Heir to the Empire

Heir to the Empire Alternate Cover Edition can be found here It is a time of renewal five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire But with the war seemingly won

  • Title: Heir to the Empire
  • Author: Timothy Zahn
  • ISBN: Heir to the Empire
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    B00513HX7Y
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  • Page: 233
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  • Alternate Cover Edition can be found here.It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance New challenges to galactic peace have arisen And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past A voice with a warning Beware th Alternate Cover Edition can be found here.It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance New challenges to galactic peace have arisen And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past A voice with a warning Beware the dark side.The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into barely a quarter of the territory that they once controlled Leia and Han are married, are expecting Jedi twins, and have shouldered heavy burdens in the government of the new Republic And Luke Skywalker is the first in a hoped for new line of Jedi Knights.But thousands of light years away, where a few skirmishes are still taking place, the last of the Emperor s warlords has taken command of the remains of the Imperial fleet He has made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile new Republic built with such cost to the Rebel Alliance The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Kindle Edition, 434 pages Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey first published May 1st 1991 More Details Original Title Heir to the Empire ASIN B00513HX7Y Edition Language English Series Star Wars The Thrawn Trilogy 1, Star Wars Legends Characters Luke Skywalker, Lando Calrissian, Mara Jade, Thrawn, Gilad Pellaeon, Wedge Antilles, Talon Karrde, Leia Organa, Khabarakh, Joruus Cbaoth, Borsk Feylya, Han Sololess Other Editions 82 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Heir to the Empire, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Hello, I have a 10 year old son who is an average reader He loves Star Wars and wants to read some of the adult novels as there isnt a lot in the young reader section Is the content in this book appropriate for his age Also, if anybody has any recommendations of other Star Wars books that might be appropriate I would appreciate them Thanks 6 likeslike 4 years ago See all 5 answers Jessica Hi This book doesn t contain any inappropriate material, by my standards It isn t much violent then the movies, but deaths are discribed Hi This book doesn t contain any inappropriate material, by my standards It isn t much violent then the movies, but deaths are discribed Princess Leia is Pregnant, and she does spend some time thinking about the Children she s carrying, but there is nothing graphic It s a heavy read though, lots of details and new characters, if he is a good strong reader he ll do great The characters do swear from time to time, but they are mostly made up in universe swear words I read these books when I was about 12 13 and found them fun I was an advanced reader, but this is a great novel to start him on There is also an Audio Book version of this book I would also suggest the Junior Jedi Knights novels It s a series that focuses on Han Solo and Princess Leia s Son Anakin as he goes through Jedi training and his adventures These books are meant for younger readers, so a little easier to read I read these when I was about 10 and loved them None of the Star Wars books I ve read have anything other then some violence, a kiss or two and a few made up swear words None are any worse than Episode 3 the darkest and most violent Star Wars I certainly haven t read all of them, but Lucas Disney makes it a habit to keep things pretty family friendly Wookiepedia has a whole bunch of detailed plot descriptions about all of the books characters It s a good place to pre skim the books before he reads them BTW I would like to thank you for taking such an interest in your Son s reading I had a parent like you who wanted to make sure I read things that would be wholesome age appropriate I can t thank them enough for that Good luck May the force be with you less flag Hey Anyone out there that can tell me if there is any good star wars books without the original characters Princess Layia Han Solo Luke Skywalker like 4 years ago See all 6 answers Melissa The Darth Bane series is pretty good flag See all 9 questions about Heir to the Empire Lists with This Book Best SW Expanded Universe 9 books 5 voters Popular Science Fiction on with between 50000 and 99999 ratings 100 books 2 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 4.14 Rating details 63,806 ratings 2,552 reviews All LanguagesDansk 1 Deutsch 5 English 2399 Espa ol 22 Euskara, euskera 1 Fran ais 4 Italiano 5 Magyar 1 Nederlands 2 Polski 3 Portugu s 16 P 1 Sloven ina 1 Suomi 1 Svenska 1 esky, e tina 6 1 More filters Sort order Aug 27, 2008 Stephen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 1990 1999, science fiction, sf star trek star wars and tv, audiobook A long time 20 years ago, in a galaxy publishing house far, far away looking to suck the monetary marrow out of a popular franchise and develop the next big income stream Episode IV Expanded Universe Novel I A NEW HOPE CASH COW It is a period of civil war declining profits and brand recognition A revitalized Star Trek franchise Rebel spaceships, striking from ahidden base rival studio Paramount, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic LucasFilm A long time 20 years ago, in a galaxy publishing house far, far away looking to suck the monetary marrow out of a popular franchise and develop the next big income stream Episode IV Expanded Universe Novel I A NEW HOPE CASH COW It is a period of civil war declining profits and brand recognition A revitalized Star Trek franchise Rebel spaceships, striking from ahidden base rival studio Paramount, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic LucasFilm Empire and its greedy lackeys at 20th Century Fox with the release of the extremely popular Star Trek the Next Generation, together with a successful line of spin off novels During the In response to this threatening franchise battle, smart, profit minded publishing toadies Rebel spies managed to steal Paramount s thunder by approaching popular non hack writer Timothy Zahn with secret plans to develop theLucasFilm Empire s ultimate weapon, the DEATH STAR Star Wars Expanded Universe, an ard space station, a marketing masterstroke with enough built in profit potential power to destroy an entire planet any franchise that opposed it except maybe Marvel Comics.Pursued by the Empire s sinister agents of Star Trek publisher Simon Shuster, Princess Leia races Timothy Zahn races home aboard her listening to Jefferson starship, custodian of a lucrative three book deal the stolen plans that can save her people the Star Wars franchise and restore freedom George Lucas to the Forbes Richest American list galaxy flag 139 likesLike see review View all 35 comments Sep 23, 2014 Alejandro rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves star wars, science fiction, politics, military, espionage, novel, media tie in Unforgettable characters born and even a whole world too STRONG IN CHARACTER When you understand a species art, you understand that species. One of the strongest issues on this book are the creation of characters since it s where Mara Jade was first introduced and only for that, it s already an epic moment in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, but also you have the introduction of other characters such as Talon Karrde, Gilad Pellaeon, Borsk Fey lya, Joruus C Baoth, Winter Celchu, and obviousl Unforgettable characters born and even a whole world too STRONG IN CHARACTER When you understand a species art, you understand that species. One of the strongest issues on this book are the creation of characters since it s where Mara Jade was first introduced and only for that, it s already an epic moment in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, but also you have the introduction of other characters such as Talon Karrde, Gilad Pellaeon, Borsk Fey lya, Joruus C Baoth, Winter Celchu, and obviously Grand Admiral Thrawn who is the main villain in the book.The force in all these characters introduced on Heir to the Empire lies in the sense that these characters weren t pivotal only in this very book, or even in the trilogy where the novel is part of, but these characters became quite relevant in the Star Wars Expanded Universe and they were keep appearing again and again, in critical moments of the expanded universe HAVE FORCE WILL TRAVEL If you don t want to be noticed, you don t use a Star Destroyer. The novel is pivotal not only in the Star Wars Expanded Universe developed in literature, but also in the totally canonical Star Wars Cinematic Universe since Timothy Zhan, the author, coined the name for the capital world of the Old Republic Empire New Republic, Coruscant , that it was widely used since then in novels and comic books, but formally introduced in Star Wars Episode One The Phantom Menace.Also, you will have quite a tour on the book, since the characters, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, R2D2, C3PO, Lando, along with the newly introduced characters, they just keep traveling from here to there, known popular planets such as Tatooine, Kashyyyk and Dagobah, but also other several worlds Thanks goodness for the hyperdrives to make possible all this DID THEY REALLY WIN IN RETURN OF THE JEDI You re not the last of the old Jedi, Luke, you re the first of the new. So, you thought that when they blew up again a Death Star and the Emperor fell literally at the end of Star Wars Episode Six Return of the Jedi, the Rebel Alliance really won Hardly.True, a lot of people celebrated at once that very night galactic tweets must be quite efficient then and certainly losing the second mobile battlestation and even critical, the death of the Emperor implied that the Rebel Alliance was victorious, you cherished then, and even the Ewoks were clueless why the heck the Rebel Alliance needed 24 years to defeat the Empire, if those primitive care bears were able to beat them in just an afternoon.However, you have to think that if you are an admiral even better if you are a Grand Admiral trust me, it sounds cooler with command over a fleet of Star Destroyers and having full local control of several worldswhy the heck do you have to surrender over that bunch of rebel scum If those rebels want our surrender, they will have to defeat first our Star Destroyers And you know how deadly and insanely cool are those Star Destroyers So, the Rebel Alliance created the New Republic and many planets join, however what was is know as The Remnant Empire still have considerable regions of space.And the Grand Admiral Thrawn is starting an ambitious strategy to get back the Empire to its previous glory.Meanwhile, Luke is beginning to train Leia, to begin a new generation of Jedis, and since Leia is now pregnant with twins how the heck Anakin and Padme didn t know that Lightsabers and hyperdrives but not a dang ultrasound And if Luke is able to perceive in the Force the Leia s twins, how Anakin didn t , it s expected that the Jedi legacy will grow again.This is the first book in a trilogy, and while there is a lot of travel and the introduction of various cool new characters, the action is quite moderated and the climax on this first book is hardly enough shocking to give it a higher rating, but definitely this is a relevant book in Star Wars universe which deserves to be read by fans flag 92 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Dec 17, 2013 Markus rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves star wars, 2013, science fiction History is on the move, Captain Those who cannot keep up will be left behind, to watch from a distance And those who stand in our way will not watch at all Five years have passed since the destruction of the second Death Star and the fall of the Emperor The New Republic is rising from the ashes of the Galactic Empire The old Imperial Starfleet is in complete disarray, and the greatest of the Emperor s warlords, the Grand Admirals, are all gone Except for one And that lone one will give t History is on the move, Captain Those who cannot keep up will be left behind, to watch from a distance And those who stand in our way will not watch at all Five years have passed since the destruction of the second Death Star and the fall of the Emperor The New Republic is rising from the ashes of the Galactic Empire The old Imperial Starfleet is in complete disarray, and the greatest of the Emperor s warlords, the Grand Admirals, are all gone Except for one And that lone one will give the leaders of the fledgling government to fear than all the others combinedTimothy Zahn is an author long revered among fans of the Star Wars Expanded Universe Not merely for writing some of the best Star Wars novels out there, but for creating some of the most beloved characters in the franchise One of those is Mitth raw nuruodo, better known throughout the galaxy as Grand Admiral Thrawn He s a master strategist and a military genius, and one of his greatest strengths lies in simple observation of the enemy Obsessed with art, he is also capable of understanding a whole species of people simply by studying their artistic legacy And after the demise of Palpatine and the fall of his government, Thrawn, an alien Chiss who rose through the ranks of the emperor s military hierarchy against all odds, suddenly finds himself as the heir to the empire.But Thrawn is far from the only wonderfully intriguing character introduced by Zahn Brick by brick, he s managed to build a whole new setting succeeding that of the original Star Wars movies, and while characters like Luke, Han and Leia remain as protagonists, much of the weight is being put upon a brand new bunch of people From rogue smugglers to scheming senators to a mysterious survivor of the days of the old republic And perhaps the most popular character of the Star Wars fanbase Mara Jade, a woman who once served as the Emperor s Hand and has now sworn vengeance upon Luke Skywalker for the death of her master.It s not a perfect book, and it certainly has its flaws The writing could have been a lot better, and Zahn never quite manages to recreate the epicness and scale of the movies But believe me when I say that he makes a damn good attempt.Since Disney bought LucasFilm and created a story group responsible for deciding what was official Star Wars canon to be used in future instalments, all the great novels written about it, including this one, were swept under the carpet and turned into the so called Star Wars Legends And despite that everything else surrounding that decision was total bullshit, the name kind of fits This book is most definitely a legend of the Star Wars universe And it is what the upcoming Episode VII should have been based on It could have been so artistically done But canon or no, the stories remain, and they re waiting for you to read them.If you enjoyed the Star Wars movies and want to explore what else this amazing universe has to offer, Heir to the Empire is the book to read Don t allow yourself to be confused by the hundreds of books, games and comics existing out there While not the first Star Wars novel ever written, this is the real sequel to the original movie trilogy This, ladies and gentlemen, is where the Expanded Universe begins And what a universe that is flag 68 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Jan 08, 2016 Lyn rated it liked it review of another edition My word, Thrawn, do you mean Skywalker Elementary, my dear Captain Zahn s Grand Admiral Thrawn channels Sherlock Holmes and steals the show in a 1991 Star Wars expanded universe novel set five years after the end of the canonical film Episode VI Return of the Jedi.The Ewoks have finished dancing and singing, the fireworks over Coruscant have long since faded and the Darths Sidious and Vader are pushing up daisies But all s not yet well amongst the leaders of the New Republic There is wo My word, Thrawn, do you mean Skywalker Elementary, my dear Captain Zahn s Grand Admiral Thrawn channels Sherlock Holmes and steals the show in a 1991 Star Wars expanded universe novel set five years after the end of the canonical film Episode VI Return of the Jedi.The Ewoks have finished dancing and singing, the fireworks over Coruscant have long since faded and the Darths Sidious and Vader are pushing up daisies But all s not yet well amongst the leaders of the New Republic There is work to be done after the generation of the Empire.But out in the Empire s hinterland, a previously unknown Imperial hero has taken the reigns of what is left Grand Admiral Thrawn is a humanoid alien who seems to know just about all and able to figure out the rest Zahn, a recognizable talent in the literary world of the Star Wars expanded universe, does a great job in setting the stage for new adventures for established protagonists and introducing new characters and a new storyline Readers get to visit with Han, Leia, Luke, Chewbacca, Lando, Wedge and the Wookies home planet of Kashyyyk pronounced Kashyyyk Aside from the aforementioned Thrawn, Zahn introduces Mara Jade, and Joruus C baoth.In a story that could have been Episode VII twenty five years earlier than The Force Awakens, author Timothy Zahn keeps the force alive for fans between the films flag 65 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 16, 2015 Will M rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Star Wars fans Recommended to Will by Ashley Shelves sci fi, 2016, space, star wars But you must never relax your guard The Emperor is gone, but the dark side is still powerful Never forget that As we all know, Episode VII came out a few weeks ago I watched it a few days after the premiere and was amazed I watched it for the second time a week ago, and was still amazed I ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I was a child, but my love for the series slowly degraded because no new movies came out I m back to loving the series now all thanks to the release of episode 7 But you must never relax your guard The Emperor is gone, but the dark side is still powerful Never forget that As we all know, Episode VII came out a few weeks ago I watched it a few days after the premiere and was amazed I watched it for the second time a week ago, and was still amazed I ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I was a child, but my love for the series slowly degraded because no new movies came out I m back to loving the series now all thanks to the release of episode 7 I read this novel because all of my friends here who read this recommended this as a starting point if I wanted to start reading Star Wars Non canon I saw that the trilogy garnered good reviews so I decided to read it It was one of the best decisions I ve ever made.This novel should ve been episode 7, but released years ago, or maybe as another film trilogy The plot here is great, and I honestly think that it could ve been really successful The novel consists of your favorite Star Wars cast Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewie, R2D2, and C3PO After re watching the original trilogy for the nth time, I wanted stories about these characters, and episode 7 only gave the viewers a bit of them Not enough to satisfy, but I know that JJ Abrams wanted to introduce new characters, and he succeeded in that This novel gave me the satisfaction of reading about the characters, and did really well in the process.I m a huge Luke Skywalker fan, but honestly he is just my second favorite character in this novel My favorite is Grand Admiral Thrawn He portrays what a true villain is capable of, but we see him as a semi weak figure in this novel I believe the author did that on purpose for the sake of character building I feel that Thrawn will further develop in the next novels, and be a real threat to Luke and his friends.I don t really need to talk about the characters because if you liked them from Episodes 1 6, then you re going to like them even better here No new set of characters will ever manage to surpass the greatness that the original ones ever portrayed They can try, but they will always fail, just like the dark side All men want power And the they have, the they want That line clearly depicts the dark side Add in the fact that Thrawn said that line to Pallaeon, the ship captain Speaking of Pallaeon, he is also one of those characters who seem to hint that he will be important in the future I liked Pallaeon, even though he seems like a wimp He s a follower of Thrawn, and he clearly admires him Just like how Kylo Ren admires Darth Vader The plot really entertained me, but it clearly isn t perfect There are a bit boring moments here and there, but forgivable at best The most important thing that the plot has is Mara Jade I already knew who she is, and who she will be, so that sucks She is only introduced in this novel, so steer clear from family trees on social media I m not going to spoil anyone, and hopefully no one gets spoiled.4.5 5 stars This is one of those it almost got a 5 novels I m excited to read the next two novels in the trilogy, and then read about Thrawn because I heard that there are novels about him Highly recommended for avid Star Wars fans, you will not be disappointed flag 57 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jun 14, 2013 Evgeny rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves scifi I hope I will not need to tell what happened in the original Star Wars trilogy I also feel I do not need to use any visuals for my review as practically everybody knows what the main characters look like So, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Five years after the evens of the Return of the Jedi things seems to go smooth for the Rebel Alliance What remains of the Empire is driven farther to the remote parts of the space, the territory of the new Republic is expanding and war is repla I hope I will not need to tell what happened in the original Star Wars trilogy I also feel I do not need to use any visuals for my review as practically everybody knows what the main characters look like So, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away Five years after the evens of the Return of the Jedi things seems to go smooth for the Rebel Alliance What remains of the Empire is driven farther to the remote parts of the space, the territory of the new Republic is expanding and war is replaced by diplomacy Nobody seems to care much about that is going on in the remaining Empire s corner of space It turns out the last surviving Empire fleet Admiral called Thrawn is a military genius who also happened to have a very good knowledge on human psychology He wants to restore the former glory of the Empire and he sets off on his quest by manipulating the events in the known space subtly and not so subtly He has the new Republic exactly where he wants it it has to react to his manipulations the way he predicted and planned What worked the new characters are good and interesting Thrawn, Talon Karrde, and Mara Jade The latter seems to be everybody s favorite, but I strongly suspect where her development goes and I do not like it too cliche.The plot of the first book actually reminded me of the first movie of the original trilogy it was entertaining with enough intrigues and space battles to than make up for its shortcomings What did not work the author created great new characters, but most of the people from the movies were bland I can understand this somewhat as he had to work with already established characters within restrictions imposed on him Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa, and Lando Calrissian they all suffered from this Admiral Ackbar did not get enough screen time to be anything than just a name Han Solo is the one who suffered the most He used to be a lovable rogue in the movies, now he is a caring husband and father and this does not work for his character at all He also lost all of his sense of humor I need to mention that the book ended in a nice exciting space battle, but with no plot resolution whatsoever in sight, so for people who hate cliffhangers beware As a mindless entertainment and an easy read the first installment of the trilogy works just fine with 4 stars being its final rating If you like Star Wars or space operas go for it flag 47 likesLike see review View all 15 comments May 29, 2017 Apatt rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi From the first paragraph of Heir To The Empire It s five years after Return of the Jedi the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi twins And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long awaited line of Jedi Knights etc.Not a bad opening but it works much better when tilted like this Not easy reading a t From the first paragraph of Heir To The Empire It s five years after Return of the Jedi the Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet to a distant corner of the galaxy Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting Jedi twins And Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long awaited line of Jedi Knights etc.Not a bad opening but it works much better when tilted like this Not easy reading a tilted book while scrolling the text upward by hand Still, gotta get into the spirit of things.I have heard of this book years ago, it is often included in Best Sci fi Books Ever lists example list However, I never really considered reading it simply because it is a Star Wars book I like the Star Wars franchise but I am not a diehard fan and I am something of a sci fi literature purist snob in that I generally prefer original sci fi conceived from the ground up by the author Having said that, certain books just seem to repeatedly bring themselves to my attention I keep stumbling across articles about this Thrawn Trilogy, especially as Star Wars has just celebrated their 40 years anniversary This Chicago Tribune article particularly caught my eye Novelist Timothy Zahn is the man who saved Star Wars, according to fans What This Zahn dude saved SW When was it in danger Etc There are, of course, thousands of Star Wars books in print, but this trilogy has been described as the gold standard for Star Wars Expanded Universe OK then, enough hype already, time to put my snobbery aside and find out if Han shot first Heir To The Empire introduces Grand Admiral Thrawn who has glowing red eyes and is a strategist so ingenious he makes Darth Vader look like a complete twat The entire trilogy is about his efforts to destroy The New Republic , set up by the rebels who thwarted the Empire at the end of Episode VI Return of the Jedi It is now five years after that historic defeat or victory, depends on your predilection Thrawn has discovered a species of animal called ysalamiri that nullifies Jedi powers.Admiral Thrawn with pet ysalamiriNot only that, he has recruited an insane dark Jedi called Joruus C baoth to join forces with him Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker and friends are barely tolerating the political infighting among the councilors of the New Republic, worse still, Luke is feeling antsy because there is a disturbance in the Force Before you can say These aren t the droids you re looking for , the smeg hits the fan RAWRGWAWGGR as Chewbacca would say.Working with pre established characters like Luke, Han Solo, Leia Organa etc is a double edged sword The movies have done all the groundwork but Zahn now that s an alien name has to make them true to the original characterizations This, he does admirably, Han is suitably roguish and snarky, Leia is smart and headstrong, Luke is well, he is a bit bland really, just like in the movies I suspect Mark Hammill would have enjoyed a much better Hollywood career is Luke has not been such a bland character Artoo and Threepio are great comic reliefs as always, Yoda makes an appearance not in this book alive he is not Admiral Thrawn is Timothy Zahn s most triumphant creation, since the publication of this trilogy he has been made canon as a major antagonist in the Star Wars Rebels TV show.The narrative of Heir To The Empire is quite fast paced I suspect most SW diehards would take to it from page one It took me a bit longer to settle in and just go along for the ride without thinking about the franchise nature of it Zahn s dialogue is generally good, and accurately conjures up the mental images of the well known characters His prose, however, is a little clunky at times, with excessive use of wryly and dryly to describe characters facial expression when they speak There is also of a hard sci fi feel to the book than the science fantasy of the movies, as Zahn includes some real science into much of the expositions The narrative culminates in a space battle dogfight that bored me a little bit In all fairness, even in the movies I always feel a bit bored by these pew pew pew dogfights, I much prefer to read about the individual characters struggle against insurmountable odds and hair raising escapes At the end of the day, though, I had a good time reading Heir To The Empire will surely be back for the other two installments.Rating 4 X WingsNotes Still no idea As Harrison Ford says Who gives a shit Hammill himself is very cool and I am looking forward to his reprisal of Luke in the next SW movie Obi wan is dead but pops up for a quick natter anyway The 10 Best Chewbacca Quotes How Timothy Zahn s Heir to the Empire Turned Star Wars into Science Fiction The evil Jedi, Joruus C baoth was originally conceived as an evil clone of Obi Wan, but Lucas nixed the idea Pity Quotes Despite his mood, Luke couldn t help but smile Threepio s attempts to be simultaneously helpful, inquisitive, and polite never quite came off Good day, Master Luke, the protocol droid said in a remarkably prissy voice He d refused to let them wipe the X wing s computer every few months, as per standard procedure The inevitable result was that the computer had effectively molded itself around Artoo s unique personality, so much so that the relationship was almost up to true droid counterpart level Artoo shrilled in dismay but Luke had no time to comfort the droid now His straight line course had suddenly become an arc, a sort of pseudoorbit with the Star Destroyer playing the role of planet at its center Unlike a true orbit, though, this one wasn t stable, and as soon as the Imperials got another beam focused on him, the circle would quickly degenerate into a tight inward spiral flag 45 likesLike see review View all 7 comments May 10, 2008 Werner rated it liked it review of another edition Recommends it for Science fiction esp Star Wars fans Recommended to Werner by My brother in law, Nelson Shelves books i own, science fiction Note, Oct 16, 2015 I edited this just now to correct a misspelling.Books that are spin offs or sequels to movies or TV shows or sometimes direct fictional adaptations, or novelizations , as the Thrawn trilogy is, often don t command much critical respect it s taken for granted by critics that movies can be made by adapting books, and that the results can be great art, but any inspiration that s drawn in the other direction is automatically discounted and the results classified as hack garb Note, Oct 16, 2015 I edited this just now to correct a misspelling.Books that are spin offs or sequels to movies or TV shows or sometimes direct fictional adaptations, or novelizations , as the Thrawn trilogy is, often don t command much critical respect it s taken for granted by critics that movies can be made by adapting books, and that the results can be great art, but any inspiration that s drawn in the other direction is automatically discounted and the results classified as hack garbage Like most unthinking prejudices, this one simply shortchanges the deluded people who believe it Most readers aren t in that number which is why spin off books are so popular Adapting, or building on, a filmed dramatic work is not a canned, easy job that takes no literary creativity or talent rather, it s a very demanding enterprise that requires the writer to deeply understand and creatively interpret the original and convey it s essence in a wholly different medium, and create a vast amount of consistent new content that the different medium demands It s no canned and easy than writing a historical novel about actual persons True, not all efforts of this type succeed artistically neither do all movie adaptations of books But the best of them are as much works of literary art as any other novel or story.The Thrawn trilogy definitely falls into the latter category Zahn is a serious literary craftsman, and a master of complex plotting the way that he weaves multiple plot strands into a perfect tapestry is worthy of Dickens He s thoroughly expert on the Star Wars universe and characters, as presented in the movies and expanded in the voluminous spin off literature, and he adds his own contributions to the tradition deftly and seamlessly And he makes his characters on both sides of the Imperial vs Rebel Alliance divide fully three dimensional flag 37 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Jul 19, 2008 Ashley rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves not quite five stars but sooo close, space opera, nostalgia, the robots will kill us all, sci fi, treasure and adventure, professional fanfic, star wars As a warning, the actual review doesn t start until halfway through this ridiculously large block of text I felt I should warn you, I m about to get self indulgent up in here.So you know how when you re sixteen, you re an idiot Well, about some things I like to think I was an abnormally stable teenager I certainly gave my parents ZERO trouble, but I feel like that s a thing that happens when parents luck into having extremely geeky children who would rather stay home on a Saturday night and, As a warning, the actual review doesn t start until halfway through this ridiculously large block of text I felt I should warn you, I m about to get self indulgent up in here.So you know how when you re sixteen, you re an idiot Well, about some things I like to think I was an abnormally stable teenager I certainly gave my parents ZERO trouble, but I feel like that s a thing that happens when parents luck into having extremely geeky children who would rather stay home on a Saturday night and, for example, re watch Star Wars for the millionth time than go to a party I was also extremely na ve, and like most teenagers, thought I had all the answers to a lot of things, while simultaneously being cripplingly insecure about others I was always a nerdy child I read constantly Like, I would get in trouble for going over to friends houses and spending time with their bookshelves than I did with them I always liked fantasy as well, having developed an early love for the Narnia books, which I discovered in the library Sci fi, though, was completely alien to me hah, pun My parents are super old and had absolutely no interest in any kind of story that seemed implausible to them How two people with basically no imaginations birthed me, I have no idea Imagination is what I do best But the fact is, they raised me on Shirley Temple and John Wayne movies, romantic comedies and westerns, old black and white screwballs with Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn, and a crap ton of musicals My favorite movie was The Quiet Man, for fuck s sake I had no idea there was other stuff I could be experiencing.So when I was at home on of those geeky weekends and Star Wars came on TV one night in 2001 and I didn t have any plans, I thought why the heck not I d recently within the last year and a half become extremely obsessed with The X Files, and Star Wars was something people wouldn t shut up about, and it seemed vaguely interesting and semi related so I watched it I came out of that movie thinking to myself, WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS AND WHY DIDN T I KNOW I LOVED IT SOONER And look, this was fuckin 2001, pre Lord of the Rings, pre Spider Man which I saw on prom night instead of going to prom I had never seen anything like it I was immediately consumed by obsession I went out to rent and then eventually buy the VHS special editions of the second two movies, and then proceeded to watch them so much the ribbon in the cassettes wore out But that was it Those three movies, over and over again.So you can imagine my joy when I stumbled upon a copy of Kevin J Anderson s Jedi Apprentice in the library one afternoon It had a giant STAR WARS label printed all over it, and Han Solo and Leia and the Millennium Falcon, and it seemed official So I read it And I was doomed It wasn t even that good, but it was Star Wars It was the rest of the story From that point on, I spent almost every single bit of my babysitting money on Star Wars extended universe novels from Barnes Noble I was by no means discriminating about it, either If it had Star Wars on it, I read it.Which FINALLY brings me to The Thrawn Trilogy These were actually the second series of books I read in the EU, after Kevin J Anderson s Jedi Academy trilogy I remember the clerk telling me when I bought this book, Oh, that one is really good But he was wrong It was EXCELLENT The old characters, the new characters, the villains everything about it was perfect It took what KJA was trying to do in the series I d already read but which was written after it and elevated it to something that sort of surpassed what the original movies could do Sure, the movies were great for spectacle, music and visuals and there is no substitute for a great or engaging actor, but these books had complexity You could see inside the characters heads, and have plots that were just a little bit too detailed and involved and smart for a major motion picture.When I came to college, I still read some Star Wars novels here and there the sequels to these books were actually the last two I read, I believe , but when I found my groove as a newly minted adult, I sort of put my old obsession behind me, like it was part of my childhood For a while, I became embarrassed of my former reading habits, and would never admit to my friends or fellow English Creative Writing majors that I used to read Star Wars books and CBR have since helped me grow out of this shame, which is a shame very like my also former romance novel reading shame I didn t pick up another Star Wars book until last year, which is a lapse of exactly ten years And when they announced the new Star Wars movie coming in 2015, I knew I would have to revisit all these books before that happened, just to get it out of my system, and give the old EU one last hurrah.But I was actually pretty nervous about it Some things that you love when you re sixteen are genuinely great, and other things are not See previous comments about how when you re sixteen, you re an idiot I was very glad to find out upon revisiting this series that, while they aren t the perfect vehicles of pleasure I d made them out to be the first time around, they most definitely hold up, and I still feel pretty confident in saying that Zahn s version of this universe is definitive, so much so that it basically inspired all the other EU novels that came after it.The first book in the trilogy which has by far the best cover, in my opinion starts out on a Star Destroyer in the far corner of the galaxy, where the Empire still holds some influence The Rebel Alliance, now called the New Republic, has gradually expanded its scope after the explosion of the second Death Star, capturing leaders of the Empire and coaxing systems and planets into the new government system But in comes the titular Thrawn, a Grand Admiral who is frighteningly intelligent, and very, very, very good at strategy, predicting his enemy s moves with eerie accuracy He s quietly been building up the Empire s strength, preparing to re open hostilities with the New Republic and bring back the Empire, this time with himself at the reins And he s got a couple of cards up his sleeve that are game changers.Meanwhile, you ve got our returning heroes Han and Leia, now married and expecting Jedi twins, play pivotal roles in diplomatic and government relations Han is retired from military service, and at the moment is engaged in trying to solve the New Republic s shipping problems, but Mon Mothma has Leia running all over the place, mostly because she barely trusts anyone else with her most important jobs This leaves Leia little time for her own Jedi training, of which she has had some, thanks to Luke As for Luke himself, he s still the only Jedi in the galaxy, as far as he s aware, and has recently begun worrying about what that means What kind of training has he missed because he only spent such a short time with Ben and Yoda How should a Jedi act, spend his days This is where our heroes are at when Thrawn makes his first move, which begins with a kidnapping attempt while Han and Leia are on a diplomatic mission, and Luke stranded in deep space after an attempted apprehension by the Empire.And of course, this is where we learn there is another Jedi master out there, an insane man named Joruus C baoth, long thought dead He wants Leia and Luke and her twins, and he s willing to bargain with Thrawn to get them Along the way, they all get mixed up with Lando again, as well as the smuggler Talon Karrde, and his angry and intense second in command, Mara Jade, whose hatred for Luke Skywalker is as intense as it is surprising.There s a lot going on.What s great about these books is that even though a lot is going on, and there s surprises and strategizing and characters with complicated loyalties and emotions, it all makes perfect sense Because this is only the first book in the series, it s a lot of set up, and the main conflict is of an opening salvo than a showstopper It sets up the stakes how good Thrawn is, how he s changing the game, and how all the pieces in the game including surprise ones like Mara Jade and Thrawn s mysterious alien assassins fit together.My favorite thing about these books is by far the Luke Mara Jade relationship Mara Jade is a great character, and her fervid hatred of Luke makes for great drama, especially when she finds herself obliged to help him rather than kill him as she wishes she could do, and especially after we learn just exactly why it is she hates him so much Zahn writes great Luke, and really understands why the Jedi are so interesting as a conceit He dives into the sci fi moral conundrum stuff that sci fi novels have time to cover and that a movie really doesn t My only complaint about Zahn s version of all these characters is that his Han has always fallen a bit flat for me Heir to the Empire is a great opening novel to the series, and I d even say that non Star Wars fans might enjoy it as a stand alone sci fi novel It s fun popcorn sci fi space opera at its best, and it makes me feel like I m sixteen and falling in love with this universe again for the first time 4.5 stars flag 34 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 28, 2015 Gavin rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi This was my first foray into the Star Wars expanded universe and it did not disappoint It reads like a sequel to the original movies Set five years after the happenings in Return of the Jedi this followed well loved Star Wars characters like Luke, Han, and Leia as they and the rest of the Rebel Alliance fought against the remains of the Imperial Empire Darth Vader and the Emperor might be dead, but the Empire itself is not A new leader has emerged in the form of the intelligent and ruthless This was my first foray into the Star Wars expanded universe and it did not disappoint It reads like a sequel to the original movies Set five years after the happenings in Return of the Jedi this followed well loved Star Wars characters like Luke, Han, and Leia as they and the rest of the Rebel Alliance fought against the remains of the Imperial Empire Darth Vader and the Emperor might be dead, but the Empire itself is not A new leader has emerged in the form of the intelligent and ruthless Grand Admiral Thrawn and he plans to turn the tide of the war back in favor of the Imperials The story was fun, but not anything special Importantly it did succeed in feeling like a Star Wars book The familiar characters are all much as you remember them from the movies Han and Leia are married and expecting twins Which proved to be problematic for them as elements in the Empire were eager to get their hands on two potential Jedi that they could influence Luke is recognizable from the movies, but has grown a bit confident in his abilities as a Jedi, which I liked Zahn s real success lay not with the familiar characters, but with his own newly created ones Pellaeon, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and in particular Grand Admiral Thrawn were all fantastic characters who often proved interesting than the original characters If I had to dig for failings in Zahn s version of the Star Wars universe they would be the lack of humor and the slightly boring space battles Han in particular suffered from Zahn s lack of skill in writing humor His quick wit and wry humor from the movies was distinctly absent here and that definitely hurt his character All in all this was a fun read that ended with an interesting cliffhanger I ll definitely be reading the sequel.Rating 3 stars.Audio Note The audio version of this was very well done The sound effects were used well and helped to really give this the feel of a Star Wars tale The narrator Marc Thompson was fantastic He was spot on with his character voices flag 27 likesLike see review View 2 comments Aug 07, 2015 Terence rated it it was ok review of another edition Five years after Return of the Jedi, the leaders of the rebellion have formed the New Republic and are trying to establish it as well as they possibly can The Empire is a shell of its former self, but not everyone considers it defeated A Grand Admiral named Thrawn has become the leader of The Empire and he intends to crush the Rebellion for good.Heir to the Empire wasn t very interesting I wanted to stop reading it multiple times and now that I finished I realized I should have listened to my Five years after Return of the Jedi, the leaders of the rebellion have formed the New Republic and are trying to establish it as well as they possibly can The Empire is a shell of its former self, but not everyone considers it defeated A Grand Admiral named Thrawn has become the leader of The Empire and he intends to crush the Rebellion for good.Heir to the Empire wasn t very interesting I wanted to stop reading it multiple times and now that I finished I realized I should have listened to myself The book was really slow and rather than doing any real character development it simply leaned on the work the movies did With the vibrant characters of Star Wars I would think that would have been fine, but it really wasn t I hoped to love this series and I expected to at least like it, so it s incredibly disappointing how uninterested I was throughout nearly the entire book flag 26 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Feb 09, 2017 Kaylin The Re Read Queen rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves fanfic i m not ashamed of, sci fi 3.5 StarsOverview I must confess I ve never considered myself a huge Star Wars fan I watched all the movies multiple times as a child, who didn t but usually only after prodding But I m young enough the prequels were already out by the time I was old enough to watch them, and I missed all that hype I even saw The Force Awakens at a midnight premiere, due to the zealous members of my family but still didn t consider myself a fan The Star Wars universe is huge Filled with dozens of 3.5 StarsOverview I must confess I ve never considered myself a huge Star Wars fan I watched all the movies multiple times as a child, who didn t but usually only after prodding But I m young enough the prequels were already out by the time I was old enough to watch them, and I missed all that hype I even saw The Force Awakens at a midnight premiere, due to the zealous members of my family but still didn t consider myself a fan The Star Wars universe is huge Filled with dozens of planets and characters and all sorts of names I couldn t pronounce correctly It was just overwhelming, and didn t seem worth delving into if the initial stories hadn t completely clicked with me I mean look at this That s a simplified version of several timelines And it doesn t even include all of the branches of the Expanded Universe and I believe the EU is everything outside of the 9 movies and animated shows There s even a comic where Han Solo is killed by Native Americans, his remains found by Indiana Jones and Chewbacca becomes big foot Yes, really So why did I read this Simple Rogue One made me complete trash for the Star Wars universe.Was it the strong main character I could relate to The callbacks to the original films The diverse and dynamic cast of characters The near perfect editing The understanding of how terrifying Darth Vader could be The overall themes of rebellion and hope Some combination thereof I still don t know It was far from a perfect movie but that s a conversation for another time and I still absolutely loved it After seeing it in theaters three times, I finally went home and binged the original trilogy And it clicked. I finally realized how fun all these characters are How completely interesting this entire universe is It contains so many stories and there s so many different aspects to the stories that have already been told So, still overwhelmed by the Expanded Universe, I started at the most basic point book one of the Thrawn trilogy While certainly not the highest quality literature, this was pretty close to what I wanted It was a fun trip through the Star Wars galaxy that introduced new characters and ideas The original characters stuck close to their characterization, while still allowing for development All in all, it stayed very true to the feel Star Wars Warning, general nerding below Pros Mara Jade.I absolutely love her character and am not sure I can forgive Disney for writing her out of the films She s headstrong, intelligent and fits int these stories so well. Her job as the Emperor s Hand makes so much sense in the context of the original trilogy, and actually makes the Emperor a stronger villain LEIA ACTUALLY LEARNING THINGS ABOUT THE FORCE YES I don t know if I ll ever get my childhood dream of Jedi Leia, but this alone was super enjoyable And something I m also mad seems to have been cut out of the movies So far This was filled with fun callbacks to the original movies For instance, I didn t realize until recently that every Star Wars film to date including Rogue One contains some variation of the line, I have a bad feeling about this And this did too There were also references to humorous events on Endor and Tattooine, and to one of my favorite Leia lines, I am not a committee For the most part, these references aren t actual plot points, as much as fun Easter eggs but they really made the story enjoyable C3PO impersonating Leia is hilarious It feels highly plausible and I just loved it I m such a fan of Han and Leia s relationship it s ridiculous Child me shipped them before I knew what shipping was Their dynamic here wasn t quite the same level as their movie counterparts but it was still great It was just fantastic to see Leia and Han actually talking and working through things, while still remaining in character This introduced a large amount of new elements to the mythology, which I loved My favorite were the Ysalamiri Which cancel out force powers Why isn t this a thing in the movies Come on, Disney Cons This came out before the prequels, so it s a little dated in terms of Star Wars mythology For example Dark Jedi instead of Sith It can t really be faulted for that, but it did impact my enjoyment of the story.The writing is just not great I wouldn t say it s bad but it s not good either.Examples The cave absolutely tingles with the darkside Leia shook her head in wonder as they headed for the door Do I really, she asked, sound like that Luke let out a breath he hadn t realized he d been holding Maybe it s just me But it seems like the first sentence could have chosen any other a different verb The second didn t need an awkwardly placed dialogue tag splitting up the end of the sentence, especially since it ends a chapter The third is just painfully clich.Why does everything and everyone have such difficult names Like Kashyyyk Really Did we need that third y Thrawn is an intimidating villain simply because he is so intelligent He figures everything out within seconds to the point it is unbelievable Other than that he just doesn t seem to have a real personality or presence Why is Han so needlessly pushy about Leia learning to use the force It felt odd given the way they respected the other s decisions regarding other matters But on this one he kept insisting to the point it was annoying In Conclusion Definitely a fun romp through the Star Wars verse Even though it won t be winning any Pulitzers any time soon flag 23 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 23, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2015, scifi, star wars Buddy read with my fellow Star Wars fanatics over at Fantasy Buddy Reads.You guys have no idea how excited I was to read about my favorite Star Wars characters I hyped myself up for two weeks in preparation for reading this book Soit s absolutely crazy that I m only able to give this three stars I m going to try my best to explain this unfortunate three star rating.What I LikedObviously the characters The new characters that I really enjoyed were Thrawn and Mara I actually liked Mara Buddy read with my fellow Star Wars fanatics over at Fantasy Buddy Reads.You guys have no idea how excited I was to read about my favorite Star Wars characters I hyped myself up for two weeks in preparation for reading this book Soit s absolutely crazy that I m only able to give this three stars I m going to try my best to explain this unfortunate three star rating.What I LikedObviously the characters The new characters that I really enjoyed were Thrawn and Mara I actually liked Mara s parts in the book over most of the others She was very mysterious and I love mystery Artoo and Threepio had their predictable cute banter that made me laugh a few times Did anyone else find it weird that Threepio and Artoo weren t spelled as C3PO and R2D2 Those guys are so cute I think I could read an entire book just about those two.What I DislikedI felt like everything was a bit flat I wasn t immersed in the story like I would have liked I ve never read fan fiction before I m assuming that s what this is called and this may be a normal thing I wanted to get inside of the characters minds Characters always fall flat for me when there s not much character building going on Even though I know these characters very well, I still need to stay interested This may be a thing with fan fiction and for that reason it may not be for me I really needed a bit action as well.Another thing I noticed is that some of the characters seemed a bit off The best example of this is Luke Luke didn t even seem like the same person to me He gave off major wuss vibes He seemed a bit whiny and made some very dumb decisions.I think I ll give a different Star Wars author a try I m going to start one of the series that has all new characters so that I don t have any expectations There s a ton of books out there, so surely there s something that I m bound to love flag 17 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Sep 30, 2016 Paul rated it really liked it review of another edition I am not going to try to objectively review this as I am a seventies kid so star wars is an immense part of my coming into adulthood.Zahn has given fans a worthy successor to Vader as the big bad in thrawn.if I was to nitpick Mars Jades hatred of Skywalker free a little annoying.overall a great continuation of the mythology of the star wars universe I would give 3.5 stars rounded up flag 16 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Mar 30, 2014 Rob rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves science fiction, audio book, read 2014, own, star wars, author male Executive Summary Mostly lived up to the hype for me Certainly enjoyable than the prequels that Lucas put out, but that s not hard.Audio book Do this in audio Not only is Marc Thompson a great narrator who does a great job with almost all the voices, there is music and sound effects too that makes this like a radio play than just an audiobook.There was no way I was going to read this after seeing Marc Thompson did this series, and I was not disappointed Full Review There is a lot Executive Summary Mostly lived up to the hype for me Certainly enjoyable than the prequels that Lucas put out, but that s not hard.Audio book Do this in audio Not only is Marc Thompson a great narrator who does a great job with almost all the voices, there is music and sound effects too that makes this like a radio play than just an audiobook.There was no way I was going to read this after seeing Marc Thompson did this series, and I was not disappointed Full Review There is a lot of hype from the Star Wars geeks, that if you re going to read EU now Legend books, these are the ones to read I personally was Star Trek than Star Wars growing up.Sure I watched the original trilogy growing up and loved it And like most people who grew up before the prequels, I was disappointed with those So I was content to just consider the original trilogy the only thing I cared about and move on with my life.One of my buddies however is a HUGE Star Wars fan He d periodically try to get me to read this series to no real avail Then earlier this year one of my favorite authors well it s 2 guys, but whatever wrote a book about Han Solo called Honor Among Thieves My friend told me it s a pretty good book that could be read without reading other Star Wars books and he was right.I did the audio with Marc Thompson and that finally pushed me over the edge on giving this one a try I know that Disney decided all the EU are no longer canon if they ever really were , but I think they d be stupid to discount this book completely when writing episode 7 If nothing else, Mr Zahn adds some great characters to already beloved cast of the series.I found Admiral Thrawn a little too smart at places almost to feel unbelievable, but not often He certainly makes for a great villian.Mara Jade I had heard of before, was not what I expected given what little I did know of her I ll be curious to see how her character develops in the next two books.Talon Karrde reminds me a lot of Han Solo Sure he s a criminal, but he s got a code he lives by He s honorable to a point, and you don t mess with one of his own It s interesting to see him fill the vaccum of Jaba the Hutt and he couldn t be different from him.In addition to the great new characters all the big names are here, Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, C3PO, and R2D2 Plus others like Admiral Ackbar and Lando Calrissian.The story was pretty good and moved at a decent pace My only real gripe with it is that sometimes there seemed to be a lot of coincidences like characters showing up at the same place at the same time, or some of Admiral Thrawn s insights.Being the first book in a trilogy I didn t expect a lot of resolution, but I thought it stopped in a good place Of course I don t have to wait and have already jumped right into Dark Force Rising.Overall I found it enjoyable and wish I had read it sooner Better late than never flag 15 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jul 11, 2010 Crystal Starr Light rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves simply the best, star wars, so good it s awesome A Jedi can t get so caught up in matters of galactic importance that it interferes with his concern for individual people It s had a permanent space on my top books of all time, and there is a reason Considered by most Star Wars fans to be the best Star Wars Expanded Universe novel and the birth of Expanded Universe itself, Heir to the Empire takes off about 5 years after Return of the Jedi.Han and Leia are married and expecting twins Luke is a Jedi Knight And the New Republic is in its begi A Jedi can t get so caught up in matters of galactic importance that it interferes with his concern for individual people It s had a permanent space on my top books of all time, and there is a reason Considered by most Star Wars fans to be the best Star Wars Expanded Universe novel and the birth of Expanded Universe itself, Heir to the Empire takes off about 5 years after Return of the Jedi.Han and Leia are married and expecting twins Luke is a Jedi Knight And the New Republic is in its beginning stages But the Empire hasn t laid down to die yet A new threat arises, in a hidden Grand Admiral, Thrawn He has enlisted a mad Jedi Master clone, Joruus C baoth, in his quest to destroy the Rebellion once and for all.I Liked Where to begin The Thrawn Trilogy of which this is the first book has been my favorite since I first read it way back when But as you grow up, your tastes often change I used to adore I, Jedi but when I reread it, there were some parts that I just couldn t enjoy as much as I did as a teen So I wanted to reread Heir, to see if I still felt the same way, if the book was as good as I remembered, if it still deserved its first place slot in favorite books.The answer to all three unspoken questions is the same Yes, yes, yes Timothy Zahn is such an enjoyable author I love the way he writes in my opinion, it is perfect for a Star Wars setting He is obviously knowledgeable about Star Wars at this time, the only places he had to draw on were the Original movies, Splinter of the Mind s Eye and the Han Solo and Lando Adventure books and it shows throughout Some say he dwells a little too often on movie events, but I think it is great The movies were such high points for the characters no wonder they keep thinking of them as they go throughout this novel, as they experience similar but not the same events.Zahn has also managed to absolutely nail Han, Luke, and Leia, what I like to teasingly call the Trinity of Star Wars Expanded Universe Han remains the devilish scoundrel, but with responsibility and maturity, like he was in Return of the Jedi Luke was done perfectly, an excellent Jedi, yet not so omniscient like too many authors have done in recent novels that he can t be caught by a simple trick Leia is still stubborn, smart, and deeply in love with Han All in all, Zahn didn t fail me one bit As I read each one s point of view, it was easy to think I was in a Star Wars movie Zahn s original characters also shine The devoted, non power hungry Imperials, Paelleon and Thrawn, are well written They aren t stupid Imperials out for a land grab for the sake of a land grab They don t giggle their plots to everyone and his mother They don t plot evil wicked plans behind closed walls while drinking purple tea ten points for the one who guesses which villain that represents They don t throw Star Destroyers pell mell at the Republic with no plan They plot They scheme They move logically and methodically Therefore, since I happen to adore the Empire for some strange reason, I find they are probably the most competent Imperials in Star Wars Expanded Universe.As for Zahn s neutral characters, Mara Jade and Talon Karrde, I was equally impressed Mara Jade doesn t come off as a Leia clone nor does she strike me as a damsel in distress She obviously is cold and calculating, but is far from perfect Yeah, the red hair green eyes combo wins her Mary Sue points, as does her angsty past, but somehow, she isn t annoying The whole world doesn t warp to her desires, so I can live with it As for Talon Karrde, again, we have a scoundrel, a mercenary who rises above the stupid villain caricature.Goodness All these words and I still haven t gotten to the meat of the book the plot Again, showing Zahn s grasp for the Star Wars world, Timothy Zahn has written a story that, I feel, could be made into a Star Wars movie with very little manipulation It is that good Heck, sometimes, I swear I can hear the music Our characters have motivations that make sense based on their characters Leia being the diplomat and demanding to go to Bimmisari, Thrawn being thoughtful and calculating and ordering a three prong attack on Bpfassh to test C baoth, Luke when dealing with being held captive by Mara Jade and Talon Karrde People don t miraculously gain powers to suit the story s need There are space battles, attempted kidnappings, switching ships, villains, antagonists, aliens, distant planets, seedy spaceportsall perfect elements of a Star Wars novel.I Didn t Like This will get petty, I warn you.The concept of the ysalamiri is best described in this quote from Talon Karrde page 223 The ysalamiri seem to have the unusual ability to push back the Force to create bubbles, so to speak, where the Force simply doesn t exist Well, based on the New Jedi Order and the Yuuzhan Vong who didn t exist in the Force and the Prequels that say all living things have midichlorians, the building blocks of the Force , this seems rather odd Not to mentionif the Force didn t exist around these guys, wouldn t Luke have been able to sense the void of the Force However, I feel this error is of an unclear view of the Force Zahn wrote this in 1991 when Lucas probably had no clue what the heck the Force was than a blatant disregard on the author s part.Zahn also has a tendency to write dialogue in the following manner Not here, Ghent shook his head nervously Shaking one s head, nodding, or sighing are NOT ways to express dialogue I want to know how to nod out a word or to sigh out an entire sentence If Zahn had switched that comma to a period, then I would be sated and have nothing to complain about But I would be remiss if I didn t bring it up, as it was a little distracting to me.Lastly, I was not quite convinced with Zahn s characterization of Lando Not to say he was bad, but just that I felt that it was a bit off from the way he was in the movies.Dialogue Sexual Situations Violence I can t recall a single foul word Leia is pregnant Does that count Well, there are space battles, an enlisted gets killed for an error, Thrawn is trying to kidnap Leia and Luke, and C baoth is just a twinge madOverall It s been a while since I read Heir to the Empire, and, to be honest, I was afraid it wouldn t be as good as I remembered.Well, nothing to fear Zahn truly captivated me all over again with this winning novel If George Lucas could take advice from him, maybe the Star Wars prequels would have turned out better The only unfortunate thing is that the highest rating I can give is 5 So 5 stars it is Thank you, Timothy Zahn, for making Star Wars come alive again flag 14 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Sep 11, 2014 Athena Shardbearer rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves space, may the force be with you, fantasy Heir to the Empire ThreadThrawnthat is all flag 14 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jun 07, 2018 Malum rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves star wars Believe the hype I have always been resistant when it comes to reading novels based on shows movies But with Trek novels like Imzadi and Wars books like Heir to the Empire, I am quickly being converted So you know what the plot is and you probably already know if this is something that you will like or not, so let me just talk about the amazing 20th anniversary audiobook edition First of all, they have sound effects and music, which I normally don t like in an audiobook but, hey, we are talki Believe the hype I have always been resistant when it comes to reading novels based on shows movies But with Trek novels like Imzadi and Wars books like Heir to the Empire, I am quickly being converted So you know what the plot is and you probably already know if this is something that you will like or not, so let me just talk about the amazing 20th anniversary audiobook edition First of all, they have sound effects and music, which I normally don t like in an audiobook but, hey, we are talking Star Wars here Half of the fun of these stories is hearing lightsabers hum and Tie Fighters screaming through space Next, Marc Thompson knocks it out of the park with the narration He does all of the character voices perfectly except Leia, who sounds like a transsexual version of Luke Even characters who are new to the Star Wars universe are given unique and interesting voices, to the point that, at times, I forgot that only one person was reading this You can really tell that he had a lot of fun narrating this novel These two elements combined make for an experience that is the closest thing we are ever going to get to Thrawn Trilogy movies flag 12 likesLike see review May 04, 2011 Alex Ristea rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, series I now understand the hype.Not only why this trilogy is touted as the definitive Star Wars companion, but why it s an example for all tie in novels I m not the most experienced guy in the world when it comes to this sort of fiction, but I ve read enough to recognize when it works and when it doesn t Heir to the Empire works so, so well.This is the Star Wars novel I have been waiting for One that expands the mythos and makes me excited about the world It raises questions than it answers, a I now understand the hype.Not only why this trilogy is touted as the definitive Star Wars companion, but why it s an example for all tie in novels I m not the most experienced guy in the world when it comes to this sort of fiction, but I ve read enough to recognize when it works and when it doesn t Heir to the Empire works so, so well.This is the Star Wars novel I have been waiting for One that expands the mythos and makes me excited about the world It raises questions than it answers, and it s a feat of world building to rival many epic fantasies though on the hand waving side than the fully fleshed out worlds we re used to Jedi pun 100% intended.Star Wars aside, the writing itself is excellent tight, clever, and effective The characters are rounded and for the most part complex, especially the bad guys Grand Admiral Thrawn may be one of the best antagonists I ve ever read Also, huge kudos again to Marc Thomson for his narration I don t think it d be the same without him.Now to continue my search for other Star Wars novels that feel the same Any recommendations flag 11 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Apr 15, 2018 Wanda rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves reading project, public library, speculative fiction, fantasy, 1990s, read in 2018 Dare I admit that I ve never seen the Star Wars movies And despite that gap in my experience, I still know enough of the plot lines and character details to be able to appreciate this book.Thrawn is a great foe alien, cool under fire, an intellect to be reckoned with, and a planning mastermind It s difficult to stay one step ahead of him, but somehow Luke, Han and Leia manage to do so My sense is that it would be best suited to a younger audience Like the movies, things are not very nuanced, Dare I admit that I ve never seen the Star Wars movies And despite that gap in my experience, I still know enough of the plot lines and character details to be able to appreciate this book.Thrawn is a great foe alien, cool under fire, an intellect to be reckoned with, and a planning mastermind It s difficult to stay one step ahead of him, but somehow Luke, Han and Leia manage to do so My sense is that it would be best suited to a younger audience Like the movies, things are not very nuanced, there are definite good guys bad guys The vocabulary and the sentence structure are uncomplicated and the plot is straight forward.I can see the appeal to those devoted to the franchise.Book number 280 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project flag 14 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 02, 2017 Emily rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi If it wasn t for Grand Admiral Thrawn, I might not have even finished this book I just found it all so uninteresting Not sure if I will finish this trilogy or not Side note the audio version of this is fantastic It plays sound effects and Star Wars music and narrator does really great voices flag 11 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Mar 25, 2017 Donna rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi I LOVE THESE AUDIOS What fun they are The fact that the narrator can do the iconic voices is such a bonus This book, I think, has got to be one of my favorites so far but then I always think that after reading one and end up liking it The personalities of these well known and well loved characters rang true So 4 stars flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Mar 19, 2015 TS Chan rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, re read It s been so, so long since I ve read these Star Wars tie in novels A friend of mine had been highly recommending the audiobook production of these novels and hence, gave me the impetus to reread them in the said medium In summary, it was really enjoyable With the ability to make use of the library of sound effects from the movies, the audiobook almost sounds like a Graphic Audio production Artoo, Threepio and Chewbacca sound exactly like in the movies I especially love the scenes with Arto It s been so, so long since I ve read these Star Wars tie in novels A friend of mine had been highly recommending the audiobook production of these novels and hence, gave me the impetus to reread them in the said medium In summary, it was really enjoyable With the ability to make use of the library of sound effects from the movies, the audiobook almost sounds like a Graphic Audio production Artoo, Threepio and Chewbacca sound exactly like in the movies I especially love the scenes with Artoo, who s probably the Star Wars universe s most effectual and adorable astromech droid The Heir to the Empire is a well written tie in sequel to the Return of the Jedi All the main characters are true to their personalities on screen and the experience of reading the book brought a lot of nostalgia with it Some of the action scenes did seem a bit clinical but it s a minor issue as a Star Wars fan would be quite capable of creating action scenes in his her mind Grand Admiral Thrawn, a new character to the universe, is remarkably admirable as the main antagonist So much so that I echo the same sentiment as the captain aboard his Star Destroyer how the Battle of Endor would have turned out with Thrawn leading the Imperial army Definitely recommended for fans who want of the Star Wars universe flag 12 likesLike see review View 2 comments May 18, 2014 Chris Dietzel rated it it was amazing review of another edition I was thinking again about Zahn s trilogy of books after reading that Disney and Lucasfilm have set an official canon for the Star Wars universe A truly absurd idea that some fictional stories are official and some fictional stories are illegitimate For me, these will always be the best three Star Wars books It doesn t matter if they are canon or not If you liked the original trilogy of movies and haven t read these books, do yourself a favor and read them right now flag 10 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 19, 2018 Artemy marked it as did not finish review of another edition Shelves star wars, book books nah I have no trouble believing that this book was the shit in the 90 s, because people just didn t know any better But reading it today, it feels like the prequels than the original trilogy boring and poorly characterised I am than happy with the new Disney movies The Last Jedi was fucking rad and I don t care if you disagree, internet instead of the Thrawn trilogy flag 10 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Nov 17, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves science fiction, space opera I still remember my excitement when, as a cough year old, I ran across Heir to the Empire at the bookstore At last, some continuation to the Star Wars story I wasn t old enough at the time to be particularly discriminating it was probably ten years later that I finally swore off the Extended Universe, what with all the Kevin J Anderson garbage but I knew I loved Timothy Zahn s work Heir to the Empire is the first installment in Zahn s celebrated Thrawn Trilogy Its primary strength is c I still remember my excitement when, as a cough year old, I ran across Heir to the Empire at the bookstore At last, some continuation to the Star Wars story I wasn t old enough at the time to be particularly discriminating it was probably ten years later that I finally swore off the Extended Universe, what with all the Kevin J Anderson garbage but I knew I loved Timothy Zahn s work Heir to the Empire is the first installment in Zahn s celebrated Thrawn Trilogy Its primary strength is characterization in addition to perfectly capturing the characters from the original trilogy, Zahn also created lovable new characters, including Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, and, most notably, Grand Admiral Thrawn, the anti hero of the trilogy.Zahn also captured the settings of Star Wars effectively Heir to the Empire ranges from Coruscant to Dagobah to Nkllon, where Lando has set up shop, to Myrkr, where smuggler Talon Karrde s base is located, to Kashyyyk, home of the Wookiees He portrays the curious blend of old and new technologies that Star Wars stories have always incorporated for example, the Wookiee villages are held up by nothing but tree branches and vines, but they also have emergency repulsorlifts and other high technology Heir to the Empire is set five years after the Battle of Endor at the end of Return of the Jedi It focuses on the former Rebels establishing their New Republic while being harried by the remnants of the Empire obviously, not every single ship in the Empire was at the Battle of Endor Unbeknownst to the New Republic, the remains of the Empire have been gathered together under the command of one man, Grand Admiral Thrawn, a tactical genius who is the only nonhuman to achieve the rank of Grand Admiral under the notably prejudiced Emperor With the help of a crazed clone of an old Jedi Master and the sympathetic as in the reader sympathizes with him You can t help but like the guy, honestly Captain Pellaeon, Thrawn intends to reconquer the galaxy and bring it back under Imperial control.This first installment in the trilogy brings us through the very beginnings of Thrawn s plan fortunately, Han Solo and Luke Skywalker, with the help of Lando Calrissian, are available to frustrate the Empire s first major campaign in a huge battle at the Sluis Van shipyards.Zahn really kickstarted the Extended Universe The Thrawn trilogy was tremendously successful and reignited the public interest in Star Wars The various people who have written for the Extended Universe and butchered some of Zahn s characters, I might addhe had to do some retconning in his later duology owe a great deal to the excellence of Heir to the Empire I highly recommend the Thrawn trilogy to even non Star Wars fans flag 9 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 23, 2008 Ron rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Ron by Wendell Andrea Shelves fantasy, science fiction Fan fiction as it should be Working within established genre, ensemble, history and to some extent outcome, Timothy Zahn creates a fresh new story with a cast known and loved by his readers.Old Star Wars movie cliches sprinkle the tale, but the fans would howl if they weren t What makes Heir to the Empire worth reading is Zahn s ability to grow the characters and provide a satisfying new experience for the reader Of course, like all of its ilk, Heir is less a stand alone novel and an o Fan fiction as it should be Working within established genre, ensemble, history and to some extent outcome, Timothy Zahn creates a fresh new story with a cast known and loved by his readers.Old Star Wars movie cliches sprinkle the tale, but the fans would howl if they weren t What makes Heir to the Empire worth reading is Zahn s ability to grow the characters and provide a satisfying new experience for the reader Of course, like all of its ilk, Heir is less a stand alone novel and an opening chapter, but in that Zahn merely joins the vast majority of successful science fiction fantasy authors Even Asimov and Heinlein toward the end spun continuing tales of a saga which they had pioneered decades before In a way, they were writing fan fiction based on their own earlier works.Published in 1992, Heir preceded Lucas later Star War movies and appears free of the commercial, if not artist, considerations which may have constrained their story lines Dark Force Rising and The Last Command complete Zahn s Thrawn trilogy spoiler warning On the other hand, it s pretty obvious who Thrawn s mole inside the New Republic is You didn t think I was going to tell you, did you flag 9 likesLike see review Feb 10, 2015 JAIME rated it really liked it review of another edition This gets 4 stars just for being Star Wars Too much talk, not enough Lightsaber flag 9 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Sep 02, 2019 Mike rated it really liked it Very good indeed.Writing is crstyal clear and fast paced.The main strenght of the book is Grand Admiral Thrawn,brilliant miltary genius who makes Darth Vedar look like comic book villain.Luke,Leia,Han and others are well handled and much mature than in the movies.I like new Star Wars films a lot,but it s a shame that they didn t use Timothy Zahn books as a source material for new trilogy flag 8 likesLike see review Jan 20, 2016 Jorge de la Vega rated it it was amazing review of another edition An enthralling and complex plot, delightful new characters and a new challenge for old beloved ones, the Thrawn Trilogy is everything a sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy should be and Regardless of its place in the Legends continuity formerly the Expanded Universe , and thus its status as non canonical, these books have been the true Episodes VII, VIII and IX for over twenty years now Heir to the Jedi is only the first chapter in this saga, and serves as a perfect re introduction An enthralling and complex plot, delightful new characters and a new challenge for old beloved ones, the Thrawn Trilogy is everything a sequel to the original Star Wars trilogy should be and Regardless of its place in the Legends continuity formerly the Expanded Universe , and thus its status as non canonical, these books have been the true Episodes VII, VIII and IX for over twenty years now Heir to the Jedi is only the first chapter in this saga, and serves as a perfect re introduction for devoted fans to this our galaxy far, far away The addition of new characters, such as Grand Admiral Thrawn, Talon Karrde and, of course, Mara Jade, while at the same time giving Leia, Luke, Han and Chewie their due is proof of Timothy Zahn s talent for creating well balanced plots without sacrificing depth I m so very glad I decided to give this a re read Now on to Dark Force Rising flag 8 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Star Wars Books 16 106 Jul 17, 2018 01 33AM Mentor Texts Mentor Texts 1 2 Dec 19, 2016 07 00AM Star Wars 1 Fans Grand Admiral Thrawn Hero or villain 11 86 Sep 14, 2016 04 47PM Nerds Encrenque Heir to the Empire 6 15 Feb 16, 2016 05 19PM The Star Wars Stacks Heir to the Empire discussion 8 30 Feb 11, 2016 02 56PM Eastside Sci Fi Heir to the Empire, thoughts and questions 4 7 Feb 02, 2016 07 12AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers also enjoyed

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