Path of Destruction (Star Wars: Darth Bane #1)
Thousands of years before the rise of Darth Sidious and Darth Vader, the Old Republic was rife with the evil Sith, who were a constant thorn in the side of the Jedi. But greed and hunger for power were eating away at the Sith Order, destroying it from within. In the midst of this rose a new Sith, Darth Bane, who recognized that the Sith Order would fall if nothing was done. Thus it was he who, learning to cultivate patience and cunning, hid from the strife until it was over, and then rose to become the most powerful Sith Lord ever. This is the story of the transformation of Des, a young miner, into the legendary Sith Lord Darth Bane. Des - like many of the disenfranchised who live on the Outer Rim - is disillusioned with the stagnancy of the Old Republic. When the Sith unite to bring the Republic down, Des is one of many to join their cause. His heroism and skill in battle - along with his remarkable connection to the Force - draw the notice of the Sith Masters, and Des eventually finds himself studying at the Sith Academy on Korriban. He takes the name of Bane and, amidst the deception and back-stabbing of the other students, he learns to unlock his latent dark-side talents.
In the blockbuster movie, Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace, we learned about the "Rule of Two," which decrees that there can only ever be two Sith Lords in existence at once--Master and Apprentice. The powerful Sith Lord who destroyed all his adversaries, killed his own Master, and invented the Rule of Two was the legendary Darth Bane. This is his story.
Drew lives in the hinterlands of the Great White North of Canada with his loving wife Jen and their cat, Roxy - because everyone knows you can't be a real author if you don't own a cat. When not penning fantasy and sci-fi novels he is a writer/designer for Bioware, where he has worked on a number of award-winning computer games. During the all-too-brief Canadian summers he works dilegently on his golf game, though he has yet to taste the sweet victory of shooting under par for a full 18-hole round.