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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks; Reprint edition (October 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.6 x 2.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Brilliant" SFX Magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction and Mass Effect: Revelation, as well as several other fantasy and science fiction novels. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the blockbuster Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game. He lives in Canada’s hinterlands with his wife, Jen, and their cat.

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Drew Karpyshyn is the New York Times bestselling author of Star Wars: Darth Bane: Rule of Two, Star Wars: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction, and the Mass Effect novels Revelation and Ascension, as well as several other fantasy and science fiction novels. He is also an award-winning writer/designer for the computer game company BioWare, where he was lead writer on Mass Effect and the blockbuster Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic video game. He lives in Canada's hinterlands with his wife, Jen, and their cat.

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I like to think that I can turn my brain off and enjoy things, but this is too much!!
Crystal Starr Light
The book has a great plot and a wicked ending that I wasn't expecting with great action and great characters, great development of the characters etc.
Kenneth J. Gray
This tells the story of the rise of Darth Zannah, Bane's apprentice that he picked up at the end of the first book.
Darth Mortis

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pruette on February 1, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The second Star Wars novel by Drew Karpyshyn set in the Old Republic, Darth Bane: Rule of Two picks up immediately after the climactic events of the first book Darth Bane: Path of Destruction. The detonation of former Sith leader Lord Kaan's thought bomb has devastated the Jedi and Sith remaining on the planet of Ruusan. Darth Bane has survived and has just chosen a new apprentice, a girl named Rain who has recently killed two Jedi in a fit of rage. Her cousin Tomcat, who was brought to Ruusan with her originally to help the Jedi war effort, is also still around; turns out his Force powers were too weak for him to be greatly affected by the thought bomb.

These events were originally told in the Dark Horse comics series Jedi vs. Sith. In the first book, Karpyshyn retold part of that comic series, giving it a more realistic and grittier feeling (i.e., unlike the comics, Lord Valenthyne Farfalla wasn't literally a satyr in the novel and his ship, while described as like an ancient sailing vessel, still didn't sound as ridiculous as the actual imagery of it in Jedi vs. Sith was.) Apart from altering the feel of the comic series, though, Karpyshyn stayed largely faithful to its events. He completes the re-telling of the comics in Rule of Two, quickly sweeps in his own version of the older short story Bane of the Sith, and around one-third of the way into this novel finally has the opportunity to cleanly tell a brand new story of his own.

After some setup, the story takes a ten-year leap forward, so that Rain, now known as Darth Zannah, can become the young adult apprentice of Darth Bane and we can see how his plans for the new Sith Order of two individuals are progressing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kolya on January 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Having really enjoyed the first Darth Bane book, my eyes lit up at the sight of this book on the shelf and I knew exactly what I would be reading for the next couple days. I'd have to say that, as with even good sequels, this one contributed well to the continued story of this monumental Sith Lord, but wasn't quite as good as the first book. As always I enjoy when Star Wars books give you the author invented characters to interact with the established ones. In this case it is the previously unnamed Jedi Johun. Unlike past Star Wars books however there wasn't really much to his character and his involvement in the story was very minimal, but in this case I think it worked better to allow more story time for Bane and his apprentice. My one gripe was that I had hoped to see more about the next step in the Sith Order, the official "handing down" from Master to Apprentice and for the Apprentice to then become the Master...but I can see why they chose to end it where they did. The only thing I can say is that I hope they go with the Star Wars tradition and make this at the very least a trilogy.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By L. Weinberg on December 28, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Like most EU books of late, this is a quick read...but it is definitely enjoyable. The first Darth Bane book was one of the better EU books to come out in recent years, so I was hoping that this would follow suit. For the most part, it does.

Rule of Two continues the tale of Darth Bane and Zannah, starting mere hours after Path of Destruction's end. The book follows several different storylines, all of which come together in the last 50-60 pages with a great finale. The new characters are all well-developed and interesting, compared to some other recent EU books (e.g., Death Star).

On the negative, this definitely has the feel of being a bit rushed, as the author notes in his forward -- there were a few minor spelling and grammatical errors throughout. Additionally, some plot devices seemed contrived and repetitive (e.g., yet another Sith holocron).

Still, the characters continue to develop well, the action is exciting and fast-paced, and I look forward to a third book in this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chad Lawrence on April 16, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The thing I loved most about this book is Drew K.'s writing. He has an amazing ability to weave a story that makes his books very hard to put down and always leaves you surprised at the end.

The only downside about this book is that it is a bit gruesome and dark in parts. I would let my young son read many Star Wars books, but not this one. I understand that Darth Bane and the Sith are evil, and some may argue that it's necessary to be this graphic when you're portraying evil. So I'm not sure how strong of a criticism I want to make of this. Drew clearly shows how Bane and his apprentice are self serving to the extreme and how this manifests itself into evil acts, but this does make the book very dark sometimes.

It's difficult to read books that center around the bad guy because they can seem hopeless, and that was a problem I had with the first Darth Bane novel. In this one, however, there are heroes to cheer for, and there are good guys that you hope will succeed.

Another thing to note is that I also think that Drew K. does an excellent job of showing how people can slip into evil, even though they did not start as an evil person nor did they try to become evil. This is not to excuse their actions, but it's interesting how well he can explain them. It's similar to how you can see Anakin slipping into evil in Revenge of the Sith. I actually think Drew K. does a better job, but it may be because it's easier to get inside of a character's head in a book than in a movie.

So overall, this is another well written story from Drew K. I would steer younger readers and the squeamish away from it however.
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