Read the whole book (except the Epilogue - will do tonight). Overall, I absolutely loved it. Some thoughts on book: -The Phantom Menance = Darth Plagueis? -Loved the Gunray tie-in scenes. "I'm a Sith Lord. You can call me Darth Sidious". (Paraphrasing) -Didn't connect Anakin as a Plagueis experiment. Maybe that's just me. I love the chapter title though "Force strikes back" -As others pointed out, I didn't recognize all the EU stuff besides the Bane story. Kind of made some subject matter hard to read -Who is Darth Gravid? New Sith Lord in the Bane line? -Thought Darth Tenebrous was an intersting character. His master, was also a Bith, neat. (The Bith Sith) -I didn't like Maul dumbed-down, but he was still a Sith Lord, in my book. Sidious simply broke the Bane rule. I always approached Sith Rule of Two differently before the Bane series. My thought is that if you put three darkside subjects in one room together, you'll end up with two survivors. That concept flowed with the movies (Anakin and Luke). The Bane series turned my thinking from a practice to a Rule. Sidious called him "Darth Maul" which meant that both thought of each other as Sith. -Hoping next book is about Darth Tyranus. I loved all the Dooku and Sifo-Dyas content EDIT: Overall book was awesome. I'd give it 9 out of 10. Worth a read again.