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  • Series: Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy - Legends (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (May 1, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553296124
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553296129
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 4.3 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (635 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

YA-- This first book in a trilogy takes place five years after Return of the Jedi (Ballantine, 1983) by James Kahn. Han and Leia are now married and expecting twins; Luke is continuing his training as a Jedi, while training Leia. The Republic is at peace, having defeated Darth Vader and the evil Empire. Enter Grand Admiral Thrawn, ex-warlord of the empire, with his rogue Jedi knight. They attack the Republic and attempt to kidnap Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia for their own nefarious purposes. It's great fun to romp with the ``Star Wars'' cast of humans, droids, and aliens again. While it is not on a par with Zahn's creative, powerful works such as Cascade Point (Baen, 1987), Heir is well written for what it is. Recommended for YA collections needing a Star Wars fix. --John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA2-
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 Starlfleet 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. ®, (TM) and © 1995 Lucasfilm Ltd. All rights reserved. Used under authorization.

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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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Heir to the Empire is a must read for Star Wars fans.
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Grand Admiral Thrawn, who takes over the falling Empire, is the best villain of all the books, Mara Jade is a great character to play opposite Luke Skywalker.
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This book was action packed, has great characters and an amazing story.
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148 of 156 people found the following review helpful By Alex Diaz-Granados on September 19, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
In 1991, Bantam Books and Lucasfilm Ltd. reinvigorated interest in the Star Wars universe (well, galaxy) by gathering a diverse group of noted science fiction writers and starting a regular series of novels set in the time period which follows Return of the Jedi.
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.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By John on September 16, 2011
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For those who are considering the Kindle version, take a moment to think about the mechanics of reading it. The hardcover version has the annotations in the margins of the pages, meaning you can easily ready, shift your eyes over to the notes and continue reading. The ebook has the notes all the way in the back. The annotations are numbered in the text of the book, and those numbers are hyperlinked, so you can go back and forth between the two, but I have to say it's a bit slow. I'm on a Nook Color, but even overclocked to 1.2 ghz, it takes about one to two full seconds to go back and forth. It doesn't sound like much, but some chapters have 20 annotations, that's a lot of time waiting to go back and forth. Further, if the annotation falls on the margin of a page, you can easily confuse your ereader as it won't know if you're trying to turn a page or link to the annotation.

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.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Shane - AFR on September 6, 2011
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On September 6th, 1991 Star Wars fans were once again thrust into the heavens as Heir to the Empire blasted its way onto shelves and into the hearts of fans worldwide. With compelling characters and outstanding storytelling, author Timothy Zahn introduced readers to a new breed of characters that would make a tremendous impact for decades to come. In response to Zahn's stellar work, Heir to the Empire quickly rose to the New York Times Bestselling list and in so doing cemented both the book and Timothy Zahn into Star Wars history.

From page one the reader is taken back to the events shortly after the explosive conclusion to Episode VI as the Rebellion continues its long struggle against the Empire. Now, with the Emperor dead and gone, the Rebellion begins to consolidate its newly earned political and military power across a galaxy littered with the remains of the Galactic Empires naval armament. However, those in the Imperial navy have no intention to sit and wait for the Rebel reapers to call their names, instead they put in motion their own plans and in so doing introduce the reader to one of the best characters to ever hunt down rebel scum, Grand Admiral Thrawn.

>>>SOME PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD<<<

Mitth'raw'nuruodo, better known by Thrawn, is a Chiss; a species from planet Csilla and familiar in appearance to Humans. With blue skin and red eyes there is no doubt that Thrawn fits the physical appearance of a villain however, Thrawn recreates the average evil-doer persona with a mind that can only be described as genius. With an incredible talent for figuring out his enemies weaknesses through their artistic works, Thrawn uses his wisdom to quickly gain the rank of Grand Admiral.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on November 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Being a hard-core Star Wars fan since '77, I was thrilled but cautious when 'Heir To The Empire' first came out. I had read 'Splinter of the Mind's Eye', the FIRST Star Wars novel outside of the original trilogy books (which ALL stink, by the way) and although it was entertaining, it just seemed like a story with characters who had the same names as Leia & Luke & Darth etc. There was no real substance that tied the 'spirit' of the movies to the book. But even so, I gave Timothy Zahn a shot, and all I can say is WOW! He has captured the very 'essence' of Star Wars PERFECTLY. IF George Lucas ever decided to make Episode 7, 8 & 9 he would start with 'Heir' for sure. I don't think even HE could improve upon his own stories any better than Zahn has. Everything from Grand Admiral Thrawn (a fantastic character, and MUCH more depth than Darth or the Emperor) to the Emperor's Hand, Mara Jade, to the ingenious introduction of creatures that actually REPEL the Force, this book and it's incredible sequels are NOT to be missed. If you have EVER wondered if there were novels about the Star Wars Universe that were every bit as good as the movies, than Zahn is your author and the next series you read should start with 'Heir To The Empire'. I have read and re-read this series 3 times now, and each time I find something new to remember, and another reason to be impressed with Zahn's writing style and ability. I have also read almost all of the 'other' Star Wars novels out there (since a rash of them have been published since the completion of 'The Last Command') and there are but a small few that are even worthy of the Star Wars name, and none of THEM even rival THIS series by Zahn. I'm telling ya, THIS is IT! Ever wonder where Lucas came up with the name for the Imperial world, 'Coroscant'?Read more ›
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