I think they did well with Anakin's characterization as well. As one mentioned earlier, he doesn't come off bratty or immature at all. He seems very much in control and ready to become a full Jedi and take on the responsibilties that entails. And it sets things up nicely with his character in regards to what's going to happen in ROTS. Though I'm sure this book won't cause much fuss over on the 3SA boards, this book does highlight some problems with MANY of their theories over there...which gives me more than a slight smile. Interesting that you should say that... I thought exactly the same thing when I read it. In the Literature forum, someone said they had to consult with Lucas and a couple of scenes (the heroic ones at that) had to be altered because it was too close to what George was doing with him in ROTS. You're right, his characterization in this book does nothing to further the speculation on Anakin's state of mind in ROTS, especially the beginning of the movie, that the rabid fanboys and fangirls with bloodlust are so sure is the truth.