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No classic, but fun
on 18 August 2012
As Star Wars novels go this is never going to be in the top 10. However that said I've had fun reading it. What makes the story interesting is the decision to make the hero a very average jedi master, who's riddled with doubts about his abilities. He makes a good change from the norm and is reasonably well developed and likeable. The plot, while not hugely original, is very readable. Also I imagine the way it is written, with very few references to past books, will make very easy for those new to Expanded Universe to pick up.
However the book does have some bad points. Most of supporting characters, with one or two exceptions, are very thinly developed and aren't that interesting. Secondly the identity of the arch villian really isn't a mystery. Finally the plot does drag in one or two places.