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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: 16 x 10.9 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,577 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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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good start off for a trilogy. 12 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best sci-fi novels ever 11 Dec 1998
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This has to be the best star wars book out there. Zahn captures the action, ezcitment, and mystery of the movies.
1) Sophisticated language makes a good book. It adds that intellignet feeling to it. 2) The intent, from my perspective, in not saying what happened to the other Grand Admirals was to allow other authors the chance to elaborate on that. Personally, I like my novels with that kind mystery in them 3) I'm 13 years old, 11 when I read the book, and I understood what "cocking and eyebrow" meant. I read that terminallagy all the time. If you adults can't see the obvious, it's not Zahn's fault 4) At the Battle of Endor, the EXECUTER was destroyed. Zahn explains quite clearly how a good deal of the Empire's best and brightest were on it. He said it was the fast track to premotion, and remember, Vader was the Emperor's right hand man. He could have gotten anyone he wanted on his own personal Star Destroyer. 5) In the novels preceding Heir to the Empire, the Empire suffered defeat after defeat at the Alliance's hands. It is perfectly pluasible that the Empire didn't have alot of ships.
Heir to the Empire was an excellent book. Zahn receives applause from not only me, but the thousands of others who enjoyed his novels. I would suggest reading the other two novels in this trilogy, and reading the Hand of Thrawn books.
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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 6 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 7 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 12 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 15 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 16 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 !!!!
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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 17 months ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to the Star Wars Universe
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. Read more
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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
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