Star Wars: Dark Force Rising
Series: Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #2
The dying Empire's most cunning and ruthless warlord—Grand Admiral Thrawn—has taken command of the remnants of the Imperial fleet and launched a massive campaign aimed at the New Republic's destruction. Meanwhile, Han and Lando Calrissian race against time to find proof of treason inside the highest Republic Council—only to discover instead a ghostly fleet of warships that could bring doom to their friends and victory to their enemies.
Yet most dangerous of all is a new Dark Jedi, risen from the ashes of a shrouded past, consumed by bitterness… and scheming to corrupt Luke Skywalker to the Dark Side.
I tend to really enjoy universe building. I have been known to watch a show or read a book just because the concept is intriguing to me. I think Zahn did a great job of staying true to the characters as you know them, it hasn’t been that long. He also expands the universe in ways that make it more interesting and more dynamic. Leia’s mission shows that sometimes the rebellion seriously messed up, but they can try to attone for those mistakes. Luke is so desperate to learn of the Jedi that he takes serious risks. These books also don’t fit neatly into a certain category. You’re following multiple story lines ranging from espionage to secret fleets. I think it is the variety that truly makes this series so well loved. There is a little something for everyone.