Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

Heir to the Empire by Timothy Zahn
Series: Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1
Format: Paperback

It is a time of renewal, five years after the destruction of the Death Star and the defeat of Darth Vader and the Empire.

But with the war seemingly won, strains are beginning to show in the Rebel Alliance. New challenges to galactic peace have arisen. And Luke Skywalker hears a voice from his past. A voice with a warning. Beware the dark side….

The Rebel Alliance has destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and driven the remnants of the old Imperial Starfleet back into barely a quarter of the territory that they once controlled. Leia and Han are married, are expecting Jedi twins, and have shouldered heavy burdens in the government of the new Republic. And Luke Skywalker is the first in a hoped-for new line of Jedi Knights.

But thousands of light years away, where a few skirmishes are still taking place, the last of the Emperor's warlords has taken command of the remains of the Imperial fleet. He has made two vital discoveries that could destroy the fragile new Republic—built with such cost to the Rebel Alliance. The tale that emerges is a towering epic of action, invention, mystery, and spectacle on a galactic scale—in short, a story that is worthy of the name Star Wars.


I never read much of the old Star Wars extended universe. Okay let’s be honest I never read any of it until after it was no longer canon. I feel like the Thrawn trilogy is the iconic old canon.  My boyfriend has always loved this series. I am glad that I read it because it makes me appreciate the things particularly about Thrawn which they chose to roll over into new canon.

A lot can happen in 5 years, like marriage and pregnancy. I think what I truly love about this book is not so much even the story. It is a great adventure but the people you meet are what truly make it interesting. There is the infamous Mara Jade but I think more so even then her I wish that Talon Karrde were to make the leap to the new canon. Force nullifying creatures, insane Jedi, shipyards, the Noghri, and we actually get to visit Kashyyyk I mean what else could you want. I also really enjoyed getting to see more of the political management side of the New Republic.

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