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Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition (Star Wars (Del Rey)) Hardcover – 6 Sep 2011

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  • Hardcover: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Lucas Books; 20 Anv edition (6 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345528298
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345528292
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (147 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 415,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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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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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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Timothy Zahn is a great writer and storyteller! I have read all three volumes of this trilogy for several times in last 15 years. I'm a great fan of the original Star Wars. I could not stand the new ones... You know, Jar Jar Binks and stuff... This Zahn's trilogy should be the next Star Wars movies. This book introduces great characters, mainly Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn... I don't want to spoil this trilogy but if you're into Star Wars, this trilogy is a must read!
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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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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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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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