||The story is starting to get more
interesting, now, with a couple of new twists, which might result in a
new kind of confrontation down the line.
While, as Ben Skywalker says in
Sith keep popping up, this is probably one of the most interesting of
their occurrences. Although it's difficult to peep track of this story
over the long intervals between chapters, the ideas are maintained, and
the author does a pretty good job of filling us in, though sometimes
there is too much background. Assuming that I'm going to read this
series front to back when it is done, that's going to feel like needless
The story itself is not filler, and it
starts the series down a new path. The Sith have finally realized that
they can't sit on their mountain retreat and not interact with the
natives. Being overlords is one thing. The plague that devastated
several villages made them realize that they have to have a more direct
face in their government. So they have moved almost everything from the
mountaintop to the main Keshiri city, where Adari sat awaiting judgment
back in Skyborn.
Adari has become a familiar face among the
Sith, for she did save them, of course, and Korsin, leader of the Sith,
has always taken a liking to her. But she hates him, and the Sith, for
what he has done to her people. So she has been planning rebellion since
Paragon. Now, she gathers all the former uvak riders and has them call
all the uvaks to an actively-spewing volcano, where she plans to
sacrifice them all. This would essentially strand the Sith, because it
is virtually impossible to get anywhere on Kesh without flying.
At the same time, Seelah is planning
her own power play. She knows she is not strong enough to take Korsin
down herself. But her oldest son, child of Korsin's brother, has lived
with vengeance on his mind for twenty five years on Kesh, and they
decide it is time. While moving the last of the supplies from the
mountain, Seelah's healing center, they attack Korsin. There, Gloyd, the
last of the non-human Sith, dies in a heroic sacrifice himself,
paralyzing Seelah, and marring her beauty. Korsin is stabbed by his
nephew, who is killed by Korsin's oldest daughter, Nida (who also flies
The story is growing in its complexity,
and we can already see some traits that will appear in
much later on. Seelah has instilled beauty as the main trait of the
Keshiri Sith, and apparently they will become fanatical about it. The
Sith plan the attrition of the Keshiri people, but we know that won't
happen. But neither will the Sith perish. I find it interesting that the
Keshiri and humans can't produce offspring.
Nida, who grew up with a strange
assortment of teachers in faraway places, we later learn, seduced
Adari's son, who was worried about the uvak plot on her (presumably
since she rides one). So Nida was able to prevent the uprising in one
province, and Adari's plan failed. But her sacrifice also failed.
Several Keshiri followed her into the plume of the mountain, where the
uvaks were supposed to die, and they were flung in the jetstream far
away, to a distant part of Kesh.
So the story ends with Adari and a few
followers exiled, unsure if they or their uvaks will live even weeks
more. Korsin is dead, and Seelah is effectively out of the picture,
exiled herself on the mountaintop, alone with her crippled body. I
wonder, though, if she will wield power just by her influence. Nida is
the new leader of the Sith, and who knows where she will take them?
I like the plotting and
counterplotting. But I did find that setting the story in five or ten
year intervals (or more) causes large gaps in the plotting. I can
understand Seelah waiting a long time for her revenge. But twenty-five
years? Was her son so slow in learning all the Sith techniques? In
Paragon, Adari started the resistance, but I wonder what kind of
resistance she had organized. Obviously they remained hidden, because
the Sith would have hunted them down, otherwise. So what did she do? We
have no idea.
So who's the Savior of the title? It
could be Nida, who is called savior for saving Korsin's rule, though he
died and made her Lady of the Sith. But I wonder if it could also be
Adari, depending on what the future holds for her race. Instead of being
destroyed, they will obviously thrive at some point. Did she save her
race by putting Nida in charge? Only future stories will tell.