Science Fiction

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Skyborn

Author: John Jackson Miller

Published By:
The Ballentine Publishing Company

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Skyborn, by John Jackson Miller, is the second novella installment in the nine part series called Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith.  This novella series is designed to give readers the history of the Sith clan discovered by Alema Rar in the Legacy of the Force series of novels.  These Sith take on a larger role in the Fate of the Jedi novel series and it is only proper that these novella are released in concurrence with the Fate of the Jedi novels.

            In Skyborn, we learn that the planet Yaru Korsin and the surviving passengers aboard the Omen have crash-landed on is actually inhabited.  The population of this planet is rather large, and although they do value academical studies, they are deeply devout to their religion and vehemently disagree whenever any academical finding goes against their religious code.

            Such is the case when Adari Vaal, a geologist of sorts, attempts to prove that the land they live on was created by volcanic eruptions and not by the gods they call the Skyborn.  Being branded a heretic was of little concern to her until one day, while attempting to prove her findings to the local leader of her village, a mountain close by seemingly erupts.  Seeing this as retribution from the slighted Skyborn, the villagers become more earnest in their attacks toward Adari, leading her to take flight on her deceased husbandís uvak, a reptilian creature with wings, somewhat like a dragon without the flames.

            Her flight takes her to the mountain and the cause of the so-called eruption.  She discovers the Omen crash site and witnesses Korsin himself as he takes on his brother in battle.  Observing her flying overhead, Korsin realizes that his people may yet be saved as this planet is indeed populated.  As a curious Adari sets forth to discover the identity of these newcomers, she is asked to become their savior as they would become hers.

            Joining up with the band of Sith, she convinces her people to help rescue them.  Believing the Sith to be descendants of the Skyborn who supposedly created their world, the Keshiri people are happy to oblige, offering their assistance in the Skyborn descendentsí every endeavor.  Meanwhile, Adari Vaal and her family are elevated to higher status, accusations of heresy no longer relevant.  But will this alliance between Adari and the Sith be beneficial for all those involved, or will it become somewhat like making a deal with the Devil? 

            I must admit that after reading the first couple of pages of Skyborn, with no mention of the Sith from Precipice, I began to become bored.  Forgetting this is a novella, a short story with a few chapters that happens to be a part of a much larger tale, I began to wonder in what direction the author was heading.  I soon realized that this side story would have a great deal to do with the survival of the Lost Tribe of the Sith and settled down to read more.

            I found the relationship between Adari Vaal and Yaru Korsin to be rather intriguing and I wonder if things wonít become a bit heated between these two as time goes on.  The whole story is actually rather intriguing as we learn about a group of Sith that, until recently, was only touched upon in previous Star Wars novels.  It will be interesting to see how this story will develop.  I canít wait to check out the next novella 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

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice

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