Oh I dunno, Luke suffered for a LONG time after killing her. To the point where he felt he couldn't confront Jacen directly because he would turn dark after killing him. As much as I loathe the whole "Dark can kill light and be ok, but light kills dark outside of pure defense and they go dark" thing, it was done decently enough to believe.
Although, with how they ended the FOTJ series, I'm not gonna buy another fucking hardcover again. I'll wait on paperbacks or something. 10 books to go almost nowhere, jesus.
That was the problem I had with FOTJ also. It ultimately ended in cliffhanger with more questions about Jacen, the arrival of the One Sith, Vestara's betrayal, and the last part where it Luke said "Luke realized that his father's refusal to become the new Keeper of Balance had in fact set off a disastrous chain of events. With the death of the Ones, the galaxy began to slide into darkness; the number of conflicts and chaos in the last 65 years were evidence enough of that. When Jacen Solo fell to the dark side and became the Sith Lord Darth Caedus in an effort to change the course of the future, he inadvertently set in motion another chain of events which culminated in the destruction of Centerpoint Station and the release of Abeloth. With the Ones dead, Abeloth was free to continue her rampage of chaos and destruction."
3-400 pages (at BEST) is too long? I'd hate to see you try and read Shogun or The Stand.
"virtually everyone" is not a recognized standard of measurement.
Yeah I really liked Jacen's fall. The parts I've read (Dark Nest onwards. I just started reading the NJO for the first time [still on Vector Prime]). One of my favourite SW books is Betrayal, but I think the LOTF series jumped the shark the moment Luke Skywalker murdered Lumiya.
Lumiya was a great villain, just because she actually points out the flaws in Vader & Palpatine.
Was sad to see Chewie go, but he did go out sacrificing himself to save other innocents. I wouldn't have had it any other way. His "life-debt" to Han was going to demand payment at some time, and I thought it was handled brilliantly. It was a shame that R.A. Salvatore received death threats for having killed him off. I'm as big a Star Wars mark as anyone else alive but some people really need to get over themselves.
I also loved Mara Jade, but her dying at the hands of Jacen Solo to give birth to Darth Caedus made sense to me. To me Luke was losing some of his focus, and Ben Skywalker should feature prominently in the future of the Jedi Order. Removing her from their lives forced the both of them to take their roles more seriously. I also think it puts Ben in a position to rise even further than his father. Her death made Leia and Jaina more relevant to the existing storylines. Leia especially has become more of a badass, which I should expect from a Jedi Knight. It's about damn time.
Leia needs to be a Master already.
And I agree. Jacen was already made to be Luke's heir but Mara dying, made Ben that person.