YMMV: Legacy of the Force


  • Alas, Poor Scrappy: Jacen.
  • Broken Base: Less so than New Jedi Order as far as reception goes - the majority of Star Wars fans have expressed distaste with the series, while a minority enjoy it.
  • Character Shilling: Karen Traviss's work is accused of this by some any time her Mandalorian subplot comes up.
  • Designated Hero and Designated Villain: The first five books, in their Alliance vs. Corellia plotline, abandon decades of previous characterization to make previously tight-knit heroes fight each other in a stupid war. Highlights include Wedge, Han, and Leia becoming standard-bearers for the totalitarian Corellian government and Luke and Mara being 100% okay with their son joining the Alliance equivalent of the SS. It's only after they start suffering personal tragedy that they rethink their allegiances.
  • Ending Fatigue: The last few chapters involving Mandalore in Revelation.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: Especially among fanfic writers.
  • Foe Yay: Ben and Tahiri.
  • Fridge Brilliance: After Jacen kills Ailyn Vel, no one in the cast — even Jacen — remembers that she tried to kill him twice in Shards of Alderaan.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Back in the New Jedi Order series, Leia had a depressing vision of Jaina and herself telling Jaina’s kids about their heroic late aunt Mara. The vision seemed to have become irrelevant when Mara recovered from her illness, then 16 years later, Jacen became Darth Caedus.
  • Idiot Plot: The heroes should have been able to catch on to and short circuit the villain's plot relatively quickly. It can also apply to Jacen himself, for thinking that listening to Lumiya in the first place was a good idea.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Lumiya.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jacen killing Mara.
  • Narm: "My parents are terrorist scum, and that is why I have turned my back on them."
  • Squick: Here.
  • Too Many Cooks Spoil the Soup: A possible real world version, as the series grew more chaotic, padded, and just plain weird as time went on. Notably, Karen Traviss had a widely different style of writing and concept of the universe from Aaron Allston and Troy Denning, leading to the Trapped by Mountain Lions plot below, while each author also had their own subplots and interpretations of characters, each of which would radically change the context of the series.
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: The Boba Fett/Mandalorian subplots in Bloodlines, Sacrifice and Revelation.