I first read Crucible four years ago. Rereading it again, it makes a lot more sense to me now that I've read more Star Wars books and the Fate of the Jedi series (which this book references a lot). In Crucible, Luke, Han, and Leia try to stop two Columi brothers: Marvid and Craitheus Qreph who have created dangerous "bot" technology and also stumble across the planet Mortis (which the Jedi are looking for). Along the way, they team up with Lando, Ben, and Tahiri and also fight Mirta Gev and Vestara Khai. I think this book was interesting and that the story was engaging, and also I really like that it focused on the big three rather than other characters. I also thought it was cool that Denning included characters like Mirta Gev and Vestara, but I wish their ending wasn't so much of a cliffhanger. Like Abyss, I'm glad that this book didn't have any unnecessary parts that Troy Denning's books are usually full of.
I didn't really like the villains. I thought they were too weird and creepy but it was good that they were an actual threat to the characters. There was also a surprising amount of violence, but in all I think that Crucible is a good conclusion to the Star Wars Legends universe, and I think Troy Denning did a good job of passing on the new adventures to the younger characters.