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[The New Republic]
Events that occur between 5 and 25 years after the Battle of Yavin.

Paperback Novel
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Abridged Audio Book
Read by Denis Lawson
Published as audio cassette (1991) and digital download (2007).

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20th Anniversary Edition

[Heir to the Empire - 20th Anniversary edition]

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Unabridged Audio Book
20th Anniversary Edition)

Read by Marc Thompson
Published as audio CD (2011)
and digital download (2011).

[Heir to the Empire (20th Anniversary) - Audiobook]

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[Heir to the Empire]

Graphic Novel
Published as Heir to the Empire.
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[things from another world]

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[The Thrawn Trilogy]

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[The New Republic: Volume 4]

The New Republic: Volume 4

Comic Book series
Adapted by Mike Baron et al.
Published October 1995 thru January 1996, March & April 1996 as Heir to the Empire #1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 by Dark Horse Comics:

[Heir to the Empire - issue 1][Heir to the Empire - issue 2]

Issue #1Issue #2

[Heir to the Empire - issue 3][Heir to the Empire - issue 4]

Issue #3Issue #4

[Heir to the Empire - issue 5][Heir to the Empire - issue 6]

Issue #5Issue #6

e-Comic Book
Published 2011 by Dark Horse Digital.

Heir to the Empire
Timothy Zahn (Novel)
Mike Baron et al. (Comic Book adaptation)
Bantam Spectra
Published as:
Hardback Novel (1991, 2011 [20th Anniversary edition])
Paperback Novel (1992, 2014, 2016)
Comic Book Series (1995-1996)
Graphic Novel (1996, 2009, 2018)
Limited Edition Hardback Graphic Novel (1997)
Audio Book (1991, 2007, 2011 [20th Anniversary edition])
e-Book (2011)
e-Comic Book (2011)

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1 review [Average review score: 5 / 5]

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.

This story occurs approximately 9 years after the Battle of Yavin.

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Review by David White, USA, 2009:

"I'd rate the relevance to the E.U. a 5.
"If you've never read a single book of the
E.U., this is the place I'd start. Zahn does a phenomenal job of creating a "Star Wars" feel, creates many memorable characters that dominate the E.U., and created the single best bad guy since Darth Vader: Grand Admiral Thrawn.
"The plots of the books can sometimes take a long time to develop, and Zahn sometimes plays his cards a little too close to the vest, so that when the important plot points are sprung, they might be bigger-than-normal leaps of faith, but the long set ups are worth the great action at the resolution.
"It's a little too hard to separate the reviews of three separate books of the trilogy, but Zahn does a good job of bringing the entire trilogy to a satisfying conclusion. With Heir to the Force, much of the focus is spent on developing characters and locations. The payoffs are doled out in pieces across the other books of the trilogy.
"About my Reviews:
"I've read/own all the adult books except the recent hardcovers and several of the kids books. My reading philosophy is that the books should be read in the order they were published, as skipping around will only cause you to miss nuances and get frustrated at references to previous books. I tend to favour reading about Han over Luke, and like plenty of space battles and swordfights. I also appreciate philosophical discussions of the Force and government, a "Star Wars" feel to books that capture the magic of the original trilogy, and the ability to make new characters/places come alive as well as tying in other characters. I'm in the process of rating all the books, and have tried to generate a genuine bell chart. I have 8 1s, 12 2s, 33 3s, 28 4s, and 16 5s. I'd rate ERAs as: Classic - 2, Bantam - 4, New Jedi Order - 5, Clone Wars - 3, Legacy - 3, and Junior Jedi Knights a 3 despite it being a kids' series."

Rating: 5 / 5
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