By Drew Karpyshyn

20 years have handed on account that Darth Bane, reigning darkish Lord of the Sith, demolished the traditional order dedicated to the darkish part and reinvented it as a circle of 2: one grasp to wield the facility and cross at the knowledge, and one apprentice to profit, problem, and finally usurp the darkish Lord in a duel to the loss of life. yet Bane’s acolyte, Zannah, has but to interact her grasp in mortal wrestle and end up herself a helpful successor. made up our minds that the Sith dream of galactic domination won't die with him, Bane vows to benefit the key of a forgotten darkish Lord that would guarantee the Sith’s immortality–and his own.

A excellent chance arises while a Jedi emissary is assassinated at the stricken mining planet Doan, giving Bane an excuse to dispatch his apprentice on a fact-finding mission–while he himself units out in mystery to trap the traditional holocron of Darth Andeddu and its helpful wisdom. yet Zannah isn't any idiot. She understands that her ruthless grasp has started to doubt her, and she or he senses that he's hiding anything the most important to her destiny. If she's going to declare the facility she craves, she needs to take motion now.

While Bane storms the distant stronghold of a fanatical Sith cult, Zannah prepares for her Master’s downfall through identifying an apprentice of her personal: a rogue Jedi crafty and cold-blooded adequate to embody the Sith means and to face beside her whilst she ultimately wrests from Bane the mantle of darkish Lord of the Sith.

But Zannah isn't the just one with the will and tool to smash Darth Bane. Princess Serra of the Doan royal family members is haunted by means of thoughts of the great Sith soldier who murdered her father and tortured her while she used to be a baby. Bent on retribution, she hires a cruel murderer to discover her tormentor–and deliver him again alive to style her wrath.

Only a Sith who has taken down her personal grasp can turn into darkish Lord of the Sith. So whilst Bane all at once vanishes, Zannah needs to locate him–possibly even rescue him–before she will be able to kill him. And so she pursues her quarry from the bleak depths of a ravaged international close to disaster to the barren reaches of a barren region outpost, the place the way forward for the darkish side’s strongest disciples can be made up our minds, as soon as and for all, via the ultimate, deadly stroke of a lightsaber.

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Yet whether he was once, what did she achieve through calling his bluff? She did not recognize whatever approximately this guy: who he was once, how he came, or why he had proven up within the first position. What did she particularly accomplish through killing him? And what did she lose through letting him pass? the single cause she hadn't left but used to be the idea that this used to be the place she might locate her future. no matter if this guy lived or died used to be of no end result in comparison with that. A deep thrumming increase rolled in the course of the cavern. The silver-haired guy swayed a bit on his toes. "We're operating out of time," he warned, cocking his arm again and taking objective. "We have a deal! " she shouted. "Stay the place i will be able to see you," the fellow warned, backing clear of her rigorously. maintaining his eye on her, he scooted over to the opposite commute. He disappeared round the a ways part of the vessel. She heard him fumbling with the entry panel as he sliced the protection platforms, by means of the unmistakable whoosh of the boarding ramp descending. a couple of seconds later he reappeared, seen within the cockpit viewport. The Huntress easily watched, understanding there has been not anything she may perhaps do. not like a lightsaber, neither her vibroblades nor her blasters have been in a position to causing any critical harm at the hull of a commute. She momentarily thought of drawing the lightsaber and mimicking the trick he had used opposed to her, yet whether she was once in a position to harm his vessel, it simply intended he might nonetheless be the following, and she'd need to locate a way to get to her personal send earlier than he back the desire. The go back and forth engines roared to existence because it rose up and grew to become to stand the go out, soaring for an speedy slightly under the chamber's excessive ceiling. She may well sincerely see the Doan royal crest at the facet, in addition to the silver-haired guy contained in the cockpit. He waved to her and flashed a self-satisfied smile, after which the thrusters kicked in and the send swooped away, flying out of the hangar and disappearing into the evening sky. For the 1st time within the Huntress's existence, anyone she had desired to kill had gotten away. but it'd be a small cost to pay if she controlled to discover what she used to be actually searching for. bankruptcy TWENTY-THREE Zannah wasn't used to being the aggressor. In the entire instances she and Bane had sparred he were the only urgent the motion. Her lightsaber sort was once equipped on a beginning of parries and counterstrikes, hiding at the back of her almost impenetrable protection whereas watching for her opponent to make a screw up. This war of words used to be totally different. but although Bane had no lightsaber, that did not suggest he was once helpless. Zannah knew she could not easily rush in: regardless of his bulk, Bane was once enormously quickly and agile. He had additionally realized close-quarters pit-fighting strategies in the course of his days as a miner and soldier. She needed to be cautious of letting him get shut sufficient to grapple her; she could not allow him get the chance to exploit his measurement and energy opposed to her. there has been additionally his fabulous command of the strength to cope with. easy strategies like pushing an opponent from around the room have been impractical opposed to any foe with right education.

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