Science Fiction
 

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets

Author: John Jackson Miller

Published By: Random House Digital, Inc.



Reviewed by Melissa Minners

 

            After what has seemed like an unbearably long wait, the final installment of Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith has finally been made available for download.  Just in time for the final book of the Fate of the Jedi series to hit the stores, Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets promises to reveal the final piece in the puzzle of the inspiration that led the Lost Tribe to become such a great Sith entity.  I couldnít wait to get my hands on this novella.

            When we last left Kesh, Sith Caretaker Varner Hilts and his Keshiri assistant Jaye were headed to the Temple, last resting place of Omen, the ship that had brought his ancestors to this planet.  Hilts believed he had uncovered something in Yaru Korsinís Testament, something that might unite the various Sith factions and prevent the total destruction of his people.  Korsin had said that the true power of the Tribe was behind the throne and Hilts didnít think that this was meant figuratively.

            Upon reaching the Temple, the two come across Iliana Merko, former Sister of Seelah, now on the run from a number of the warring tribes and seeking refuge in this place.  With her help, they locate Korsinís throne, only to discover it had been moved from its original location.  Armed with a letter found within the throne revealing Yaru Korsinís motherís vision of her son as a leader of a great people, Varner Hilts, Jaye and Iliana Merko must find the original location of the throne to discover the true power of the Tribe, but time grows short as do tempers.

            Secrets was a perfect ending to the Lost Tribe of the Sith series, revealing that which drives the Tribe we see in the Fate of the Jedi novels.  It also reveals quite a bit about the diverse make-up of the Tribe.  In the beginning, the Tribe was made up of alien species and humans.  Over the years, the aliens were thinned out and the Sith were eventually culled until only humans remained.  The native people of Kesh were kept as servants and artisans, never rising above these stations.  Yet, in the Fate of the Jedi series of novels, the Lost Tribe contains a number of Force-wielding Keshiri.  The secrets behind this elevation in status are contained in this final novella.

            As always, John Jackson Millerís writing style keeps the reader fully invested in the outcomes of the characters he has created.  Each and every character is uniquely interesting and, over the series, each one becomes an integral cog in the machine that will eventually become the present Lost Tribe of the Sith.  My kudos to John Jackson Miller for keeping my interest over the span of this eight-part, widely spread out series.  After finishing each segment, I couldnít wait to read the next, but, alas, the powers that be forced me to wait such lengthy periods between each installment.  It is a testimony to the authorís talent that I was so enthralled by this storyline as to keep coming back for more.

            Star Wars: The Lost Tribe of the Sith is definitely a series worth reading if only to understand what drives the Lost Tribe we meet in the Fate of the Jedi series of novels.  But even as a stand alone series, these novellas are fun to read, featuring action, intrigue, romance and more.  Now that the series is over, I hope that John Jackson Miller will continue to make forays into the Star Wars Universe.  Perhaps he can delve more into the Sithís past, revealing more and more about the early Sith as he goes along.

 


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: Paragon

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Savior

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Purgatory

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Sentinel

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Pantheon

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Outcast

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Omen

Star Wars: The Fate of the Jedi: First Blood

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Abyss

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Backlash

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Allies

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Vortex

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Conviction

Star Wars: Fate of the Jedi: Ascension


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