Star Wars: Allegiance (Star Wars)
Zahn had broken the code on creating fresh, exciting characters and tales within the the SW framework. Mara Jade like Grand Admiral Thrawn are more fun, if nothing else, than the cardboard cutouts Vader and Solo ended up. (Being mortal helps.)
Rumor has it a sequel it on its way.
Mara Jade, a fan favourite, is the Emperor's Hand. For those of you not in the know, think of someone who's a "fixer" or gun-for-hire: the Emperor's own privateer. She is assigned t...more
Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is a fan favorite, so it's no surprise he finally got around to writing more of her.
Even better, we get some great new characters: 5 stormtroopers who desert their post after accidently murdering an overbearing intelligence agent. They steal a shuttle loaded with weapons and cash and decide to use both to uphol...more
There are three plots that intertwine towards the end. LaRone, a stormtrooper, accidentally kills an ISB agent. He and four other stormtroopers desert and run to the nearest planet where they begin an investigation into pirate activities.
Mara Jade was sent to investigate a Moff's possible embezzlement. This leads to a pirate consortium.
Han, Luke, and Leia are originally sent to inv...more
Addition to our main characters which are Luke, Han, Leia and Chewbacca, we also get to read from the point of views of Mara Jade (the Emperor’s Hand) and the Hand of Judgment (a group of deserted storm troopers). I really liked Mara from Legacy of the Force trilogy so it was interesting to see her serving the Emperor. I wish that there were more of Luke, Han, Leia and Chewy though. The...more
The only weak element in the story, I thought, was th...more
Allegiance is set in an interesting time period; right between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. While Luke, Leia, Han and Chewbacca are all in it, the main focus is more around Mara Jade (Codename The Emperor's Hand) and a group of stormtroopers that call themselves The Hand of Judgment. Through a series a circumstances,...more
I was thinking I would get a good dose of Han, Luke and Leia . . . but alas, no.
You see, the slipcover had me thinking I would get a lot more of Luke, Han and Leia the way it was written, but that was not to be. And what I did get was not what I was expecting. Lots of Ben force whispering to Luke (guess he has nothing better to do?) Han acting a bit off in my opinion and Le...more
The book takes place between the New Hope and Empire and really dosn't much deal with the main characters...they are in it but not as much as you would expect...especially Vader. I would have liked to see more of him.
I will note that there were, perhaps, too many characters in the book. Some of them were not as fleshed out as they could have been. Even so, the book flowed together well and even managed a few twists that couldn't be nailed down until the very end.
I also enjoyed the expert use of irony as Zahn foreshadowed even...more
For those of you who are fans, the added bonus of this book's plot is that it's Mara Jade's first official mission as the Emperor's Hand. There are a c...more
For a person who has never read a SW's book before, I think you could easily jump into it and not be lost, which is the problem if say you started to read the New Jedi order series without previous knowledge.
The best thing is it has Mara Jade who is the Emperor's hand. She...more