Therin of Andor wrote:
You're the one likening it the the Crucible trilogy.
And that's all I did. I've heard very few complaints that "Crucible" didn't fit with established continuity - and, seemingly, it was still a best-selling series of ST novels.
The problem here is that "Crucible" wasn't meant to fit with established continuity, we were told this going into to it.
Plagues of Night and Raise the Dawn on the other hand were supposed to fit with established continuity hell these books had the resolution to a lot of plots and the furthering of some others. You can't have all of that off in its own little universe that is mostly separate from where the plots started and the ones still ongoing will end.