8/10 The good. The bad. The ugly. The NJO. So this is it, the culmination of the NJO series. Needless to say, after the literary marathon that preceded it, I was expecting ALOT out of this book. Before I say anything else, I must give full credit to James Luceno for even attempting to bring about the resolution of the series in the first place. A tall order, to be sure it was. After I pushed through the mediocre and unnecessary (IMHO) beginning of this novel, things began to get interesting quickly - albeit with a healthy amount of necessity and predictability. Sure enough, many developments were fairly easy to see coming but at the same time it was nice to see them resolved just the same. I thought that the author did an excellent job of capturing a feeling of galaxy-wide scale and consequenses for the characters involved, but I would have liked to see some more loose threads from dropped plotlines throughout the series tied up even though it may have dragged the pace of the action down to a crawl. And speaking of action, there was plenty of it. Everything from Luke's combat with Shimrra in the pinnacle of the Vong throneroom to the absolutely colossal fleet warfare. Once you throw in Zonoma Sekot and Onimi into the mix, it was enough to make your head spin. The ending itself did leave alot to be desired for me though, as I still don't have a clear understanding of what all of this means regarding the Force. I was left wondering whether or not the Vong can/will be involved with the Force, and what role Sekot may play in that potential relationship. Overall, I enjoyed this book and the series as a whole but after it was finished I was left with even more questions than at the beginning and I cannot decide if the entire excercise may have done more harm than good for the EU. Perhaps it was all a calculated risk, designed to draw in the readers and retain marketability of SW media materials after the movies are finished. I suppose that only time will tell. Meanwhile, this book is one worth reading and not to be missed if you are following the NJO storyline.