This is a very good book. But the oldsters annoy Luke is still a stick in the mud, Leia is an appendage to her big dumb husband and Han is annoying and stupid. The main fault of the 'Legacy of the Force' saga was that too little attention was paid to path of Jacen Solo. A Jedi Knight, he is selfless in his desire for a galaxy free of war. For all his life, one war or another has waged and he wants it to stop. So he walks the path of the Sith for unselfish reasons. He doesn't desire power or respect, just order and if he has to torture people to death to achieve that aim - well too bad.
"Just like his grandfather all over again. When's he going to go for a nice black cloak and helmet? And lots of troopers in lovely white armour?"
"The older ones who remember the Empire say it's like having his grandfather back. They say he fancies himself as the new Vader."
As the prospect of civil war threatens the Galactic Alliance, Han and Leia have gone over to the other side. Jacen Solo is determined to hunt down his parents. Meanwhile Luke Skywalker and his wife Mara suspect that Jacen is walking a dark path. Jacen is willing to sacrifice his parents and lose the love of his family if he can bring order to the galaxy.
This is an okay addition to the saga. Han and Leia act pretty stupidly in this book, they're 60 plus not teenagers. Luke is smug and arrogant and Jacen continues on his path, his parents actions and Luke's arrogance further assuring him he is right. In his view what he is doing isn't wrong if his mother, father and uncle did similar things to fight the Empire. This was another plot strand the 'Legacy of the Force' saga dropped the ball on when they reduced Jacen to just another psycho who needed to be killed by his twin sister.
Jacen Solo continues on his path, now more sure than ever that becoming a Sith Master is the way to once and for all, achieve lasting peace. Also he wants to learn if Ben Skywalker will be a suitable Sith apprentice for him. This is an okay read. Why do all the characters take turns carrying the idiot ball? The Jedi Order are unable to grasp the notion that the Sith are back, again. Han and Leia ignore Jacen. Luke and Mara neglect their kid.
"He's going to continue being unhappy until we stop slandering and persecuting Jacen, the perfect Jedi, hero of the people and male model for black uniforms."
"He was a Sith Lord. Now his work could truly begin. It had happened. And it was beautiful."
"You need to know there's nothing else, absolutely nothing, that you can do to save Jacen."
The war drags on and the Skywalker/Solo clans have turned their backs on Jacen. Now that was stupid, if they'd reached out to him they could have saved him. But no, they all shun him, discuss how evil he is and generally hate on him.
Meanwhile the Jedi are in disarray, Luke mourns his wife, Ben's angry, Jania plots Jacen's murder and the Sith see Jacen as a distraction for their true intentions. Poor Jacen is happy he's a Sith but the rest of the Sith see him as a nothing. Poor tragic Jacen. But the writers ignore the tragedy and write him as a insane, stupid lunatic.
This is a good book but the last two books in the saga 'Revelation' and 'Invincible' were tosh. Jacen was killed off with no dignity all so everyone else could be smug. Allegedly TPTB are trying to fix the damage with the 'Fate of the Jedi' novels. But I don't care.