I preferred the third book to the second, but the first was definitely the best of the series.
From recommendations earlier in this thread I'm reading Zahn's "Heir to Empire", and if this is the best Star Wars novel then I'm definitely going to avoid ever reading another.
are you a Star Wars fan? its hard to get behind if you're really not that into it. you don't have to be a Leia costume wearing guy. not that i'd judge.
I was, until Lucas shat all over it.
I just struggled with Zahn's poor writing. It felt like I was reading a novel length fanfic.
I switched to reading "The American Plague" by Mary Crosby, which unfortunately is also poorly written. There was a particular turn of phrase early in the book that reads like something a high schooler might write: "the virus enters cells through a process with a highly technical name called receptor-mediated endocytosis."