Another good entry into the Star Wars universe that I would recommend to anyone interested in the franchise.
Really, this is epic space fantasy. There are multiple POVs, the science is more akin to hand-wavy magic than anything else, and well, it feels like an epic fantasy that just happens to be zipping around the galaxy instead of the realm. Anyone care to argue about this?
Dark Force Rising has a bigger, more political story than other Star Wars and tie-in novels that I’ve read, and that’s a huge draw for me. This is the media tie-in fiction you were looking for.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is outstanding, as always. Him alone makes it worth reading this trilogy.
This review also wouldn’t be complete without another nod towards Marc Thomson and the whole production team. Their work is parsecs beyond what most audiobook accomplish.
But there were some things that I could have gone without, like the Noghri story line, which didn’t interest me at all…and it ends up being such a large part of this book.
Also, Luke. Man, is he ever a pushover. I can’t stand how much of a “good guy” he is. Perhaps I’m evil, but I really prefer when my heroes are a bit amoral, or at least willing to make compromises to achieve their goals.
Overall, nothing is wrong, per se, with this book. It’s perfect commercial fiction and above-average tie-in fiction, but there’s nothing groundbreaking or super exciting either.