Edit : Yeah, splitted the thread with this as teh new opening.
But if you care one bit for "preserving continuity", don't touch, even with a billions feet pole, Vector Prime. It's not Salvatore's fault quite so much as his editor who forgot to check that this fit in with the rest of the stories - and even with basic data from the SW universe.
Story-wise it's not so bad. It's just that the editors did a crap job (ie, "communicators" and the like).
But otherwise, I have to agree that there are many great SW novels out there, most especially the Zhan ones.