Timothy Zahn Writing Styles in Heir to the Empire

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The overall story is told in a third person omniscient voice. However, each chapter and sections within each chapter are broken out to tell individual stories. In this manner each character's inner voice and thoughts are conveyed. The reader knows at all times what each character is thinking and feeling as well as their motivations. With the story unfolding in this manner, the plot and subsequent subplots are clearly fleshed out. However, the voice favors the forces of good over the forces of evil since the characters representing the Empire are often shown in an unfavorable light.

The story is an intergalactic tale of good versus evil and the voice naturally conveys the lives and cultures of strange and new planets and places. The tone is not unnatural or contrived; it is easy to understand and follow. Space covers a limitless area, yet the voice ties all the pieces together...

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