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Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy) [Mass Market Paperback]

Timothy Zahn
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1 Jan 2006 Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy (Book 1)
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 out 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. But thousand of light-years away, the last of the emperor's warlords has taken command of the shattered Imperial Fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the new Republic. For this dark warrior has made two vital discoveries that could destroy everything the courageous men and women of the Rebel Alliance fought so hard to build. The explosive confrontation that results is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale--in short, a story worthy of the name Star Wars.


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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: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 355,351 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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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start for the expanded universe 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
4.0 out of 5 stars The Force is with you - again 24 Sep 1999
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The battle between Good and Evil starts anew. Timothy Zahn has produced a novel worthy of the Star Wars name. The first in a brand new trilogy Heir to The Empire introduces a host of characters whilst breathing new life into all of the established favourites. It's five years after Return of the Jedi and the Rebel Alliance is still at war with the remnants of the old Empire. However, what is left of the Imperial Fleet is now under the command Admiral Thrawn, tactical genius and all-round bad guy. Indeed, Thrawn proves himself to be a worthy replacement for the late Darth Vader - cool, calm and very, very deadly. As if that's not enough Han, Luke and Leia also have to cope with an insane Jedi Master, a race of deadly Imperial assassins and a New Republic riddled with political in-fighting. Just one piece of advice - buy all three books at the same time. The story moves at such a speed you'll find yourself turning the last page before you know it. If you haven't got the next instalment immediately to hand you'll be left tearing your hair out in frustration. May the Force be with you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the Star Wars Universe 26 Feb 2013
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This was my first dip into the Expanded Universe and, while I've read a number of the books since, this is very much the standard that the others have to match. For those who are not well versed in the Expanded Universe, this book catches up with the heroes post Return of the Jedi, albeit several years past the events of the movie, and also introduces characters that will be an integral part of the Universe in future books.
Zahn's writing style is easy to digest, and his ability to build on the characters only glimpsed in the movies and the worlds we once visited wants you leaving more. It is easy to understand why the Thrawn trilogy is held in such high regards by fans. This certainly isn't one for just hardcore fans, if you enjoy reading sci-fi and have a working knowledge of Star Wars, and in particular the original trilogy (eps IV to VI) then I recommend this book.
One final thing to note. With Disney's recent acquisition of the Star Wars brand and the announcement of another movie to follow the continuity of Return of the Jedi, while it doesn't necessarily mean that they will follow the canon of the Expanded Universe, this book (and the trilogy as a whole) will help get you back in the Star Wars groove, and may even help give some context to any characters they may or may not use in the films.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This is what I expected, even If Luke is so tearful and naive. Anyway it is a good story not for SW maniacs only.
Published 2 months ago by Jacek Michalczyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, well worth the extra cash for SE
I loved this book, and this special edition hard back version is definitely worth the extra. It has great insights from the Author about the plot, and the history around the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by MR B CARRUTHERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is an excellent follow on from Return of the Jedi. I would recommend it to anyone interested in the films.
Published 8 months ago by a customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Heir to the Empire
If I was asked to name an author of Star Wars books, I'm sure the only one I would remember would be Timothy Zahn. And it is because of "Heir to the Empire". Read more
Published 12 months ago by jamieukonline
2.0 out of 5 stars Great book bad delivery
Firstly, I have nothing against the book but the state it was in when delivered was appalling. The package was wide open with papers cramed in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Christian Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great !
these are continuing tales following on from one another dating back all the way to the last film return of the jedi , a must read for any Star Wars fan !!!!
Published 13 months ago by E. Reay
1.0 out of 5 stars Great book Poor Advert
Lets clear this up first the book and the audio book are great. Impressive entries into the extended starwars universe well writen with all your favourite charaters. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars This is no on audible.co.uk
I don't rate this book. If you live in U.K. you can't buy this book from audible.co.uk or audible.com. I am subscribed for both. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lubomir Sevcik
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I love the Star Wars films, and love reading. Why not put them both together and read a Star Wars book? It sounded reasonable enough and this trilogy seemed well regarded. Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. Heywood
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Great story with great new characters to the star wars universe. Its extremely well read, amazing how many voices 1 man can do 1 after another. Read more
Published 21 months ago by neil
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