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The Servants of the Empire series continues! As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But, secretly he is a hidden spy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to The Servants of the Empire series continues! As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But, secretly he is a hidden spy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to help him however she can--even if it means dealing with criminals in the shadiest parts of Capital City. In the meantime, Zare must face down a dangerous foe of his own: Captain Roddance, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point. Join these rebellious cadets as they risk everything to take on the fearsome Empire.


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The Servants of the Empire series continues! As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But, secretly he is a hidden spy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to The Servants of the Empire series continues! As a new student at Lothal's Imperial Academy, Zare Leonis does everything it takes to pass as a model cadet. But, secretly he is a hidden spy among Imperial loyalists, determined to discover the truth about his missing sister and to bring down the Empire. Luckily, he has his tech-savvy girlfriend, Merei, by his side, willing to help him however she can--even if it means dealing with criminals in the shadiest parts of Capital City. In the meantime, Zare must face down a dangerous foe of his own: Captain Roddance, who seems bent on pushing Zare to his breaking point. Join these rebellious cadets as they risk everything to take on the fearsome Empire.

30 review for Servants of the Empire: Imperial Justice (Disney Chapter Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea Gouin

    Well, now that we've really gotten to the meat of the story this one took off! Zare and the Empire are still at odds, each showing their hand with less showmanship now that there are established sides and end goals. Merei was most annoying and while I understand this is intended for middle grade readers, I found her obvious screw ups still irritating and juvenile. I am very interested to see how this story wraps in the final volume, however as it left at a fairly pivotal moment. Well, now that we've really gotten to the meat of the story this one took off! Zare and the Empire are still at odds, each showing their hand with less showmanship now that there are established sides and end goals. Merei was most annoying and while I understand this is intended for middle grade readers, I found her obvious screw ups still irritating and juvenile. I am very interested to see how this story wraps in the final volume, however as it left at a fairly pivotal moment.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brandt

    As I have stated before, when it comes to Star Wars novels, Jason Fry gets it. Without a doubt, when it comes with all of the books released since the "canon reset" forced by The Force Awakens, Jason Fry has been consistently the best author writing these books. Even though the Servants of the Empire series has been marketed toward tween and teen readers, the story itself would likely work as a novel in and of itself if the four volumes were combined (although to be fair, I haven't read volume f As I have stated before, when it comes to Star Wars novels, Jason Fry gets it. Without a doubt, when it comes with all of the books released since the "canon reset" forced by The Force Awakens, Jason Fry has been consistently the best author writing these books. Even though the Servants of the Empire series has been marketed toward tween and teen readers, the story itself would likely work as a novel in and of itself if the four volumes were combined (although to be fair, I haven't read volume four yet.) Even though he is "limited" by the format, he is able to deliver a pretty sophisticated story about the minor character Zare Leonis from Star Wars: Rebels and it's a pretty good read. As I've said before, maybe it's time to let Fry write one of the "big boy" novels, since it appears he's the best guy Star Wars editorial has on retainer and they could use a novel that doesn't suck.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sophie_The_Jedi_Knight

    *4.25 Ooh, this was honestly such a stressful one! Geez, given that Rebels has three of my favorite SW ships of all time, I was surprised by how invested I was in Zare and Merei. But yeah, this whole book was really great - there's a direct tie-in with Rebels near the end, but the characters also reference a "terrorist attack" on Empire Day, so that was neat. I think the last book brought up Zare's dilemma of playing the part of an Imperial cadet so well he was worried he would become one, and thi *4.25 Ooh, this was honestly such a stressful one! Geez, given that Rebels has three of my favorite SW ships of all time, I was surprised by how invested I was in Zare and Merei. But yeah, this whole book was really great - there's a direct tie-in with Rebels near the end, but the characters also reference a "terrorist attack" on Empire Day, so that was neat. I think the last book brought up Zare's dilemma of playing the part of an Imperial cadet so well he was worried he would become one, and this one really delivered on that. I feel like Zare's character fell a little prey to the "Middle-grade MC becomes a bit of a jerk for no real reason" in this book, but, to be fair, he did have a lot going on. I'm just hoping things with him and Merei get smoothed out by series' end. 4.25/5 stars. I think the slight drop here is because Merei's parts in this book didn't hold my interest as much, but I still really had a time with this. I can't wait to get into the final book here. Ah, so good.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kai Charles(Fiction State Of Mind)

    This is the third adventure of Imperial cadet Zare Leonis. I really have enjoyed this series and how the action gets revved up every volume! This book is all about the repercussions of Zare and Merei's actions from the previous books. Zare is under constant surveillance from his superiors and the visiting Inquisitor . Merei finds herself working for a local crime boss due to his help with a hack on Imperial systems. The strain to both threatens their fledgling romance, especially when Zare gets t This is the third adventure of Imperial cadet Zare Leonis. I really have enjoyed this series and how the action gets revved up every volume! This book is all about the repercussions of Zare and Merei's actions from the previous books. Zare is under constant surveillance from his superiors and the visiting Inquisitor . Merei finds herself working for a local crime boss due to his help with a hack on Imperial systems. The strain to both threatens their fledgling romance, especially when Zare gets the transfer he has been hoping for. A very good read, I'm so excited that a fourth volume is coming!!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Zare and Merei wrangle with some pretty serious stuff. Zare is trying to be the perfect Imperial cadet in an effort to find his sister. But that means making unpleasant choices and the very real possibility of losing himself to the very thing he's fighting. Merei goes to dangerous lengths to stay ahead of her mom's investigation, and then has to deal with the consequences. The book ends with victories, but both our heroes find themselves in dark places. Zare and Merei wrangle with some pretty serious stuff. Zare is trying to be the perfect Imperial cadet in an effort to find his sister. But that means making unpleasant choices and the very real possibility of losing himself to the very thing he's fighting. Merei goes to dangerous lengths to stay ahead of her mom's investigation, and then has to deal with the consequences. The book ends with victories, but both our heroes find themselves in dark places.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Howard Lubinger

    Quick read. Like the stories in this series. Good companion to 'Rebels'. Quick read. Like the stories in this series. Good companion to 'Rebels'.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Richard Haas III

    Definitely check out my review for the first two books in this series because they largely capture my feelings as a whole. However, with regards to this novel in particular I have a few more things I’d like to say. First, the good: again, this is a natural progression and all four books could have been edited together as one novel and marketed towards adults... it’s that good and that cohesive. Each books follows a rough three arc structure individually, but you can tell that they are meant to a Definitely check out my review for the first two books in this series because they largely capture my feelings as a whole. However, with regards to this novel in particular I have a few more things I’d like to say. First, the good: again, this is a natural progression and all four books could have been edited together as one novel and marketed towards adults... it’s that good and that cohesive. Each books follows a rough three arc structure individually, but you can tell that they are meant to act as a whole arc— similar to arcs of four episodes Clone Wars was so fond of. It’s easy to jump in and immediately get lost into the characters; Zare is every bit an intriguing character as Ezra, and following him while learning about how the Empire treats new cadets and force sensitive children who don’t know better is an amazing point of view. The last book was nearly a five out of five like the first novel, but I had mentioned one of the main factors that brought it to a four was that the pacing felt off and I became board once it transitioned to a recount of a Rebels episode I just watched. That’s barely an issue here, the Rebels recount didn’t even happen until the last 20 pages or so and it went by pretty fast in comparison. That was easier to forgive. Personally, for me, the only real hiccup was the relationship between Zare and Merei. I’m not a big fan of reading about cheating or relationships drifting apart when it was totally easy to avoid it. I get it happens in real life, but it makes me uncomfortable and really frustrated. Especially when Merei openly flirts with Jax. I won’t get into spoiler town, but all I’ll say is what happens towards the end effectively made it impossible for me to give this book anything beyond a four. And let it be clear that it has nothing to do with the writing per-say; Jason Fry is easily one of the best creative forces writing Star Wars today. My reservations come from disappointment in characters— not disappointment in writing of characters. Otherwise it was a solid and brilliant addition to the Star Wars canon that could have easily been animated as Rebels specials and be just as engaging as the show itself.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Bulthaupt

    Imperial Justice continues the story of the Servants of the Empire series, following the adventures of Zare Leonis and Merei Spanjaf. Zare continues to pose as a model Imperial cadet as he works to discover what happened to his sister. Meanwhile, in helping Zare, Merei has gotten herself in over her head with a crime syndicate and finds herself the subject of an Imperial investigation. The stakes keep getting higher, and the stress and tension are starting to get to our protagonists as the Empire Imperial Justice continues the story of the Servants of the Empire series, following the adventures of Zare Leonis and Merei Spanjaf. Zare continues to pose as a model Imperial cadet as he works to discover what happened to his sister. Meanwhile, in helping Zare, Merei has gotten herself in over her head with a crime syndicate and finds herself the subject of an Imperial investigation. The stakes keep getting higher, and the stress and tension are starting to get to our protagonists as the Empire cracks down on Lothal. The story definitely went in some directions I wasn't expecting and made things get really intense, especially for a book targeted at younger audiences. I appreciated the twists and started caring about the characters that much more as they faced more and more adversity. This is definitely a solid addition to the Star Wars universe and gives some nice context to the events of the Rebels TV show. I'm looking forward to reading the final book to see how things go for the characters I've come to know and invest in.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    Another great book in this series by Jason Fry. Again, I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It left off right where book 2 ended and I was super excited and happy to learn what happened to the 2 main characters in this book series. I enjoyed how it went back and forth between Zare in the Imperial Academy for Cadets and his girlfriend, Merei who was on a mission herself to try and help Zare. I loved seeing all the returning characters, along with the very brief, but very exciting s Another great book in this series by Jason Fry. Again, I didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It left off right where book 2 ended and I was super excited and happy to learn what happened to the 2 main characters in this book series. I enjoyed how it went back and forth between Zare in the Imperial Academy for Cadets and his girlfriend, Merei who was on a mission herself to try and help Zare. I loved seeing all the returning characters, along with the very brief, but very exciting scenes that included the Grand Inquisitor and Ezra Bridger (Dev Morgan). While reading this book, I got the feeling of extended Rebels through the eyes of Zare and Merei. It was so nice being in the world of Lothal in book version through different characters eyes. I did read this book in one sitting, as it was a very fast and easy read. I am so excited for book 4, the final book in this series! :D

  10. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    Wow this one really kicked it up a notch. These have been kind of mediocre stories thus far, but this one is a true spy novel for kids. It was intriguing and kept my attention, which the first two did not. These are the kind of stories that kids deserve in the Star Wars universe. I'm terrified for Zare and sad for Merei. I love the casual way this story intersects with the Rebels characters. What a wonderful story, I can't wait to read the last book. Wow this one really kicked it up a notch. These have been kind of mediocre stories thus far, but this one is a true spy novel for kids. It was intriguing and kept my attention, which the first two did not. These are the kind of stories that kids deserve in the Star Wars universe. I'm terrified for Zare and sad for Merei. I love the casual way this story intersects with the Rebels characters. What a wonderful story, I can't wait to read the last book.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Wow. What a read. This has to be the best new series since the new canon began. The writing is so good and the characters so developed (probably more so than the Ghost crew) that I almost read this in one sitting. So please don’t judge a book by its cover and give this series a read, if you’re a Star Wars fan, you are guaranteed to love it.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mario

    The third book in the Servants of the Empire series is a powerful one. Merei and Zare continue their separate roads into rescuing Dhara, but their obstacles are numerous and perilous, and in the end they will succeed only by taking choices that will regret later. Extremely recommended!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Joss

    Very enjoyable read. More substance and urgency than the first two in the series, and definitely more « Star Wars ». It felt like what it was supposed to be: an extension of the TV series in its own right.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alacritous13

    A good continuation to the series, the plot continues to progress and the characters continue to develop. My biggest complaint is the lack of chapters, with the book being divided half and half, with no clearly marked stopping/navigation points. A wonderful addition to the canon.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Chapman

    3.5 ⭐️

  16. 4 out of 5

    Raul Fernandez

    Penultimate book in an amazing series by Jason Fry. Really enjoyed all of these so far. My rating: 3.8 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    I still really like the series, it's a fast read and I enjoy reading about Zare & Merei! I'm very curious to see how their story concludes in the next book. I still really like the series, it's a fast read and I enjoy reading about Zare & Merei! I'm very curious to see how their story concludes in the next book.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ekenedilichukwu Ikegwuani

    actually gets pretty intense for as far as this series has gone so far. very quick and enjoyable

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    Follows Rebel in the Ranks very well. I found the narrative very gripping and didn't want to put it down. Follows Rebel in the Ranks very well. I found the narrative very gripping and didn't want to put it down.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex Mayfield

    7 out of 10 TikTok - https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdJ8qnY4/ 7 out of 10 TikTok - https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMdJ8qnY4/

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    What the HECK just happened and why didn’t they do a Rebels arc about this?!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kieran McAndrew

    Leonids continues to work undercover at the Imperial Academy to find out what has happened to his sister. This chapter book advances the plot reasonably well and does not patronise its readers.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jaime K

    This was not as good as the others. However, I freaking adored the fact that "kriffing" was used twice! KRIFFING! BRINING IN SOME ORIGINAL EU! But the cadets were in charge of going through the city to investigate illegal activity, and essentially leading stormtroopers. They've barely been at the Academy a year and they're leading troopers?! It doesn't matter that an officer is assigned to oversee them; the responsibility put on them didn't make sense. Kabak and Rycoff are replacement cadets who h This was not as good as the others. However, I freaking adored the fact that "kriffing" was used twice! KRIFFING! BRINING IN SOME ORIGINAL EU! But the cadets were in charge of going through the city to investigate illegal activity, and essentially leading stormtroopers. They've barely been at the Academy a year and they're leading troopers?! It doesn't matter that an officer is assigned to oversee them; the responsibility put on them didn't make sense. Kabak and Rycoff are replacement cadets who have potential. The grasslands are being destroyed, and Zare has to witness massive change to Lothal. He continues to worry about what playing a role will do to him, and what he may become for the sake of an act. Merei learns the cost of getting help rom a crime lord "just once," and becomes closer friends with a classmate named Jix. I worry about the course their relationship is taking, but they work well together, especially with trying to clear her participation in the sabotage her mother is investigating. She ends up learning how innocent actions become deadly. Captain Roddance has it out for Zare and makes it so that speaking against the Empire in any way is treasonous. Lt. Chiron on the other hand commends Zare for what he does...even though neither likes that children are taken into "protective custody" so that fugitives will turn themselves in. Kallus' orders make me want to cry. Zeb, Chopper, and Ezra get in touch with Merei and Zare (though neither knows their true names) to use their credentials and determine what the Empire has planned for Lothal. This places Zare in serious jeopardy, even though he's on track for where he wants to go - Arkanis to see his sister. Merei discovers the truth of the matter.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gwen

    This is the third book in a series and it will not coddle you if you haven’t read the others. The story so far can be picked up from this one, but there isn’t much in the way of character descriptions for those who aren’t already familiar with Zare and Merei, our protagonists. That is the only complaint I find with this book. Even coming in, as I did, in the third installment, this is an excellent story and it is well told. Zare is attempting to infiltrate an Imperial academy to find his missing This is the third book in a series and it will not coddle you if you haven’t read the others. The story so far can be picked up from this one, but there isn’t much in the way of character descriptions for those who aren’t already familiar with Zare and Merei, our protagonists. That is the only complaint I find with this book. Even coming in, as I did, in the third installment, this is an excellent story and it is well told. Zare is attempting to infiltrate an Imperial academy to find his missing sister, navigating the dangerous moral minefield of obeying orders to get closer to his goal without becoming one of the monsters he is so opposed to. His friend Merei finds herself in deep trouble following an attempt to help Zare find his sister. Her involvement in hacking an Imperial computer system for classified files is in danger of being discovered, and her only recourse is working as an errand runner for a local crime syndicate as she tries to foil the investigation into the hack. An investigation led by her mother. Kids who love Star Wars are going to enjoy this book, being thrilled by the adventure and challenged by the moral dilemmas faced by Zare and Merei. Be warned, however, there is one doozy of a cliffhanger at the end of this one!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jim C

    My actual rating is 3.5 stars. This book is the third book of a series and the first two must be read before this one. In this one, Zane is still in the Imperial Academy even though he hates the Empire. His girlfriend, Merei, is still worried that her mother will catch her as the one who hacked the Empire's system. These books are more like novellas as they are short, quick reads. The main story arc was real enjoyable as Zane witnesses more and more atrocities the Empire commits and he wonders if My actual rating is 3.5 stars. This book is the third book of a series and the first two must be read before this one. In this one, Zane is still in the Imperial Academy even though he hates the Empire. His girlfriend, Merei, is still worried that her mother will catch her as the one who hacked the Empire's system. These books are more like novellas as they are short, quick reads. The main story arc was real enjoyable as Zane witnesses more and more atrocities the Empire commits and he wonders if he is really getting any closer to finding his sister. The minor story plot could have been so interesting but fell short. I am enjoying how these books pack so much material into a tiny book as we have loss of faith in your government, the pursuit of finding lost family, and dealing with long distance relationships. These are aimed at the younger audience as these books are a tie-in with the current cartoon series. But these books can be enjoyed by all ages as they contain many aspects of life and it is a shame that these books are not more well known.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcin Kowalski

    This one reminded me of "The Wave"  book I read long ago for class, about an experiment in a shool, that simulated a kind of Nazi social structure and how it changed the students. What we get to read here is fiction, but what is within it is not an experiment. This time it really covers dark ground and shows how much dirt you get on your self trying to fight the empire in secret. Can one fight evil from within and not be tainted with it? Can you support a positive insurgency without becoming a c This one reminded me of "The Wave"  book I read long ago for class, about an experiment in a shool, that simulated a kind of Nazi social structure and how it changed the students. What we get to read here is fiction, but what is within it is not an experiment. This time it really covers dark ground and shows how much dirt you get on your self trying to fight the empire in secret. Can one fight evil from within and not be tainted with it? Can you support a positive insurgency without becoming a criminal? When is it far enough?  Heavy stuff for a children's book, yet it never truly crosses the line into adult fare which is quit an impressive balance act. Cannot wait for the conclusion!

  27. 5 out of 5

    C

    Reread April '19 - still such a fantastic series... I can't believe that I never reviewed this series past the first book. Suffice it to say that it is yet another excellent series from one of the best writers working in the Star Wars world. If you are one of those that avoids books that are listed as young reader or young adult, do yourself a favor and don't pass this series up. Fry writes deftly about the galaxy far far away. He is very worth reading... Reread April '19 - still such a fantastic series... I can't believe that I never reviewed this series past the first book. Suffice it to say that it is yet another excellent series from one of the best writers working in the Star Wars world. If you are one of those that avoids books that are listed as young reader or young adult, do yourself a favor and don't pass this series up. Fry writes deftly about the galaxy far far away. He is very worth reading...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lou Anders

    Imperial cadet Zare Leonis was introduced in the Star Wars Rebels first season episode "Breaking Ranks." This book is the third novel to feature Zare, and includes a retelling of the events of his second meeting with Ezra as seen in the 10th episode "Vision of Hope." Imperial cadet Zare Leonis was introduced in the Star Wars Rebels first season episode "Breaking Ranks." This book is the third novel to feature Zare, and includes a retelling of the events of his second meeting with Ezra as seen in the 10th episode "Vision of Hope."

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I'm still really liking this series. I like Zare and Merei as characters, but I'm especially appreciating getting a glimpse into the evolution of Imperial training for officers and stormtroopers. The plot is getting pretty intricate and exciting. I'm still really liking this series. I like Zare and Merei as characters, but I'm especially appreciating getting a glimpse into the evolution of Imperial training for officers and stormtroopers. The plot is getting pretty intricate and exciting.

  30. 5 out of 5

    The Brothers

    Asher (9yo) read. "Cool story. Usually Star Wars Rebel books are about the rebels, but this one was about Imperial Trainees." Asher (9yo) read. "Cool story. Usually Star Wars Rebel books are about the rebels, but this one was about Imperial Trainees."

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