Teared up when Thrawn died. It was a sad death, and I really did like him as a character. Weird, as he's supposed to be the villain.
Was a little disappointed that Delta Source wasn't a person, but instead some trees with microphones in them. I thought someone was going to be a traitor, and had spent the last two books marking out people as suspects - but trees are good too...?
Mara seemed grossly underpowered. I mean, she was the Emperor's Hand, and force-sensitive... surely he would've trained her to be Sith?
So I have the Hand of Thrawn duology, do I need to read the Jedi Academy trilogy beforehand?