This is probably one of the most well-renowned of the ST:TNG novels. Like the other Peter David novels I’ve read, it’s very well written and occasionally very funny too. It’s also slightly longer than the average ST:TNG novel at 342 pages in length.
In fact, I’m quite surprised that it’s taken me until now to get round to reviewing this book, since I read it about four or five months ago.
Also, according to the foreword, the premise of the novel was actually approved by Gene Roddenberry too. So it can be considered to be at least partially canon (unlike most of the various “Star Trek” novels).
“Imzadi” is mostly about the short-lived relationship between Riker and Troi before the events of ST:TNG. That’s all that I’ll say about this book, since it’s a story that you’re best discovering for yourself. As well as giving you a lot of insights into what life on Betazed is like (the weddings are really something!), it also tells you the full meaning of the word “imzadi” too – which means more than the TV show really lets on…
Although this book is a love story, it’s more than just a romance novel and there are a few action-packed and suspenseful sub-plots as well – although it’s obviously more of a character-based novel than a plot-based novel. Needless to say, the characterisation in this story is really good too. Obviously, Riker is still Riker and Troi is still Troi – but, it’s still really interesting to see what they were like when they were in their early twenties (?).
The dialogue, as with most “Star Trek” novels, is truly superb too and, as I said earlier, often quite funny too.
Not to mention that the structure of the story is rather dramatic and intriguing too (and any story which starts with a part titled “The End” is definately an interesting story).
In short, this is a lot more than just a simple prequel novel.
Honestly, they really should have made an episode of ST:TNG based on this book, since it really adds a lot of background to both Riker and Troi (only some of which is hinted at in the show itself). After you’ve read this book, you probably won’t look at them in quite the same way again either.
All in all, if I had to give “Imzadi” a rating out of five, then it’d probably get either a four or a five.