5/5 Rancors - At last I have finished the 19 books of the New Jedi Order. It ends big. James Luceno does his usual good job as he wraps things up in The Unifying Force. Mr. Luceno is one of the best, and I knew he wouldn't let us down. He ties things together and reaches a conclusion while at the same time reminding us of happenings from other books.
As expected, the war with the Yuuzhan Vong ends with a huge battle. The sentient planet of Zonama Sekot has a major role as do the Shamed Ones, the oppressed members of the Yuuzhan Vong society. The Jedi reach a clearer understanding of the Force with the help of Vergere and Zonama Sekot. Everybody seems to work together until things begin to make sense.
A key player in all of this is the Vong's Supreme Overlord Shimmra. He is somewhat of a mysterious leader through the series, and his fortunes take an unexpected direction during the twists and turns at the end of the book. Just remember that everything is not as it seems. Keep a close eye on Nom Anor. The final battle is huge and very satisfying. Jacen Solo is a key contributor here.
I admit to being somewhat relieved that my journey through the New Jedi Order has finally come to an end. I felt bogged down many times. However, the overall journey was worth it. The Yuuzhan Vong were fascinating, mysterious aliens. The ability of the Republic and the Jedi to deal with them was in doubt many times. For the most part the various authors in the series wrote well and kept us as readers on our toes. The New Jedi Order and The Unifying Force are worthwhile parts of the Star Wars saga. In particular, I look forward to reading more of Mr. Luceno's books.