Top critical review
Slightly long and drawn out.
on 28 December 1998
First, I admit, I am a huge SW fan. I have read about 85% of all the hardback novels and most of the softbacks as well. But why 3 stars when everyone else is giving 5?
The story was 'good' and their were a few surprises along the way, especially a huge development for Luke Skywalker that fans may be excited about. However, some of the characters we like, took a second seat to the story or didn't show up at all. Chewie was not even present in this book, as were any of the Solo children. C-3PO had a minor role, Lobot hardly did a thing, and the potential of Rouge Squadron was very anti-climatic.
Well, actually, in my opinion the whole book was anti-climatic. At close to 500 pages, I will admit the last 60-70 pages started to get tense, and it was a page turner, but the ending wrapped up so fast! And it seemed to take forever to get to the last 70 pages.
If you like political intrigue, and multiple story threads, this book is pretty good. It was interesting to see how the Imperials were vying for power, and still cheating each other. Hats off to one Admiral Palleon (2nd man to Thrawn) and his resolution to stick things out.
There was a lot of emphasis on Luke and Mara, a whole story in itself that seemed to be 1/2 the novel anyway.
Interesting concept, but missed a bit more of the traditional SW drama, villiany, and epic battles.