Darth Bane: Rule of Two

March 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Reads) (, , , )

ruleDarth Bane: Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn

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The mixed bag of the Extended Universe rears its head here with a story that just doesn’t impress. It follows what I thought was an effective novel, which could account for my not liking it as much (high expectations and all that), but it makes sense that this story wouldn’t offer as much as the first. While that story told the origin of Bane, Rule of Two focuses more on Zannah, his apprentice, but glosses over much of what would have been a better examination of her character.

Going into the book, I knew it was going to be about the Sith, so I shouldn’t have been expecting a book where I could get behind the characters. Sith are selfish, violent, and remorseless, which means they’re going to be hard characters to sympathize with. Karpyshyn did a good job of making Bane sympathetic in Path of Destruction, but where his character was a victim to other bullies, here Bane becomes the bully, thus completing the cycle, I suppose. It’s just hard to root for the guy when he’s willing to kill someone over a minor inconvenience.

And what about that cover? It’s terrible! Neither one of the characters featured there even look human. I know Star Wars is full of aliens, but those two up there are indeed supposed to be human. I guess the artist didn’t get that memo.

Where Path of Destruction was engaging and interesting, Rule of Two is not. It’s almost as if it were written by another person, it’s so disappointing. It lacks characterization, and without that, it’s nearly impossible to care about what happens in the story. There’s one more book in this series, which I hope will somehow redeem it (or at least take it back to a level of engagement equal to the first book), but I’ve lowered my expectations for it based on this book. Maybe that will be the trick to liking it more.

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