Why? Because Crosscurrent was my first Star Wars novel and I was still feeling my way around a bit. And with Deceived there were a couple mild creative crimps I had to navigate (I still think they’re both excellent novels, mind).
But with Riptide, I feel much more like my editors impliedly said: “Okay, you’ve earned some trust from us. Now take the gloves off altogether and let’s see what you can do.”
What resulted is what I regard as my most adventurous, interesting Star Wars novel. And for me, that makes it the best.
I may feel the same way about my next Star Wars novel, but for now, Riptide wears the crown. In my eyes, at least.
And if you read it, I sincerely hope you enjoy.