[caption id=”” align=”alignleft” width=”162” caption=”Book Cover : Path of Destruction”][/caption] Just finished reading Star Wars : Darth Bane : Path of Destruction. Interesting book. Not because there is anything great about the writing style, or the story telling or even the plot. In fact it is quite ordinary on those fronts. However its one of the few books I’ve read where the protagonist is an evil character. The book talks about the emergence of a new Sith Dark Lord - Darth Bane, and focuses on his transition from a miner into a Darth. We are all products of our experiences and the choices we make and the interesting aspect of this book, is how the protagonist makes the choices towards the dark side. The interesting aspect that comes out of this book is that there is a clinical logic to the “dark side” as well. Its that logic one should read this book for. It makes a case for greed, ambition, cunningness, deception, dominance. But there is no value judgement. Its just portrayed very very clinically. That aspect of the logic also goes on to denigrate honour, integrity and a variety of the other “good” attributes our parents taught us. At the end of the day given its clinicalness, it could tempt you into believing that the light and dark (as in dark side) are simply labels and not judgements - might as well have been red and blue. Each one of us has elements of the light and dark in us. We get surprised when we find incompatible elements in the people we deal with and can’t understand them. This book shows us the logic in why some of the people act differently and how they possibly might be thinking. Understanding that could help us feel less surprised at times. Therein lies the strength of the book. That is why I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.