If Del rey's intetntion was to make teh story so you could follow it by only reading the hard cover, they've been doing a pretty lousy job. Let's see so far two HC have been released and yet on their own they don't do teh story justice. VP ended with Mara mortally sick, han crushed, cheiwie dead, and the vong on the outer rim. Yet balance point starts with Han almost back to his old self, a new charecter called droma popping out of no where, Mara's deises now remission the vong now at the edge of teh inner core, Hut space gone, and corran in desgrace. That's a LOT of stuff to "suddenly" have happen. Fact is it would be like buying a news paper on the moday before "black tuesday in 1929(great depression) crawling into a hole and not buting anotehr news paper until 1935. You could piece what happened back together and get teh jist of teh story but a lot will still not make sense. Now remeber just based on teh last two paper backs alone the start of SBS will have a nuber of events. Mara will go from just pregnant to holding a baby, Her diese will be gone an event that one would ASSUME would be big enough to only be in a hard cover. Anakin will ALL of a sudden be able to sence vong, Tahari will not only appear form no where but now bear her vong knowledge. You see teh hard covers are NOT the only places major events take place. Now also remeber we don't KNOW how dark jaina will be at teh end of SBS, he could die at the end of the book she could fry vong and run, still in shock of doing it, she could also end vader by the end we just don't know. HOWEVER i DJ is NOT a short book and it would be a shame to take up that entire book and have no real change in her by teh end, it would be a waste of paper. (once dark it is only a short way to go darker). SO i'm betting DJ will be more like teh "Agents of chaos" for jaina. NOW as for anakin he's probably gone for good but he may still make Obi wan Cameo's. it seems to me he'd be a pretty lousy brother not to come back for jaina at her deepest hour of need as a ghost. Obi wan did it for a far less important reason, and did it several times does anyone here doubt that anakin would NOT be powerful enough to do it for his own sister?