Actually, I thought Star by Star
fit the series like a glove; without spoiling anything it's definitely the Empire Strikes Back
of the saga. It's a lot to take in, though; a lot of different plots are running in a lot of different directions. However, in my opinion, this adds to it rather than detracts, particularly given that it was Troy Denning's first venture into writing novels for the SW universe - no small task to be given SbS, trust me.
Ignore that last comment by Astro:
good luck with it, hey if you dont end up gettin into it, return it and get Survivors Quest
. He's got something against Tim Zahn... but even I'll admit that SQ was not the best of the SW books I've read. Just wait till you're around the end, you'll find you love SbS.