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, 9.5 × 6.32 × 1.36 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 great story A excellent tale of how Thrawn first joined the empire. A well written adventure that showcases Thrawn's intelligence and ruthless nature.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Take Star Wars, throw in some Sherlock Holmes and military tactics and you have one of the best novels in the Disney canon. Thrawn is a tactical genius, able to see 5 moves ahead. The fun comes when he explains how he made his deductions. He's on the rise in the navy and he's impressing many-while simultaneously infuriating those who despise an alien in a leadership role. A great origin to a beloved classic character. #staffreview
Date published: 2018-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Required Star Wars A must read for any Star Wars fan. Having been aware of the character without having read the legends title Heir to the Empire, this was a welcome and excellent addition to a rich world. I need more Thrawn in my life.
Date published: 2018-02-18
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

Read from the Book

Eli had almost managed to convince himself that the group would merely be meeting with some Palace official when they were ushered past a pair of red-robed and red-helmeted Imperial Guards into the Emperor’s throne room.   Even more than Coruscant itself, the holos and vids Eli had seen of Emperor Palpatine paled in comparison with the real thing.   At first glance, the Emperor didn’t seem like much. He was dressed in a plain brown hooded robe, with no ornamentation or glitz of any sort. His throne, while massive, was solid black and very simple, again with no ostentation about it, raised a mere four steps above the floor. In fact, the darkness of his robe made him almost disappear from sight into the black of the throne.   It was as the group drew closer that the eeriness began.   First was the Emperor’s face. The holos and vids always showed him as a dignified, older man, aged somewhat with the experience of life and the cares of leadership. But the holos were wrong. The face beneath the hood was old; old, and creased with a hundred deep wrinkles.   Not ordinary wrinkles, either, the kind Eli’s grandparents had earned from years under the open sky. These creases were less like age, and more like scars or burn tissue.   The histories stated that the Jedi traitors’ last attempt to seize power had been an attack on then-Chancellor Palpatine. The histories hadn’t mentioned that his victory over the assassins had come at such a terrible cost.   Perhaps that was also what had happened to his eyes.   A shiver ran up Eli’s back. The eyes were bright and intelligent, all-knowing and utterly powerful. But they were . . . strange. Unique. Disturbing. Damaged, perhaps, by the same treachery that had ravaged his face?   Intelligence, knowledge, power. And even more than with Thrawn, a sense of complete mastery over everything around him.   The Emperor watched in silence as the party walked toward him. Parck led the way, Barris and Eli behind him, followed by Thrawn and the navy trooper and stormtrooper witnesses. The guard contingent Parck had brought remained outside the door, six of the Imperial Guards having taken over their escort duty.   It seemed to take forever to reach the throne. Eli wondered how close they would be permitted to approach, and how Captain Parck would know when he had reached that point. The question was answered as Parck came to within five meters and the two Imperial Guards at the foot of the steps glided to positions directly in front of him. Parck stopped, the rest of them following suit, and waited.   And waited.   It was probably only five seconds. But to Eli it felt like a medium-sized eternity. The entire throne room was utterly still, utterly silent. The only sound was the thudding of his pulse in his ears, the only movement the shaking of his arms in his sleeves.   “Captain Parck,” the Emperor said at last, his gravelly voice neutral. “I’m told you bring me a gift.”   Eli winced. A gift? For the Chiss of the stories, that would have been a deadly insult. Thrawn was behind him, and Eli didn’t dare turn around, but he could imagine the expression on that proud face.   “I do, Your Majesty,” Parck said, bowing low. “A warrior reportedly of a species known as the Chiss.”   “Indeed,” the Emperor said, his voice going even drier. “And what, pray tell, would you have me do with him?”   “If I may, Your Majesty,” Thrawn put in before Parck could answer. “I am not merely a gift. I am also a resource. One you have never seen the like of before, and may never see again. You would do well to utilize me.”   “Would I?” the Emperor said, sounding amused. “Certainly you’re a resource of unlimited confidence. What exactly do you offer, Chiss?”   “As a start, I offer information,” Thrawn said. If he was offended, Eli couldn’t hear it in his voice. “There are threats lurking in the Unknown Regions, threats that will someday find your Empire. I am familiar with many of them.”   “I will learn of them soon enough on my own,” the Emperor countered placidly. “Can you offer anything more?”   “Perhaps you will learn of them in time to defeat them,” Thrawn said. “Perhaps you will not. What more do I offer? I offer my military skill. You could utilize that skill in making plans to seek out and eliminate these dangers.”   “These threats you speak of,” the Emperor said. “I presume they’re not simply threats to my Empire?”   “No, Your Majesty,” Thrawn said. “They are also threats to my people.”    “And you seek to eliminate all such threats to your people?”   “I do.”   The Emperor’s yellowish eyes seemed to glitter. “And you wish the help of my Empire?”   “Your assistance would be welcome.”   “You wish me to assist the people who exiled you?” the Emperor said. “Or was Captain Parck incorrect?”   “He spoke correctly,” Thrawn said. “I was indeed exiled.”   “Yet you still seek to protect them. Why?”   “Because they are my people.”   “And if they withhold their gratitude and refuse to accept you back? What then?”   There was a slight pause, and Eli had the eerie sense that Thrawn was giving the Emperor one of those small smiles he was so good at. “I do not need their permission to protect them, Your Majesty. Nor do I expect their thanks.”   “I’ve seen others with your sense of nobility,” the Emperor said. “Most fell by the wayside when their naïve selflessness collided with the real world.”   “I have faced the real world, as you call it.”   “You have indeed,” the Emperor said. “What exactly do you wish from my Empire?”   “A state of mutual gain,” Thrawn said. “I offer my knowledge and skill to you now in exchange for your consideration to my people in the future.”   “And when that future comes, what if I refuse to grant that consideration?”   “Then I will have gambled and lost,” Thrawn said calmly. “But I have until that time to convince you that my goals and yours do indeed coincide.”   “Interesting,” the Emperor murmured. “Tell me. If you served the Empire, yet a threat arose against your people, where would your loyalties lie? Which of us would command your allegiance?”   “I see no conflict in the sharing of information.”   “I’m not speaking of information,” the Emperor said. “I’m speaking of service.”   There was a short pause. “If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”   “What guarantee do you offer?”   “My word is my guarantee,” Thrawn said. “Perhaps your servant can speak to the strength of that vow.”   “My servant?” the Emperor asked, his eyes flicking to Parck.   “I do not refer to Captain Parck,” Thrawn said. “I speak of another. Perhaps I assumed incorrectly that he was your servant. Yet he always spoke highly of Chancellor Palpatine.”   The Emperor leaned forward a little, his yellowish eyes glittering. “And his name?”   “Skywalker,” Thrawn said. “Anakin Skywalker.”  

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