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Star Wars: Thrawn Hardcover – 11 Apr 2017
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"The must-have original Star Wars novel of the year so far" (Star Wars Aficionado)
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.See all Product description
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That Disney chose to allow the best antagonist from SW Legends come back to life in Rebels, let alone in a new book, shows that they don't turn everything that they touch into dogmess (as I largely believe with most other IP's that they get their hands on.)
The book is loosely set over a period leading up to Rogue One/A New Hope, and expertly threads the rapid rise of Thrawn through the Imperial Navy's ranks, ably assisted by his - at first somewhat reluctant - Aide-de-Camp Eli Vanto, into the events that we know are to transpire through the film's plots.
For those that know the Heir to the Empire trilogy, there are a couple of great twists towards the end that really helped to frame why Thrawn really does what he does.
All I can say is that I really hope Tim Zahn revisits this storyline, perhaps with a follow up tale from Vanto's perspective after the events of this book.
Even if you know/knew nothing about Thrawn, you owe it to yourself to read about (imho) the Galactic Empire's greatest strategist.
More please Mr. Zahn!!
The books in which Thrawn appears are not currently regarded by the owners of the franchise as "canon" but Thrawn himself is now a "canon" character as he is one of the principal Imperial antagonists to the heroes of the "Rebels" TV series.
Thrawn belongs to a race called the Chiss, who are humanoid in shape but with blue skin and red eyes, which makes his promotion to the highest possible rank in the Imperial military somewhat surprising as they tend to be rather biased against non-humans. However, Emperor Palpatine, whatever his other faults, is an equal-opportunity mass murderer and recognising Thrawn's ability, decides to make full use of him.
This book covers Thrawn's rapid rise from his joining the Imperial military until his appointment as Grand Admiral and, interestingly, shows at this early stage of his Imperial career how his extreme military genius was sufficient to overcome what appears at first reading to be a surprisingly weak understanding of politics. Given that outcome, however, the reader is left wondering to what extent Thrawn's apparent political blind spot is real and to what extent it is an image he wishes to project.
It is hinted that Thrawn had a previous history with Anakin Skywalker before the latter became Darth Vader, but there is nothing more than hints about that in this book.
As well as telling the story of Thrawn's rise to high rank, this book also tells the story of three other characters: his aide Eli Vanto, of aspiring politician Ahrinda Pryce who seeks office in the Empire to replace the status which ruthless Imperial politicians and bureaucrats have taken away from her, and of Thrawn's antagonist "Nightswan," a smuggler and rebel who is nearly as brilliant as Mitth'raw'noruodo himself.
This book is entertaining and interesting and I recommend it.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to Zahns next entry hopefully not too long in the future
A must read for Thrawn, Zahn and Star Wars fans alike!
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