Paul S. Kemp has written what is the best book of the “new canon” in Lords of the Sith.
Set after Revenge of the Sith and tied closely to the Ryloth episodes of The Clone Wars, the book is at a very cool time period for the galaxy. You’ll see remnants of the Clone Wars in the form of re-purposed droid vulture fighters, reminding people of the conflict that ended in Episode III while bringing back one of the more prominent characters in The Clone Wars, who has a connection to one of the main characters in Star Wars Rebels.
The story is basically about Cham Syndulla (Hera’s father) waging a large guerrilla war against the Empire on Ryloth, with the Emperor and Vader prime targets as they come to the planet for a visit. It jumps back and forth between Cham and Emperor and his apprentice, and one of the best things about the book is its relentless pace.
Star Wars movies are known to have a certain pace. They’re fast, jumping from one scene to the next. Kemp replicates this Star Wars pace perfectly in Lords of the Sith. The book just flies by, as a Star Wars tale should, and both sides of the story are written so well you’re never wanting it to hurry up so you could get back to a more interesting side-story.
He’s also known for writing villains well, and this is probably the best Vader I’ve seen in a novel. Too often Vader could be seen almost as bumbling when people try to get into Anakin’s head inside the armor. Not here. Vader is an absolute bad-ass in this story, and the Emperor is as evil and as brilliant as you’d expect for someone who caused the Republic to collapse into a Galactic Empire.
If you only read one of the new canon novels, Lords of the Sith should be it. It feels the most like a real Star Wars story, the story itself is great, and it’s a great fast read due to its perfect pacing. I can’t recommend Lords of the Sith enough for Star Wars fans, it didn’t disappoint at all.