Last year after watching the latest Star Wars I wanted more. I researched and found that the Thrawn trilogy is awesome and people wished Episode VII mirrored it a bit more.
All the primary characters are there, Chewie, Leia, Lando, Luke, R2D2 and even Ackbar. But what about the enemy — Enter Grand Admiral Thrawn. The only Alien Admiral, blue skinned and master strategist. During the Battle of Endor he was on the other side of the galaxy and so couldn’t help. The Empire is broken, but he maintains the last vestiges, building power and conquering fringe planets.
This takes place about 5 to 10 years, I’m sure it said, but it was fairly recent after Return of the Jedi. Leia is pregnant with twins and training to be a Jedi. They are doing research about the enemy threat and think there is a traitor amongst the Rebel Alliance. You may have heard about a character named Mara Jade, a possible Force user, and she is introduced in this novel.
I listened to the audiobook and it was very enjoyable. Lightsaber noises, R2D2 beep boops and explosion sounds accompanied the varied voices. Definately a delight.
If you like Star Wars, you will likely like this novel. Some things were cheesey, but you get over it quick. I won’t read the next one right away, but its going on the reading list.