Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy)Timothy Zahn

Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy)

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Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy) by Timothy Zahn Book Summary

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.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy) (Timothy Zahn) Book Reviews

EpicThis is the first time I’ve read Heir in maybe two decades, and it still holds epic. Highly recommend. Mara and Luke’s first interactions are the highlight..Score: 5/5

"Star Wars" Done RightThe Thrawn Trilogy is perhaps my all-time favorite set of books, and it's really bittersweet rereading them in 2015. Disney has a treasure-trove of characters and plots here that trump anything they and their authors and screenwriters have come up with to date. The fact that they've largely ignored this masterpiece is depressing. "Heir to the Empire" is an amazing entryway into the Expanded Universe, providing a mix of new and compelling characters (Thrawn, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde) and growth of the Original Trilogy characters we love interacting in an original storyline. While it may feel like a slow burn at times, it perfectly sets the stage for its two sequels. If you love "Star Wars" and want to read it done right, you've come to the right place..Score: 5/5

Star WarsI ❤️ Star Wars it was the first movie I saw in theaters and I love it and the books are the best this one is my favorite one.Score: 5/5

Must ReadI have only read this book at this point and it was an awesome book which I finished just a bit over a week. If you a Star Wars fan like me or anything else this is a must read, I hope to read the other two books some day.Score: 5/5

ReviewI loved this book! I didn’t discover the Legends lore until the lockdowns! This book and the rest of the series is so good! Disney should throw away the sequel trilogy and start looking at the legend’s lore!.Score: 5/5

Awesome!This is arguably one of the best Star Wars novels I have ever read! Great characters, great settings, fantastic plot! This is a must read! I guarantee, you will not be disappointed!.Score: 5/5

Incredible Addition to the Star Wars WorldThese three books make an amazing addition to Star Wars. I truly wish more authors (and George Lucus) would take a good look at them. I have actually read quite a few SW books over the years but I keep coming back to these. The pacing and content will keep you very interested, Zahn stays true to the characters which is almost unheard of in the SW world and it is very exciting. By far, one of the very best sequel stories (in books and movies) ever, do not pass this one up..Score: 5/5

Great entry pointI’m a long time fan of the films, comics, and shows. However, I’ve never gotten into the novels until Heir of the Empire. Not only is it well written because of the familiar characters and placement of the story I didn’t feel totally loss. I’m extremely excited to read next part of the trilogy..Score: 5/5

Past canon still reads greatThis book is responsible for the Star Wars revival in the 1990s, giving it a plethora of high praise from all around. However, reading the novel in 2015 gives a different vibe. I read this book in prep for The Force Awakens, just to see what the expanded universe was like post ROTJ before it was erased. Zahn is a great author and the writing is superb. Grand Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade are definitely characters that stand out in the novel and I wish could make it back into the new expanded universe. Apart from those two characters, the story follows the original film cast and also deals with the struggling New Republic and the defeated Empire fighting for dominance in the galaxy. I enjoying the majority of the book with the exception of Leia’s storyline and the Jedi Master clone that is introduced only to play a small part in the overall plot of the book. A very interesting and fun read for those curious about the old expanded storylines, but not a recommended story for new readers..Score: 3/5

AmazingThis book is amazing! It introduces you to so many great characters like Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn while it also has many old characters too like Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, C3PO, R2-D2 ect. It also has such an interesting plot line! It is very hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it! 🙌👌👍.Score: 5/5

The Thrawn trilogy by Zahn are excellent books.The Thrawn trilogy by Zahn are excellent books..Score: 5/5

ForcedThe characterizations are trite. The ideas are clunky. Everything is a gratuitous reference to something from the original movie trilogy. The writing is painfully amateurish and overt. Get ready for some serious adverbs, because everything is a Tom Swifty, e.g. "Han said grimly." If you can't tolerate the writing of a 14-year-old, this book is not for you. If you can get past the embarrassing flaws, you'll find the plot is okay and reasonably well-pursued, but only if you're desperate to find out what happened to Luke, Leia, Han, Chewy, and Lando after Return of the Jedi..Score: 2/5

Loved it!Thrawn was great! Wasn’t the biggest fan of Mara Jade. Hopefully, I’ll begin to like her more in the next book. Loved reading about the clone Jedi. Overall, excellent story!.Score: 5/5

AmazingGreat book. This opened a hole new section of stars wars I me. A definite must read.Score: 5/5

Amazing!!I've read this book and it made me keep on reading late at night!! I love it!!!.Score: 5/5

Please keep this in mind…O.K., I watch Star Wars Rebels and I think Thrawn is so annoying. I was hesitant to read this but I did, and I found that Thrawn in this was way less annoying! Some of the Han Solo parts are really funny, too..Score: 5/5

Sweeeeet booooookAwesome trilogy!.Score: 5/5

Heir to the EmpireGreat start to the awesome trilogy. Experience the introduction to Mara Jade and many others..Score: 5/5

Zhan the Man!!That this is being ignored as far as movie production, is an utter shame. THIS continued the universe that made us sit in awe. I read everything that came after this in the timeline, save for the xwing series. I only did so because of the pictures Mr. Zahn painted in my head. I'm thankful for all the fun, from Heir to Scoundrels, and all the in between, I had a blast! The characters, old and new, the environments, and all the story and action one would expect or hope for after freeing a galaxy far, far away..Score: 5/5

Legends is the real canon!This book is amazing. It’s a great starting point into the wonderful EU (legends). Grand Admiral Thrawn is such a compelling character, and if you only know him from Rebels, you don’t know him at all. He is a cold tactician who knows our heroes’ every move, and I find that extremely fascinating. Zahn provides a great in-depth look into the brand new characters, as well as the familiar ones we love. I’m not gonna waste your time any longer, buy this book!.Score: 5/5

Waste of timeOk I grew up on Star Wars and really enjoyed the movies as a child. As an adult I thought Lucas would have done a service to his fans by making movies that followed Jedi and thought the idea of prequels was just redundant. So after watching all 6 movies again I still felt like I wanted or needed more of the story so I was led to this series of books! I didn't even finish the first one and I deleted it and the rest of them off of my wish list. The writing was weak, story was drawn out and it just never developed or captured my interest. I was really excited but was seriously disappointed..Score: 1/5

Great Star Wars bookGood if you like star wars.Score: 5/5

Great start to an awesome trilogy!One of my favourite books ever. Great if you love Star Wars (which you should)..Score: 5/5

AmazingBest series ever!.Score: 5/5

I enjoyed this book.I remember when this book came out. It sparked a lot of excitement about Star Wars again. Zahn did a great job capturing the essence of the Star Wars characters, and creatively introduced many new characters and places in a manner that felt natural with the Star Wars universe. It is an easy read. The story intrigued me and kept me turning the pages. I recommend this book to any Star Wars fan..Score: 5/5

GoodGrand Admiral Thrawn is the star of the book..Score: 5/5

Great introduction to our blue boiAfter listening through the whole trilogy I kinda miss thrawn now.Score: 5/5

My favorite Star Wars book to dateAs a teen, I loved the Star Wars saga, and the whole Thrawn Trilogy is by far my favorite book. It shows a much more intriguing enemy than all others. Rather than winning or fighting by brute strength and numbers, we actually see a character who is methodical, calculating, and cultured. I remember eagerly reading wanting more. I truly hope that Episode 7 will be based off this book trilogy!.Score: 5/5

Required ReadingAlways Been a Huge Star Wars Fan - and as such have finally gotten around to Reading the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. Looking forward to reading the next two books in the Series. Zahn is a talented Sci-Fi writer & I can see why this Series is a MUST READ for Star Wars fans..Score: 5/5

Must read!!!These are the best star wars books I have ever read! You can't pass these up. Plus they're the perfect starting point for anyone new to the expanded universe..Score: 5/5

Best star wars novels!!!I read one bad review on here that made me really want to write this: I read this series in High schools, the prequels were not released yet, and as any star wars fan who got sick of watching the movies over and over, had to pick them up. There are times when the story slows down a little in this first book, but believe me when I say it's all build up and all worth it. The action, intrigue, the complexity of the original star wars films are all evident in this series. The characters start together and split into their own stories, and converge brilliantly. Constantly makes you wonder what's next? I recommend anyone who doesn't like it to give it another shot and at least finish the first book, if you it doesn't make you want to pick up the other two, then perhaps star wars really isn't for you..Score: 5/5

Awesome bookAn excellent continuation of the movies..Score: 5/5

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Book Name:
Heir To The Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy)
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1991-05-01
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