planets, parasites that make Sith indestructable, battle meditation everywhere, Sith waltzing into the Jedi temple, and Jedi who are about as dense a cinder block. It's all too fantastic too believe and really does a disservice to the genre. The author goes for flash and dash instead of story. If you want a comic book read this series. If you want a Star Wars novel that is consistent with the movies and the animated series, then read Karen Traviss. While I get that Star Wars isn't real, the are certain conventions that should be respected and this author has clearly been told these rules don't apply. Too bad, cause he's not a bad writer.
Date published: 2010-01-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fold back the veil of time in the Star Wars universe Not really sure what to class this book as. It's the sequel to Darth Bane: Path of Destruction but it's also a prequel to so many other Star Wars books. It's also only the second book in it's SW era. I don't count comics as book so I really don't care what happens in them. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book but it was not as good as the first Darth Bane book. I do like the history of it all though. There always something going on in the SW galaxy but having a mythology and history to a world makes it so much more interesting. Especially since it's an account of the Sith which are never really given a meaning in the original trilogy and only somewhat explained in the new trilogy. There is still so much mystery surrounding the Sith, especially where they came from. I hope no one ever tries to go too far back into SW history. Some things should always remain shrouded by the mists of time. I read this book incredibly fast. About 5 or 6 hours. I didn't really care for Bane's apprentice, Zannah. I would have liked there to be more about Bane and his research into the Sith. I love the whole idea of delving into ancient knowledge found only by braving the dangers of long lost temples and tombs. If you are a SW fan then you should drop what you are doing and read this book.
Date published: 2009-04-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great addition to the Sith history books Bane and Zannah make a formidable pair, and yet you still get the sense they would slit each other's throats at the drop of a hat. An odd couple, unless you are Sith. Karpyshyn again gives us an insight into Sith history and culture as Bane & Zannah create it. I couldn't put the book down as I read the last hundred pages, and the ending was pure treachery (in a satisfying way, trust me). I hope their is more to come from this talented writer and the Sith.
Date published: 2009-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A benefit to Star Wars lore ... As a huge star wars fan I have always been searching for literature that would highlight the aspects of the Dark Side (ie. how the "Rule of Two" began, why they are in hiding, etc). This book brings to light those aspects of Star Wars lore that have been seriously lacking over the past 30 years. This is a FANTASTIC book and is highly recommended for any star wars fan ...
Date published: 2008-12-16

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1Peace is a lie. There is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Code of the SithDarth Bane, the only Sith Lord to escape the devastation of Kaan’s thought bomb, marched quickly under a pale yellow Ruusan sun, moving steadily across the bleak, war-torn landscape. He was two meters tall, and his black boots covered the ground in long, sweeping strides, propelling his large, powerfully muscled frame with a sense of urgent purpose. There was an air of menace about him, accentuated by his shaved head, his heavy brow, and the dark intensity of his eyes. This, even more than his forbidding black armor or the sinister hook-handled lightsaber dangling from his belt, marked him as a man of fearsome power: a true champion of the dark side of the Force.His thick jaw was set in grim determination against the pain that flared up every few minutes at the back of his bare skull. He had been many kilometers away from the thought bomb when it detonated, but even at that range he had felt its power reverberating through the Force. The aftereffects lingered, sporadic bursts shooting through his brain like a million tiny knives stabbing at the dark recesses of his mind. He had expected these attacks to fade over time, but in the hours since the blast, their frequency and intensity had steadily increased.He could have called on the Force to keep the pain at bay, cloaking himself in an aura of healing energy. But that was the way of the Jedi, and Bane was a Dark Lord of the Sith. He walked a different path, one that embraced suffering, drawing strength from the ordeal. He transformed the pain into anger and hate, feeding the flames of the dark side until his physical aspect seemed almost to glow with the fury of a storm it could barely contain.The terrifying image Bane projected contrasted sharply with the small figure that followed in his wake, struggling to keep up. Zannah was only ten, a waif of a girl with short, curly blond hair. Her clothing was simple and plain to the point of being rustic: a loose-fitting white shirt and faded blue coveralls, both torn and stained from weeks of continuous wear. Anyone who saw her scampering along after Bane’s massive, black-clad form would have been hard-pressed to imagine she was the Sith Master’s chosen apprentice. But looks could be deceiving.There was power in the child. He’d seen ample proof of that at their first meeting, less than an hour earlier. Two nameless Jedi were dead by her hand. Bane didn’t know all the details surrounding their deaths; he had arrived after the fact to find Zannah crying over the body of a bouncer, one of the telepathic, green-furred species native to Ruusan. The still-warm corpses of the Jedi had been sprawled beside her, their heads lolling at grotesque angles atop broken necks.Clearly the bouncer had been the child’s friend and companion. Bane surmised that the Jedi must have inadvertently killed the bouncer, only to meet a similar fate when Zannah exacted her revenge. Unaware of her power, they’d been caught off guard when the child—driven by mind-numbing grief and pure, abject hatred—had unleashed the full fury of the dark side on the men who’d slain her friend.They were victims of cruel misfortune: in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yet it would have been inaccurate to call their deaths pointless. In Bane’s eyes, at least, their sacrifice had allowed him to recognize the young girl’s potential. To some the series of events would have seemed preordained, as if the hapless Jedi had been inexorably drawn to their grim end with the sole purpose of uniting Bane and Zannah. No doubt there were even those who would profess that fate and the dark side of the Force had conspired to present the Master with a suitable apprentice. Bane, however, was not one of them.He believed in the power of the Force, but he also believed in himself: He was more than just a servant of prophecy or a pawn of the dark side, subject to the whims of an inevitable, inescapable future. The Force was a tool he had used to forge his own destiny through strength and cunning. He alone among the Sith had truly earned the mantle of Dark Lord, which was why he alone among them still lived. And if Zannah was worthy of being his apprentice, she would eventually have to prove herself, as well.He heard a grunt behind him and turned back to see that the girl had tumbled to the ground, falling in her haste to try to keep up with the relentless pace he’d set. She glared at him, anger etched across her features.“Slow down!” she snapped. “You’re going too fast!”Bane clenched his teeth as a fresh bolt of pain ripped through his skull. “I am not going too fast,” he replied, keeping his voice even but stern. “You are going too slow. You must find a way to keep up.”She scrambled to her feet, swatting at the scuffed knees of her overalls to wipe away the most obvious traces of dirt. “My legs aren’t as long as yours,” she replied crossly, refusing to back down. “How am I supposed to keep up?”The girl had spirit. That had been clear from the moment of their first meeting. She had recognized Bane instantly for what he was: one of the Sith, sworn enemy of the Jedi, a servant of the dark side. Yet she had shown no fear. In Zannah, Bane had seen the potential for the successor he needed, but she had obviously seen something she wanted in him, too. And when he had offered her the chance to be his apprentice, to study and learn the ways of the dark side, she hadn’t hesitated.He wasn’t yet certain why Zanah had been so eager to ally herself with a Lord of the Sith. It could have been a simple act of desperation: She was alone, with nowhere else to turn for her survival. Or maybe she saw the dark side as a path to vengeance against the Jedi, a way to make them all suffer for the death of her bouncer friend. It was even possible she had simply sensed Bane’s power and lusted to claim it as her own.Whatever her true motivations, Zannah had been more than willing to swear fealty to the Sith and her new Master. However, it was neither her spirit nor her willingness that made her worthy of being his apprentice. The Dark Lord had chosen her for one reason, and one reason only.“You are strong in the Force,” he explained, his voice still betraying no hint of emotion or the agony he endured. “You must learn to use it. To call on its power. To bend it to your purpose. As you did when you killed the Jedi.”He saw a flicker of doubt cross her face. “I don’t know how I did that,” she muttered. “I didn’t even mean to do it,” she continued, suddenly uncertain. “It just sort of . . . happened.”Bane detected a hint of guilt in her voice. He was disappointed, but hardly surprised. She was young. Confused. She couldn’t truly understand what she had done. Not yet.“Nothing just happens,” he insisted. “You called upon the power of the Force. Think back to how you did it. Think back to what happened.”She hesitated, then shook her head. “I don’t want to,” she whispered.The girl had already endured immeasurable pain and suffering since her arrival on Ruusan. She had no wish to revisit those awful experiences. Bane understood; he even sympathized with her. He, too, had suffered during his childhood, a victim of countless savage beatings at the hands of Hurst, his cruel and abusive father. But he had learned to use those memories to his advantage. If Zannah was to become the heir to the dark side’s legacy, she had to confront her past. She had to learn how to draw upon her most painful memories. She had to transform and channel them to allow her to wield the power of the dark side.“You feel sorry for those Jedi now,” Bane said, his voice casual. “You feel regret. Remorse. Maybe even pity.” The easy tone fell away quickly as his voice began to rise in both volume and intensity. “But these are worthless emotions. They mean nothing. What you need to feel is anger!”He took a sudden step toward her, his right fist clenched before him to punctuate his words. Zannah flinched at the unexpected movement, but didn’t retreat.“Their deaths were not an accident!” he shouted as he took another step forward. “What happened was not some mistake!”A third step brought him so close that the shadow of his massive frame enveloped the girl like an eclipse. She cowered slightly but held her ground. Bane froze, blocking out the pain in the back of his skull and reining in his fury. He crouched down beside her and relaxed his clenched fist. Then he reached out slowly with his hand and placed it gently on her shoulder.“Think back to what you felt when you unleashed your power against them,” he said, his voice now a soft, seductive whisper. “Think back to what you felt when the Jedi murdered your friend.”Zannah dropped her head, her eyes closed. For several seconds she was still and silent, forcing her mind to relive the moment. Bane saw the emotions crossing her face: grief, sorrow, loss. Beneath his massive hand on her frail shoulder, she trembled slightly. Then, slowly, he felt her anger begin to rise. And with it, the power of the dark side.When the girl looked up again her eyes were open wide; they burned with a fierce intensity. “They killed Laa,” she spat. “They deserved to die!”“Good.” Bane let his hand fall from her shoulder and took a step back, the hint of a satisfied smile playing across his lips. “Feel the anger. Welcome it. Embrace it.“Through passion, I gain strength,” he continued, reciting from the Code of the Sith. “Through strength, I gain power.”“Through passion, I gain strength,” she said, repeating his words, responding to them. “Through strength, I gain power.” He could sense the dark side building within her, growing in intensity until he could almost feel its heat.“The Jedi died because they were weak,” he said, taking a step back. “Only the strong survive, and the Force will make you strong.” As he turned away, he added, “Use it to keep up. If you fall behind again, I will leave you here on this world.”“But you still haven’t told me what to do!” she shouted after him as he marched away.Bane didn’t reply. He’d given her the answer, though she didn’t know it yet. If she was worthy of being his apprentice, she’d figure it out.