Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy) - Timothy Zahn

Heir to the Empire: Star Wars (The Thrawn Trilogy)

By Timothy Zahn

  • Release Date: 1991-05-01
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 507 Ratings


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.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!


  • Required Reading

    By Red Five $.
    Always Been a Huge Star Wars Fan - and as such have finally gotten around to Reading the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn. Looking forward to reading the next two books in the Series. Zahn is a talented Sci-Fi writer & I can see why this Series is a MUST READ for Star Wars fans.
  • Loved it!

    By Webhead72199
    Thrawn was great! Wasn’t the biggest fan of Mara Jade. Hopefully, I’ll begin to like her more in the next book. Loved reading about the clone Jedi. Overall, excellent story!
  • Please keep this in mind…

    By Psalm 127
    O.K., I watch Star Wars Rebels and I think Thrawn is so annoying. I was hesitant to read this but I did, and I found that Thrawn in this was way less annoying! Some of the Han Solo parts are really funny, too.
  • Amazing

    By MaddieHill12345
    This book is amazing! It introduces you to so many great characters like Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn while it also has many old characters too like Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, C3PO, R2-D2 ect. It also has such an interesting plot line! It is very hard to put down. I would definitely recommend it! 🙌👌👍
  • Zhan the Man!!

    By Braer Rabbit
    That this is being ignored as far as movie production, is an utter shame. THIS continued the universe that made us sit in awe. I read everything that came after this in the timeline, save for the xwing series. I only did so because of the pictures Mr. Zahn painted in my head. I'm thankful for all the fun, from Heir to Scoundrels, and all the in between, I had a blast! The characters, old and new, the environments, and all the story and action one would expect or hope for after freeing a galaxy far, far away.
  • "Star Wars" Done Right

    By DocWallaby
    The Thrawn Trilogy is perhaps my all-time favorite set of books, and it's really bittersweet rereading them in 2015. Disney has a treasure-trove of characters and plots here that trump anything they and their authors and screenwriters have come up with to date. The fact that they've largely ignored this masterpiece is depressing. "Heir to the Empire" is an amazing entryway into the Expanded Universe, providing a mix of new and compelling characters (Thrawn, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde) and growth of the Original Trilogy characters we love interacting in an original storyline. While it may feel like a slow burn at times, it perfectly sets the stage for its two sequels. If you love "Star Wars" and want to read it done right, you've come to the right place.
  • Good

    By Tman901
    Grand Admiral Thrawn is the star of the book.
  • Must Read

    By GWCLR8700
    I have only read this book at this point and it was an awesome book which I finished just a bit over a week. If you a Star Wars fan like me or anything else this is a must read, I hope to read the other two books some day
  • Great start to an awesome trilogy!

    By cdnowack42
    One of my favourite books ever. Great if you love Star Wars (which you should).
  • Past canon still reads great

    By JLMess
    This book is responsible for the Star Wars revival in the 1990s, giving it a plethora of high praise from all around. However, reading the novel in 2015 gives a different vibe. I read this book in prep for The Force Awakens, just to see what the expanded universe was like post ROTJ before it was erased. Zahn is a great author and the writing is superb. Grand Admiral Thrawn and Mara Jade are definitely characters that stand out in the novel and I wish could make it back into the new expanded universe. Apart from those two characters, the story follows the original film cast and also deals with the struggling New Republic and the defeated Empire fighting for dominance in the galaxy. I enjoying the majority of the book with the exception of Leia’s storyline and the Jedi Master clone that is introduced only to play a small part in the overall plot of the book. A very interesting and fun read for those curious about the old expanded storylines, but not a recommended story for new readers.