Heir to the Empire (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1) by Timothy Zahn

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Rating: 4/5

Despite the fact that I have been a Star Wars fan since I was a young kid, I never got around to reading any of the books. I can’t really pin point why I didn’t. I believe part of it was not knowing where to start and part of me wasn’t sure if I was ready to cross the line from nerd to super nerd. Whatever it was, I’m over it now.

When I decided to finally sink my teeth into the Star Wars books, I consulted the internet looking for people who knew what they were talking about. Everywhere I looked they recommended the Thrawn Trilogy. It also helped that a friend of mine had told me to read it as well. So, I checked it out from my local library, not really expecting much from it. I was pleasantly surprised.

I was immediately sucked back into the world of Star Wars with all the same characters that I have always loved. Zahn does an amazing job with the dialogue and obviously made sure only have the characters say things that we can actually see them saying. He did a fantastic job with Han Solo.

Zahn also introduced a new character, named Grand Admiral Thrawn, who is amazing. Technically, he is the bad guy who it working for the Empire but his character is fascinating. I believe that he makes a great addition to the universe in that he is enough of a military genius to keep the alliance on their toes, and sometimes wins, but he’s not perfect which makes him a better character.

I also had the pleasure of reading the 20th anniversary edition of this book, which had notes by the author in the margins. It was a lot of fun to read about what his thought process was when writing certain parts and his time working with George Lucas and the gang to make everything as accurate as possible. He even pointed out some references to the films that he makes that I wouldn’t have caught.

Reading this book was a great way to start on the Star Wars books and I have the second one waiting on my shelf ready to read when I’m ready for it. I would recommend this series to any Star Wars fans that want to get into reading some of the books or who are just interested in reading what happens to their favorite characters after the movies ended. You will not regret it.

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