OK! Finished it just awhile ago and would have been finished sooner if homework would do itself. However, let's get into it! The book is out now and spoiler tags shouldn't be necessary anymore IN THIS THREAD so I didn't use any but I'll still warn everyone *Spoilers*
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First off, the highlight would have to be Daala. I was thrilled to see her return although her thoughts of wanting to chain up all Jedi is ridiculous and no different than the Galactic Empire she served (and still does at heart.) It was sad to see Pellaeon die but I knew his time was at the end of the book when he was such a character at the start; my rule of thumb, if the character suddenly gets a lot more attention than in many previous books, it doesn't bode well for them. And that Tahiri did it was maddening.
Speaking of Tahiri, I'm not convinced the reason we're given for why she just embraces Caedus and the Sith makes sense. I know she was being manipulated by her memory of Anakin, but I would think remembering what Anakin fought for would prevent her from falling so far. Of course, Caedus twisted that line of thought saying this is exactly what Anakin would want which is just utter BS.
Ever since the mystery of Boba Fett has been revealed, I've lost all interest in Mandalorians. I'm not thrilled about his new back story with Mandalorians and a wife, but since most love it, I'm in the minority and will have to deal with it. I enjoy Karen's writing but the Boba Fett story line wasn't integrated well in this series and I really didn't want to read a chapter that dealt with the Mandalorians, even with Jaina there. If Karen wants to do more Mandalorian tales, why doesn't Lucasbooks let her do them like the commando books and not just plug them into the "main stream" ones about the Solos and Skywalkers?
And for Jaina, her great secret to brining in her brother is...be unpredictable? It took Mandalorians to show her that? I'd been thinking about that strategy from the start and it should be even easier now with Jacen totally out of it. Luke has even already adopted this strategy with his illusions, but I guess Jaina wouldn't have learned the lesson without outside Mandalorian help Rolling Eyes
Anyway, that's enough for now, and I loved Luke and Ben's interactions, like I have with all the books since Mara's death. (And, Mara showed up in this book! My hope for an Anakin Solo ghost is gone but maybe he'll show up for Tahiri like Mara did for Luke.)
"Changes are nice--but so is continuity!"
"Then you saved my life. How disgusting. How unfortunate."
"No, don't gush on so. It was nothing, really."