Thursday, February 23, 2012

Book Review: Star Wars Heir to the Empire Audiobook Review Part 2: The Characters

If you haven't seen part 1 of this review please click on the link below to go to it and please comment.
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This part of the review will be about the characters in the book. Mostly the new characters in created for the book including Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Joruus C'baoth, Talon Karrde, and Captain Gilad Pellaeon.

Mara Jade
Mara Jade is arguably the most well know Star Wars EU (Expanded Universe) character. Although most Star Wars fans already know what will happen to her the next books, I will spoil anything if you have not. Mara is fascinating character and her past is shrouded in mystery. She has a deep hate for Luke Skywalker for ruining her life. While most of her past is revealed in the latter half of the book there is still mystery to the character. I am very interested to how her character will progress in the book.

Grand Admiral Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn is another famous Star Wars EU, who is also known by most Star Wars fans even if they have not read the book. Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of my new favorite Star Wars characters. He would easily make a Top 20 Star Wars Characters List. He stood out as the most interesting and complex character in the book. Thrawn is not an "Evil" type of villain, he is a professional soldier and never intentionally harms civilians and he is not arrogant like most Commanders in his position. Thrawn is not the kind of "Bad guy" that is pure evil like The Emperor. But he is not the tragic villain like Vader; he is just doing his job to persevere The Empire. The Grand Admiral is a very unique character and probably become even better as the series of books goes on. I really hope he makes an appearance in The Clone Wars at some point.

Captain Gilad Pellaeon

 Captain Gilad Pellaeon is second in command to Grand Admiral Thrawn on the Imperial Flag Ship Chimaera. Pellaeon is a battle harden soldier and while he does not play a major part in the book he is an interesting character. I hope he grows even more as a character in the next.

Talon Karrde
Talon Karrde basically took over Jabba the Hutt's operation but is much more discrete. He runs the largest smuggling operation at the time of the "Heir to the Empire" and is Mara Jade's boss. It is hard to say more about the character without spoiling the plot of the book.

Joruus C'baoth
Joruus C'baoth is a Warning Minor Spoiler but right after you meet the character in the book this is revealed so it isn't much of a spoiler: He is a clone of a Clone Wars era Jedi Jorus C'baoth, (notice the second "U" is his first name, it is the only difference in their name), And due to the failed Cloning process he has been driven insane and turned to the dark side. He is another great introduced in is probably my third favorite new character from "Heir to the Empire (Favorite being Thrawn 1st and Mara 2nd). It is interesting that Yoda said that Luke was the last of the Jedi but C'baoth was still alive. Maybe it because he is a Dark Jedi and not a true Jedi or that he is a Clone and Yoda believed that the real C'baoth to have died during The Clone Wars.
There are also a few more very minor characters introducted in the book but they are not important enough to note in this review.

Also most of the characters from the Original Star Wars Trilgoy are the main characters in the book but if you have watched the movies you who they are but is the list.

Han Solo
Luke Skywalker
Leia Solo
Lando Calrissian

All of the characters were very true to the original depiction of them in the movies.

That is it for my review of Heir to the Empire. If you want us to review more books please comment and let us know.


  1. Good to hear another opinion of Mara Jade: she's so extremely popular, it's surprising.

    I tagged you at my blog. :)


  2. Thrawn sorta reminds me of Cad Bane... the blue face and red eyes.

    Hahahaha, 'Leia Solo!!' I love the new last name. XDDD

  3. @Jamie: She a good character so far. I think after I finish the books in the Thrawn Trilogy I will like her almost as much as Bastlia Shan.

    @Kayla: I guess they do look kind of simialr. Although Bane is a Duro and Thrawn is a Chiss. Yep, the her new last name is good. :)



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