- Series: Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Legends
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (July 31, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345511379
- ISBN-13: 978-0345511379
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 315 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,628,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lost Tribe of the Sith: Star Wars Legends: The Collected Stories (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith - Legends)
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From the Author
The Fate of the Jedi novels introduce readers to a hidden Sith society, living apart from the rest of the galaxy for five thousand years. But how did they come to be? Lost Tribe of the Sith answers that question. Spanning millennia, this series of short stories introduces the original unlikely castaways -- and shows how their society was shaped.
This edition contains all eight short stories plus a large new Lost Tribe novella, Pandemonium, bringing the package to more than 400 pages. Only available in this print and digital edition, Pandemonium follows the Tribe into a new era of deviousness and destruction!
About the Author
Author and game designer John Jackson Miller is the author of Star Wars: Knight Errant and the Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith eBook series, as well as nine Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic graphic novels. His comics work includes writing for Iron Man, Mass Effect, Bart Simpson, and Indiana Jones. He lives in Wisconsin with his wife, two children, and far too many comic books.
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This book is a must read for any fan of Legends or Star Wars books in general, taking place thousands of years before the films and even the KOTOR games, these collected short stories (that all link together) follow a group of Sith who have crash landed on a planet filled with natives. The Sith do what they do best and the story goes on from there. There is a few stories that take place with the same characters but then the timeline jumps forward giving you fresh new characters and a changing world.
I was not expecting to love the characters and mythology that Miller created as much as I do. It feels alive and just as Star Wars as anything else you love.
If you like stories that take place in the Old Republic you'll love this, if you love the Sith you'll love this, if you love good Star Wars you'll love this!
Trust me you've got to read this sooner than later! (I read it in less than a week, you won't get bored!)
It was interesting to see how a colony of Sith cope with crash landing on a planet with no hope of escape. In this scenario my gut reaction would be that things are not going to end well, with various factions forming to destroy each other, infighting, and power grabs. While this does happen frequently throughout the history Miller has created, there are occasionally leaders that exhibit one of the Sith's most under underrated attributes, the ability to plan for the long game.
Concurrent with the main novels, however, a series of short stories were released (for free, no less) as e-books. Knowing that they would eventually be gathered into one collection, I waited for that to happen. Sure enough, here it is, and perhaps equally as predictable, the collection comes with a novella that brings the sprawling narrative to a firm conclusion. (Notice that the novella wasn't free, only the stories leading up to it; the novella is only available in the collection!)
The nature of the collection is such that some of the stories interconnect directly, one after the other, but it covers a period of 2000 years or so before all is said and done. In essence, it is the long process of the arrival of the human Sith to Kesh, their early struggles with non-human fellow Sith and native Keshari, and ultimately their path to survival. (It also leads into the recently started "Lost Tribe of the Sith" comic series from Dark Horse.)
By its very nature, the collection is rather narrow in terms of audience. If you didn't read a word of "Fate of the Jedi", and no practically nothing of the much older comics continuity of roughly the same period, a lot of the references and context will mean nothing. There is some basic arc structure to the collection, tying it all together, but I'm not sure it's enough to make this a must-read for the casually initiated.
For my own part, the Lost Tribe has represented one of the few opportunities for those working on the Star Wars Expanded Universe to provide the Sith with a reasonable philosophical underpinning for their vision of galactic society. Various books have delved into the struggle to balance Jedi righteousness with a free government, but the Sith (their equal but opposite) has rarely been anything more than monolithically evil and self-serving.
To some degree, this book does touch on the notion that the Sith themselves run into the problem of what happens when an entire society builds itself on the notion of individual hunger for power and control. In short, society breaks down in such a situation, unless there is something for that society to strive for as a unit. Looking at this notion from a historical standpoint in the real world, there's some truth to it.
But it still retains the primary problem: the Sith remain two-dimensional villains. They don't pursue self-interest logically (a philosophy that recognizes that serving one's own interests means attending to those of society in a rational, balanced fashion), but rather, by constantly trying to screw each other over. It reminds me very much of the depiction of Slytherins in "Harry Potter" or Republicans in just about any Aaron Sorkin production; while there is lip service to the existence of well-balanced individuals in those groups, all too often, it descends into a skewed stereotype.
Still, this is not entirely the fault of the author, since this all derives from Lucas' original inability to portray the Sith as anything but melodramatic villains of unimaginable evil. It's not as if Anakin was lured to the Dark Side by persuasive argument! For what it is, the book delivers exactly what one would expect, and provides some solid short stories in the process.