Picked up Timothy Zahn's new Thrawn Alliances book so am re-reading its predecessor then the new one.
He is a fantastic writer. Great book(s).
There is a new one in the series? I just found my copies of the old trilogy a few days ago.
Yeah, Disney's new canon versus what is now called the "Legends" series or old canon originally doctored by Lucas himself.
The new canon covers the movies, TV series, other online series, and any of the new books published since "The Force Awakens".
In a way, it's a good thing and in a way the decision was a bad thing.
It was good because Disney was not locked in to retelling what was already written in the plethora of Legends books and series. It was bad for much the same reason. So much was left behind.
Another good that came out of it is Zahn's ability to write using his hindsight and augmenting things. The first book was and is amazing. I'm already 3/4 of the way through it. I expect no less from the new "Thrawn Alliances" book.
I'm halfway through the new book... I'd say neither of these live up to the memory I have of the original Zahn triology. They are good, but definitely not as good. As a matter of point - I started reading Alliances 4 weeks ago, and haven't gone back to it.
I haven't really thought of it that way.
I've read the Legends Thrawn Trilogy at least two or three times. They are one of my favourite set short of some of the Han Solo sets, the Millennium Falcon stories, the ongoing tension and eventual marriage of Luke Skywalker to Mara Jade, and many of the other series sets.
I get a sense that much of what Zahn wrote in the Trilogy is there in the new book. There are plenty of references to key bits and pieces. What I'm enjoying is the delving into the Empire's court politics and Thrawn's ice breaker smashing through it for lack of a better analogy.
I especially like the first person bits throughout the book. It's neat. We get a pretty good idea of what is going on with Thrawn as he moves about his various challenges. Eli is a good offset character too. They work well together.
All in all, the original trilogy still stands as one of my favourites right up there with Asimov's Foundation Series. The current one, and it's left to be seen about Alliances, would fall somewhere in the top 25 maybe.