Hi All (or anyone who finds this post),
As a fan of the now "legends" material I was sad to see it rendered officially non-canon. Many of the characters, planets, species, and stories within are exceptional.
That being said while mourning the loss of those things I have accepted the new official canon and all things within it. As such the first two novels I have purchased have been that for Episode VII and now 'Bloodline'.
About one third of the way through 'Bloodline' and it is proving to be a fantastic book which provides greater insight into the layout and climate of the politics of the (canon) New Republic than Episode VII was able to do.
That's more a reflection on TPTB's (JJA and LK) feelings on the PT than anything, in choosing to ignore/deny that there are any strengths in the PT, or that the political exposition within was one of those strengths.
Though much different than legends, in 'Bloodline' we find that Leia is still very much involved in galactic politics but burnt out by the failure of the Senate to accomplish much of anything useful.
We have two political factions, the Centrists, those wanting a stronger central government like the Empire, and the Populists, those wanting a weaker and decentralized central government, each faction vying to shape the Republic in their own image.
The Senate is no longer on Coruscant and instead lies on the world of Hosnian Prime, which as we know
Some of the nameless beings/characters we briefly see in Episode VII appear in this novel.
Unlike in the legends material the power of the Hutts has been seriously downgraded by the loss of Jabba in RotJ. Other nefarious groups have swooped in to fill the vacuum left over by their absence.
As noted I am only a little over a third of the way through 'Bloodline', but I am finding it enthralling and carrying to find time to finish it.
I didn't know many of you in this site's heyday and I suspect you have moved on to other sites or perhaps other hobbies. Anyway I hope you are well and that you've adjusted to and embraced the new Star Wars "reality" as I have.