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When the battle lines are drawn, and the enemy engaged, pledging your loyalty may mean laying down your life.…

 Our intrepid band of heroes take on the Galactic Empire once again in Allegiance by Timothy Zahn, the events of which take place a few months after A New Hope. Zahn brings his trademark writing style and intrepid ability to portray film characters to the table when he writes what is, in my opinion, one of the best Star Wars Expanded Universe novels ever released.

Zahn creates many separate plots and ties them into an ending of epic proportions. Five stormtroopers, furious after being ordered by they’re commanding officer to gun down civilians, desert the Empire with a ship full of gadgets and start causing trouble for the local pirates-a group dubbed the “Bloodscars”- in a rather large way. Leia is off enlisting planets for the Rebellion and Han, Luke and Chewie are investigating a Pirate group that has been attacking Rebel hyperspace routes.

Some of the best parts of this book, though, are those with Mara Jade. This is the first time we get to see Mara during her time as one of the Emperor’s Hands. For Luke Skywalker’s future wife, an investigation into a governor’s embezzlement of Imperial money turns into a war between corrupt Imperials, space pirates and the Rebel Alliance.

Overall, this was a great, great read. It’s fun, fast-paced and action packed. This book would be great for seasoned fans of the EU as well as people wanting to get into the expanded universe.

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