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Heir to the Empire: Book 1 (Star Wars Thrawn trilogy) (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy) Kindle Edition
The first book in the legendary Thrawn Trilogy
It's five years after the Rebel Alliance destroyed the Death Star, defeated Darth Vader and the Emperor, and drove 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 thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor's warlords, Grand Admiral Thrawn, 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.
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- ASIN : B086QJNCN4
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (27 Aug. 2020)
- Language : English
- File size : 1215 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 487 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1787466329
- Best Sellers Rank: 11,452 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Heir to the Empire is one of the books that 'started it all', we have Heir to the Empire to thank for introducing some of the most beloved Star Wars world building - Coruscant? Yup, named here. First appearance of Thrawn, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde and many others - all here. Leia as a high ranking senator, Han as her loving husband, Luke as the true Jedi master, tick, tick, tick. The Star Wars expanding universe flourished from this point onwards, from 1991 to 2012, Star Wars cannon flourished, before the dark times...before the mouse...
Five years after Return of the Jedi, the New Republic has a fragile control over the galaxy, this first book of three deals with the rise of a new enemy, Grand Admiral Thrawn, who begins to gather fractured Imperial forces for a strike back against the New Republic.
It is impossible to discuss the books without expressing sheer admiration for Thrawn. Poor writers will create evil villains that shout and scream speeches 'because they are evil', poor writers will give the villains giant super weapons with ominous names like 'starkiller' as they are evil. Other writers will trash beloved, long standing characters fans know and love to insert new, unlikable, inexplicably powerful characters to take on these evil tropes.
Thrawn by contrast, is a superb villain. Deeply intelligent, cunning and resourceful he plays against the weaknesses of the New Republic, while marshalling his undertrained fleet for a daring first strike against his enemies. The story alternates between Thrawn (told from a young Captain Palleon, a superb double act) and Han, Leia, Luke and some new, interesting characters.
Zahn's writing is fast moving, exciting and creates tension. His world building and respect for the franchise shines through, its the same passion for the universe most recently seen in the excellent Mandalorian TV series.
How Disney looked at this superb trilogy and thought 'nah, we can do better' is one of the most inexplicable decisions made by committee I have ever seen.
Wash the taste of Last Jedi and Rise from your mouth in the warm bath that is Zahn's writing. If you have gone through this excellent trilogy also try his two part follow-up 'Spectre of the Past' and 'Vision of the Future'. There are so many classic Star Wars books out there to enjoy (don't forget 'Shadows of the Empire'), but this is where it all started, and is the best place to begin.