Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command) by Timothy Zahn is set in Star Wars universe and takes place around 5 years after Return of the Jedi. After the fall of the Empire, the Rebel Alliance has coalesced into the New Republic. But the galaxy is far from won. The fragile New Republic is strained by keeping the peace. Politicians scheme and vie for advantage. Luke Skywalker doubts his abilities to rebuild the ancient order the Jedi. And Han and Leia must balance their responsibilities as ambassadors while preparing for the birth of their twins.
Yet not all consider the Empire to be dead and gone. A new champion of the Empire has emerged, with a tactical prowess and ruthless efficiency that rocks the very foundations of the New Republic. Have the tables turned? Who will be victorious in this new struggle for the fate of the galaxy?
The Thrawn Trilogy is an absolute must-read for Star Wars fans. Timothy Zahn's books reignited the love of Star Wars literature in the 90's and to this day are regarded as some of the best Star Wars writing of all time. The spirits of the characters are perfectly represented as Luke, Han and company face the challenges of their lives with the help of new allies and old friends. The action and suspense will draw you in and capture your imagination. The books read like you're watching the Star Wars films for the first time (Episodes IV, V and VI, not those other ones). If you love Star Wars, treat yourself to one more journey to that galaxy far, far away.
Looking for more Star Wars? Check out Lost Tribe of the Sith and Timothy Zahn's latest book, Star Wars: Scoundrels.