Darth Bane Trilogy

One to embody the power, the other to crave it.
–Darth Bane, Dark Lord of the Sith

This is a story of the Old Empire.
Sometimes the bad guys get to have all the fun, here they are the brooding serious types. It’s the descent that’s compelling here.
Recommended to all Star Wars fans.

Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #1)
by Drew Karpyshyn (2007)


On the run from vengeful Republic forces, Dessel, a Cortosis miner, 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, a far greater destiny awaits him.
As an acolyte in the Sith academy, studying the secrets and skills of the dark side, Dessel embraces his new identity: Bane. But the true test is yet to come. In order to gain acceptance into the Brotherhood of Darkness, he must defy the most sacred traditions and reject all he has been taught. It is a trial by fire in which he must surrender fully to the dark side–and forge from the ashes a new era of absolute power.

Rule of Two (Star Wars: Darth Bane #2)
by Drew Karpyshyn (2007)

The story of a young mans 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.

Dynasty of Evil (Star Wars: Darth Bane, #3)
by Drew Karpyshyn (2009)

Twenty years have passed since Darth Bane, reigning Dark Lord of the Sith, demolished the ancient order devoted to the dark side and reinvented it as a circle of two: one Master to wield the power and pass on the wisdom, and one apprentice to learn, challenge, and ultimately usurp the Dark Lord in a duel to the death. But Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has yet to engage her Master in mortal combat and prove herself a worthy successor. Determined that the Sith dream of galactic domination will not die with him, Bane vows to learn the secret of a forgotten Dark Lord that will assure the Sith’s immortality–and his own.