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Precipice

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

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3.47  ·  Rating details ·  4,990 ratings  ·  172 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 60 pages
Published May 26th 2009 by LucasBooks
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Kevin
Feb 04, 2011 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
Jerry
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Just decent. Hopefully, the series gets better as it goes on.
Jeff Williams
May 08, 2011 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
Alex
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Plot:
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
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Zach Ellerbrook
Jun 28, 2010 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.
Ryan Lawler
Apr 08, 2012 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
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Jeremy Stephens
Nov 29, 2011 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
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Austin Bartel
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Richard
May 05, 2012 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
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Joseph
Apr 21, 2011 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
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Ashley Fung
Jul 10, 2011 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
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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
Jeremiah Johnson
Aug 09, 2009 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.
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.
11811 (Eleven)
Nov 17, 2011 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.
Kristy
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
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.
Brian
Apr 06, 2010 rated it it was ok
Almost incomprehensible. That's how densely written this is.
I DRM Free
Sep 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Ok, it’s been a LONG time since I’ve read a Star Wars book. In fact I got these for free YEARS ago from Amazon but never got around to reading them because I didn’t want to read them on a computer screen and when I got an e-reader I had forgot about them.

Anyway, the night was getting late and I needed to read something quickly, I saw this on my Goodreads list and decided I will start reading them. So I will be reading this series for the next 8 days.

And all that was to say that I don’t remember
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Julianne Redmon
Oct 25, 2016 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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Lina
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
After not reading Star Wars books for a while, it was really nice to get back into the world.

The book was neither special nor perculiar but I still enjoyed it. Because it's that short you don't really get the chance to know the characters. Especially at the beginning things happen pretty quickly and I had problems keeping the characters apart. One thing that annoyed me was, that sometimes it isn't clear which of the brothers is talked about since the author only uses the surname.

But it was fun,
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Jenny
This was an interesting little tidbit into the Sith world. I don't read much Star Wars, something I'd like to change eventually. It felt too short but I still liked it. I have a few more of the series and will finish what I have already.
Paxton Holley
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars
DOne of 7 short stories that precedes CrossCurrent and Fate of the Jedi. Meh. Didn't really grab me.
Trey Waltman
Sep 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting look at the Sith. Short but interesting enough to keep my attention. Looking forward to reading more.
Lyndon
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very well done, but part 1 of 6 I think.
Matthew
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
A little short for my liking, but a good start to what could be a good book series.
Tammy
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
This was pretty entertaining. I have the second book I’m sure I’ll read but doubt I’ll go on after that. This has made me want to read the original trilogy from the 80’s though
Laurie
Dec 30, 2011 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
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Ken
Jul 20, 2011 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
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Erica
May 16, 2011 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
Sacha Valero
May 13, 2016 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
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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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“Later, some kind of animal—Gloyd described it to him as a six-legged mammal, half mouth—vaulted from a burrow and tore into one of the injured. It took five exhausted sentries to slay the beast. One of Devore’s mining specialists cast a chunk of the creature’s body into the campfire and sampled a piece. She vomited blood and died within heartbeats.” 0 likes
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