“Author Aaron Allston delivers a good continuation of the plot while tying up some sub-plots. The book begins with Jacen kidnapping his daughter and using her as a pawn to force the Hapans back into GA. It is nice to see how with many actions that Jacen takes he struggles with the moral issues of each one. Despite the fact that he chooses the dark side decisions you still see how it tears at him internally. The Highlight of the story is the revelation that Allana is Jacens Daughter and that Leia and Han are grandparents. Sadly the only person who seems to believe that Jacen is a Sith is Ben Skywalker. The Progression of Ben's story line is refreshing, you can really see that he is just a teenager being forced to grow up rapidly. It is nice to see that he is truly a different person from his father.
While Jacen continues his quest to save the galaxy by dominating it you see how he falls into the thinking that he knows what is best and is smarter than everyone else. Despite the devastating results he continues to stay in control. Even in the end of the book he never fully gives into full sacrifice and still tries to protect his daughter.
Finally we see the use and ultimately the destruction of Centerpoint Station. Sadly the plot is weak and if it was that easy it could have been completed with out Jedi help and done in the very first book. It almost seemed as if it was just included to fill pages and had no barring on the overall story as a whole.
We also finally see the end of Alema Rar. This again left me feeling like it was lacking. Alema Rar going from a fallen Jedi to a practicing Sith seemed almost impossible given the timeline. Her ending at the hands of Jag and Jaina seemed almost so easy that it made her previous survivals unbelievable.
While some say that the ability of Jacen to survive is hurting the story arc. I offer this observation. Luke fights like a decisive military mind. The fact that he refuses to throw everything and sacrifice all his Masters to eliminate Jacen. Shows that he is looking at the big picture. Using all your strength at the right time is better than sacrificing everything for no gain.
In conclusion it is a good story but not without flaws. I would certainly recommend that it be read as part of the series as it helps tie it all together. And not skipped as some reviews suggest. Definitely a must read for Star Wars fans.”