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Thrawn

eBook - 2017
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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. After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again?even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy. All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral?and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire's grip on the galaxy?and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780345542847
0345542843
Characteristics: 1 online resource (427 pages)
Alternative Title: Thrawn

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mexicanadiense
Sep 09, 2018

This is one of those books that leaves you feeling that you WANTED to like it more than you actually did. The structure of jumping back and forth between how Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker first encountered each other during the late stages of the Clone Wars and then are teamed up again by Palpatine around the time period portrayed in TV's "Rebels" series SHOULD make for a more rounded narrative, but I found the secondary characters in BOTH time periods so bland and forgettable that ultimately I found myself forcing myself to the finish line. I'd stick to the first New Canon Thrawn novel unless you are a real completionist.

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ferm_dawg
Sep 08, 2018

Easily the worst Star Wars book out to date. Wow, this was just soooo boring. Not interesting at all. I got to about 30 pages to the end and just asked myself, "What am I doing wasting my time with this slog."

I hate to write this, but this is a book about nothing. A part time aide to a senator gets appointed Governor of a planet? The Chancellor receives a alien and promotes him to Admiral in the Navy? Where is the story, and there is ZZZZeeeerroooo action. UUgggggg.

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BrandonBlanchard
Aug 07, 2018

For some reason, this comment section is the same for Thrawn and Thrawn: Allegiances. I guess I'll review both books here?

Thrawn is a fantastic origin story of one of the most beloved Star Wars villains. Longtime fans will find many similarities and parallels to Legends material, repurposed for a new, official story. It proudly stands aside Zahn's original trilogy.

An excellent book, led by my two favorite Star Wars characters, and written by my favorite Star Wars author; what isn't to love about Thrawn: Alliances? Zahn's sequal is an excellent read and good for a Star Wars book, though I personally prefer his older works.

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Chinderixx
Jul 29, 2018

Thrawn: Alliances is a good sequel to Thrawn. I actually liked it a lot better than Thrawn.
This book starts a little bit after the third season of Star Wars Rebels. It switches between Darth Vader and Thrawn working together in the present time to find a 'disturbance' in the force to Anakin and Thrawn working together sometimes during the clone wars to find Padmé after she goes missing looking for one of her former handmaids. Though the beginning felt a little rushed, the rest of the book was fun to read, and it was interesting to see how Thrawn and Anakin met.
I thought it was cool that Timothy Zahn included Padmé and that she also got to meet and work with Thrawn. This book is kind of predictable in some ways, but I was surprised to find out what the 'disturbance' in the force was. It was not what I was expecting at all. Thrawn is of course smart, cunning, observant and calm as always, and Anakin and Padmé's characters are for the most part spot on.
I didn't really like when the book changed to the point of views of other characters like the Chimaera crew or the 501st legion (who are usually fun to read), and I also didn't like Thrawn's kind of annoying micro analyzing of everything and everyone. But in all Thrawn: Alliances was good entry into the new canon. My favorite part was when Anakin, Padmé, and Thrawn all had to work together to escape the Separatist factory, and I'd totally be down for an episode of that (the three of them working together) in the new Clone Wars season.

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certifiedG
Jun 21, 2018

Im getting it right now ha!

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Jtg1994
Mar 06, 2018

a great origin story of one of the best star wars villians a must read if you are planning on reading the thrawn series

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green_ant_1650
Feb 05, 2018

This sounds sooooo cool! If you LOVE Star Wars like my family does you will be happy to know that this book is supposed to have Galaxy's Edge Star Wars Land!!

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navy_wolf_412
Dec 20, 2017

It's a good book for patient readers who don't mind reading a lot. There is a ton of characters though and it's a hard read.

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xiaojunbpl12
May 20, 2017

Here, War is a game of skills in art form. Lured by the romanticized galaxy, I don't perceive true evil or good but mistakes and follies.
My admiration for Thrawn (a nonhuman Chiss finally lost mystic luster) was dwindling with Arihnda Pryce growing strong, she is a human who plays politics and won! I'm more disappointed than surprised at the end, and hope the sequel will prove the plot (along with characters' fate) is intricate and smart!
I couldn't say I liked Eli, but he seems to be the most genuine, and is interesting and pivotal. Cygni was a mystery, but he died!
Each chapter has a prelude in italic, which implication and didactic statements made me exhilarated first, then mildly annoyed - paraphrasing "Sun Tzu's Art of War" (perhaps?).

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Yavin
Apr 20, 2017

Thrawn is a masterpiece. I finished it in two days and was quite enthralled. This is the Story Group Canon introduction of Thrawn after his appearances in Season 3 of Rebels. It shows Thrawn's introduction of the Empire and his impressive rise through its ranks. Very well written and highly entertaining. I'd recommend it to any fan of the character, Rebels or just Star Wars in general.

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Jul 29, 2018

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Chinderixx
Jul 29, 2018

VADER: "What are you doing? The emperor's disturbance is elsewhere."
THRAWN: "A moment. Do you see?"
VADER: "I see that you are here while the Emperor's disturbance is not."

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Chinderixx
Jul 29, 2018

"Just remember that the goal in war is victory, not revenge." -Thrawn

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Chinderixx
Apr 18, 2017

"A friend need not be kept either within sight or within reach. A friend must be allowed the freedom to find and follow his own path. If one is fortunate, those paths will for a time join. But if the paths separate, it is comforting to know that a friend still graces the universe with his skills, and his viewpoint, and his presence. For is one is remembered by a friend, one is never truly gone." -Grand Admiral Thrawn

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Chinderixx
Apr 18, 2017

"I am a warrior, Your Majesty. A warrior may retreat. He does not flee. He may lie in ambush. He does not hide. He may experience victory or defeat. He does not cease to serve." -Grand Admiral Thrawn

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Chinderixx
Jul 29, 2018

Coarse Language: Infrequent Mild Language

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Feb 07, 2018

Coarse Language: Mild Language

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