NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • “The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades.”—The Verge
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 villains in the Star Wars universe. Since his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn has earned an iconic status equal only to the most notorious of Sith lords, Darth Vader. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, 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.
Nearly three decades after debuting the character of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn in the first Star Wars inspired trilogy, Zahn crafts the origin story of his fan-favorite villain, tracing Thrawn's rise through the imperial ranks as he proves to the Empire time and again the value of his military genius. Actor Thompson turns in a mixed performance for the audio edition. On the one hand, he develops great voices for the novel's many characters and adds intensity to the story's battle scenes. However, at other times, his performance can get overemotional. Regardless, the audiobook, which also includes a musical score and sound effects, provides a great experience for Star Wars fans. A Del Rey hardcover.
Couldn’t put it down
I finished this book rather quickly, as I read it every conceivable moment that I could. I loved Thrawn in what is now the “Legends” brand, and was overjoyed to see him reintroduced in the Star Wars Rebels TV series. So getting to know more about his reincarnation into canon once more was everything I expected it to be, and then more!
I loved that they allowed Timothy Zahn back to do this book, and I’m looking forward to reading the following book involving Thrawn as well!
A great introduction to a legendary character
The origin story of Thrawn and his introduction to the empire is an absolutely fascinating read. If you are a fan of Thrawn from the clone wars, this book is a must read. Highly recommended! This book will give you all the extra details, making you fall in love with this masterful tactician even more!
Just reading the sample justifies this as book for Star Wars enthusiasts like me. The attention seeking hooks are outstanding, I just can get enough of it. I love the introduction on powerful assets of the Empire such as… Emperor Palpatine or The Imperial Royal Guard its just satisfying.
So in conclusion if you are looking for an amazing Star Wars book or just something to get into I highly recommend this Author & Book.