It was a gamble by the writers that for the most part paid off. Like any series, it has its ups and downs, but overall I'd say it was a success. It tried something new with Star Wars and really looked like it was paving the way for a new future of endless possibilities. Then all the memorable new characters were either killed off, mind raped, or turned into Pedophiles. No Denning, I will not forgive you for that. I'd personally say that NJO started out really strong, before it started to putter around the middle. But then you had a number of knockout books interspersed in that time (Star By Star, Traitor, Destiny's Way). And the ending is fantastic. If I had to pick my favorite books however, I really enjoyed the Dark Tide duology, and of course, Destiny's Way. ACKBAR IS BACK!