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Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy, Vol. 1) Mass Market Paperback – May 1, 1992
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Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire, the first volume of a three-book cycle, was almost an instant phenomenon when it was published in hardcover. With its depiction of the continuing battle between what is left of the Galactic Empire and the fledgling New Republic, this novel cleverly mixes the characters from the Classic Trilogy with a cast of newly created heroes and villains, some of whom will make appearances in other authors' Star Wars works.
As Heir to the Empire begins, the New Republic has been engaged in a long campaign to mop up the remnants of the once-mighty Empire. The once dreaded Imperial Fleet is in disarray, political and military control of the late Emperor Palpatine's New Order has changed hands several times, yet the former Rebels have reduced Imperial dominion to one quarter of its former size. Yet even as Mon Mothma and the New Republic government establish democratic rule from Coruscant (former capital of both the Old Republic and the Galactic Empire), a new dark force has arisen in the form of one of the Empire's most cunning warriors.
His name is Thrawn, and his tactical and intellectual gifts are so great that the racist and sexist Palpatine had promoted him to be the only non-human to wear the white uniform of Grand Admiral. For several years after the Battle of Endor (where the Rebels destroyed the second Death Star and both the Emperor and Darth Vader died), Thrawn was pacifying the Unknown Regions until his return to Imperial territory.Read more ›
Still, I can't fault the content here. The introductions are great, and the annotations range from little tidbits to genuine insight into Zahn's head at the time he was writing this.
This book is the "The Empire Strikes Backs" of Star Wars novels. One of the first and definitely one of the best and it still holds up incredibly well to this day with very few issues regarding canon on top of being such a great read.
My favorite aspect of this anniversary edition is probably the annotations done by Zahn, written in the margins of the book, exploring key concepts, characters or just noting on how to pronounce names. It really adds a new layer of depth to the novel and helps get inside of his head during and after his writing process. These alone are worth the purchase price to fans of the book who may have read this before.
On top of that we get a forward from Lucas Licensing, an introduction by Zahn, both recapping the history of this novel and its beginnings.
And lastly the a novella from Zahn is included titled "Crisis of Faith", which you may want to read after you read his latest book "Choices of One". It gives a new look into Grand Admiral Thrawn that should not be missed.
This is a fantastic package for the price and a must-own for any fans of the "Thrawn Trilogy" as it is commonly referred as.
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No character development, no new characters and not even a strong villain.
Luke spends the majority of the book stranded in a woods where he can't use the Force because... Read more
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Bought this book after the new star wars film rekindled my interest in this series. I have not touched the expanded universe before this and this is a great read.Published 17 days ago by Kenneth Lap Ken Lee
Good old fashioned Star Wars book. Familiar names. Familiar action. Looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy.Published 19 days ago by Timothy Markham
Amazing book! The best in the Expanded Universe and quite possibly the best Star Wars book ever written!Published 26 days ago by Michael Ludwig
Great book with a good pace. Neat to get to read about characters that I have loved for so long in a different story. First star wars book I have read and plan on reading more!!!Published 29 days ago by mark
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