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Star Wars - Volume 1: Heir to the Empire [Mass Market Paperback]

Timothy Zahn
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)

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23 April 1994
This novel begins five years after the end of 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 barely a quarter of the territory that they once controlled.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group); New edition edition (23 April 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553404717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553404715
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A LONG TIME AGO IN A GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY...

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 now 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...

HEIR TO THE EMPIRE is the first of a three-book cycle which picks up where the movie trilogy left off.


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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
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
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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Where are the characters? 15 April 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Interesting. Slightly too overblown. Do they really need to spend that much time going from place to place to place to place? Disappointed in the characterizations of our favorites. Granted George didn't exactly go overboard to create the deepest characters in the universe, but they at least "breathed". Zahn's treatments of Leia, Han and Luke are cursory at best. ( And stop with the movie line quotes already!!!! In-jokes are fine, but every other paragraph? New dialog, please.) The 'droids were stock, and Chewie as well. Lando alone seemed to live on the pages (and not often enough). Zahn must like scoundrels - and also must consider Han completely reformed!

For the new characters, I found myself most drawn to Talon Kaarde. (another scoundrel) He, at least, changes and breathes. He's a man I'd like to get to know better, like Lando was in Empire. What led to him being a Smuggler King? Where was he when Jabba fell? Or was he somewhere on Tatooine as well - seemed like everyone else was. He cares just enough about his people so you can like him and is just ruthless enough so you'll squirm waiting for which way he'll jump. His conversion to the Rebel's cause was slow enough to be believable, convoluted enough to be interesting and echoed the transition Han Solo made much more swiftly in New Hope. (as Leia comments in one of these books somewhere) Of course, I hope he and Mara can make it work - she need's a little happiness now. Luke is wrong for her and Kaarde's the better man, at least in this series. Sorry Luke! (of course, I haven't read any of the other Star Wars books yet, either) Despite myself, I liked Mara Jade. You knew she'd turn to the Light in the end, which made her a bit of a puppet, but it was a clever way to resolve her problems.
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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 !!!!
Published 17 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 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
Published 17 months ago by Mr. D Flewitt
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 18 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 22 months ago by G. Heywood
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