I borrowed this book from the library ages ago and read the first chapter or so and found it not to my liking.
But later on (about 2 years ago) I thought, hey why not buy it just to complement my huge Star Wars book collection (almost all of them aside from the most recent New Jedi Order books and most of the Rogue Squadron books). I had a half term holiday and so I read the book.
You will not believe how much I love this book.
From near the start, right until the end this book is impossible to stop reading. I finished it in about 5 days which is quite a feat considering how thick it is, because I didn't want to put it down. People say that about a lot of books but I mean it here.
Why is it that good? Firstly it's from the perspective of a character who's not that important (unless you read the Rogue Squadron books, which I didn't. Anyway he becomes more important in later books). Corran Horn is a Republic pilot with the Force, and when his wife is kidnapped, he goes for Jedi training from Luke. This is written in the first-person, which allows us to understand what's going through his head all the time.
The sheer genius of this book can't be done justice to. It's gripping and deep, while at the same time there are absolutely hilarious parts in the book. I love it.
And if you only read one Star Wars book, don't buy one of those film tie-ins (if you must, get Episode I by Terry Brooks because it rocks) and don't just pick anything with a picture of Luke, Han and Leia on it. Get I, Jedi, because it's just brilliant.
Mike Stackpole is undoubtedly the best Star Wars author (yes he's better than Tim Zahn), and this is undoubtedly the best book with the Star Wars name on it, if not the best book I've ever read.