Finally, a good, no - GREAT - Star Wars book! I won't spoiler-ize in case people still haven't read/finished this one yet, but I cannot recall the last time a SW novel best captured a character, or faithfully made them seem more realistic. Yoda is awesome in this novel, Dooku is believable, and the other chars provide sympathy and interest. And, as many books are doing in this gotta-wait-until-ROTS-comes-out-so-we-can't-really-make-any-significant-plotlines, it might have effects to be felt later. I found myself thinking "ah... I can see where this might lead" at times, both in the upcoming film and potential future EU stories.
Rating? I give it a 9.1 out of 10.