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11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

Readers will praise Timothy Zahn as he captures the original essence of the Lucas pantheon

Months have passed since Luke Skywalker blew up the death Star (see A New Hope), but he diligently practices to become stronger in the force. The war between the Empire and the Alliance continues with the former seeking to strike back at the rebels who desperately need...
Months have passed since Luke Skywalker blew up the death Star (see A New Hope), but he diligently practices to become stronger in the force. The war between the Empire and the Alliance continues with the former seeking to strike back at the rebels who desperately need allies, equipment and supplies. Empire Officer Thrawn warns Emperor Palatine that they are threatened by more than just the rebels. Nusoesva, a powerful warlord in the Unknown Region is conquering worlds in Wild Space and looks like he will soon make incursion into the Imperial sector. Palatine ignores the concern because the warlord is just an alien.

The rebels are offered a base on Poln Minor in the Outer Rim. Since the Empire won't help them fight Nusoesva, the leaders of the planet turn to the Alliance asking for protection. The Emperor learns of two possible treasonous acts and deploys his Hand Mara Jade to determine the truth; if affirmed she is to kill the Governor of the Candoras sector, Bider Ferrouz and his accomplices. Han, Leia, and Luke head to Poln Major to find out if the governor's offer is authentic or a trap. Also on the planet are the disgruntled Hand of Judgment storm troopers who work to root out evil in the Empire. All will converge with betrayal and death the common denominators

It is amazing to see caring good people like Mara and the storm troopers Hand of Judgment believe that the Emperor is a kind person who cares for his subjects. That soul searching element enhances an action-paced space opera. Readers will praise Timothy Zahn as he captures the original essence of the Lucas pantheon; not an easy mission to achieve since this would make a fine movie number 4.5 (in between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back).

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on May 24, 2011

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Not one of my favorites but still good

This wasn't one of my favorite Timothy Zahn books. I prefer the ones that he's written that come post ROTJ.

However I did really enjoy reading about Mara Jade's early days as the Emperor's Hand. It's fascinating to see her unquestioning loyalty to the Empire and t...
This wasn't one of my favorite Timothy Zahn books. I prefer the ones that he's written that come post ROTJ.

However I did really enjoy reading about Mara Jade's early days as the Emperor's Hand. It's fascinating to see her unquestioning loyalty to the Empire and the Emperor himself.

It's great to get some backstory to fill in her past before Heir to the Empire. I hope he keeps writing more. I'd be especially keen to read a book that occurs during the events of ROTJ when we know Mara Jade is given her last mission.

posted by 1268643 on February 8, 2013

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Timothy Zahn is Great!

    I was near the edge of thinking that the Star Wars saga will just vanish and end because of the pretty awful books I have read from its line. However, after reading this in just 18 hours, take note, 18! My mood went from zero to sky high 10! This book is highly recommended.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2014

    The story takes place between episodes 4 and 5 shortly after the

    The story takes place between episodes 4 and 5 shortly after the first Death Star is destroyed. Desperate to find a new staging point for
    their campaign against the Empire, the rebels end up negotiating a deal with imperial governor Ferrouz to use part of his sector in
    exchange for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva. Little do they know, however, Emperor Palpatine has already gotten wind
    of their plans and sends his agent Mara Jade to punish the governor for his treason. What follows is a series of betrayals and alliances
    between imperials and rebels alike to stop the true mastermind manipulating it all.

    Overall the story was mostly well written. Between all the uneasy alliances and backstabbing betrayals, the plot keeps you on your toes
    and wondering what is really going on behind the scenes. This is especially shown through Zahn's style of writing from multiple points
    of view; sometimes we find ourselves gazing through imperial eyes and others times it's the rebels' eyes. It's easy to tell that he has a
    good understanding of his characters because there's always a definite change in tone whenever the main point of view changes.
    Though sometimes the plot goes in some directions that just make you scratch you're head and wonder what he was thinking. Without
    spoiling anything, I thought some of the characters' actions didn't make sense in the grand scheme of the galactic conflict. In particular
    I found myself thinking that this or that alliance made no sense, but it never came to the point that I would stop reading. Really awesome
    stormtrooper battle scenes really helped me turn pages too.

    All in all, don't go in expecting the next entry to the Thrawn series because you're not going to get it. (Though Thrawn does make an
    appearance.) Instead, think of this book as the additional backstory behind Thrawn allowing us to examine the galaxy through the eyes
    of one of the deadliest characters in the Empire: the Emperor's Hand, Mara Jade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Very good book

    Timothy Zahn has always been a good story teller of the star wars universe,a must read if u get into star wars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2013

    Excellent follow up to Allegiance

    Intrigued throughout with only a couple slow places. A very good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    More Mara Jade Yes

    Great read Mara is one of my favorite characters!

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