Science Fiction

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Purgatory

Author: John Jackson Miller

Published By:
The Ballentine Publishing Company

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            It had been quite some time since I had read Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior and I was starting to wonder if something hadnít happened to halt the Lost Tribe of the Sith series.  Then, a week ago, I read that the fifth installment in the ebook series, Purgatory, was finally available for download.  I couldnít wait to read it. 

            Taking place a thousand years after Savior, Purgatory focuses on Orielle Katai, a Sith of the Saber class.  Oriís mother is a High Lord, but Ori has been dreaming of greater things.  However, despite her dreams of being a member of the ruling class of Sith, Ori finds herself attracted to a human slave.  Jelph of Marisota is a slave who lives outside of Tahv, cultivating his gardens and producing some of the most beautiful flora available on Kesh.  There is an attraction there that neither of them can deny although they dare not act on it. 

            One fateful day, Ori finds all of her hopes and dreams dashed to oblivion.  There is only one man she can turn to.  Unfortunately, although Jelph initially allows himself to be accessible to her needs, he soon realizes that keeping Ori around is extremely dangerous.  Jelph has a secret, one that could easily bring about his death should others discover the truth about the farmer and his land.

            When I first started reading Purgatory, I was a bit confused.  When I had last left Kesh, I was reading about the overthrow of Yuri Korsin and his followers.  I was unprepared to read a novel about the tribe so far into the future, albeit still far into the Star Wars universeís past.  I was a bit startled that the story had nothing to do with the Korsin family. 

            However, I realized that the Lost Tribe of the Sith series was about the evolution of this Sith tribe into what it has become by the time we read the Fate of the Jedi series of novels.  Thus, it made every bit of sense that John Jackson Miller would eventually take his ebook story further past the original Korsin ruling class of Sith.  In order to understand the new Sith tribe, we must have a complete understanding of the tribeís history as a while and the Korsin family, original tribe members as they were, would not last forever.

            There is a startling discovery to be made in this installment.  Unfortunately, if I talk about why it is so important to the Star Wars story as a whole, I will reveal exactly what that startling discovery is, so, in the spirit of all that is fair and good, I will leave the secret a secret.  Just know that some interesting revelations are to be read in Purgatory.  I canít wait to read the next installment of the series.  Obviously, there are those present in this ebook that may not make it to the end of the series.  I have the sneaking suspicion that one of those characters may not make it to the end of the next installment!


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

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior

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