Widely regarded as the best writing in the Star Wars Expanded Universe (now Star Wars Legends), Timothy Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy is a must-read for any Star Wars fan looking to delve into the connected novels. It's unknown whether any major elements of the Legends books will come into play in the new films (there were a few nods in Episode VII: The Force Awakens, but nothing major), but I'm holding onto a tiny thread of hope for Thrawn to make an appearance. He's a brilliant villain, and Zahn fleshes him out with finesse. (If you enjoy the trilogy, consider reading Zahn's excellent follow-up duology, Specter of the Past and Vision of the Future.) Recommended By Madeline S., Powells.com
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It's five years after Return of the Jedi: the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven out the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi Twins. And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of Jedi Knights. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor's warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale--in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.