Even though I've been reading novels from the "Star Wars" Expanded Universe (EU) over half a decade, I somehow missed out on the books that started it all: Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn" trilogy, of which "Heir to the Empire" is the first. "Heir" is actually not the first EU novel; that honor goes to Alan Dean Foster's "Splinter of the Mind's Eye," which was published in between the theatrical releases of Episodes IV and V. Still, "Star Wars" literature would not be what it is today if it hadn't been for Zahn's post-"Return of the Jedi" saga. Zahn's writing is mostly great, and the action sequences and story are both spot-on. There wasn't much in the way of offensive content; some sequences of violence were present, which is to be expected, but I don't recall any sexual content or profanity. I look forward to reading the next two novels; the story was just beginning to heat up in the last few chapters of "Heir"!