Just finished it last night.................
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Overall I liked the book, especially the second half.
-the jacen thing was dropped in this book, although I can see why since they obviously had to reshift the focus to the sith. But I still missed it. I'm guessing they might not add a whole lot more to that, I mean, does there need to be some big revelation?
-the amelia thing was too drawn out. I mean, why not let her know Zekk was watching over her? That could have eliminated that whole nonsense.
-maybe there could have been a small section detailing anything going on with the crazies in the transitory mists(small point).
-back to Amelia, I like how they are using the assasination attempt as a source of rage for the solos.
-Raynar back in significant action(actually more than he ever really had before) was a good thing.
-I thought it clever how Daala brought in the solos to sort of force the negotations.
-I like that Daala is under fire. Since she never should have been there in the first place, it only makes sense that she would have many enemies.
-they certainly emphasized at a few points how badass Jaina has become, although why she hasn't been elevated to master status is beyond me.
-Vestara............nasty, duplicitous little thing, isn't she?
-Luke.................Handing the little dark lord his backside on a platter. Poor baby went running back to his ship. I particularly liked where Luke smiled in his face while showing him who was the man.
-Ben.........I reaaaaly like the developing maturity(and Luke making him do things on his own). He's getting very smart, using the force along with ideology learned while with the GAG. The Ben/Vestara thing doesn't bother me. Eventually the girl is either redeemed, or he chops off her head!!
-The ending...................Out of all the NJO, DN, LOTF and FOTJ, this was one of the best cliffhangers in the middle of a series. Here we are thinking Luke is flying back to the Maw and BAM....look out for the sith fleet. Not too many recent books have ended on such a note.