Thrawn (star Wars) by Timothy ZahnThrawn (star Wars) by Timothy Zahn

Thrawn (star Wars)

byTimothy Zahn

Hardcover | April 11, 2017

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

Praise for Thrawn

“The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades.”—The Verge

“A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn’s observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating.”—New York Daily News

“Quite the page-turner.”—Flickering Myth
Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s ...
Title:Thrawn (star Wars)Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.52 × 6.35 × 1.54 inPublished:April 11, 2017Publisher:Random House Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345511271

ISBN - 13:9780345511270

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A love letter to the previous book fans, and a welcome entry for the new! Thrawn is not only a wonderful story, but a beautiful love letter to the pre-existing fans of Mr. Zahn's other Star Wars works. Providing the backstory of a character beloved for 20 years and only in the last year being seen on screen in season 3 of the Star Wars: Rebels animated series. The story follows the titular character from his encounter in the frontier with a passing Imperial warship, through military training and finally through the corridors of power. The book balances re-use and homage to Mr. Zahn's previous works, bringing much of their narrative into the new Cannon of Star Wars. But it also tells a solid story. Providing a subplot of two characters circling Thrawn's rise, both from the Outer Rim (the Galaxy's remote backwater), looked down on for their origins, much as Thrawn himself. Thrawn succeeds purely on merit, where as his aide Eli Vanto succeeds through study, loyalty, and service. Finally Orinda Price succeeds at any cost. This wonderfully sets up her character for her appearance on TV, but provides a wonderful contrast and underscores the deficiencies in the Empire. Where I felt the book didn't do well was it's need to be a media tie-in. Thrawn is still an active character in the TV show and the epilogue of the book hints at the character's resolution so it's an example of telling us, rather than showing us, as the reader. The story comes as a series of short adventures for Thrawn with a recurring theme, but the climax of the novel becomes a somewhat unrealistic conversation between Thrawn and his adversary. For a fan, the climax conversation is quite satisfying (The conversation reveals much of the reasons for the beginning of the novel) but to the lay reader it feels out of place. I listened to the audio version with Marc Thompson reading. He is once again perfect, and does a good job adjusting the Thrawn of the old EU, to that of the new Rebels TV show so much, I had to check that he was not in fact voicing that incarnation as well. (He isn't). Bravo!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great characters; great story. Nothing negative to say about this book. It's a great story with great characters, and it all fits seamlessly into the rising empire era built by other novels such as Tarkin, Catalyst, and A New Dawn, and, of course, the Rebels tv show. Definitely a recommended read. No filler in this book. Every chapter is intriguing and serves to further develop the characters and the story.
Date published: 2017-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thrawn needs to survive! I never read SW books until the new cannon, but I had always heard of Thrawn and knew of him. His appearance in Rebels was exciting but not quite compelling. If the Thrawn from this volume is the same as in previous works - and given it's also by Zahn, why not - then I now understand the fascination with the Character. The mysterious appearance of Thrawn, his rapid ascendancy through the Empire's ranks and his cunning are brilliantly highlighted and we can see the character conflict with some, though not all, of the imperial ideals. Thrawn's connection to the Unknown Regions, intersecting with the Emperor's interest and the First Order's rise, could easily pave the way for Thrawn's presence in post-Empire canon! The audiobook, read by Mark Thompson, is a fantastic listen as well; the Thrawn personality, calmness and brilliance come through superbly. As a listen, this would rank first in a Top 3 that also includes January LaVoy's Phasma and Euan Morton's Tarkin.
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A must read for Star Wars fans. I still find the original (non canon) Thrawn books better; but this was is great as well. This is told more from Thrawn's perspective then the originals where.
Date published: 2017-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely loved this book!! Thrawn has always been one of my fave Star Wars characters. I am very happy that he's back in the universe and that they let the original creator of this character, Timothy Zahn write the new novel. Outstanding! Great for the die hard fans or anyone looking for a good read.
Date published: 2017-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zahn does it again! By far the best book thus far in the new canon, beautifully constructed and realistically portrayed characters and setting. Thrawn is back and as magnificent as ever, and everyone else shines as well. I was worried by the presence of Governor Pryce's perspective but Zahn captured her story brilliantly. As always the characters' dialogue and conversations are perfectly Star Wars. In relation to the new canon this book fits in seamlessly. Having read "Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel" prior to "Thrawn" Zahn provides hints of the background action of the growing, increasingly oppressive Empire. Overall, Thrawn's presence feels proper and his justification for his actions fits the character and does justice to his non-canon iteration. Zahn said he wishes to write and has more ideas for more Thrawn books so I await with great anticipation for any future announcements of them.
Date published: 2017-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must read for star wars fans So happy they canonized this character, also with the same author who made him famous in the EU originally! Amazing read!
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great character work Thrawn is a great origin story, unlike most Star wars books
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Thrawn is a great star wars non force character. Liked this book
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The real Thrawn If came to like Thawn from the animated Rebels series, you'll definitely like the character even more after this. Mitth'raw'nuruodo's characterization was more in line with his legends version, and you come to like the character even more as his history and thought process are very well flushed out and written in this novel.
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it I like the added background story that lets me know how characters ca,e to be what they are today
Date published: 2017-01-06

Editorial Reviews

“The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades.”—The Verge

“A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn’s observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating.”—New York Daily News

“Quite the page-turner.”—Flickering Myth