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Publisher Description

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

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Marc Thompson
hr min
April 11
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Cody & Kristy ,


Timothy Zahn hasn't skipped a beat. If you are a fan of the Thrawn trilogy, you will love this! This is Thrawn's book and I can't say enough about it!

Tripprocks11 ,


I'm a pretty new Star Wars fan, so I never read into any of the legends stories, which also means I'm new to Thrawn. I have watched the entire season 3 of Star Wars Rebels. This book is so amazing that I cannot even describe how good it is! Marc Thompson has an amazing voice talent and his voice of Thrawn almost perfectly matches that of Lars Mikkelsen's on Star Wars Rebels. At this point, I'm only around halfway through the book but it is enough for me to give my full opinion on it. Thrawn is truly one of the most brilliant and unique Star Wars villains ever. I also enjoyed learning more of Governor Pryce's backstory from Rebels. This is one of the best stories so far in the new Star Wars Canon! I totally recommend it!

Tennix ,

Welcome Zahn back to Canon

A solid read. Not as magical as the original heir to the empire. Thrawn is portrayed in a new way, showing some story points from his POV. Get a greater sense of his personality. Weaving in support characters you can tell where Disney had some direction for character inclusion, as the story has too much of them and they are somewhat forced. The few changes from old EU Thrawn are all still believable. The book writing itself is.... stuttered. Audiobook version of I didn't pay attention for a minute I would often come back and feel like I missed a chapter or two.... nope just 2min. So pacing is off. Some characters also don't show arcs well. Even after countless successes Thrawn is constantly doubted and questioned by his ally's. Vanto in particular. Seven years into a relationship and he still questions things too much. There are story elements missing there to explain it. There is also a lack of universe expansion. Zahn focuses on the character in moments, not how Thrawn fits into the larger universe and how he effects that universe.
Story wise and not particular to this one story. The empire is not portrayed as an ultimate oppressive evil force. It is mostly just a more brutal republic. Thrawn may be highly competent with tactics but that doesn't mean everybody else has to be so bad. Really between this and aftermath it's amazing the rebels took so long to overthrow the empire. It's like the entire empire is Barney Fife.

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