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Precipice (Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith #1)

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For the ruthless Sith Order, failure is not an option. It is an offense punishable by death-and a fate to which Commander Yaru Korsin will not succumb. But on a crucial run to deliver troops and precious crystals to a combat hotspot in the Sith's war against the Republic, Korsin and the crew of the mining ship Omen are ambushed by a Jedi starfighter. And when the Sith craf ...more
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Published May 26th 2009 by LucasBooks
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This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
A short story making up the first part of a small series, this tells the story of a group of Sith who crash on a planet. There's nothing wrong with the story, but it's not particularly griping either.
Jeremiah Johnson
Jul 13, 2011 Jeremiah Johnson rated it liked it
Recommends it for: nobody
After finally reading the Golden Age of the Sith and Fall of the Sith Empire comics, I now have the back story to this short story that I was missing the first time I read it. Now that I have the context of the story, it isn't bad. Not great, but not bad either.
Kevis Hendrickson
Nov 02, 2009 Kevis Hendrickson rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1-star
This is the first Star Wars novel I've read since the wonderfully adapted novelization of Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover. Sadly, Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice does not inspire me to continue reading expanded universe novels. While many readers find fault with the brief length of this novel, I found it to be the book's only saving grace (other than its price). Surprisingly, the characters in this novel are quite lackluster and are a far cry from the variety of Sith Lords we're accustom ...more
Apr 06, 2010 Brian rated it it was ok
Almost incomprehensible. That's how densely written this is.
Apr 18, 2010 Leeanna rated it liked it
Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith: Precipice, by John Jackson Miller

As I've said before, normally I don't care for short stories. But I make exceptions sometimes, and how could I pass up a Star Wars short story?

"Precipice" is an accompaniment to the new Star Wars series Fate of the Jedi, and tells how the missing Sith tribe landed on Kesh. The short story series also provides a few clues for Paul S. Kemp's "Crosscurrent."

Omen, a Sith ship full of Lignan crystals crashes onto the planet Kesh. T
Zach Ellerbrook
Jul 04, 2010 Zach Ellerbrook rated it it was ok
I actually read the entire series, but it's really not worth reviewing all of the books. While most Star Wars books really take you into the universe created by the movies, Lost Tribe of the Sith was more like Lord of the Flies with lightsabers. There were passing mentions of ancient Sith Lords Naga Sadow and Ludo Kressh, but other than that, this story was almost completely removed from the Star Wars universe.
Feb 09, 2011 Kevin rated it it was ok
I am a huge star wars fan and am reading as many of the expanded universe novels as I can so when this series popped up for free I was on board. Unfortunately, I didn't like this one very much. The story seemed okay but the writing style leaves much to be desired. This was choppy and difficult to follow, causing me to go back and re-read several passages just to try to make sense of what was going on. If this had been a full length novel I probably would have given up on it before finishing. I h ...more
Was an okay story, I enjoyed the lightsaber battle between the two brothers...but otherwise it was just so-so. And it's also extremely short. I read this one and the following 2 parts in one night.
Apr 25, 2011 Joseph rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars
I am tagging it with a 1 star as it wasn't very good, but I can see how this series might, and I mean might be ok if that. It was free that I got from my kindle and that is exactly what I would have paid for it. Actually I am not sure who got the better deal...

It really is a short story, like 4 chapters maybe? The begining was really confusing and there were a ton of names to try to deal with. It is about some Sith's making a flight with some cargo that crashes on a planet unknown to them that t
Jeff Williams
May 08, 2011 Jeff Williams rated it did not like it
Look, I love Star Wars. I'm a nerd, and frankly, between Star Trek and Star Wars, I'd take a lightsaber over a phaser any day. Give me the Millenium Falcon please, not the Enterprise. I know the names of obscure Jedi who didn't make it into the movie, the names of their planets, so on and so forth (my favorite Jedi is Quinlan Vos, for those of you taking notes). With that said, I did not enjoy this. I realize its the start of a series so there's foundation to be laid, but ... seriously? It was j ...more
Jul 15, 2011 Erica rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2011
I decided to read this series of e-"books" (really sequential short stories or chapters) because of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the MMORPG that's coming out later this year. I don't really know anything about the Star Wars extended universe, having only seen the movies (and not really having followed the prequel movies plots closely because they were so ludicrously bad). I wanted to learn some of the backstory before I begin playing the game, and The Lost Tribe of Sith is set earliest in the un ...more
Ash Thames
Jul 10, 2011 Ash Thames rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Shelves: star-wars
I find this story well written and as the first story I've read by this author, I am impressed.
The story does not spell everything out for you, so requires you to think. If you can keep up with and enjoy those kinds of stories, then I would recommend this to you.

The characters are expressed very well as are the relationships between them. Although this was a short story, it read like a full book and carried over well.

I found the story engaging and the dialogue smart. Miller was able to gracef
Jul 21, 2011 Ken rated it it was ok
The Lost Tribe of the Sith is a free ebook series from Suvudu, a subsidiary of Random House, Inc and Precipice is the first book of this short story series. The basic idea of the book revolves around a group of Sith who were on the mining flotilla Omen when it crash landed on an unknown planet. This book is surprisingly short, only 4 chapters long.

It took me a while to understand what was going on, which is never a good sign for a short story. There were just too many characters thrown in. We're
Michelle (In Libris Veritas)
I love Star Wars and I love the Sith what more could I ask for then a short story series dealing with the self satisfying group. Alot actually, this leaves something to be desired either while you are reading it's 37 pages or right after you finish. The writing is alright and the story is intriguing enough, so the fact that I want more out of it pretty much means I'm going to read the second one and gauge from there. This is one of those series that kind of assumes you know a good deal already s ...more
Jan 23, 2012 logankstewart rated it it was ok
The Lost Tribe of the Sith is a group of eight novellas that was originally released as ebook exclusives written by John Jackson Miller. Book One, Precipice, tells the story of the Omen and its Sith crew crashing onto a foreign planet. The Sith were transporting some valuable Lignan crystals for the High Lords, crystals that would have made the war against the Jedi much simpler. Commander Yaru Korsin has no doubts that his delay in providing the crystals will leave the High Lords disappointed. A ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Not a bad beginning (?) to a new(ish) series. Even though it started as a prequel/backstory to the Fate of the Jedi, Precipice is a good stand-alone Star Wars read in its own right. It is interesting to read even though it is quite short, plus it gives us a lot of backstory on the Sith; a fairly recent topic in the Expanded Universe.

The fact that it is short makes it more difficult to really wrote a review, but so far the characters are fairly well written.

In my opinion, this is a must-have for
11811 (Eleven)
Nov 17, 2011 11811 (Eleven) rated it liked it
This is my first Star Wars book and I'm completely unfamiliar with the mythos outside the storyline of the movies so this was a little difficult to follow but with constant reference to Wookieepedia, I am still enjoying it.
Jeremy Stephens
Nov 30, 2011 Jeremy Stephens rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-of-2011
This is a blanket review for all of the Lost Tribe of the Sith stories (1-7 have been published as of this review) since there currently isn't any way to review them as a whole.

All in all, I found this to be one of the most enjoyable facets of the Star Wars universe I have come across in a long time. These books can sorta stand on their own as their own story as the reader could read these without knowing anything else about star wars and not have to worry about missing references or not unders
May 04, 2012 Laurie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
There are 8 books in this series. Our story begins in the year 5,000 BBY. I'm a little sketchy on my Star Wars history, but it is before the times of Luke Skywalker. It is before the days of little Anakin winning his first pod race. It is even back before Yoda was a twinkle in his mother's eye. It is the dark times when Sith were abundant.

The lost tribe of the Sith had been headed to the colonized planet of Yavin 4, that Luke later uses for his Jedi Academy. Anyhow, this book, and I use the te
Jan 03, 2012 Yves rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars, sf
5000 ans avant les événements de l'épisode 4, un vaisseau de Sith est en mission. Il doit aller chercher des cristaux auront une influence sur la guerre que se livre les Sith et les Jedi. Le vaisseau est attaqué et s'écrase sur une planète. Lucide, ces Sith décident de rester sur cette planète car ils savent que Naga Sadow, chef des Sith, est un paranoïaque et qu'il croira que leur accident est une révolte contre lui.

Ce livre est l'introduction d'une série de huit courts ebooks donnés gratuiteme
This was my first attempt to read a Star Wars book, really the first to look at the expanded universe of Star Wars outside of the films really.

For starters I had no idea what to expect but I had just recently finished a Star Wars film marathon and was really wanting more and the Lost Tribe of the Sith ebooks were available from Barnes and Noble for free so I figured why not give it a try, right?

In Precipice you follow the failed mission of the Omen, led by Commander Yaru Korsin. Essentially tha
Ryan Lawler
Apr 08, 2012 Ryan Lawler rated it liked it
Precipice is the first book in John Jackson Millar’s Lost Tribe of the Sith series published by Del Rey in 2009. This series is made up of short stories, set in the Star Wars universe 5000 years Before Battle Yavin (BBY), that follows the story of a Sith tribe lost on a strange planet. Each story is approximately 60 pages long and all are available for free in most ebook formats.

Precipice follows the story of Commander Yaru Korsin and the crew of the Omen, a Sith mining ship, who are ambushed in
May 06, 2012 Richard rated it it was ok
This was a free e-book and I can see why. The writing style is poorly constructed and hard to follow, I had to read several passages a number of times to be able to follow what was happening. It didn't help that despite being such a short book (just 28 pages long) there was many characters introduced in a short amount of time. This made it hard to follow who people were, and made the story even harder to follow.

The basic story is quite interesting if you take the time to pick apart the hard to f
Cassie Hawkings
This is the first novella in a series of 8. Set before the time of the films and the Extended Universe after the events of Return of the Jedi, this book and its sequels follow the a Lost Sith Tribe in 5,000 years BBY (Before Battle of Yavin). The writing isn't the greatest. It's something even 8 year olds can read. As much as I love reading about the Extended Universe of Star Wars. I certainly would not recommend it. The grammar is horrible. It's as the story had a once over check for grammar ho ...more
What I don’t like about these books is their form – as short stories – what I mean is, that reading them as one book wouldn’t work for me because I want to take it sequentially and therefore I’d have to stop at one point and star another book because the last two stories are after some other books, at least according the time-line. And reading them as separate books is also not the same because they’re too short to build up some atmosphere and suspense, not a very good one, though I admit that t ...more
(Jen) The Artist Librarian
2 1/2 stars.

Let's face it, this Star Wars fangirl loves Jedi and knows the Sith are almost always rightfully the bad guys. So it was hard for me to get into this ebook series. While I did become more sympathetic to some Sith, they still show the traits (backstabbing, manipulation, etc.) that for me, cannot make them heroes. That being said, I appreciate the attempt to "diversify" Star Wars literature with more points of views from other groups, such as Sith, Mandalorians, and nonForce users. --I
Jan 11, 2015 Alex rated it really liked it
In the book Precipice the time frame is around 5,000 years before the battle of Yavin (BBY) during the time when Sith were great in numbers. A Sith ship carrying invaluable goods was just shot out of hyperspace, and landed on an alien planet that is unknown to anyone. The commander, Yaru Korsin, thought quickly on his feet and was able to crash the ship without killing everyone aboard, even though if he loses the cargo they will all wish they were dead. Once on the planet the Massassi, Sit
Austin Bartel
Oct 22, 2015 Austin Bartel rated it really liked it
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Sacha Valero
May 14, 2016 Sacha Valero rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'll start off by saying that Lost Tribe is a series of novelettes combined into a single book. They are stand alone stories and can be independently reviewed and probably should because they take place over a few thousand years.

The plot is pretty straightforward as a crew of a mining vessel carrying some valuable crystals for the Dark Lord Naga Sadow is attacked along with another ship by the Jedi as they attempt to enter hyperspace. Damage was taken before entering causing some catastrophic da
Julianne Redmon
Oct 25, 2016 Julianne Redmon rated it really liked it
Great introduction to the characters that we see as the series continues. The reader comes to understand what drives Yaru Korsin as they crash land on this new world. I don't want to give too much away, but you come to understand who some of the key players are going to be as the story of the Lost Tribe of the Sith progresses.

It also introduces the overarching fear that colors the world of the crash survivors: what will Naga Sadow do should he find them? Everything that Korsin does is based on
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John Jackson Miller has spent a lifetime immersed in the worlds of fantasy and science fiction. He's known for his Star Wars work, including Star Wars: Knight Errant, his national bestselling novel from Del Rey; Star Wars: Lost Tribe of the Sith, his e-book series with more than a million downloads; and his long-running Knights of the Old Republic comics series. His Overdraft: The Orion Offensive ...more
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