This book is heavily based on the Knights of the Old Republic games. If you haven't played those, I would skip this book. I loved those games, so this was a great read. The book fills in a lot of the holes from the games - especially the second.
I specifically looked for a book narrated by Thompson, since I've enjoyed his work in the past. He does a great job in this book, as usual.
The book is fairly dark. Karpyshyn in general is darker than a lot of other Star Wars writers. Overall a pretty good listen. I couldn't put it down.
I've read almost every Star Wars book, and Zahn is far and away the best writer. I've loved every one of his. I absolutely recommend it.
Zahn definitely puts a nicer spin on Mara as emperor's hand than she was given in the Thrawn trilogy. My only complaint is that Thompson's Mara voice is ditzier (lighter) than I would expect from her.
The plot is gripping, the performance is well done, and I would read/listen if you get the chance.
If you've read any other of Zahn's books, this is pretty comparable. The Thrawn Trilogy and Outbound flight are still my favorites by him, but if you enjoyed other things by him, you'll enjoy this.
The voices are pretty well done - especially Han and Winter. He's very understandable and has a good cadence.
This book takes place in between episode 4 and episode 5. Zahn does a good job of writing within the restriction of keeping previous plots in tact, while keeping the story suspenseful.
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