My favorites are Paragon, Savior, Pantheon, and Secrets. I can't make a list for least favorite, because the rest are all equally good. If I were to choose one, it would be "Precipice" because it is a rough story and the setup for the rest of the series. The characters are absolutely amazing. I loved some of them to pieces such as Hilts , hated others viscerally Seelah , and wanted to know more about each one.
I think it's great to see so many flawed, realistic characters. Yaru, who likes to pit Seelah against Adari. Adari, who realizes too late the evils of the Sith. Seelah, who wants to purify the race and is on the cusp of wholesale genocide. Ori, not-quite a Sith, not-quite a Jedi. Hilts, a man more interested in history, who wants to keep his people together and learn about the past, even if it puts his life in harm's way. Edell, who enjoys building and creating more than fighting and killing.
Quarra, who contemplates committing adultery and struggles to figure out her place. All these characters are vivid and well-written. All these characters engaged me and made me interested in their own story. A complaint I've had frequently with these pre-prequel Star Wars novels is that they don't feel as if they are thousands of years before "A New Hope". This isn't true with Lost Tribe at all.
I think setting back the technology, having the Tribe lose that knowledge as the years past, was excellent. I enjoyed seeing the Tribe through the years, seeing them having to use their wits to get out of scrapes instead of hopping on an airspeeder and whipping out a blaster. About the only complaint I have in this entire book collection of short stories--whatever is that the first few stories are pretty rough writing wise. Scenes jump from one to the next with little to bind them together.
Some of the wordplay was confusing, and I had to reread sentences over and over to figure out what was going on. Also, it was a little challenging each time the story jumped in time. It took time to establish relationships with characters, to get a feel for the new surroundings and people and events. I cannot say enough good things about The Lost Tribe of the Sith. It truly is one of the best Star Wars books in recent history and showcases the true talents of John Jackson Miller.
Now that I'm done, I'm more than a little sad to leave these people behind. Hopefully, Miller will get a chance to go back and write more stories about these people. I would welcome the addition to the Star Wars world. Heartily recommend for Star Wars fans, either new to the franchise or old. View all 5 comments. Mixed bag on the stories. Jan 07, Scott Rhee rated it really liked it Shelves: star-wars , science-fiction , movie-tie-in. As a "Star Wars" fan, it has always fascinated me how truly visionary George Lucas was when he created the original "Star Wars" film in It was a fully-formed universe, with a history, a philosophy, and believable characters whose stories didn't stop after the credits rolled.
True fans knew that there were so many more stories to be told in this galaxy far, far away. Hundreds of authors have contributed their own stories in what has become the Expanded Universe. John Jackson Miller publishe As a "Star Wars" fan, it has always fascinated me how truly visionary George Lucas was when he created the original "Star Wars" film in John Jackson Miller published nine e-stories set roughly 5, years before the events of the original film.
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These stories have now been published in one volume. For those unfamiliar with the history of the "Star Wars" universe, here's a little mini-primer: Siths and Jedis were two warring factions who fought a long and deadly war throughout the universe for thousands of years. Jedis engaged in peaceful endeavors, using the Force for good. Siths subscribed to a philosophy of self-aggrandizement and the subjugation of other races. Jedis eventually won the war, and the Siths died away and passed away into legend, until they were resurrected by the evil Lord Palpatine, who turned a young impressionable Jedi knight into a Sith Lord known famously as Darth Vader.
Together, these two created an evil Empire bent on conquering the universe. They also set in motion a campaign to eradicate the Jedi, which almost worked, except for a few surviving Jedi knights who went into hiding. Vader unknowingly had a son named Luke Skywalker who, with the help of an aging Jedi Knight named Obi Wan Kenobi, learned the ways of the Jedi Knighthood and eventually defeated Vader and led the way for the destruction of the Empire and the creation of the New Republic.
I just realized that I probably know more about the history of the "Star Wars" universe than I do about the history of my own country Anyway, the small roughly members Sith crew of the Omen have no choice but to make Keshtah their new home, as they lost all means of communication when the ship crashed.
They soon discover that an indigenous population exists on the planet, an intelligent but technologically primitive race called the Keshtari. The first several stories focus on the events after Omen's crash, when the Sith use the Keshtari as slave labor. A young Keshtari woman named Adari leads a successful slave revolt and flees to the other side of the planet.
Centuries later, the Sith population has grown, but constant in-fighting and numerous coup attempts have left its toll.
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The Sith of Keshtah are in danger of being extinct, until a Sith historian named Varner Hilts unites them all for one purpose: an attack upon the newly-discovered continent on the other side of the planet. Unfortunately, the legacy of the Keshtari heroine Adari quickly comes back to haunt them. Miller has done a great job of creating an entire tangential storyline to the original "Star Wars" universe. Each story is vividly conceived and well-told. Only a few stories seem contrived and ultimately irrelevent, including one in which a single Jedi pilot crashlands on Keshtah, pretends to be a Sith, and inevitably falls in love with a Sith.
As cheesy as it sounds, it actually kind of works, and its presence within the collection does serve a very limited purpose. The last story, "Pandemonium", which is more of a novella, is the best of the collection.
If you are a fan of the SWEU, you will most likely enjoy this book, as it brings more depth and back-story to an already-crowded and steadily-growing mythos that can only be comparable to other sci-fi legends such as Tolkein's Middle Earth and Frank Herbert's Arrakis. Mar 11, Tiara rated it liked it. The basic reasoning behind why these stories were written certainly makes readers want to read this series of short stories.
However, this book fell a little flat for me because it was hard for me to connect with many of the stories before they ended. Such is the nature of short stories. Originally released as a set of eBook novellas, this is the complete volume of short stories. They are set between to years Before the Battle of Yavin.
The next batch of stories were also really good, mentions of Revan was the perfect tease for the next book that I need to read. The final batch were the weakest. I felt I would have enjoyed the last section more. The first six stories were really great though, maybe best to limit yourself to just one story a day for a better reading experience Jul 20, Captnaka rated it did not like it. Worst Star Wars book I have ever read and I've read a lot of them I felt it was poorly written and the plot was confusing.
Sadly, I'm not getting the 4 hours back that I spent reading this. Jun 14, Indru rated it did not like it Shelves: science-fiction. Couldn't finish it. Sorry, I just couldn't find myself enjoying anything he writes. He seems to be a bit better with Novels than Short Stories. This book Lost Tribe feels like something made out of pieces put together clumsily.
Reading them as individual stories makes no sense, and reading them as a book makes a bit more sense but you get lost Couldn't finish it. Reading them as individual stories makes no sense, and reading them as a book makes a bit more sense but you get lost in the useless description and lack of action. There's not to much happening in this book. There are some rivalries between characters, sexual frustration of one of the characters because he doesn't have sex with his wife anymore etc.
I mean WTF?here
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I don't need the characters bearing boring conversations once every three pages. I need a plot and that adventure "vibe" specific to Star Wars. The problem might be that all the action takes place in one single location, and it feels too stationary. Then again, Andy Weir's The Martian is similar in that matter, and it's a great book.
I'm thinking JJ Miller likes too much to describe stuff and develop characters, but dislikes action in itself. Action is the main thing that describes a story, you have to have a plot. This book has none. It only offers some background on the origin of the Sith, it can be read for historical reasons, if you want to know more about that, but if you seek fun, action, adventure - you won't get it.
I read three of the collected stories and I stopped, they were too boring for me. Then again, subjective opinion - some people might like it. Judging by the reviews, they actually did. Given more page space, I think the likes of Yaru Korsin and the crew of the Omen, and the other characters, could have been much more compelling and developed over a running series such as Miller had with KOTOR.
View 1 comment. Jun 22, Khurram rated it really liked it. These are nice little stories as far as Sith go. The plot behind this is that a Sith ship called the Omen has crashed on a planet with stone age technology, and very low in Iron ore so Sith crew cannot make repairs to their own Ship effectively stranding them there. As stated this book is a collection of E-books so effectively short stories. The first story is deals with the crash and leader ship of the "tribe". At this point the These are nice little stories as far as Sith go.
At this point the Sith are more worried about how they are going to be perceived by their current lord Naga Shadow as disappearing with his cargo. The two highest ranking officers realise that they will not get getting off the planet anytime soon. As far as Sith go The main character does not seem evil, apart from killing his brother and even that was pretty much self-defence. The next story is of one of the natives who accidentally come across the stranded Sith. The story fast forwards 25 years the Sith have embedded themselves as the top of society, there is a bit of infighting that is normal for the self-destructive and racist Sith.
Then we are taking to the revolution of an insurgence of the lower lords against the grand lord with the natives taking their own side. Then we are taken years into the future of the Sith are there usual scheming selves. There is an appearance of a member of the Jedi Coven, dedicated to stopping the Sith for returning first seen in the Knights of the Old Republic comics.
Who has also crashed on this planet. All these stories lead up to the Sith destroying and restabilising their society, priorities and self-destructive tendencies. I decided to read the Legends books in chronological order instead of in publication order, which might not be the best approach. On the one hand, I have the story told to me in the right order, but on the other hand, I wonder if the stories will give too much away for future books. I dug in and read Asimov's Foundation series in publication order, which was the right decision, since reading earlier books would have ruined some of the suspense of the later books, since Asimov wrote of mysteries I decided to read the Legends books in chronological order instead of in publication order, which might not be the best approach.
I dug in and read Asimov's Foundation series in publication order, which was the right decision, since reading earlier books would have ruined some of the suspense of the later books, since Asimov wrote of mysteries that had yet to be solved in his prequels. Anyway, I now understand that this series of novellas is intended to create the antagonists for Legends of the Force, a series of books that actually falls near the end of the Legends Extended Universe chronology. The thinking was that the Sith Lords had been defeated, and instead of bringing in a bunch of bad guys who had never been seen before, the publisher decided to create a lost tribe to serve as the antagonists for that series.
Such was the birth of this book, which collects eight ebook novellas that told the story of that tribe. I didn't know this until I looked it up when parts of the stories didn't make much sense. Precipice, the first novella, tells of a group of Sith who crash land on a hostile planet called Kesh. The group loses members to the native predators, as well as to mutiny, but it's indicated that they are unable to make contact with anyone to rescue them. And of course, it's the Jedi who put the Sith into that position.
Skyborn, the next novella, shows what happens after the crash, when the native population, still making the transition from mythology to science, discover the Sith. The Sith take the opportunity to pretend to be the gods these people worship, as they come from the sky, and the Sith have crash-landed on their planet. Paragon is where the story begins to pick up speed, and highlights how these novellas don't really work as individual stories.
As chapters of a novel, they work well enough, but when you look at them separately, they don't have the cohesion of a single story. Characterization for the key characters is found in the preceding stories, including their motivations and names. The preceding stories serve as exposition, while the rest of the stories become more involved with plot.
Paragon is set fifteen years after the crash-landing, when the Sith have come to realize that they won't be leaving the planet. An apparent plague overcomes one of the lake towns on Kesh, killing all the residents. It spreads to other lake towns, and the Sith become concerned over their own vulnerability. The truth devastates not only Kesh, but the Sith the race survivors, as well. Savior follows Paragon, ten years later, when the remaining Sith choose to move from their temple near their crash site to integrate with the Kesh.
The Sith are still revered as gods. It turns out there's an underground group of rebels who suspect or know the truth about the Sith, and hope to defeat them for good. Seeing as how this story doesn't even mark the halfway point in this collection, you can guess how well that goes for them. The story then jumps ahead nearly 1, years for Purgatory. The Sith have settled in to the planet fairly well, establishing their own system to rule the planet.
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Unfortunately for them, their isolation isn't complete, as the story reveals an adversary in their midst. Sentinel continues that story, highlighting an unlikely alliance between one of the discredited Sith and someone else living on Kesh. Pantheon jumps ahead another 1, years, this time showing the Sith's ceremonies, as well as their self-serving interests and how they will ultimately lead to the destruction of the Sith. Oddly, the collection begin to take on a weird sense of humor at this point, even invoking some slapstick comedy.
It's not a complete destruction, though, as Secrets shows, but a group of people who live only for themselves doesn't much guarantee the survival of the group as a whole. Not until they find another reason to pull together a group, that is. Pandemonium is the last novella in the book, though it could be considered a novel all by itself. It comprises about a third of the entire book, and concludes the series of stories that have preceded it.
It jumps ahead about 25 years, and covers the events surrounding why the Sith decided to work together again. Knowing Sith, though, the only thing that will bring them together is an opportunity to destroy another group. Hence the name of the novella. I'm surprised that these novellas were originally released individually as ebooks, since many of them don't work as standalone stories. They seem to work better together as pairs, and even then, the pairs are part of a larger story that concludes with a story that was never available by itself. It seems like the release schedule was more about marketing and I guess they all are, really , but it felt a little cheap, and besides, the stories themselves didn't stand out as great works.
I think the book succeeds in what it set out to do -- establish the lost tribe that would serve as antagonists much later in the EU -- but I didn't feel like the stories were all that good. The characters didn't seem fleshed out which, granted, could have been due to the length of the works , there seemed to be more telling than showing, and a lot of the action occurred off-screen, or between chapters.
I can't help but feel like the events would have been better seen, though I will admit that the scope of this series of stories -- over 2, years -- prohibits too much detail. So, I like it for what it conveys about the EU, but I can't say I was wild about the style, or the stories themselves. It seems like the idea was better than the execution, which I've heard can be said of a lot of the EU material. I look forward to when the stories return to being as good as their ideas.
Sep 19, Justin rated it really liked it. This book was a collection of short stories and one final story telling the ending of the tale. They follow the crew of the Sith ship Omen as it crash lands on an unknown planet called Kesh. The surviving Sith then start to in fight and political intrigue themselves almost to extinction. The leader of the g This book was a collection of short stories and one final story telling the ending of the tale. The leader of the group, Commander Yaru Korsin, meets a native, Adari Vaal, of the planet and forms a sudo friendship with her.
These were not bad. I had read them in the individual short stories a few years ago. The characters, even though they were Sith, were likable and you could follow them without getting bored. And the subjugation and enslavement of the Kishiri was interesting watching it happen slowly to the point there was no other life for the Keshiri but to serve the Sith. Mar 17, Alex rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Plot: Paragon takes place 15 years after the crash. Plans for getting off of the planet are becoming hopeless because of the lack of metals on the planet.
Soon an entire town is wiped out by an unknown disease. The Sith are worried that the disease might start killing off the rest of the human population. Then a few days later all of the lake towns are completely wiped out, millions of lives lost.
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The epidemic is getting worse. S Plot: Paragon takes place 15 years after the crash. And it is Ravilan who is doing it. So the human Sith kill all of the alien Sith except for Gloyd. Right before Seelah kills Ravilan she tells him how she was the one who sabotaged the lake cities. Characterization: Throughout the novel we see Seelah as she changes. In the beginning Seelah was just trying to fit in. As time progressed she became bolder and bolder. When she found out that Ravilan poisoned the water in that little town, she began plotting. She decided to poison the lake cities and pin it on him.
No one ever suspected her. Audience: I would recommend this book to teenagers and older as some of the material is hard to grasp. I would recommend this book to Star Wars fans as well as fans of science fiction because there are a lot of fictional aspects in this book such as space travel and futuristic technology. Both genders will be able to enjoy this book equally. However, if you are not a fan of science fiction do not read this book. You will be bored out of your mind because of all of the science involved.
Likewise if you are not of a high reading level the content will go right over your head. Personal Response: I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars because it is about Star Wars. It gives information to another section of the Star Wars universe. I would recommend this book to any of my Star Wars fan friends. Overall this was a good book. Aug 02, Avery Delany rated it liked it Shelves: star-wars , series , science-fiction. The further I get into this series, the more interesting it gets and the more I like it. I like the fact that there are twists in this series as well, it keeps me from getting bored where I otherwise would be.
It was interesting having this book follow Seelah and it brought her character into a new light, especially as at first she was presented as a spoilt, childish woman. I find it quite interesting that so many SW fans seem to dislike the political aspects of this series and of other series in The further I get into this series, the more interesting it gets and the more I like it.
I find it quite interesting that so many SW fans seem to dislike the political aspects of this series and of other series in the SW franchise. It sounds like the complaining of little boys because there isn't enough fighting and waving of lightsabers. I find it interesting to see a more 'human' side of the Sith because it's rare that you get such animalistic characters, and if all the books were were fighting, it would be incredibly boring. The series is becoming darker as the series is progressing and the Sith are becoming more 'Sith'-like.
Mar 17, Igor rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi. Loved the hints of Naga Sadow time and the main story develops great Now this story picks up some time after Skyborn ends. The Skyborn ie the Sith have taken over the planet. They busy their new population in building them great stone buildings and monuments to them. The population eagerly absorbs the Skyborn into their religion. However they find out there is an older story, the basis of the current religion of battles between the Protectors and the Destructors.
So they changed it so the Sith were the Protectors and the Skyborn were no more an important part of their religion. Slyly cutting out the Keshiri, but keeping the Sith in power. But not all Sith are happy, just dominating this single planet. Many want to leave, even though that is not possible. And others secretly work to cleanse the Sith blood lines of impurities. The Massassai are slowly dwindling in number, their offspring never living long.
So they devise a plan to force the Sith to regroup and possibly wipe out the Keshiri. The plan fails, and it is the Massassai who fade into the annals of history. Jan 24, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , series , kindle-book , sci-fi , cheap-amazon-buy. This book includes more action than before with a few surprising twists. Since I'm not a huge Star Wars fan, some of the more political references went past me but it wasn't too out of range for me to not infer what may be going on.
Unfortunately, I guess when I bought these books, I somehow didn't get the fourth one. I can't find just the fourth installment by itself and I'm not purchasing them again for 50 pages or so. I'll have to go to the fifth and hope I can enjoy the end of the series. Aug 27, Lyndon rated it liked it Shelves: ebook , novella. Not a very satisfactory installment to this series, but it does reveal the machinations of a main character.
Lost Tribe of the Sith is an episodic novel in I'm not sure how many parts. I downloaded them free from Amazon at one point a promotion, I think awhile back. Working my way through each "chapter" each book is less than 40 pages in the story. Feb 19, Kevis Hendrickson rated it it was ok. I'm a bit torn about my feelings about this series. On one hand, I relish the thought of reading new adventures set in the Star Wars universe.
However, I really don't find any of the characters interesting and find that the humanized version of the Sith are paltry replacements for the likes of Darth Maul, Darth Bane, Darth Sidious, and their ilk. Although it's kind of clever to create a cast of Sith Lords who are more like I'm a bit torn about my feelings about this series. Although it's kind of clever to create a cast of Sith Lords who are more like everyday people than the the vicious, kill-or-be-killed style of villains Lucas created for his mythology, it also makes for unnecessarily overly psycho-analytical, annoyingly pretentious, and ultimately unengaging storytelling.
So far, The Lost Tribe of the Sith falls prey to the same trap that ruined the prequel films. There's just too much political intrigue and faux-philosophical storytelling to actually get excited over this series. With the material Jackson has to work with, this should be a slam dunk for an exciting story about Sith Lords. Instead, reading Miller's books are a chore because it seems less like Star Wars and more like badly written fan fiction. Give me show-stealing lightsaber battles and heated dogfights in space!
Get rid of all of this socio-political fluff and return to the kind of space opera that made fans fall in love with Star Wars in the first place. To be honest, if it weren't for the last page of 'Paragon', I'd probably give up on this series right now. My hope is that Miller is about to give us the goods on the next round.
If not, I'll be happily moving on to watching reruns of The Empire Strikes Back on my DVD player and putting to rest any thought of reading more books in this series. Oct 20, Amy rated it liked it Shelves: easy-reads , in , e-books , action-adventure , my-collection , fiction , thrillers , sci-fi , fantasy , short-stories.
Why not take it a little bit slower? Oct 25, Julianne Redmon rated it it was amazing. Paragon is full of intrigue and suspense. So far my favorite book in the series! The characters are revealing more of themselves as the story progresses. With the Sith it is all about power and domination, not only over the native Keshiri but over each other.
Seelah is taking it even farther by trying to "perfect" the way that the Sith look. I have disliked her since she was first introduced in Precipice and in Paragon she is so vile she makes my skin crawl. We find out more about her history and Paragon is full of intrigue and suspense. We find out more about her history and why she is the way that she is, but I still detest her.
In the story we are seeing more now how the Keshiri have taken to domination by the Sith "skyborn. So much is revealed right at the end I can't wait to find out! May 16, Sacha Valero rated it really liked it Shelves: sci-fi , fantasy , star-wars , fiction. In this third installment of the Lost Tribe series we find that fifteen years have passed.
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