As I mentioned when I reviewed the collected Lost Tribe Of The Sith prose novellas, working together and building a stable society is really not the Sith way. Watching these stranded Sith struggle against their nature and philosophy in order to build a functioning civilization has been really interesting, and this final installment continues to deliver.
When last we left the Tribe, they had managed to finally tone down their infighting in order to spread to the rest of the planet of Kesh under the leadership of Grand Lord Hilts. Contrary to Sith stereotype, Hilts is not a physically imposing man. Before seizing control of the Tribe, Varner Hilts was the caretaker of lore for the Tribe during a time of political upheaval and disastrous infighting. Using his knowledge of ancient lore, Hilts managed to uncover still more secrets of their Sith ancestors and unite the Tribe once again in a common purpose, aided by his wife Iliana. Now, with the main continents of Kesh under their control, Hilts seeks to learn what else the planet has to offer them. But when an expedition including his daughter and a stubbornly troublesome slave uncover another power on Kesh, one that predates even the Tribe’s arrival, it may prove too much for even the Sith to handle….
You know what really impresses me? When an author manages to pull in a loose thread from earlier in a series in able to offer a new challenge to his characters. It always makes me wonder whether this was always in the cards from the very beginning or if it was a recent idea, how far in advance the overarching story was planned out. In this case, that thread is the myth of the Destructors and Protectors that the Tribe hijacks when they first arrive. Where did it come from? Most of us never thought to ask–it was a convenient plot device to allow the Sith to easily assume control of a population that could have destroyed them if they had a mind to, overwhelming them with superior numbers despite the power of the individual Sith castaways. But the author apparently had plans for that myth all along…or is at least really good at finding useful loose ends. Either way, this story proves to be an essential one in the ongoing tale of the Tribe, and I wish we’d had the chance to see more of these before Disney and Marvel reclaimed the licensing rights and hit the reset button.
CONTENT: Mild language. Some violence, not too gory or anything. No real sexual content, beyond mild flirting between a couple characters.