This was the very first Star Wars book I ever read. Although the writing isn't perfect I loved the characters and story. Jaina, Jacen and their friends are fantastic characters and Kevin J Anderson and his wife did a great job bringing them to life in this series. Although this was the second book or the series, it was easy to pick up and read as a stand-alone. However, the entire series is definitely worth reading. One thing I wish had more focus in the first several novels was the Shadow Academy and general Jedi training itself and how the academies differed in teaching style. Nonetheless, the Young Jedi Knights series is a fun series for youth and adult alike.