Allegiance (Star Wars Legends)
Mara Jade, the Emperor's Hand, is looking into the illicit financial affairs of a planetary governor, hoping to find evidence that he might be funding the Rebellion. Luke, Han, and Chewbacca are sent on a ...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
While George Lucas was kicking me in the balls with Jar Jar Binks and pissy Anakin, Timothy Zahn was rubbing and tugging me with Grand Admiral Thrawn and the marvelous Mara Jade. I much pre ...more
But this will probably be my last Star Wars book for a time. What's the point in reading them when Disney has already ruined the universe before even making a single movie?
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
The good stuff was a nice spin on 5 stormtroopers that he introduces and gives a little bit of a background of his character Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand that he created. The only thing I didn't like about her was that it seemed like she was more advanced about being a Sith or having Je ...more
Comments: Like with Outbound Flight, I never thought I’d be rooting for characters that are normally viewed as the bad guys in the Star Wars universe. The five stormtroopers, ordinary young men who joined the Empire because they wanted to keep the peace and protect the citizenry, get a rude awakening when they are ordered to kill innocent, and unarmed, civilians. One, Daric LaRone, kills an Imperial officer in self-defense and he is forced to fl ...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
The only weak element in the story, I thought, was th ...more
The story centers mostly in Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand. The Emperors personal errand girl. She's been in a few other Star Wars books, but this book is the first to focus on the height of her career.
The story also involves a squad of stormtroopers who desert the Empire after being ordered to fire on civilian targets. After leaving the Empire service, they continue to fullfill thier oath of protecting the citizens of the Empire.
I really liked the idea o ...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
Everything else was good though. If you're not a Star Wars nut, this book probably isn't for you, but if you're a fan and want to spend so ...more
This book has an overriding theme that is easy to miss. It's easy to miss because the characters are basically on opposite sides of the war.
But underneath the misconception that Mara Jade and the stormtroopers have about the Empire and Rebellion, they have the exact same view on greed, corruption and the little guy getting hurt. And they act on it.
Mara is too young in this to know what she risks. But the others do know.
The rebels Luke,Leia, Chewie and a still reluctant Han, need to keep a low p ...more
Thankfully, instead Zahn resorts to using a different time period - following after A New Hope - and character motivations to drive this story, even if the characters themselves are somewhat lacking.
The story is about several groups of characters and their allegianc ...more
As a side note, I sometimes feel like Timothy Zahn writes in his own Star Wars universe. The book is packed with characters from his other stories, and not ...more
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.
Fleshing out and giving depth to the wold of Star Wars has always been something Zahn was good with the only problem is this story was too short to build up the kind of synergy he usually injects into this franchise. What we are left with just doesn't fit together the smooth entertaining way it should.
Still far ...more
Rather than bash the Star Wars series, I'll list this among the reasons I *like* the Star Wars series, it fits in with expanding a more adult and realistic view of the SW Universe, if you're a fan of the Knights of the Old Republic games, you know just how good SW can get, ...more
I've recently gotten into these Star Wars books, and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying them. This is my first by Zahn, and it was pretty awesome. Great writing with great stories twisted inside which came to a great ending. I loved that Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewie where in this. But I especially enjoyed the five stormtroopers story. Really really great!
These Star Wars affiliated stories really pull out all the stops with music, sound effects, and character voices. Luke and Han's v ...more