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my first ever SW book...nice to re read in Kindle
on December 4, 2013
This was my entrance to the awesome world of the Star Wars Expanded Universe. It hooked me right away and I've been a fan ever since. As I've gotten older however I thought I'd reread hese on my Kindle...after re-reading the Thrawn trilogy...I was ready to experience this with "fresh" eyes again...however while the trilogy is sound I'm seeing where Anderson falls short as a writer. This book especially suffered I think from Kevin or the publisher not knowing how to flesh out the first entry. The bit with Han on Kessel makes little sense and you find yourself not invested in that. ,earn while we have Luke taking meetings with candidates and Lando chasing a com artist and Leia consistently putting her head in the sand and saying how Han is irresponsible. It was obviously a device to enable Han to escape a prison no one ever escaped from and then go into a black hole cluster to discover Daala. If Leia had been true to form...grown concerned with Han's not contacting her...then sent at least a diplomatic force to see what happened...we'd not have had the escape but there may have been another way. The fact Leia was neither reactionary nor proactive took me out of the story and made her a different character than portrayed elsewhere. Is gets fixed in later installments...but this is by far the weakest of the Jedi Academy trilogy.