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Mara Jade

From her introduction in Timothy Zahn’s Heir To The Empire in 1991, Mara Jade quickly became one of stand out characters of the Legends universe.

With a career spanning appearances in novels, comics, short stories and even video games, fans followed Mara’s life from being a trained Imperial assassin as one of Palpatine’s “Emperor’s Hands” through her redemption turn to the light side. This journey included heading up the Smuggler’s Alliance in a bid to turn respectable, training in the ways of The Force under Kyle Katarn, and later taking on apprentices such as Jaina Solo. Finally, we witnessed Mara's marriage to Luke Skywalker, her place as one of the Jedi Masters of Luke’s rebuilt Jedi Order, her encounters with the  Yuuzhan Vong, and her adventures with her own son, Ben Skywalker.

Although Mara’s early life has been mostly fleshed out by Zahn, himself, many other authors took advantage of the opportunity to write his character into their own works, notably Kevin J. Anderson, who paired Mara up with Lando Calrissian in an unlikely partnership in his Jedi Academy trilogy, and Michael Stackpole, who wrote “Union”, the comic series depicting the Skywalker wedding.

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Allegiance

Timothy Zahn
0.5 ABY

Sometimes allies are found in the most unexpected places. New heroes of the Rebellion, Luke, Han, and Leia learn this lesson when they team up Daric LaRone and his group of defecting stormtroopers to take on pirates who are threatening supply lines of both the Empire and the Rebellion. However, the unlikely allies are not the only ones on the trail of the pirates. Mara Jade, Hand of the Emperor, is also on the way and may have a very different opinion about how things should turn out once the pirates are caught...

Once again, Zahn delivers a rollicking adventure that not only brings back the original cast of heroes and other fan-favorites like Mara Jade, but also makes readers question if they know what truly lies underneath a stormtrooper's helmet.

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Choices of One

Timothy Zahn
0.5 ABY

After being forced to evacuate its base on Yavin, the Rebellion is in turmoil. Its pledge to overthrow the Empire's iron-fisted rule is dependent upon finding a new headquarters for their operations. So, when an unlikely source approaches Rebel leadership offering the perfect location in exchange for Rebel protection from an invading alien war force, it seems the Force may be working in the Rebels' favor.


Unbeknownst to Luke, Han, Leia, and the rest of the fledgling Rebellion, Mara Jade, the Hand of the Emperor, and five stormtroopers called the Hand of Judgement, are on their way to that exact prospective base location, looking to destroy the Rebellion once and for all.

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Legends

Mara Jade: By The Emperor's Hand

Timothy Zahn, Michael Stackpole
0-4 ABY

Mara Jade is cunning, ruthless, sneaky, and powerful–all essential traits for Emperor Palpatine’s secret spy and assassin! Beginning with Mara’s mission to eliminate Luke Skywalker by infiltrating Jabba’s Palace at the beginning of Return of the Jedi, By the Emperor’s Hand tells what comes next—she must take down the leader of the notorious Black Sun organization.

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Legends

Heir to the Empire

Timothy Zahn
9 ABY

After destroying the second Death Star and freeing the galaxy from the Emperor’s clutches, Luke, Han, and Leia find themselves trying to lead the fledgling New Republic into a new age. However, in the far reaches of space, a new threat rises from the ashes of the Empire in the form of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Despite only having the remains of the Imperial military at his disposal, Thrawn’s intellectual prowess promises to push our heroes to their absolute limits.

Timothy Zahn changed Star Wars forever when he released Heir to the Empire in 1991, and it continues to have a profound impact on the fandom to this day. It proved that Star Wars could not only live beyond the story of the original films, but that it could thrive. All Expanded Universe books were born out of the spirit of this novel, making it essential reading for all fans.

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Dark Force Rising

Timothy Zahn
9 ABY

The New Republic is already on the brink of collapse with Grand Admiral Thrawn’s plight to re-conquer the galaxy, but its problems are far from over. A traitor has found its way into the highest level of its leadership at the same time as Luke Skywalker has been lured away by the promises of the long-forgotten, unstable Jedi Jorus C’baoth. Just as things seem as dark as they can get, Han and Lando learn that Thrawn is on the brink of making a discovery that could bring an end to the New Republic altogether.

The second installment of the Thrawn trilogy manages to raise the stakes even higher than the first. Timothy Zahn—like Grand Admiral Thrawn himself—is in top form in this novel.

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Adult Novel
Legends

The Last Command

Timothy Zahn
9 ABY

Grand Admiral Thrawn and his Imperial remnants make their final push to regain control of the galaxy with a strike at the very heart of the New Republic. As Leia struggles to hold government—and her family—together, Han and Chewbacca go on a mission to rally their fellow smugglers to the cause. As Luke returns to lend his help, it quickly becomes apparent that his most daunting challenge still lies ahead: confronting the darkness in himself.

Zahn rounds out this triumphant trilogy with a final chapter that worthy of its predecessors. Readers who have followed Thrawn’s story to this point will be riveted until the final pages that give a fitting end to one of the most formidable villains Star Wars fans have ever known.

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Legends

Jedi Search

Kevin J. Anderson
11 ABY

Jedi Search is the first novel in the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and it details the beginnings of a new Jedi academy that Luke is determined to build. The book tells stories of Luke’s search for Force-sensitive beings in the galaxy, Leia’s governmental duties and raising her children, and Han Solo and Chewbacca attempting to stop a dangerous weapon.

The book takes place in the years after the original trilogy, under the New Republic. It is an important story in the expanded universe, as it details the beginnings of Luke’s creation of a Jedi Academy and his first step into training the next generation of Jedi, while continuing to detail the clashes between the New Republic and the scattered factions of the Empire.

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Legends

Dark Apprentice

Kevin J. Anderson
11 ABY

Dark Apprentice is the second novel in the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and continues both the story of the weapon that Han Solo and Chewbacca were involved in and the story of Luke’s new Jedi academy. Luke faces his first real test in his academy, as one of his students, who is already exceptional in his abilities, begins to learn about and probe into the Dark Side.

Luke faces a threat that he alone cannot overcome as the student begins to wreak havoc in his academy and in the galaxy. This is an exciting story and a great look into the difficulties of Luke’s developing of the next generation of Jedi.

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Children of the Jedi

Barbara Hambly
12 ABY

Children of the Jedi takes place soon after the Jedi Academy Trilogy, and describes the continued search for long-lost Force users in the galaxy. While Leia, Han, and Chewbacca are searching for a group of Force children, however, Luke learns of an imminent threat on a distant planet and must delve into the Force to be able to stop it.

Children of the Jedi continues to build the story of the New Republic. It is a great read for fans of Luke or those looking to learn more about everything that took place after the original trilogy.

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Specter of the Past

Timothy Zahn
19 ABY

Horror comes in many forms. For Leia and Han, it takes the form of a conspiracy that threatens to topple the galaxy’s new government before it ever has a chance to truly start. For Luke and Lando, it takes the form of a cluster of attacks from clone-crewed pirate ships. For the New Republic as a whole, it takes the form of an evil believed to be long dead: Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Against readers’ expectations, Timothy Zahn picks up the story of Grand Admiral Thrawn right where he left it to spin a brand new tale of intrigue. With plenty of twists and turns, you won’t have this story figured out until its final chapters.

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Vision of the Future

Timothy Zahn
19 ABY

The New Republic, born of fire and chaos, remains fragile. Its renowned spies, the Bothans, find themselves accused of several horrendous attacks around the galaxy. If rumors can be trusted, their next attack will strike right at the heart of the New Republic. Luke, Mara Jade, Han, and Leia must not only uncover the truth of the accusations, but also their source. Unfortunately, all signs seem to point towards one man whose very name makes their blood run cold: Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Vision of the Future is the second half of the Hand of Thrawn duology, taking place directly after Specter of the Past. In this book, Zahn manages to expertly weave together several subplots on a journey that ultimately answers the question on every reader’s mind: just what happened to Grand Admiral Thrawn?

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Graphic Novel
Legends

Union

Michael Stackpole
19 ABY

It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for! From their first encounter in the jungles of Myrkyr, the chemistry between Luke and Mara Jade has been electric. They’ve overcome Thrawn, Joru’us C’baoth, vornskrs, clones, and even ghosts of the past, and now it’s time for the biggest wedding in Star Wars comics. But there’s one last obstacle standing in the way…

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Legends

Vector Prime

R.A. Salvatore
25 ABY

This novel serves as the springboard for the rest of the New Jedi Order series by introducing the Yuuzhan Vong, an invading alien race bent on conquering the galaxy. Luke, Mara Jade, Han, Leia, Chewie, and the Solo children must familiarize themselves with their new adversaries and their strange technology. However, everything comes to a cataclysmic conclusion when the Yuuzhan Vong threaten to demonstrate their very own planet-destroying capabilities.

This novel is required reading for those looking to learn about the most important stories in the EU. It is the start of a long series, and for fans of the EU, Luke, or the Solo family, Vector Prime and the rest of the NJO series are highly recommended.

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Graphic Novel
Legends

The Thrawn Trilogy (Hardcover)

Mike Baron
9 ABY

If you’ve read and reread the Thrawn trilogy five hundred times, listened to Marc Thompson’s masterful performance on audio format, experience the seminal masterpiece of the Legends timeline in comic form! With the ysalamari, Noghri, Borsk Fey'lya, Mara Jade, Talon Karrde, from Wayland to Myrkr, it’s thrilling to see Zahn’s unique worlds and characters and brought to life in a format that makes a classic story feel all new.

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Survivor's Quest

Timothy Zahn
22 ABY

Luke and Mara Jade believed Thrawn's evils were in their past...until the wreckage of The Outbound Flight was discovered.

Desperate to uncover the secrets stowed aboard the destroyed ship, Luke and Mara Jade set out with a team including an Imperial officer and a team of stormtroopers on a recovery mission. However, it soon becomes clear that the answers to their many questions will shake Luke and Mara Jade's faith in their relationship, the Jedi Order, and everything they thought they knew about the fall of Thrawn.

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