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Allegiance (Star Wars Legends)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,836 Ratings  ·  242 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
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published January 30th 2007 by Del Rey
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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
Shelves: star-wars
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
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
Oct 30, 2014 Brad rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2016 Markus rated it liked it
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
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.
Jun 08, 2010 Mike rated it it was ok
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Jun 09, 2010 Joseph rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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
Christina (AKA Babbling)
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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 17, 2008 Jake rated it really liked it
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
Jul 05, 2012 Kaylin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
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,

Jul 21, 2010 Brian rated it really liked it
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
May 14, 2012 Heather rated it it was amazing
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
May 06, 2012 Two Nerds Talking rated it really liked it
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
Mar 05, 2009 Jwm rated it really liked it
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
Albert Riehle
May 25, 2014 Albert Riehle rated it it was ok
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
Daniel Millard
Feb 16, 2016 Daniel Millard rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
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Terri Paxton
Jun 06, 2015 Terri Paxton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars

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
Oct 30, 2015 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The best part of this book was the audio production. The sound effects, music, and voices were top-notch. Unfortunately, the story was muddled, confusing, and pointless. I realize that, sitting as it does between the first two original movies, it can't do much to move the main plot forward, but that didn't mean that this side plot couldn't have made more sense. It was good to see Han, Luke, and Leia, not to mention Chewie, but they didn't do all that much. In the meantime, the deserters were my ...more
Kendall Williams
Oct 26, 2015 Kendall Williams rated it really liked it
I truly enjoyed this book!!! As many are, I was brought up watching the Star Wars series. It would always be a big deal when a movie was released. Raised on the west side of Chicago my Mom would gather myself, cousins and friends in the hood to jump on a bus and head to theater to enjoy this beloved creation of Mr. Lucas. And now as an adult, I'm glad to dig deeper into the universe through a different take, as expressed by Mr. Zahn. I always looked at the Empire, and it's Storm Troopers, as som ...more
Brock Beauchamp
Dec 08, 2014 Brock Beauchamp rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Timothy Zahn's best Star Wars books have revolved around his ultimate post-RotJ villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn. This book doesn't have Grand Admiral Thrawn in it or anyone of his calibre to hold up the book and keep readers interested.

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
Timothy Stone
Feb 01, 2014 Timothy Stone 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
Mar 19, 2014 Ithlilian rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Two and a half stars on this one. I think Allegiance would make a better movie than book, because it's really straightforward. I don't need books to be extremely complicated, but this amounts to the simplicity of find the death star, blow it up, get a medal. Except, with that movie, at least we have some enjoyable banter, funny moments, and interesting characters. The Stormtroopers are supposed to be at the forefront, and we are supposed to think hey wow not all imperials are bad, we are suppose ...more
Brad Wheeler
A pretty good book, especially by the standard of modern Star Wars novels. The plot is kind of weird and convoluted, but the characters were all distinct and the action moved forward at a brisk pace, unlike Zahn's disappointing Star Wars: Scoundrels. I picked Allegiance up for some easy road-trip listening and it served well for that purpose.

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
Apr 15, 2009 Ron rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 31, 2010 A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: xstar-wars, xsw-novel
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.
Dan Gilman
Jan 13, 2014 Dan Gilman rated it liked it
Admittedly I'm a hard sell on Star Wars, I'm a loyal trekkie through and through. That being said, I did enjoy this book. I was recommended it because of his highly acclaimed Thrawn series (which I still to date have not read).

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,
Mar 27, 2015 Andy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first Star Wars read in about 5 years, I am really glad I picked up Zahn to continue this journey. To me, Zahn is the master of the post-classic trilogy canon novel. His grasp of the SW universe and the way he really charges up the characters makes, to me, for the more enjoyable SW novels. This one takes place between Episodes IV and V, and makes the interaction between a lot of the classic characters very intriguing and enjoyable. A clever plot twist allows for Imperial stormtroopers to actu ...more
Andrew Hildreth
Jul 02, 2015 Andrew Hildreth rated it it was amazing
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
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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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“The fear of the violent and the lawless is no less a tyranny than the edicts that come from the Emperor’s throne.” 0 likes
“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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