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Five idealistic but fed-up Imperial storm troopers led by Daric LaRone share the stage with young Rebel Alliance crusaders Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, Luke Skywalker and Chewbacca in this politically fraught but still rollicking early years Star Wars adventure from Hugo-winner Zahn (Star Wars: Outbound Flight). Emperor Palpatine's favorite Sith, Darth Vader, has a new rival, the 18-year-old Countess Mara Jade Claria, whom Palpatine has schooled in the Force to assume the special agent role of "Emperor's Hand." Zahn depicts the intrepid Rebel quartet and the turbulent development of the Alliance while revealing the human faces behind the storm trooper armor of Daric and company, who become unexpected allies of Han and friends once the troopers are on the run after killing a superior officer. The author also underscores Mara Jade's tough-girl charm and blossoming Imperial clout against the background of Palpatine's dedication to Imperial domination and his insidious influence on his minions. This episode will please fans wondering about events between the first and second movies in the original Star Wars trilogy.
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Adult/High School—In this eighth novel set in the Star Wars universe, five Stormtroopers led by Daric LaRone become fugitives when they defy orders to kill a group of defenseless civilians. On the run, the unit turns into a team of self-appointed vigilantes fighting to protect the rights and safety of the citizens of the Empire. A second story line features Mara Jade, a force-wielding apprentice to Emperor Palpatine, and her investigations into a world governor who is stealing Imperial tax money to fund a team of brutal space pirates. LaRone and his team bring a uniquely human touch to the men behind the Stormtrooper armor, while Jade is a highly likable woman filled with enough guile and drive to rival Princess Leia herself. Chronologically, this story takes place between the films A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. While it focuses on the new characters, some of the more familiar names are here as side characters to draw in the fans and drive the plot along. There are some fine moments as a young Luke Skywalker struggles to learn the secrets of the Force and Han Solo questions how involved he wants to become in Princess Leia's rebellion. Jade's and LaRone's plotlines intersect and interweave, leading to a fast-paced climax filled with blaster shoot-outs, star-fighter battles, and Jade's clever tricks with the Force. Tightly plotted and fast paced, Allegiance will appeal to hard-core and intermittent fans alike.—Matthew L. Moffett, Pohick Regional Library, Burke, VA
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wars - Legends
  • Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: LucasBooks (December 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345477391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345477392
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Timothy Zahn is the Hugo Award-winning author of more than a dozen original science fiction novels and the bestselling Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire, among other works. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Julie VINE VOICE on February 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As books go, I found Outbound Flight rather on the boring side, not so with Allegiance. This book, I finished in 2 days. The characters are a mite on the flat side, but Mara Jade pulls through fine. Everything ties together neatly in the end...perhaps too neatly but heck, that's most good fiction out there.

The dialogue's decent, the actions great, the plot twists are good. Overall, Zahn pulls off another lovely star wars novel.

BTW, the idea of including non-clone stormtroopers is only logical, this is a long time after the clone wars. Palpy wouldn't be spending credits on more clones when he can just invest in some nice propaganda and get lots of youngin's ready to defend the Empire.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Pruette on March 16, 2007
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Timothy Zahn returns to the Star Wars universe with his eighth novel set in the galaxy far, far away. This time he has a new era to play around in: Allegiance is set right after the events of A New Hope. It features many familiar film characters as well as a prominent role for a teenage Mara Jade and an intriguing squad of rogue stormtroopers. Perspectives vary among fans of the Expanded Universe as to how fleshed out the three years between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back truly are. If you include the Marvel comic series, the newspaper strips, and various articles in journals and magazines as canon, this period is already quite busy. If you are incorporating novels only, it is considerably thinner. My personal view on canon is I don't spend much time dwelling on it: if it is Star Wars and I am entertained, I'm happy.

In Allegiance, Zahn weaves a very complicated plotline that verges on being a mystery tale. Many new characters are introduced and then discarded quickly as events unfold, making the story a bit choppy. For this reason, it's likely to be a more satisfying read when digested in larger chunks than read piecemeal a chapter or two at a time (which is what I did).

A few new characters do stand out, though, and they are the five Imperial troopers on the run that comprise the Hand of Judgment. Much like Karen Traviss and her beloved clone troopers featured in her Republic Commando novels, Zahn takes a group of helmeted anonymous soldiers and makes them dynamic individuals. Their attempts to reconcile their doubts in the Empire with their need to to serve the galaxy with honor and duty are quite interesting and continue the trend in Star Wars of placing shades of gray into what once seemed like straightforward good vs. evil yarns.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By C. L Wright on February 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As far as Zahn's books go this was not his best. However it was still better than other recently release Star Wars books. The story just wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. While it was interesting to see Mara as "the Hand" she was pretty clueless at times. Ofcourse 18 years of brainwashing by an evil dictator will do that. This book is worth your time to read so I don't want to give to much about the story away,however it would be better to wait for the paperback.I will say that the rogue storm troopers would be interesting to follow in other stories.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By George Wood on January 31, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Timothy Zahn writes the very best Star Wars books, and now he has a new one, "Star Wars: Allegiance".

There are dozens of Star Wars books, expanding the universe of the six films. But none of them are as good as Timothy Zahn's. The genre really launched with Timothy Zahn's original sequels following on "Return of the Jedi": "Heir to the Empire", "Dark Force Rising", and "The Last Command".

In those books he expanded the Star Wars universe with characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn (who tried to lead a resurgent empire after the death of the Emperor), Mara Jade (who became Luke Skywalker's wife after a rocky decade), and Talon Karrde (master smuggler/information broker).

The same characters returned in the the follow-up "Hand of Thrawn" books, "Spectre of the Past" and "Vision of the Future".

Zahn later returned to the themes he had created in "Survivor's Quest" in which Luke and Mara travel to the crash site of an Old Republic mission intended to explore another galaxy, and "Outbound Flight" about the fate of that mission.

Originally George Lucas said he was going to make nine Star Wars films. He later revised it to six, with three prequels to the original three films. It may be that after Timothy Zahn mapped out the continuation from "Return of the Jedi", Lucas could no longer create his own future, and perhaps there are reasons why the initial Zahn trilogy can't be filmed.

The new book is placed in the period between the films "A New Hope" and "The Empire Strikes Back". When the former film ends, Han has barely aligned himself with the rebels and Luke is just starting to learn Jedi skills.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Pruette VINE VOICE on June 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Mr. Zahn is best known for his seven previous Star Wars books, and I have always enjoyed his books that I have read. Allegiance is good but not my favorite. The characters are interesting and there is plenty of action, but it all gets very complicated and I grew somewhat tired of referring to the list of characters.

The story takes place soon after A New Hope. Luke is still not comfortable with his Jedi skills and Han is not sure if he and Chewie should be part of the Rebel Alliance. Leia exhibits her strengths as she mediates a dispute in the Shelsea Sector. Also, the young Mara Jade plays a major role on a mission from Emperor Palpatine. All of them have to deal with problems caused by bands of pirates. It is interesting to note that Luke and Mara are both callow youth at this point, but Mara's effectiveness shows her to be light-years ahead of Luke. I doubt that the difference between the two would have been that blatant.

The most interesting characters to me were a group of five Imperial Stormtroopers led by Daric LaRone. For the first time we see Stormtroopers who wonder if they are doing the right thing by serving an Empire that would wantonly destroy the civilization of Alderaan. When LaRone stands up for his rights and kills an officer of the Imperial Security Bureau, he and four other troopers are forced to desert. They spend the rest of the book trying to elude Imperial forces and trying to do what they think is right in various situations. They end up working with Mara Jade and are still free at the end of the book even though she knows who they are. They also survive a face-to-face meeting with Darth Vader. I found that a little hard to accept because Vader surely would have deduced that something was wrong. I doubt that he would have let them go on their merry way.
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