Mara Jade’s earliest history is unknown. What is known is that she was taken as a child by the Emperor and trained to be ‘The Emperor’s Hand’. She could hear his voice from across the galaxy. Her training in using the Force allowed her to fight for Imperial justice and take down criminals as well as corrupt Imperial officials. Mara truly believed in the Empire and it’s Justice.
As the Emperor died, he reached out one last time and gave her a false message of both Luke and Vader turning on him and killing him.
After his death she fell in with Talon Karrde, a smuggler chief who began grooming her as his right hand. It was working for him that led her to a meeting with Luke Skywalker which would affect the rest of her life.
Mara was introduced in the Thrawn Trilogy by Timothy Zahn.
Choices of One
Mara Jade, a Night on the Town (Star Wars Tales (DH))
Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade – from Tales of Jabba’s Palace
Mara Jade, by the Emperor’s Hand
First Contact – from Tales of the Empire
-Heir to the Empire
-Dark Force Rising
-The Last Command
Mysteries of the Sith (Dark Forces Jedi Knight video game expansion)
The Corellian Trilogy
Spectre of the Past/Vision of the Future Duology
New Jedi Order
Legacy of the Force, Sacrifice