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Just started reading this the other day, and am already halfway through it. Apologies if I bring up what anyone else has said prior, but I'm spoiler-free on this one and I didn't want to come across anything that might spoil the end of the book. I'd say this is easily the second best of the series so far. It doesn't quite reach the level of Abyss, but it's leagues better than the other books. My only complaint so far, actually, has been that the first chapter (with the alliance) seemed to occur at breakneck speed. It didn't seem believable to me because it happened so fast.
Otherwise, it's a great book. The humor has been great, and I'm actually glad that Han, Leia and Allana have taken a backseat in this one. To me, their misadventures have always felt tacked on because there is an apparent need to have one for a Star Wars book to work. The trial of Tahiri has been interesting so far, as its an aspect of the Star Wars universe that we don't see often. It does annoy me a bit that she gets a trial while the Mandalorians start a siege of the Jedi Temple... but perhaps that will iron itself out by the end of the book.
Regarding the allegations of sexism that I've come across, I think it's unfounded. Jaina ending her engagement is just melodrama because the series is only half over. And Vestara doesn't want to seduce Ben per say. She's a teenage girl, and a Sith. Two tough things to be at once, I'm sure.
Oh, and finally... the slavery subplot. I actually like it. A lot. It does make me worry a bit that the series is becoming a bit bloated with subplots, but this one is good. It really takes over the Moff plot from the previous book, since so far that one hasn't been mentioned at all. I suspect this will be the issue that ties directly into the Jedi/Sith crisis. Either the Lost Tribe will show the galaxy that they use slaves too, thus showing the irrefutable difference between Jedi and Sith that some believe doesn't really exist, or the Lost Tribe will work to help the slaves while the Jedi sit back and continue to really do nothing since their hands are tied to self-preservation at the moment. At least, that's what I think it'll boil down to.
So yeah, great book so far. I suspect I'll finish it before the day is out. This is a major step up for Golden, IMO. I was one of the few that thought Omen was absolute rubbish.