I loved getting the Imperial side of the story. It followed the plot of the original trilogy, but even though I know that story, this felt totally new. I really liked the two main characters, Thane and Ciena. I think they were really well-developed, with clear motivations and goals that changed and adapted to their circumstances believably. Their relationship was both tense and satisfying, and really pulled me through the plot of the book.
The ending, though…I don’t know that it was satisfying. It was so tense right up until the end that I don’t know that it was really resolved. I wish there'd been just a little more falling action and resolution to let me know that these characters are going to be okay.