Discussion in 'Literature Review Forum' started by dp4m, Feb 6, 2003.
Synopsis:"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."
Its an excellent book and it revived a dying franchise. It also got me into reading again.
I thought that this book was very well written and it introduced two of my favorite characters, Pellaeon and Thrawn.
Zahn writes excellent scifi, and this is not exception. he introduces us to a world of military cunning and strategy never really thought of before in Star Wars. excellent writing and well writen characters such as Thrawnare good in this novel and the next. although it would later casue him problems in writing a good ending.
I give it a 10. This is the book that introduced me to the EU back in 1993 when I was but a wee laddie. It's still one of my all time favorites from the "Bantam era" and basically set the stage for the whole EU.
This book got me started on the EU. I had just read the novelisations and I saw these books saying they followed on from the films. It got me so gripped, I haven't looked back since!
Darth_Ruars: You stole my words
I am with Darth_Ruars. This book was the one that got me started. What an excellent read.
I thought this was a decent re-introduction to the Star Wars universe after a long layoff for myself. Not the best writing but definitely passable, although I never really got the feeling that Zahn ever really understood the inhabitants of the GFFA.
Counting twenty eight votes, average of 9.25.
I gave it a 10. I really enjoyed it. The whole trilogy, actually.
I gave it a 10 also. This book got me seriously reading the EU, and for me it really captured the spirit of Star Wars for me. Grand Admiral Thrawn also goes down in my opinion as the best villain out of all the Star Wars books because he wasn't as sadistic and one-dimensional as Daala, Kueller, et al. but not overly ambiguous in terms of alignment, which I do not believe should occur in Star Wars, since it has always been about good vs. evil, not about people in the middle...
Heir to the Empire will always remain my favourite Star Wars novel for sentimental reasons... it was the first EU novel I read, way back in 1991 when it first came out, and it truly captured the feel of the original trilogy of movies.
It also introduced some wonderful characters into the saga, characters who have had a large impact to the storyline, which is still felt today: Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Pellaeon, Talon Karrde, Garm Bel Iblis, etc...
I also give it a solid 10. It was my first true EU reading experience, and I was hooked. Pellaeon, Thrawn and Talon Karrde are still among my favorite characters. Zahn handled Luke's and Lando's characters expertly as well, IMO.
10 - The start of it all.
I also really like the way that Thrawn died. The Noghri killing him was great.
I give it a 10. Very interesting story line, and I wasn't able to put it down.
No Genghis yet, eh? Like most other peers, Heir to the Empire began my trip into SW books. Liked it so much, in fact, that I wasn't aware I was reading it on the spot until a smiling sales assistant sidled up and commented something like "How's it going there?"
It's one of those books that has equal mixtures of action, mystery, intrigue and ideas---all with strong ties and parallels to the films. Aside from an extra decade added to the Clone Wars date, it's smooth and polished work.
With the introduction to my two favorite general's, Garm Bel Iblis and Pelleaon, as well as Thran, this book has a special place in my heart. While it was not my first piece of Star Wars literature, I recognize what it did- jumpstarting SW's literature into a mainsteam group of people. It truely made the EU was we know it today possible.
Woa, cool!! A lot of polls on Star ars litterature! I never noticed them before! Amazing, I'm gonna vote in all of them now.
Well, I just had to give this excellent book a 10 because also for me, it was the start of the EU. (Thanx to my buddy Woni for giving this book to me as an birthday present ) It's written very well, it has a lot of layers storywise and it introduces a lot of cool, important and also ambiguos characters.
I liked these books a lot when I was in fifth grade; haven't really read them since. Can't rate them, as I have no idea what I'd feel about them now. Back then I just thought it was cool as heck that my favorite movie of all time was now being continued in books. It did seem a little odd to me that the Empire was still around. I couldn't help but ask myself back then, "Didn't they beat the Empire at Endor?"
A 9.5! Great, just a couple of slow parts. I think I read this book in about 4 days.
One word: Thrawn
I just read it for the first time a few weeks ago. This book was great. And it pretty much revived the Star Wars franchise.
Thrawn is definitely a great villain.