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Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith Part 4: Savior

“We’re neighbors, now.” — Adari Vaal

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith Part 4: Savior

My fourth Star Wars eBook for Del Rey finds the rise of an unlikely rebel leader against the Sith…
Published by Random House/Del Rey • April 27, 2010
Written by John Jackson Miller

Cover by Dave Stevenson

Edited by Shelly Shapiro

“Savior” brings all the elements of the first three stories to fruition – in sequences from the points of view of the three main characters from those episodes. Knitting together the various plots and double-dealing was fun, but also challenging, since all the Lost Tribe stories share the same length — around 8,000 words. It’s not a format built for extended action sequences in the way that a novel is – especially not when there’s so much else going on!

Adari Vaal’s regret over her role in bringing the Sith among the Keshiri was introduced at the end of the second story, and, as we see here, she’s been busy. The importance of the uvak in extending Sith control over the huge population was never lost on her, and we see here how she worked them into her plot.

Nida’s prominence catches Seelah by surprise, but it shouldn’t surprise the careful reader. Yaru’s first thought in the Ragnos Lakes episode is not of his people, but of his daughter, his secret safety-net; he sends none other than his top lieutenant to save her.

The elimination of the dead Grand Lord’s spouse was an element created by the Fate of the Jedi authors, and it worked in well here with the final fate of Seelah.

“It’s time for me to go—but not without my last official act. And it’s overdue.” — Yaru Korsin

There really aren’t beasts of burden on Kesh (that we’ve seen, anyway), so we see Orlenda being carried by Keshiri bearers.

“Purgatory,” referred to in the final Adari sequence, is the title of the next chapter.

We learn a bit more about Kesh’s geography in this story; there’s probably an interesting map to be made, combining everything that’s known about it from all sources.

The original eBook included a preview of Christie Golden‘s novel, Fate of the Jedi: Allies.

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Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith – The Collected Stories

Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith – The Collected Stories

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.

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