Star Wars - Darth Bane #RuleOfTwo
Rule of Two picks up exactly where Path of Destruction left off. The thought bomb has done irreparable damage to the world of Russann, as well as destroying the Dark Brotherhood and 100 Jedi. We are immediately introduced to Darovit, an emergency Jedi recruit turned Sith midway through the war. No over, he no longer has any allegiance to either side, but seeks answers for the mindless destruction. He journeys down the caves where the thought bomb was detonated, finding at the centre of it all, an abomination against nature.
Darth Bane and his new found apprentice, Zannah, cousin to Darovit, go to see the epicentre of the explosion too. Zannah is learning quickly the lessons Bane puts to her, and in the caverns they meet Darovit. Whilst Bane would've just killed him, in a last act of mercy Zannah takes Darovit's arm, sparring him from the wrath of Bane. Darovit is scarred mentally, and is convinced by some Bouncers to love his days as an ordinary man.
After destroying some wartime scavengers, but purposefully leaving some to tell the tale of the surviving Sith, Zannah is curious as to why. Bane explains that the Sith must exist as rumours and secrets, infiltrating the galaxy as just two, the master and apprentice. Zannah is commanded by Bane to find her own way to Onderon, whilst Bane goes off in search of a Sith Holocron.
Meanwhile, Johun hears from the crazed wartime scavengers about the destructive Sith Lord. Eager for revenge he tries to convince his new master of their existence, but is argued down through logic and reason.
This story is an interesting journey through the training of Zannah, the quest for ancient Sith knowledge by Bane, and the life of the Jedi and now hermit Darovit. All of these lives become intertwined to culminate in an unexpected twist at the end. I am constantly compelled to find out about the holocrons Bane searches for and the exploration of ancient Sith tombs and strongholds. There are some really well written battle scenes, and Banes extreme fury always makes it exciting. The detail provided during lightsaber combat really helps you to envision.
In all, a successful follow up and great entry in the story of Bane. One more to go.