Irony of irony actually is, he is pretty much the only one to use Young Jedi Knight characters. Editorial Mandate Was there really any other way to end LOTF by that point? Any idea of redemption was killed by the way Traviss had him behave as Vader the Second. Other than Isolder who was really killed somewhat pointlessly I actually can’t name that many. Cal Omas self sacrifice was pretty fitting and the death of a few of the less well know young Jedi (most of which he actually introduced) in the NJO served to add gratify. There is no writer living or dead on earth that could have written a satisfying ending to those. I have to agree here actually, like Allston he seems to suffer from being forces into co authored series and is way better if he gets to tell the story on his own and is given time to do so. Tatooine Ghost was not, Dark Nest was more "exotic" then outright dark. Oh come on, its SW we have to be surprised so few people get permanently maimed in the books, since it happens in half of the movies. As on torture I don’t recall any in Dark Nest or Tatooine Ghost whilst I can barely remember FOTJ/LOTF, though outside of Ben getting placed in the Embrace of Pain for a while (which might have been a different author) I can only remember some in Star by Star and it is what the Vong do since novel one and the somewhat imfamos Vaila scene (which is not torture per se). Traviss though has Vader II mindprobe somone to death. There was so much worse in LOTF than that side plot Pretty sure that was Traviss contribution The Kiliks were not powerful or bent on galactic domination, at least per se, they are surprisingly complex in that regard. LOTF lack of a real villain is actually the major failing of that series, the Confeds are profile less mess and Vader II so utterly fails at keeping things together he could not have held the galaxy if they handed it to him (which they pretty much did anyhow), whilst Aboleth is simply insane and lacks long term planning.