Mara is a great character. In the beginning of Heir to the Empire, she was annoying and I couldn't quite identify with her. As I got into the novel more, I really started to feel for her, and of course, at the end of The Last Command, I really liked her; and have ever since. I enjoyed her presence in Allegiance, and am very much looking up to the follow-up to that novel. While at Celebration V, they were previewing a statue of Mara; I am very excited to get that in the middle of next year.