Star Wars: Thrawn
Star Wars: Thrawn, published by Del Rey Books, heralds Timothy Zahn’s triumphant return to his most iconic Star Wars creation, Grand Admiral Thrawn.
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.
Back in 1991 Timothy Zahn introduced Thrawn, one of the most iconic Star Wars characters, to the Star Wars Expanded Universe. He did so in his infamous book, Heir to the Empire, which was set in the time just after Return of the Jedi. In part, that book focused on Thrawn as one of the main antagonists and a Grand Admiral in the Imperial Navy.
Once the Expanded Universe continuity was discarded, long time Star Wars fans were left wondering if we might ever see the emergence of Thrawn into the new continuity of Star Wars. For those Star Wars fans who have been watching Star Wars: Rebels or who have been keeping up with Star Wars news, it should be no surprise that Thrawn has indeed been introduced into the new cannon.
His first appearances in new cannon take place in Season 3 – Episode 1 of Star Wars: Rebels. These episodes focus on introducing us to the calm tactical genius that is Grand Admiral Thrawn. In the animated series Thrawn battles against the Phoenix Squadron in attempt to eliminate the rebels on Lothal.
Thrawn the new book from Timothy Zahn takes us back in time to Thrawn’s introduction into the Empire and his climb up the ranks of the Imperial Navy to his eventual rank of Grand Admiral, which he attains shortly before his appearances in Star Wars: Rebels.
The cast of characters in Thrawn is relatively small, which is a departure from many of the other Star Wars books that have been produced since the new canon was established. This book primarily focuses on Thrawn himself and his rise to power. However, there is also a small supporting cast of; Eli Vanto, Thrawn’s understudy, Arihnda Pryce, whom we know as Governor Arihnda from Star Wars: Rebels and Night Swan who is the mysterious antagonist of the book and plays the juxtapose rebel operator eluding Thrawn.
Without spoiling the story, a few of my favorite gems of this books are as follows:
- Thrawn’s helming of the star destroyer the Chimera
- Thrawn and Anakin
- We get a snippet of information of retelling Thrawn’s meeting of Jedi master Anakin Skywalker during the Clones Wars
- We are privy to some information on the nature of Thrawn’s species and how this may have some effect on The Force Awakens trilogy or potentially events that happen after The Force Awakens.
- The Emperor
- The interaction of two great minds, The Emperor and Thrawn is a pleasure to behold.
In conclusion, I highly recommend this book for fans of the Expanded Universes Thrawn as well as those who are newer to the Star Wars universe and wish to know one of the truly great characters of the new canon. If one has a bit of extra money to invest in this story I would suggest picking up the audiobook version which is expertly narrated by Marc Thomas, one of the best narrators of Star Wars fiction.
Star Wars: Thrawn
- Written by Timothy Zahn
- Narrated by Mark Thompson
- Published by Del Rey Books