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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Timothy Zahn comes a brand-new Star Wars adventure, set in the time between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back and featuring the young Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia Organa, and the beloved Mara Jade.

The fate of the Rebellion rests on Luke Skywalker’s next move.
But have the rebels entered a safe harbor or a death trap?

Eight months after the Battle of Yavin, the Rebellion is in desperate need of a new base. So when Governor Ferrouz of Candoras Sector proposes an alliance, offering the Rebels sanctuary in return for protection against the alien warlord Nuso Esva, Luke, Leia, Han, and Chewie are sent to evaluate the deal.

Mara Jade, the Emperor’s Hand, is also heading for Candoras, along with the five renegade stormtroopers known as the Hand of Judgment. Their mission: to punish Ferrouz’s treason and smash the Rebels for good.

But in this treacherous game of betrayals within betrayals, a wild card is waiting to be played.
Don’t miss the new novella by Timothy Zahn, “Crisis of Faith,” featured in the 20th anniversary edition of Star Wars: Heir to the Empire.

Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
July 19
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

xXGoProHeroXx ,

Great.....A Few Errors

A great book really, and one of my favorites, but a terrible ending.😢

ShrikeOne ,

Not on the same level as Thrawn, but still enjoyable.

Despite having less character development than I would have liked and a story that often left me wondering why certain decisions were made, I still found the book highly enjoyable, if anything just to see Mara Jade in action and to see where the plot was going. The appearance of the stormtroopers that make up the Hand of Judgment from Zahn's Allegiance, and despite them too failing victim to lack of strong development, were just AWESOME during the fights in the novel. Their skirmishes were by far my favorite part of the book, but you'll have to read the book to learn more.

All in all, don't go in expecting the next entry to the Thrawn series because you're not going to get it. Instead, think of this book as the additional backstory behind Thrawn allowing us to examine the galaxy through the eyes of one of the deadliest characters in the Empire: the Emperor's Hand, Mara Jade.

Blkarrow3171 ,


As usual, Timothy, has out done himself. He is the best author in the star wars universe. He draws you in quickly and keeps you riveted. I only wish Lucas would use him more often, and maybe he should have written the prequel and we would not have had Jar Jar :)

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