My first Star Wars novel, which would literally change my life, was Dark Force Rising in 1992. I was twelve-years-old and it changed my view of how Star Wars and writing were supposed to work. It was darker (but not too dark), more serious (but not too serious), and had a focus on politics as well as military tactics (but without ending up like the Prequels of Honorverse's later books). I loved them so much I read every single one of Timothy Zahn's other Star Wars books and plan to read his original works sometime this year.
I enjoyed Thrawn: Allegiances but there was a certain little something missing from Zahn’s second Thrawn outing into the new Star Wars canon. For one, the Clone Wars part of the dual narrative Allegiances embraced felt…inconsequential. Not bad, necessarily, but inconsequential.
Disclaimer: I listened to the Thrawn: Alliances audiobook, as narrated by Marc Thompson.
Timothy Zahn’s original Thrawn trilogy was the first work of science fiction I ever read… in so far as any Star Wars product can be called sci-fi. When Zahn returned to his arguably most popular character, introducing him to Marvel’s newly retconned continuity. I was truly and well excited about the possibilities, and 2017’s Thrawn did not disappoint. It introduced the Grand Admiral, told the story of his rise to power in the Empire, and offered the reader a look at Coruscant during the Empire’s heyday.