- Series: Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy - Legends (Book 1)
- Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey (May 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553296124
- ISBN-13: 978-0553296129
- Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 921 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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It has been five years since the destruction of the second Death Star and the death of Emperor Paplatine. The New Republic is struggling to find its way, and the last members of the Empire, led by the cunning Grand Admiral Thrawn, are consolidating the remains of the Imperial fleet and have their sights set on the New Republic.
Thrawn has two assets at his disposal; a dark jedi and a new type of cloaking device. He hopes to unleash the power of the Imperial fleet against the New Republic base on Sluis Van. But the attack does not go as planned, and soon, the Imperials are forced to flee. Meanwhile, Admiral Ackbar has been arrested, forcing Han Solo and Luke Skywalker to return to Coruscant.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Heir to the Empire". This book was the one that really got the Star Wars novels going, and author Timothy Zahn has done a masterful job of describing events after the Battle of Endor. His character development is flawless, as evidenced by the masterful creation of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Also introduced in "Heir" is the brilliant Mara Jade, who, after this book, becomes a regular character in future novels. Also, the continual development of Luke, Han, and Leia (who's pregnant with twins) is well done.
I'm eagerly anticipating reading the other two books in this series. I've been a fan of Star Wars novels for years, but I had never read the "Heir to the Empire" series. I'm glad I decided to start. Highly recommended.
1: Thrawn. Yes Grand admiral Thrawn, not only a huge fan favorite of myself and countless others but one of the most interesting and awesome additions ever to the Star Wars universe.
2: Thrawns Genius. Thrawn unlike most of the other imperials does not let emotions govern his actions. He is cold, calculating and precise. Think of him like Boba Fett, hes like a chess master, always several moves ahead of the New Republic.
3: Thrawns obsession with art. This was actually really cool, Thrawn is able to discern the enemies weaknesses and strengths by studying the art of their culture.
4: Mara Jade. The second greatest addition to the star wars universe since the lucas movies. Mara Jade once an imperial agent is now trying to live as a smuggler and forget her past when she is caught up in the wave of events that Tim Zahn masterfully unfolds in his story.
5: Talon Kardde. Kardde was also pretty awesome, hes the new smuggler chief now that Jabba is out of the picture.
6: Captain Pelleon. He is fated to become a great leader. But till then he is an interesting character, the perfect imperial officer if you will, tutoring under Grand admiral Thrawn.
7: Nohgri. Its interesting to note that Zahn was going to make them Sith because back then no one knew what a Sith meant. Still the Nohgri are awesome, deadly small nimble assassins.
8: Han Solo, Zahn is a master at writing Han Solo and really catches his sarcastic, hard edged smugglers charm.
9: Joruus C'baoth. I loved this character so much. He was the first real Dark Jedi Master that we are introduced to in the star wars EU, of course by now there are others that take place in time b4 him, but as far as this being the real first star wars EU novel C'baoth was just what the force doctor ordered. What also makes him interesting is the mystery surrounding him, is he evil or just insane? You will have to read to find out.
10: just about everything in this book is awesome.
1: Ill put it in here though i kinda disagree but ive seen people complain about the coincidence factor, where like the characters keep ending p in the same place at the same time perfectly in time for a major event. If you ask me it makes sense due to the Force manipulating events to be balanced out.
2: Pronunciation. IE C'baoth, Thrawn, Nohgri ect. The names are clever but yes very hard to pronounce, especially C'baoth. I asked the author how to say it and it wasnt at all like i thought it would be. It was like Sib ah Ohth. And did you know germans cant pronounce Thrawn?
3: Jedi suppression. This part i will agree with, while Luke does do some fun Jedi moves in here it does seem Zahn dislikes writing Jedi and having them use their powers.
4: No Boba Fett :( I was bummed not to see Fett or any of the famous hunters. Zahn told me once that he feels Fett is overrated and would most likely not write him. That made me sad, and while he has had fett in a book he wrote (not this trilogy) it still wasnt really the fett we wanted.
This book is truly a masterpiece despite the few flaws. Its as close to seeing a star wars movie as you can get in novel format. Theres so much more i could say about it but if you want to know what all the hype is about just go read it!!!
A good read for those who are about to dive into Thrawn.