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Book Summary: Timothy Zahn’s Sagas

Timothy Zahn is one of the most popular Expanded Universe authors.  His first trilogy – The Thrawn Trilogy – was (one of) the first stories that really pushed beyond the stories depicted in the Original film trilogies.  In Heir to the Empire (1992), we find our friends –  Leia, Han, Chewie, and Luke – about 10 years after the Battle of Yavin (6/7 after Endor).  We learn of other evil Jedi and fight the remnants of the Empire.  They really showed that although the Emperor and Vader were gone, there was still a lot of Star Wars to be had.

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Examples of EU/Legends elements that made it into Canon

When Disney took over Lucasfilm and embarked on developing a new set of Star Wars properties, one of the first things they did was to decide that all of the Expanded Universe contents were no longer “Canon”.  Meaning, they weren’t part of the ‘real’ Star Wars universe – only “Legends” that use similar characters.

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Book Review: Darth Plagueis

Darth Plagueis by author James Luceno, describes the rise of Darth Plagueis, the Master to Darth Sidious/Palpatine.  his discovery and “mentorship”.  It’s provides a great narrative that describes the source of Plagueis’ power and how he wields it to manipulate the galaxy to his own ends.

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