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Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule Of Two: The Essential Legends Collection Book Review

“Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule Of Two: The Essential Legends Collection” continues where ‘Path of Destruction’ left off.

Written by Drew Karpyshyn, “Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule Of Two” is the second book in the Darth Bane trilogy (which is now in the Legends line of books). The sequel is more of an ensemble piece rather than just a Bane story. The story begins after the events of the Thought Bomb disaster on the planet Ruusan and quickly introduces the main characters which include Sith Lord Darth Bane and his new apprentice (a force sensitive child named Zannah AKA Rain), Rain’s cousin Darovit, Jedi Lord Valenthyne Farfalla (the new Army of Light leader) and a Jedi Padawan named Johun who becomes a guard for Chancellor Valorum. The book then jumps ahead 10 years where we find Bane trying to build a Sith Holocron and dealing with powerful parasites known as the orbalisks, Zannah becoming more powerful and embarking on missions for Bane, and the Jedi moving forward from the end of the war (or so they think). Eventually Bane, Zannah, Johun, Farfalla and Darovit all cross paths, but how will that play out? That would be telling.

After the riveting first chapter of the Darth Bane trilogy (‘Path of Destruction’), I was eager to see where the story was headed. Alas, ‘Rule Of Two’ doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessor. The sequel suffers from a lack of forward movement. There’s a feeling that Karpyshyn is biding his time before book 3. Sure, Bane’s power grows, but his plan to eliminate the Jedi and see the fall of the Republic barely advances. Moreover, this book is more about Zannah than it is Bane. Sure, the characterization work here is strong (although there are numerous red herrings character wise), but I was left wanting more from the story progression. Much of the time, it seems like characters are racing around from planet to planet looking for objects or intel. There’s also a puzzling amount of very weird elements here ala the orbalisks and technobeasts. A little too out there for Star Wars to me.

There is still much to admire about this book. For one, it’s an engaging read cover to cover. Even with the shortcomings, I was invested in the character journeys on the dark and light sides of the Force particularly with Zannah and Johun. The book also pays off in that it really builds towards an exciting and eventful ending. I won’t spoil too much, but let’s just say it’s full of lightsaber action, death, surprises, and major character actions that will get you pumped for the third installment in this trilogy.

Note: This book contains new cover art by Simon Hoinard with the design by Scott Biel and an excerpt for “Star Wars: Darth Bane: Dynasty Of Evil.”

September 29, 2021 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , ,

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