Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, Bk 1)

So I’ll be honest with you: When it comes to Good vs. Evil, I pretty much always land on the side of good.  I like puppies and rainbows and happily ever after.  I like rebels, but generally that’s because they’re fighting against the status quo and making the world a better place.

So going into this book, I had some reservations.  Obviously Darth Bane is Sith, not Jedi.  It’s difficult for me to cheer for him when he’s defeating Jedi.  I was interested in his story, but I didn’t like him.  Even when he was rebelling against the Sith Lords and the status quo, I wasn’t always cheering for him.  Sometimes I was, but several times I wanted him to fail and stop being such a pompous ass.

Beyond the fact that the main character didn’t work for me, I had several issues with the writing.  Too much time was spent on things that ended up not being important at all. I was annoyed by the amount of detail that was thrown in about things like sabacc that never went anywhere.  I felt like it was included just to pad the word/page count of the book.  And while I won’t spoil it for anyone that happens upon this, I didn’t like the way the book ended.

So now I have two more Darth Bane books to read. This could definitely be a struggle. I am curious to see where the story goes from here, but I’m definitely looking forward to getting to the books where the good guys prosper.

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