Well, I did it. I finished the three major series set in the years ABY. Wow. It was wonderful reading one book after another after another — total immersion. Even the series pretty much ran back to back with only a few filler books in between.
If you’ve never read them, I suggest the New Jedi Order. It’s the best and most original of them all.
THE NEW JEDI ORDER SERIES
This series introduces a new enemy never before seen — the Yuuzhan Vong. They are beings from outside the galaxy with a value system so alien to our own and weapons created from living beings unlike any seen before.
This is a turning point for the Star Wars novels. No longer does good always prevail. We are left never knowing when one of our heroes is going to die.
Characters are carefully crafted. Their development is consistent throughout, especially for Vergere, which is amazing considering the number of authors involved. It is moving, thought-provoking, well-planned.
THE LEGACY SERIES
This series explores how Jacen descends into evil. While parts of his transformation felt forced, I can live in that reality. More people die. Ben grows up. Overall, it is well written.
THE FATE OF THE JEDI SERIES
This is the worst series of the three. It starts out very slow for quite a few books. Sith are everywhere and then there’s evil even worse than Sith. Maybe she’s thrown in there because after awhile, the Sith don’t seem all that bad.
Troy Denning wrote a wonderful finale, except it left pieces hanging all over the place. He’s a terrific writer. I can’t help but feel maybe he was told to do this. With that type of ending, the series really went nowhere.