Lost Tribe of the Sith: Secrets
by John Jackson Miller
Published by Del Rey
Adrick's Rating: 4 out of 4
Dark Lord of the Sith Naga Sadow has waged war against the Galactic Republic. The ship Omen, in service to Sadow during the Great Hyperspace War, was returning from a Lignan crystal mining expedition when she crashed on the remote planet Kesh. Stranded, with no communication and no way of contacting Naga Sadow and his forces, the ship of Sith warriors and mining crew are stuck on a world they do not know. The Lost Tribe of the Sith is born and John Jackson Miller?s tale begins.
In Secrets, two thousand years ago, Commander Yaru Korsin braved mutiny and desperation?and inspired his shipwrecked Sith tribe to rise up, seize, and dominate the planet Kesh. Now a shocking revelation about those legendary ancestors has thrown the Sith into turmoil, pitting one against the other in ever-growing clashes that could bring about their downfall.
With his city descending into chaos around him, unassuming archivist Varner Hilts sets off for the forbidden temple, home to the wreckage of Korsin?s ship, Omen. Outnumbered by ruthless Sith warriors with nothing to lose, Hilts knows it may be a suicide mission. But he has a hunch that Korsin left something behind, something hidden until such an essential time as now?one final piece of knowledge that could save the rulers of Kesh from themselves and set them once again on the path toward a glorious destiny.
Secrets is almost the end of the Lost Tribe of the Sith series, which is a shame as I?ve enjoyed reading them. There is one more installment to come in the yet-to-be-released paperback collection. I?m looking forward to reading the collected stories, as the amount of time between installments has left me a little vague on the overall plot of the series.
Still, Varner Hilts? attempt to discover the secrets left behind by Sith commander Korsin is fun to follow, especially when he is threatened by other Sith who want to destroy the Omen. It?s nice to see the series come full circle, from the initial crash of the spaceship to its final entombed state. Archivist Hilts continues to be an interesting character, as he struggles to find a solution to the problems facing the Sith on Kesh. What he finally achieves helps set up the next Lost Tribe story, which promises to be the biggest yet. July can?t come soon enough!
Miller's sound effects ("THOOM! THOOM! THOOM! DOOM!") are a little silly.
Iliana caressing a skull is pretty ugly.