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Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 2006


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 404 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra Books; Reprint edition (1 Jan 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553296124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553296129
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 401,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For the first time Lucasfilm Ltd., producer of the popular Star Wars movies, has authorised the continuation of this spectacular saga, in a dazzling 3 hour abridgement of author Timothy Zahn's novel, performed by Denis Lawson.

This is the first volume in a trilogy also including 'Dark Force Rising' and 'The Last Command'.

Heir to the Empire begins five years after the end of the Star Wars film, '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 back into a quarter of the territory it once controlled. Princess Leia and Han Solo are married 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 – and made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile New Republic. 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 of Star Wars.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Derek Smith on 15 Oct 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Firstly, for any person who has never read a Star Wars book in their life before, this is quite simply the finest place to start. Timothy Zahn's bestselling novel brings you back into the Star Wars Universe with a jolt out of your 'mottled hyperspace' of life with a jolt you'll remeber for the rest of your life. As soon as familiar faces appear in the mind's eye, you know that 'Heir' is going somewhere very exciting indeed. Just the thought of Wedge Antilies trying to look inconspicuous in a shady corner of the Mos Eisley Cantina tells your that your in good hands. New characters are placed before our eyes subteley; Talon Karrde, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Captain Palleon and Mara Jade, to name but a few, and are just as deep and envolving as our old favourites from episodes 4,5 & 6. Heres the bad news... finish this spectacular trilogy and you'll soon find that, although others are superb in their own way, there aren't many other Star Wars trilogy's, or indeed single or double episodes, that will grab you as much as the sheer depth and calculated genius that Zahn's have graced us with. But that's not such a bad thing really, is it?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cookie Milton on 22 Jan 2012
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The book takes place five years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Grand Admiral Thrawn, one of the Emperor's finest commanders, takes charge of what remains of the Imperial forces in order to lead an attack against the New Republic.

The great aspect of this book is it introduces some new characters that are every bit as well shaped as the ones we know from the films. Thrawn is a great character - a strategic and tactical mastermind and a charismatic villain to boot. His method is one of cold calculation rather than rage and emotion. Thrawn is the ideal fit for a military commander. Mara Jade and Talon Karrde are also strong additions to the roster.

We see the characters we know so well from the films and how they have moved on with their lives. It is reassuring for this Star Wars fan - a testament to Zahn's skill and knowledge of his source - to see them presented so well. Luke Skywalker is getting used to his role not as the last of the Jedi, but the first of a new generation. Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo married and are expecting twins. Han is all that we have come to expect - charming, living on his luck and a heart of gold.

The characterisation drives the story and, arguably, the Thrawn trilogy (alongside the Yuuzhan Vong war in the New Jedi Order series) presents the best material for a new Star Wars series of films/animated series. There is enough action in the book to satisfy those looking for adventure, though of course, the book sets the scene for events in the following two books.

The 20th Anniversary Edition contains notes from the author on the text. These are inserted in the side margins of the page. Whilst some are interesting, most are bits of trivia. I was ambivalent about most of these entries, but they are a nice touch.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leathercharmer on 24 Aug 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book kick-started the star wars expanded universe novels, and was one of many that shot straight to the new york times bestselling lists. The story is is quite gripping and makes you want to read further and further, until you realise that the book is finshed!! ( and its only been one day since u purchased the book!)

Tim Zahn is at the top of his game here, he manages to descibes locations and characters exactly as we know them from the movies and have come to love. Furthermore a number of legendary and pivotal characters are introduced that make appearences in later novels such as , mara jade, talon karde, captain palleon, the noghri species etc. And Not to mention Grand admiral Thrawn a Villain worthy of being put in the league of the emperor or darth vader themselves.

Overall, this is a great way to start of, if you are new to these novels and if you are not, then what have you been waiting for?!? BUY AND READ THIS BOOK!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Jan 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
For those people who only read "Heir to the Empire" and decided they didn't like it, continue reading the rest of the trilogy. Only reading the first book of a trilogy is like only reading 1/3 of a story. One can't base an opinion of a story only having read a fraction of it. Besides of those people who reviewed the entire trilogy 93% gave five stars. Those are good odds.
I gave the trilogy four stars. Unfortunatly Mr.Zahn was unable, or unwilling, to add new 'catch phrases', for lack of a better term. Example, Han solo would only refer to threepio as "Golden rod" The first time was O.k. but I got tired of it. I'm sure Solo would have called him "Threepio" at least once. I guess Mr.Zahn thought it was very amussing but it got anoying.
Basically If you like star wars read it. It is a good trilogy, and very entertaining. The plot is plausible, and The characters are great.
Anyway if you want to continue the Star Wars saga read the trilogy, The entire trilogy. Give Mr.Zahn the courtisy to read his complete work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Aug 1999
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Timothy Zahn did a good beginning to a very exciting and adventurous trilogy. The way he introduced a whole new load of thrilling characters was brilliant. I think he introduced Mara Jade the best. The way he put this story is breathtaking and the bit when Luke and Mara Jade are in the forest and how they cope with each other is pretty funny. My favourite characters are Luke and Han, but I do like Leia and Chewbacca and I was a bit dissapointed that they didn't seem to get very main parts in this book. This book I just couldn't bear to put down. It was really exciting when Han and Luke had just heard Leia's news about Admiral Ackbar and then the end of the book came. It really wants to make you read the sequel. I would recommend this book for any Star Wars fanatic.
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