Science Fiction

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice

Author: John Jackson Miller

Published By:
The Ballentine Publishing Company

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            After I finished reading the final book in the Star Wars: Legacy of the Force series, I realized that while answering quite a few questions, the series actually raised quite a few others.  One that has been nagging at me centers around some Sith Lords stumbled upon by Alema Rar.  Who are these Sith Lords?  Where did they come from and why have they gone unnoticed all these years?  Why are there so many - I thought the Sith ran by the rule of two?  Well, I should have known that no stone would be left unturned in the continuing Star Wars saga. 

            Star Wars: The Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice is the first of nine novella installments written by John Jackson Miller that will explore the history behind the long-hidden Sith tribe.  Precipice takes place sometime during the Jedi/Sith Wars.  Yaru Korsin is the commander of the starship known as Omen, one of two ships loaded with Lignan crystals leaving Phaegon III.  The cargo is precious to the war effort and must be delivered soon to have any effect on the war.  Unfortunately for Commander Korsin, the Jedi wish to prevent this shipment from ever occurring, for Omen is no ordinary ship.  This is a Sith starship and the crystals are headed into Sith hands.

            When a Jedi starfighter attacks both ships, Korsin wisely attempts to head out into hyperspace to avoid further damage to his ship, ensuring that the delivery of crystals reaches its destination on schedule.  Unfortunately, Omen is struck by Harbinger just prior to making the hyperspace jump, sending the ship off course and causing irreparable damage.  Omen exits hyperspace and crash lands in a mountain region on a planet in an unknown region.  It is up to Commander Korsin to rally his passengers and crew and spur on the Sith determination for survival. 

            But as determined as Commander Korsin is to survive, the odds are stacked against him.  The local wildlife has attacked more than once, the very air that they are breathing is slowly killing off some of the passengers, and worse - there may be a traitor within their midst.

            I have read other Star Wars eBooks in the past and found them to be engaging, but they were one shot deals, so all of the action took place in one 30-50 page span.  Precipice is the first of a nine part series and thus is designed to set the stage for our continued interest in the main characters and their survival.  Knowing that this was a nine part series, I would not have expected much action to take place in the first installment, yet Precipice is filled with action from the very first page to the last.

            Although the subject matter was intriguing, I wondered whether I would enjoy reading a Star Wars story in which I knew nothing about any of the characters.  The author would be hard pressed to capture my attention and make me want to come back for more.  John Jackson Miller proved to be more than up to the task, writing the characters in such a way that I was immediately taken by them and became invested in their future. 

            I was so engrossed in my reading that I was shocked when I arrived at the last page.  What, no more?!  But I need more!  Hopefully that wonít be long in coming.  Precipice has all of the attributes a fan looks for in a Star Wars tale: action, intrigue, betrayal, Sith - who could ask for more?!  I canít wait to read the next installment in the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith series!


For more appearances by the Lost Tribe of the Sith, check out:

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Inferno

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Fury

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force: Revelation

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