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Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn

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Heir to the Empire
An anniversary edition with Introduction, Foreword, and Afterword in addition to annotations made by the author and publisher is a fantastic way to read this book. As good as the story is, which is 5 star quality the addition of all the extras and the included novella at the end definitely make this a 5 star book.

The first book in the Expanded Universe, and taking place after episode 6 by roughly 5 years, i was hesitant to read it. I am not a great fan of the three main characters, and growing up with the prequel movies showing how Jedi used to fight and wield their lightsabers, the action in the movies never agreed with me. However, Zahn somehow made me actually like these characters, more or less. Luke still comes off a bit the same as before (his "jedi calm" seems like crap and i dont see how without any real teachings how he could be the person he is now...)

But, arguably the main character of this book is Grand Admiral Thrawn, and the author does a brilliant job of setting up this character. And with the other novels and stories sprouting from him shedding much more light on his history, Thrawn is easily one of the best loved characters in Star Wars. Having read Zahn's future work with Thrawn first, namely [b:Outbound Flight|192523|Outbound Flight (Star Wars)|Timothy Zahn|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1320548488s/192523.jpg|556530], I had an interesting revelation when the Thrawn's full name appeared in this book as well as Jedi Master Joruus C'Baoth. Having also read another Zahn book, [b:Allegiance|35414|Allegiance (Star Wars)|Timothy Zahn|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1168588167s/35414.jpg|2934013], I had already met and liked the character of Mara Jade.

All in all, this is the first book in a trilogy and it ends on a cliffhanger. Add in all the new characters and the interesting setup so far, and it is not hard to see why this book went straight to #1 and why it sparked the whole EU in book form.

Interesting aside: back to back books (the other being [b:Still Life With Crows|911880|Still Life With Crows (Pendergast, #4)|Douglas Preston|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1344271395s/911880.jpg|38754]) where pets/dogs are in pairs and called by Sturm and Drang. The added annotations in this book provided the historical background, but it would appear these names are somewhat common when grouping animals by pairs similar to other (in)famous pairs in history or astronomy: Castor and Pollux, Kane and Abel etc


Crisis of Faith
Included at the end is a novella also written by Zahn. Mostly all a military account of a battle just before the events of Heir took place. Thrawn's military brilliance is on display as he outwits his enemy in most every way. POV characters include a non human stormtrooper, a local Quesoth, a TIE commander and each offers a great view and insight into both the battle as well as into Thrawn. If nothing else, this novella is a good read that further embeds Thrawn's legacy as a great Grand Admiral and brilliant Star Wars character. ( )
  T4NK | Sep 30, 2014 |
Some of the first books I'd read as a kid. I wonder if they would be so great if I read them now??? ( )
  DanielAlgara | Sep 26, 2014 |
Star Wars Heir To The Empire is a nice, classic Star Wars novel. I enjoyed the originality of it and the way it ended.

The book is made even better by the new forward and annotations by the author. The new Thrawn novella is what sold it for me.

Although it's great in hardcover format, I'd suggest buying it on Kindle if you have one, it's a lot cheaper in e-book format.

All in all, it's a fun, classic Star Wars book that you can't put down and leaves you exited to see what happens in it's sequel. ( )
  Revan97 | Aug 19, 2014 |
Nostalgin är total.
Det kan inte ha varit lätt att ta en så älskad bunt karaktärer och skriva något tillräckligt nytt men samtidigt tillräckligt likt Star Wars-filmerna, men Zahn gör det med bravur.
Första tjugo sidorna räcker för att jag ska känna mig helt övertygad om att det här verkligen är Luke, Leia, Han och Threepio, så som jag minns dem men några år äldre. Visst finns det problem här och var, men de överskuggas för mig av det rafflande äventyret och igenkänningen. Grand Admiral Thrawn är dessutom en helt igenom värdig efterträdare till Lord Vader. Det här vill jag ha mer av. ( )
  Oakfairy | Jul 15, 2014 |
This first book in what literally kick-started the Star Wars saga back into the public consciousness, is that type of book (as was the series) that not only captured your imagination right from the first word, but captured the spirit, essence and fluidity of the original saga as a whole. With the additions of Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn to the already stellar cast of all of our favorite characters, Zahn was able to reintroduce us to the world of George Lucas's epic fantasy and craft a vivid, thrilling, funny and all out action packed story. (This review goes along with the other two books in The Thrawn Trilogy (Dark Force Rising and The Last Command) as well.) ( )
  BryanCaron | Jan 4, 2014 |
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Äärelä, IlkkaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Demuth, MichelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553296124, Mass Market Paperback)

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.

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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.… (more)

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