8 I really liked this book, mainly because of one unusual trait in a Star Wars-book: It was thoroughly scary from time to time. It seems that a lot of people didn't like the Ssi-ruuk, but I loved them. They were cold, manipulative and really a thorough creation. The entechment must've been the scariest thing I've ever seen in a Star Wars-novel, combined with the brainwashed Dev Sibwarra. Speaking of Dev, did anyone notice his likeness to Kyp Durron? I felt that the young, mentally warped Force user resembled Kyp in many ways. However, Kathy Tyers manages to strike a cord of sympathy in the reader for Dev, something that KJA didn't do. I really felt sorry for Dev. I also liked the creation of Bakure, a very nuanced world which Tyers draws up beautifully. I loved their hatred of droids and their habit to install repulsors on every bit of furniture. I also liked seeing their senate, and especially how we got to see why some people liked the Empire (something that's missing from a lot of books: a positive view of the Empire that isn't from a deranged military man). Of course, there are some downsides to this book. For starters, the book just wasn't interesting in the beginning. It kind of dragged on for over fifty pages. It also contained some real confusing writing. For example, the description of what Wedge was trying to do with those crystals in the beginning, how he did it and why he did it, was a bit vague. It was a very weird situation that was hard to get. A similar thing happened in the first battle when the Alliance arrived at Bakura. It was confusing and you never had a mental image of what was going on. The writing was also a bit dull at that moment. Leia's dealing with Vader was a bit of a disappointment to me. He only appeared one time with a very weird dialogue - think about it. He starts of by leaving a message for Luke (tell him yourself, you translucent blob of ectoplasm!), and then continues by saing: "Leia, do not fear me. I am forgiven, but I have much that I wish to atone for. I must clear your heart and your mind of anger. Anger is the dark side, too." Oooookay. His side of the conversation was not beliavable. For one thing, I would be much more nervous if I tried to beg forgiveness of someone I'd tortured. But here he is, speaking like a dictionary! That was just stupid. And finally, I accidentally picked up the one with the ugly cover. Instead of the nifty handshake on the front, it has the text "AS RETURN OF THE JEDI ENDS, AN EXCITING NEW SAGA BEGINS... THE TRUCE AT BAKURA". And, to top it off, instead of having the title in the box under the Star Wars-logo, it's got the text "THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES". What an insult to Drew Struzan's lovely artwork!