The Story: With Luke Skywalker exiled and seeking answers to Jacen Solo's fall to the dark side, more Jedi Knights begin succumb to a mysterious psychosis that makes them dangerous and homicidal, Chief of State Natasi Daala whips up and exploits growing anti-Jedi sentiment for her own gain. Meanwhile on the backwater planet of Kesh, a lost tribe of Sith emerge as a new threat to the Galaxy.
The Good: This is a brilliant debut in the Star Wars Galaxy by Christie Golden, replacing the woeful Karen Travis. Omen is well written in an efficient style, with good dialogue. The author revels in exploring the inner thoughts of a wide range of characters like Jysella Horn, Vestara Khai and Ben and Luke Skywalker. Towards the end there is even an interestingly philosophical look at the nature of time travel and religious belief, albeit an all too short one. The plot moves along at a very solid pace. In particular, the look at the Lost Sith Tribe and the politcial wrangling between the GA and the Jedi are very well handled. The author makes great use of the source material, seeming to have an encylopaedic knowledge of all that has gone before in the EU, which is hugely impressive.
The Bad: The book is perhaps too short, which is unfortunate. Certain characters, such as Han Solo and Allana, appear mostly as deadwoood, adding nothing to the overall plot. The love scenes between Jaina Solo and Jag Fel fell very flat for me also, with clunky dialogue and generally awkward handling.
Overall a very good debut and one of the first genuinely orginal and exciting Star Wars novels since Betrayal in 2006. A great effort.