Peace is a lie, there is only passion.
Through passion, I gain strength.
Through strength, I gain power.
Through power, I gain victory.
Through victory, my chains are broken.
These are the words of the Sith Code, created and lived out by Darth Bane. Darth Bane is the anti-hero at the center of a trilogy of Star Wars books that I just finished reading. These are great books.
These are great books because they, like the original three Star Wars movies, really follow the hero’s journey story-telling pattern espoused by Joseph Campbell. Drew Karpyshyn makes this story real, he makes it sing.
The first book tells of the journey of the man who would become Darth Bane. It chronicles how corrupt the Sith have become and how this corruption aids Bane in his act of destroying them.
There is a lot to meditate on here. As Bane founds what becomes the new Sith Order you really see how consumptive and fascistic true evil is.
In book two we see Bane take on an apprentice. As Bane trains her, he also seeks out more power for himself. His quest for more personal power almost ends in tragedy.
Here we see how the nature of evil often turns in on itself.
As a side note, I would love to see some of the scenes in this book made into a movie. There are action scenes here that I would put up against the best the movies have to offer.
I really liked book one and book two of this series. But book three – dynasty of evil transcends everything that has come before.
Weaving together all kinds of disparate strands from the first two stories, dynasty of evil – brings the entire story – with a bunch of white hot character arcs – to a stunning, and I felt, satisfying conclusion.
If you are a Star Wars fan, I cannot recommend these books highly enough. If you are a fan of well written stories I recommend these works as well.
This is a truly innovative take on the work Campbell began and that Lucas continued. More than any of that…this story is fun. Check it out.