I'd have to say it's a toss up between the rise of Kyle Katarn in Dark Forces and the rise of Luke Skywalker between the Dark Empire era and the Crimsion Empire era.
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Well, now that the Fate of the Jedi series is over, there have been many "series" of SW EU (meaning two/three or more books in the same storyline) novels over the years. Here's a little Bel-Cam ranking, for those interested in reading them/avoiding them/disagreeing with them.
Thrawn Trilogy (3 books): excellent
Thrawn Duology (2 books): very good
Jedi Academy Trilogy (3 books): very good
Legacy of the Force (9 books): not good
New Jedi Order (19! books): bad
Darth Bane Trilogy (3 books): very good
Last of the Jedi (10 books): very good
Jedi Apprentice (18 [or 20] books): very good/excellent at the start
Jedi Quest (10 [or 12] books): so-so
Galaxy of Fear (12 books): okay
Corellian Trilogy (3 books): pretty good
Han Solo Trilogy (3 books): excellent
Han Solo Adventures (3 books): excellent
Lando Calrissian Adventures (3 books): excellent
Boba Fett (6 books): okay
Bounty Hunter Wars (3 books): so-so
X-Wing (9 [or more?] books): very good
The Force Unleashed (2 books): bad
Clone Wars Gambit (2 books): pretty good
Fate of the Jedi (9 books): so-so
Junior Jedi Knights (6 books): okay
Young Jedi Knights (14 books): very good/excellent at the start
Dark Forces (3 books): okay
Rebel Force (6 books): so-so
Coruscant Nights (3 books): pretty good
Secret Missions (4 books): okay
Black Fleet Crisis (3 books): bad
Dark Nest (3 books): bad
Prophets of the Dark Side (6 books): bad
You're being too generous with the "Prophets of the Dark Side" series, BCJ.
I don't know I'd say the whole NJO was bad. It was inconsistent, with some really high points and some really low ones. I think it averages out better than "bad."
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I read Shadows of the Empire back in 1996, when it first came out, and I didn't hate it. So I guess I would choose the period between ESB and ROTJ as my favorite.
Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split. - Robert E. Howard
Nineteen books to end the way it did? Too long, far too long. Yeah, there were some decent parts, but some were a waste of dead trees (or e-book Cloud space). And there were some direct connections to the LOTF series, which wasn't much better.
If you need a "quick" reference to all the EU eras, you just GOTS to read Pablo Hidalgo's brilliant compilation, SW:The Essential Reader's Companion; all 470+ pgs of it. There's a short, but very complete, summary of each story, with the main characters and planets featured, all divided by with chronologically presented (and current up to books written by 2012). A great resource, better than the SW Encyclopedia.