I’ve never ready a Timothy Zahn book before, though I’ve had plenty of opportunity. The plots have just never attracted me.
I’ve only read one Star Wars book before: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye, by Alan Dean Foster – possibly the first non-film Star Wars book. It was mildly interesting, but didn’t sell me on Star Wars in book form.
Reading this book addresses both issues. Unfortunately, it doesn’t really lead to any change in results. The book is mildly interesting, but didn’t sell me either on Zahn or Star Wars. Granted, this is just one book in a sub-series of a larger series built on a series of films. I’ve seen the major films, but otherwise, there’s a whole lot I don’t know.
The characters, and particularly Thrawn himself, are interesting, though Thrawn is a bit of a stock character – bright, cold, cerebral, a little magical. The plot, though, seemed to me to have pretty substantial holes in it in all sorts of ways. I can’t be sure, but it didn’t seem to me that they were forced by the series canon, or at least by the George Lucas elements that I know. Beyond that, it just all seems very cinematic, and not in a good way, but in a ‘this is written to be filmed’ way.
Overall, competent and likely interesting to fans of Admiral Thrawn, but not likely to attract converts.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.