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"A thrilling new adventure set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, and—for the first time ever—written entirely from Luke Skywalker's first-person point of view."
Del Rey[src]

Heir to the Jedi is a novel written by Kevin Hearne. It was intended to be the final installment in the Star Wars: Empire and Rebellion series, but was instead made into stand-alone book, with the story taking place between Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope and Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back. It was released on March 3, 2015.

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Back coverEdit

He defeated the Empire's ultimate weapon and gave the Rebel Alliance new hope. But Luke Skywalker's battles—and the galaxy's fight for freedom—have only just begun.

Internal flapEdit

Luke Skywalker's game-changing destruction of the Death Star has made him not only a hero of the Rebel Alliance but a valuable asset in the ongoing battle against the Empire. Though he's a long way from mastering the power of the Force, there's no denying his phenomenal skills as a pilot—and in the eyes of Rebel leaders Princess Leia Organa and Admiral Ackbar, there's no one better qualified to carry out a daring rescue mission crucial to the Alliance cause.

A brilliant alien cryptographer renowned for her ability to breach even the most advanced communications systems is being detained by Imperial agents determined to exploit her exceptional talents for the Empire's purposes. But the prospective spy's sympathies lie with the Rebels, and she's willing to join their effort in exchange for being reunited with her family. It's an opportunity to gain a critical edge against the Empire that's too precious to pass up. It's also a job that demands the element of surprise. So Luke and the ever-resourceful droid R2-D2 swap their trusty X-wing fighter for a sleek space yacht piloted by brash recruit Nakari Kelen, daughter of a biotech mogul, who's got a score of her own to settle with the Empire.

Challenged by ruthless Imperial bodyguards, death-dealing enemy battleships, merciless bounty hunters, and monstrous brain-eating parasites, Luke plunges head-on into a high-stakes espionage operation that will push his abilities as a Rebel fighter and would-be Jedi to the limit. If ever he needed the wisdom of Obi-Wan Kenobi to shepherd him through danger, it's now. But Luke will have to rely on himself, his friends, and his own burgeoning relationship with the Force to survive.[7]

Plot summaryEdit

The destruction of the Death Star brought new hope to the be-
leaguered Rebel Alliance. But the relentless pursuit by Darth
Vader and the Imperial fleet is taking its toll on Alliance re-
sources. Now the rebels hide in an Outer Rim orbit from which
they can search for a more permanent base and for new allies
to supply much-needed weapons and materials.

Luke Skywalker, hero of the Battle of Yavin, has cast his lot
with the rebels, lending his formidable piloting skills to what-
ever missions his leaders assign him. But he is haunted by
his all-too-brief lessons with Obi-Wan Kenobi and the growing
certainty that mastery of the Force will be his path to victory
over the Empire.

Adrift without Old Ben's mentorship, determined to serve
the Rebellion any way he can, Luke searches for ways to im-
prove his skills in the Force...[7]


Hearne's novel, unnamed at the time, was first announced in August 2012 at Celebration VI.[8] According to Senior LucasBooks Editor Jennifer Heddle in January 2013, the outline for the novel was very funny when turned in.[9] The title was released in a press release on April 25, 2014.[1]

As of May 18, 2014, Hearne reported that he was in the process of editing the novel.[10] On June 23, Del Rey announced that the book's release date had been moved from January 13 to February 17.[11] On October 24, it was announced that the novel would be released on March 3.[3]


The novel was composed with input from the Lucasfilm Story Group, making it part of the new Star Wars canon.[2] As one of the first releases in the new canon, the story's title is partially a homage to author Timothy Zahn's 1991 novel Heir to the Empire, which some consider to have begun the Expanded Universe.[12] Author Kevin Hearne has stated that Heir to the Jedi takes place prior to the Marvel comic book series Star Wars.[6]


Heir to the Jedi debuted on The New York Times Best Sellers List in the paper's March 22, 2015 edition.[13]

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 SWCustom-2011 Disney Publishing Worldwide and Random House Announce Relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction Line on (backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Facebook icon Timeline Photos. Del Rey (August 25, 2014). Retrieved on April 25, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Facebook icon The publishing dates for our next two STAR WARS novels have moved a few weeks…. Del Rey (October 24, 2014). Retrieved on October 25, 2014.
  4. PenguinRandomHouse Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link) (Paperback)
  5. Amazon favicon Heir to the Jedi on
  6. 6.0 6.1 TwitterLogo @KevinHearne (Kevin Hearne) on Twitter "Luke states twice in HEIR TO THE JEDI that he hasn’t heard from Ben since Yavin. Since he hears Ben in Marvel’s series, HEIR happens first." (screenshot)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Heir to the Jedi: Star Wars. Random House. Retrieved on October 12, 2014.
  8. Star Wars Blog "SWCVI: Del Rey's Star Wars Expanded Universe," The Official Star Wars Blog
  9. TwitterLogo @jenheddle (Jennifer Heddle) on Twitter "If @KevinHearne's Star Wars novel turns out half as funny as his outline for it, you guys are in for a lot of fun."
  10. TwitterLogo @KevinHearne (Kevin Hearne) on Twitter "It is true I'm editing HEIR TO THE JEDI this morning as @rachelcaine works on a short story across from me."
  11. TwitterLogo @DelReyStarWars (StarWarsBooks) on Twitter "LORDS OF THE SITH by @Paulskemp new on sale is April 21, 2015. Just our publisher shuffling dates. No need to send a squad up."
  12. TwitterLogo @StarWarsBooks (Del Rey) on Twitter "The title is partially a homage to HEIR TO THE EMPIRE."
  13. Best Sellers - The New York Times. The New York Times (March 16, 2015). Retrieved on March 16, 2015.

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