Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy #1: Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition

Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy #1: Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition

by Timothy Zahn
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Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy #1: Heir to the Empire: The 20th Anniversary Edition 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Catherine Charleboix More than 1 year ago
This is, in my opinion, the best Star Wars book in the extended universe. From well defined characters to a variety of settings, this book really stands out from the crowd. I liked how Thrawn resembled Shirlock Holmes in a way and Talon Kard had a lot in common with Han Solo, except with a lot more luck. The cat and mouse chase between them was great. I highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Timothy Zahn has done amazing things for the Star Wars Universe and this book started it all. The prequal trilogy may not have come out if Zahn had not done such a wonderful job on this book. The 40th anniversary intro and annotations give great insight into Zahn's mind while he was writing this; but you should be cautious if you are new to the EU because there are a few spoilers in the annotations. If you like the original trilogy you will love this book!
Carnitas_Fever More than 1 year ago
The Star Wars story was told. There was an unwritten beginning in Episodes 1-3. Then there was Timothy Zahn's trilogy that started right here with Heir to the Empire. This book was written the way the original trilogy should have been produced. The character design is fantastic, and it carries the original story into a great new depth. There have been MANY Star Wars books written over the years, and some are hit and miss. This is definitely a hit. If you like the original trilogy, you must read this series as well. Start here, and I promise you will not want to stop at the end. You will need to go until you get through book 3.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had this book since its release that very Christmas, but I was in High School. Read for fun? Yeah right After reading Darth Maul in 15 hours after taking a college graduation trip to Europe and getting the Star Wars Expanded Universe bug. Heir for the Empire grounded me in the Ex Uni. A book that explains what happened five years later - I was hooked. Zahn can write an epic story, with the two sequel book, this story should be a movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book, and is really descriptive, detailed, and entertianing
stardancer1914 More than 1 year ago
I read this when it first came out 25 years ago. What is neat about this book is the author's comments in the margins. He explains tie-ins to the movie, other novels, inconsistencies & why they occurred as well as some of the thought process behind the characters and plot. Plus the story itself is just as good as the first time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and the other two in the trilogy, and loved all three. The character design and elaboration were both amazing, as was the depth to the story. Timothy Zahn does a great job of writing the first (and, in my opinion, one of the best) expansion of the Star Wars story. I highly recommend the entire trilogy (and the extension to the trilogy) to all science fiction fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is indeed episode 7 this is best book ever written since the harry potter book series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Laryyl More than 1 year ago
This is a must have book for any star wars fan. This is the book that started the entire EU and is by far the best star wars book out there.
ROGER_TAPCAF More than 1 year ago
Heir To The Empire by Timothy Zahn is the book that started it all, and introduced the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. When I first read this book I was blown away and could not wait to read the rest of the trilogy. I read them all in 3 days. The 20th Anniversary Edition includes footnotes by Zahn describing what he was thinking when he wrote the book and further describing important events in the story. This Special Edition also includes an exclusive story about Grand Admiral Thrawn and his victory over a rival warlord. Star Wars fans absolutely have to have this book in their collection. The bonus of having the original cover printed on the Hardback cover itself under the dust jacket is a bonus as well.
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite books of all time. What makes this addition so special is the author's notes throughout the text. He goes into his reasoning behind things that happened in the book and even noted parts that George Lucas did not approve and he had to change things around. If you looved reading the Thrawn trilogy the first time around, pick up this book and start reading it again. It also has a short story that fits in with the novel.
Darth_Hemi More than 1 year ago
This is the book that launched the Star Wars expanded universe 20 years ago already. If they were ever to do new Star Wars movies, "Heir to the Empire" along with "Dark Force Rising" and "The Last Command" could easily be turned into movies. Out of all the Star Wars books, this along with its other two books, read excellent and are in my opinion, the best Star Wars books to be written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book felt more like star trek not star wars heck timothy zahn is a good author but killing off ben kenobi's spirit he took it way to far do not buy this book this proved legends is bad and canon is better this book is craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap
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TheArtistLibrarian More than 1 year ago
Review of the 20th anniversary edition. 4 1/2 stars. I absolutely love it when authors and publishers decide to re-release books with annotations or other extras. For me, this commemorative edition was a wonderful addition to my Star Wars collection, perhaps because I previously had a used paperback copy, so I didn't mind buying a better copy. I found the annotations a neat "behind the scenes" look into the writing and publishing of the novel and wish that they annotated the rest of the trilogy ... Story: 3 1/2 stars. I actually read this book last out of the Thrawn Trilogy and I remember thinking "I like the order I read it in better." I guess after reading books 2 and 3, I had high expectations and was expecting more from the beginning. However I still enjoy the trilogy as a whole (Zahn introduced one of the most memorable Star Wars villains in Grand Admiral Thrawn) and it does have the distinction of being the books that jump started Star Wars expanded universe publishing.
Revan97 More than 1 year ago
Star Wars Heir To The Empire is a nice, classic Star Wars novel. I enjoyed the originality of it and the way it ended. The book is made even better by the new forward and annotations by the author. The new Thrawn novella is what sold it for me. Although it's great in hardcover format, I'd suggest buying it on Kindle if you have one, it's a lot cheaper in e-book format. All in all it's a fun classic Star Wars book that you can't put down and leaves you exited to see what happens in it's sequel.
BaronCoop More than 1 year ago
Like many, this book was my first foray into the Star Wars book universe, and I was thrilled to read this special edition. The notes fromt he author and various others were insightful and truly brought home how special this book was in the first place. Thank you Timothy Zahn for this Anniversary Edition. As a side note, the Nook version of this book works perfectly. The notes are not obtrusive (though you WILL click them as soon as you see them, simply because they are intriguing). I truly hope that Dark Force Rising also gets the Anniversary treatment.
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