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Star Wars Allegiance (Star Wars Legends)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  6,267 Ratings  ·  267 Reviews
Never before has the incendiary mix of action, politics, and intrigue that has become Timothy Zahn’s trademark, been more evident that in this new Star Wars epic. On the heels of the stunning events chronicled in Star Wars: A New Hope, the newly minted heroes of the Rebellion–fledgling Jedi Luke Skywalker, smuggler turned reluctant freedom-fighter Han Solo, and Princess Le ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 419 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Del Rey (first published January 30th 2007)
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5 stars

Good to see more of what happened in the Star Wars Legends universe. Like the introduction of Mara Jade, Emperor's Hand. Also glad to see Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewie again.

Can't wait to read more Star Wars Legends books!!!!
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 11, 2010 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Timothy Zahn is my absolute favorite author so when I saw this book about Mara Jade in the Empire era I jumped.

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
Rock Peterson
Mar 22, 2009 Rock Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As big a fan as I am of Star Wars, one thing I always had a problem with was the intentional dehumanization of the Imperial Troops. Most of course were nigh-faceless Stormtroopers, and many of the rank and file units were glossed over, leaving only the higher ranked officers who were portrayed as sniveling, overconfident, incompetent, and generally detached from any sense of "service" or "duty" (with the notable exceptions of Daine Jir, General Veers, and Captain/Admiral Piett). The Galactic Emp ...more
Like most everyone, I am hoping that J.J. Abrams Episode VII will return some of the joy and wonder to the Star Wars Galaxy, but I am afraid the hope is more -less than -ful. I think, though, that my hopelessness is connected to my sadness over the loss of Timothy Zahn's fantastic work in the Star Wars milieu.

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
The parts with Mara Jade and the portrayal of Imperial stormtroopers were good. The rest was unnecessary. Couldn't Zahn just have written a book with Mara as the sole main character during her time as Emperor's Hand?

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?
Mar 31, 2012 Jean-Luc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As stated in a previous review, I had no idea Timothy Zahn had continued writing Star Wars books, and I'm trying to go through them in "chronological" order.

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
Darryl Bennett
fills in a lot of the blanks from the movies and other books.
Every time I think that Timothy Zahn is done with the Star Wars Universe, he surprises me by coming back. Zahn was conspicuously absent from the New Jedi Order series (an 18 book epic that pitted the cast of the original trilogy against a race of bio-tech wielding aliens), and his Hand of Thrawn duology seemed to wrap up most major lingering questions raised by Zahn’s original Heir to the Empire trilogy that re-launched the Star Wars novels. With the rise of the New Jedi Order, and the sudden ex ...more
Dec 25, 2016 Alex rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What do you do when your prestigious job forces you to act against your personal code of ethics? Do you continue fighting for the cause, or do you desert your post? In Timothy Zahn's Allegiance, a group of Imperial stormtroopers are confronted with this very choice.

There is a lot going on in this book. From a cast of five stormtroopers, as well as countless superiors and government figures, it's sometimes hard to keep track of who is who. It's no wonder that the beginning of the book features a

1. I don't like stormtroopers.

2. I don't like books that go back in to fill in the spots between movies or other books.

Obviously best to leave some things on the library shelf.

While this was an entertaining caper with lots of interlacing threads, it leaned too heavily on two things - the reader being invested in the characters already and being to accept stormtroopers as "heroes".

The problem with the first bit is that this book is set shortly after A New Hope, so yeah, Leia, Luke, Han, Chewb
May 04, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Christina (AKA Babbling)
Mar 16, 2008 Christina (AKA Babbling) rated it it was amazing
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Quoted from my review @

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
Jun 21, 2012 Kaylin rated it it was amazing
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This book was a great Star Wars fix. The story kept me interested all the way through, and there was enough of a cliff-hanger ending that I can't wait to read Choices of One.

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,

Sep 08, 2008 Joseph rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It was a nice book and better then Quest and Outbound Flight that he wrote. Still not better then the other 5 he wrote...which isn't bad. His books are still way better then 95% of the other Star War books out there.

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
Jul 13, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pretty unique Star Wars story. I liked the idea of a small core of stormtroopers "deserting" because they see the Empire as corrupt. Puts a human face on the Imperial troops instead of them all being numbered clones like in the movies. Timothy Zahn's stories are almost always better than the other authors in the SW novel universe...he brings better depth, better characters and an attention to detail that is not as prevalent in other novels.

The only weak element in the story, I thought, was th
Mar 27, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-star-wars
Timothy Zahn + Star Wars = an excellent read in my book. It was great to see Mara in action as the Emperors Hand and the book really delved into areas that most during the Rebellion novels seem to miss. This book was about people rather than a mission, with the characters' individual missions almost seeming second rather than the main focus of the novel. Zahn successfully showed several things; the unease of some Imperials following the destruction of Alderaan, Leia coming to terms with that and ...more
Two Nerds Talking
Jul 30, 2011 Two Nerds Talking rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite Star Wars books to date.

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
Albert Riehle
Mindless fun for Star Wars fans like me. Nothing special, but good enough reading. The plot was okay--nothing too great. My only real problem was Darth Vader's dialogue in the few scenes in which he was a part. I automatically tried to read them in my best Darth Vader voice-in-my-head and it was difficult because his dialogue was a bit convoluted and verbose.

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
Mar 05, 2009 kesseljunkie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, there is never much I expect from a Star Wars book nowadays than a quick read. However, this one is set in the post-A New Hope, pre-Empire Strikes Back time period, and is pretty well written and paced. It was a fun read, but not exactly the type of work that will draw in more fans to the expanded writings of the Star Wars universe.

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
Apr 05, 2009 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
Uncommonly good for fan fiction. Good in its own right.

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.
Aazil Phailbus
Nov 14, 2016 Aazil Phailbus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like it that much. I thought it was boring.
Apr 12, 2010 A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I enjoyed the various threads spun in this book. A bit predictable, but it is Star Wars. The story provided some background for future events and some of the main SW characters, such as Mara and her bad self, and it also gave the stormies a warm fuzzy lovable side.
Feb 18, 2017 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Set in the Star Wars Universe a little after ANH, Allegiance gives us some insight on many perspectives of characters questioning or reaffirming their given allegiances within different institutions.

We're given views from Stormtroopers who behave quite competently who after a series of mishaps and questionable actions are on the run from the very institution whom they have sworn to serve.

Mara Jade, a major character from previous Zahn books is ever present as she takes on the role of an intern
Gina Guesby
Jan 27, 2017 Gina Guesby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
congrats to mark Thompson for delivering another wonderful story! the characters kept me engaged, the inflections and tones he used were remarkable and the feeling that I was right there with hem through the action - just brilliant! and congrats of course to Timothy Zahn - well done on the story and characters especially Quiller - he is now my favorite!
Mar 14, 2017 Shana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Timothy Zahn's star wars novels (well, really, all his novels!) but I especially liked the alternate side of the empire shown here and the perspective from the stormtroopers to be interesting-especially with the new star wars movies examining this perspective as well. Plus the Han and Leah banter is always so much fun!
Toph White
Fun story that is barely still cannon but for Mara Jade. Was fun to finish in the run up to Rogue One.
Nov 02, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good. Seemed to end somewhat abruptly. I was expecting a lot more to happen still.
Lucas Ellison
Mar 05, 2017 Lucas Ellison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was amazed!

The story in this is great. My only problem with it is that it goes against the Star Wars trilogy in a way that feels kind of sacrilegious. The characters in the book all operate in the gray area of right and wrong. While this is one of the things that makes the story amazing it also makes it less Star Wars. In Star Wars everything is straight black or white with no gray. Even Vader who still had good in him was completely Binary in his good/evil behavior. One could argue that Han S
周婉蓮 차우 크리스티나 Cass
Timothy Zahn's Star Wars: Allegiance tells the story of a young Mara Jade and the desertion of five stormtroopers. Mara Jade is serving Emperor Palpatine as the Emperor's Hand, comparable to James Bond's role as a secret service agent. Mara Jade is still young though - only eighteen. She is idealistic and somewhat naive (especially in regards to the Emperor).

Daric LaRone is one of the five stormtroopers who desert. He has started to question whether the Empire actually cares about its citizens.
Feb 01, 2014 MC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Timothy Zahn is probably the most popular of all of the authors in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and for good reason. His intricate plots, spot-on characterization, and actual research into how things ought to work, make the books simultaneously the most like the movies of any material in the EU, while also being closest to the idea of “hard” science fiction of nearly anything in the EU. He also portrays the Imperials as having good people on their side, and not just cliched, mustache-twirlin ...more
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Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973. He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and achieved an M.S. degree in physics in 1975. While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics, his adviser became ill and died. Zahn never completed the doctorate. In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby, and he bec ...more
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“But Imperial stormtroopers were something else entirely. He and the others had survived a couple of brief encounters with them aboard the Death Star, but even at the time he’d had the feeling the Imperials had been taken by surprise and weren’t operating at full efficiency. Now, of course, he knew that Tarkin and Vader had deliberately allowed the Falcon and its crew to escape so they could track it to Yavin 4.” 0 likes
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