Heir to the Empire

Heir to the Empire (1992) by Timothy Zahn is a book I’ve read a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. It made it on to the list of redditors favourite science fiction books so I thought I’d give it another go.

The book also marked a big uptick interest in the Star Wars Universe and led to the now enormous expanded universe of Star Wars with its thousand of characters and the prequel movies.

The book isn’t bad, the story isn’t as good as the original trilogies remarkable heroic tale. But unlike the prequels it isn’t cringe inducingly bad either. The book is set after Return of the Jedi with the Rebels setting up a new republic and the Empire still hanging on. The Empire is now led by a grand admiral, a special admiral created by the Emperor. The Rebels thought they had killed all the grand admirals.

Leia is having twins with Han Solo and is becoming a Jedi herself. Lando has started a new mining operation. R2 and C3PO are still with Leia and Luke. The old gang continues their adventures.

The story is decent space opera. It works in part because of the emotional connection that so many people have with Star Wars, it probably wouldn’t be of much interest to anyone who wasn’t into the originals.

Also this week I reread The Drunkards Walk. I’d actually forgotten I’d read and searched this blog the wrong way before starting it. The anecdotes seemed familiar but the book was still quite interesting.


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