04 January 2013

BOOK REVIEW: Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)

What: Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1)
Who: Timothy Zahn
When: Published May 1st 1992

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.

This is my first Star Wars expanded universe novel and I thought it was very good. It was refreshing to revisit some of the old characters that I remember from the first Star Wars move trilogy (Luke, Leia, Han Solo & Chewie, etc.) and also see how they are evolving after those events.

I expected a quite well written book given that the author is Timothy Zahn and I wasn't disappointed. He builds on the universe and worlds that I already knew very nicely.

The action is right up there with the best and very easy to get hooked into.

Maybe this trilogy would be a good candidate for any new Star Wars movies that Disney might like to produce in the future?


Check it out at Goodreads.

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