In order for a story to be interesting, the stakes need to be high. There has to be a sense that the heroes will lose a lot if they fail. A New Hope introduced a Luke who could lose his life or his adventure, a Leia who could lose her planet, a Han who could lose his freedom. As the Expanded Universe has grown out past Return of the Jedi, those three have gotten stronger and stronger – and their sense of invincibility robs Crucible of any bite.
Billed in promotional material as a good place for new fans to start, it
really isn’t. Although explanations of some concepts abound, I felt
that other events would have a lot more weight if I’d cared for Legacy of the Force or Fate of the Jedi.
If you liked Luke’s characterization in those books and care about Ben
and Vestara, this is for you. If not, it’s not. Add in Mortis, and it
becomes a teetering tower of original trilogy, Clone Wars, and Expanded
Universe references with an unstable cast.
Find my complete review, as well as a second opinion, at Knights' Archive.