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It's definitely a great book, especially if you are a fan of Luke, Han, and Leia.
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Continue to color me intrigued.
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I've noticed this book getting a lot of heat on JCF and other places.

However, having just finished it myself, I can honestly say that its not the best Star Wars book ever written, and the ending/climactic battle was a little too rushed, but overall its an enjoyable read similar to many of the later Bantum era novels.

Its not galaxy spanning, but it sets things up well for a transition to a new EU where the younger generation takes the front seat, and the old heros are still around, but not on the center stage anymore.

The one critique that I do agree with is that it basically leaves us in the same place that the end of the NJO did, and I worry that it may be ignored as easily as that was in future works. (If there actually are any for the EU after the Disney deal).

If not, it leaves a lot of open ends unquestionably for fans to debate endlessly, but it does nicely tie up the story of the Big 3 (and Lando) to close out what started with the original 3 movies.

Personally though, I truely hope that its a springboard to all that will come after rather than an unexpected conclusion.
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My feeling is if you like Denning books, you'll like Crucible. As for some of the heat Crucible is getting, I've found the reviewers that don't seem to have any particular agenda going seem to be able to judge the book on its own merits.

Also, Del Rey did plan on retiring the Big Three with the closeout of NJO. However, Shelly Shapiro stated there was a big fan outcry over it so they had to go in a different direction. The direction wasn't necessarily bad, but there were some execution issues, particularly with LOTF.
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Cerrinea wrote:
Also, Del Rey did plan on retiring the Big Three with the closeout of NJO. However, Shelly Shapiro stated there was a big fan outcry over it so they had to go in a different direction. The direction wasn't necessarily bad, but there were some execution issues, particularly with LOTF.


They did alright in LOTF for moving things towards more junior characters at least in the beginning. There was Allana, Ben, Allema, Jason and Jaina and to a lesser degree Jag and Zekk taking on bigger roles. While the B3 were still featured fairly prominently they were taking more of a back seat. It was poorly executed in some ways, but the overall arch for that was a step in the right direction.

I find that FOTJ is the one where things started moving way back towards the B3, which lost a lot of potential development.

I hope to see more of a lot of characters if (and hopefully when) the EU continues.

And realistically, there's actually been a decent number of cast introduced in some role: Ben, Vestara, Jaden, Seha, Jaina, Jag, Allana, Valin, Jesmin (and their two friends whos names I forget), Octa Ramis, Kolir Hu'lya, Sothais Saar, Turi Altamik, Ohali Soroc....

Admittedly a lot of those have only minimal details so far, but its a great starting cast. And more diverse than the original.
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I heard a lot of bad things about the book, but I decided to buy it anyway. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of action and the pace was good. It took me weeks to finish Scoundrels and Mercy Kill (and I liked those books), but this novel I read in a couple days. It really held my interest.


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