Rule of Two by Drew Karpyshyn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This book makes it very obvious that this series was not intended to be a trilogy. My first complaint is that this cover is one of the ugliest to grace any Star Wars novel. There are others that are poorly drawn or very poorly Photoshopped, but this one is downright ugly. And yes, I know you should never judge a book by its cover, but this one is pretty bad. What is more, this cover by John Van Fleet does not match the other covers in the series [by John Jude Palencar] and I think consistency is more important than beauty. Not all of the ugliness is the artist's fault however, because the story line includes living orbalisk [hard-shelled bug] armor and the drawing of this makes Bane's appearance more distasteful.
Beyond that the storyline of the orbalisk armor was pretty obnoxious and seemed to be unnecessary. The book also covered Bane's attempts to make a Holocron, which too a little too much time in the book and caused it to focus on Bane's apprentice more than Bane himself for large segments of the book. (view spoiler)[It is kind of obvious that with another book in the series that nothing serious is going to happen to Bane, but even so I still expected his apprentice Darth Zannah to have more of a spine and to stand-up to Bane (hide spoiler)]. This is certainly the worst book in the series, but a necessary bridge between the two if you are going to read the whole thing.
Reviews of each book in the series:
Path of Destruction,
Dynasty of Evil, or
my review of the series as a whole.
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