I now understand the hype.
Not only why this trilogy is touted as the definitive Star Wars companion, but why it’s an example for all tie-in novels. I’m not the most experienced guy in the world when it comes to this sort of fiction, but I’ve read enough to recognize when it works and when it doesn’t.
Heir to the Empire works so, so well.
This is the Star Wars novel I have been waiting for. One that expands the mythos and makes me excited about the world. It raises more questions than it answers, and it’s a feat of world-building to rival many epic fantasies (though more on the hand-waving side than the fully fleshed out worlds we’re used to. Jedi pun 100% intended).
Star Wars aside, the writing itself is excellent—tight, clever, and effective. The characters are rounded and for the most part complex, especially the bad guys. Grand Admiral Thrawn may be one of the best antagonists I’ve ever read.
Also, huge kudos again to Marc Thomson for his narration. I don’t think it’d be the same without him.
Now to continue my search for other Star Wars novels that feel the same. Any recommendations?