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Path of Destruction: Star Wars Legends (Darth Bane): A Novel of the Old Republic

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Drew Karpyshyn

Narrated By: Jonathan Davis

Publisher: Random House (Audio)

Date: October 2012

Duration: 12 hours 16 minutes


Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy–and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before.

Since childhood, Dessel has known only the abuse of his hateful father and the dangerous, soul-crushing labor of a cortosis miner. Deep in the tunnels of the desolate planet Apatros, endlessly excavating the rare mineral valued throughout the galaxy, Dessel dreams of the day he can escape–a day he fears may never come. But when a high-stakes card game ends in deadly violence, Dessel suddenly finds himself a wanted man.

On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel vanishes into the ranks of the Sith army, and ships out to join the bloody war against the Republic and its Jedi champions. There, Dessel’s brutality, cunning, and exceptional command of the Force swiftly win him renown as a warrior. But in the eyes of his watchful masters, he is destined for a far greater role in the ultimate Sith plan for the galaxy–if he can prove himself truly worthy.

As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side at the feet of its greatest masters, Dessel embraces his new Sith identity: Bane. However the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness one must fully surrender to the dark side through a trial by fire that Bane, for all his unquenchable fury and lust for power, may not be strong enough to endure . . . especially since deception, treachery, and murder run rampant among the Sith disciples, and utter ruthlessness alone is the key to survival. Only by defying the most sacred traditions, rejecting all he has been taught, and drawing upon the long-forgotten wisdom of the very first Sith can Bane hope to triumph–and forge from the ashes of that which he must destroy a new era of absolute dark power.


  • Danny B.

    Fantastic. My favorite Star Wars book. Exceptional narrator. The old republic is my favorite era to read.

  • Denis I.

    Listened through all 3 books 6 or 7 times. (Path of destruction, Rule of 2 & Dynasty of evil). Its greatest! I love Darth Bane.

  • Thomas B

    Will done.

  • Nick B

    My favorite of any Star Wars series so far and the narrator did an awesome job!

  • Lisa L

    Loved the series! All the three books where amazing. :)

  • Brandon M

    Great book! It's refreshing to get the opposite point of view, and see the dark side perspective. Looking forward to the next two installments.

  • Jordan C

    Great book! Darth Bane a very interesting character! A turning point in the Star Wars universe, highly suggest!

  • Ian S

    Great plot and wonderful story line towards the rule of two

  • Donnie Popham

    Amazing story and awesome narration. A must read for Star Wars fans.

  • tim bailey

    I love this story. Sometimes it can be hard for me to get into Star Wars authors but I love this trilogy. I am on my second time listening. Well narrated and very addictive.

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