This book I found to be enjoyable, it incorporates an element rarely seen in SW books: humor. I loved the scene where Luke is flying the Falcon in three positions using the Force, and his other uses of the Force in this novel... it's a shame you never see him do it later on! I loved all of those parts. The way the story on Dathomir was told was very good. We already knew pretty much how things would turn out, but nonetheless Wolverton managed to write a decent book anyway. This book felt like Star Wars.
But Leia and Han were both *remarkably* out of character at times. I found the whole idea of Leia falling for some other guy and giddy over him because he's hot and rich pretty lame, and all of a sudden she doesn't seem to care for Han, after all that happened in the movies? And Han resorting to kidnapping her? I don't think so, the Han Solo we knew would have found something better to win back his lady love. Of course if he hadn't done that we wouldn't have gone to Dathomir, and wouldn't have a story. And, I read the novel looking forward to seeing their wedding, and it only gets half a page. What? Wasn't that what the whole novel is supposed to lead up to? Now I've never really been much of a Han/Leia fan, I would rather have seen her end up with someone more like Luke. But weddings are rare in SW, and this is probably the most important (aside from Anakin and Amidala, obviously...), and it deserved a little more book time. These sound like big complaints, but they aren't as huge as this review makes them look.
But this is still a good novel, not on the level of Zahn, but anyway a good read, IMO.