History text in Star Wars ‘clothing’ | Cyn’s Book Review of Lost Tribe of the Sith: The Collected Stories

By: Cynthia A.

By: John Jackson Miller

Published: July 24, 2012

Publisher: LucasBooks

Series: Star Wars

Genre: Space Opera, Science Fiction

Five thousand years ago. After a Jedi ambush, the Sith mining ship Omen lies wrecked on a remote, unknown planet. Its commander, Yaru Korsin, battles the bloodshed of a mutinous faction led by his own brother. Marooned and facing death, the Sith crew have no choice but to venture into their desolate surroundings. They face any number of brutal challenges—vicious predators, lethal plagues, tribal people who worship vengeful gods—and like true Sith warriors, counter them with the dark side of the Force.  The struggles are just beginning for the proud, uncompromising Sith, driven as they are to rule at all costs. They will vanquish the primitive natives, and they will find their way back to their true destiny as rulers of the galaxy. But as their legacy grows over thousands of years, the Sith ultimately find themselves tested by the most dangerous threat of all: the enemy within.

The Sith are well known in the Star Wars Universe as the enemies of the Jedi, as the enemies of light.  Fans and non-fans are more than likely going to know who the Sith are when the word is mentioned.  Now the real question is: does John Jackson Miller know the Sith?

It’s obvious through his writing that Miller is well acquainted with the Sith and their history, as he should be considering that he is adding to the history of the Star Wars Universe, but his writing is far from captivating.  These are histories, that much is fair, but the Sith, as is already fairly established to most fans, turn on each other, it’s why the “rule of two” (only 2 Sith at a time) was put into place.  Not only that but as Sith, these characters should be far more captivating, ruthless, ingenious.  On the other hand, they were not.

This collection was originally published as 8 separate eNovella’s before finally being collected into this novel.  They jump past centuries and tell a story of how the lost tribe of the Sith, brought to life in the 9 Book Series Fate of the Jedi, survived on a foreign world, and flourished.  Not much action happens to propel this collection, and while it’s obvious that Miller is trying to focus on the history while at the same time squeezing in bits of betrayal and lies, he does so without creating many captivating characters.  In the entire novel, in the entire series rather there are only four truly captivating characters, and they are present in four different stories.

His story telling is good, well thought out and this series functions well as a history book, while even incorporating some (few) hilarious moments that stand out even when the reader has finished, but with the lack of entertaining and captivating characters, the series, as a whole, falls flat.  ★★☆☆☆ (C)

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