#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader team up against a threat to the Empire in this thrilling novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.
“I have sensed a disturbance in the Force.”
Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root—its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs—including the Death Star project—the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it’s not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there’s more behind his royal command than either man suspects.
In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic, and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown . . . and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance—neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store.
Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged—by a test of their allegiance to the Empire . . . and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.
Praise for Thrawn: Alliances
“It’s a science fiction beach read in the best way, brisk and amusing, with some cool additions to the Star Wars galaxy.”—Den of Geek
“Like all of Zahn’s novels set in a galaxy far, far away, it’s an essential read for anyone looking for an artistically done adventure.”—CNET
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The Thrawn Trilogy is best(skip Lords of the Sith)
I had once read Lords of the Sith thinking it would bring out an interesting story about Vader after Episode III, but I was wrong. The story is pretty much pointless, and I quit reading after like the first few chapters. I then went to the Thrawn novel as it had a lot of great reviews. It was WAY better than Lords of the Sith. Although the first novel does not include Vader, it does produce an interesting story in the Empire’s perspective. Alliances has a lot of Vader and his backstory, which will fill in a lot of gaps.
Nerfed Vader Completely
Vader is completely out of character in this book. He has petty arguments and actually gets briefly handicapped by 3 random thugs. The Vader I know doesn’t do that. Compare this Vader to ESB Vader or even RO Vader and it’s 2 different characters.
To make Thrawn retain his “super intelligence” from the first book it seems the author decided to make Vader much less intelligent and much less patient by comparison.
I’ve read 20+ Star Wars novels(both canon and non) and this is definitely one of the worse ones.
PS: Vader/Anakin is my favorite character from the films so you mess w him and you mess w me.
Zahn delivers yet another great Star Wars novel. Unpredictable at every turn the two stories are intertwined telling the story of the first time Anakin and Thrawn met and became unwilling allies and then bringing the relationship into the time when Thrawn had become Grand Admiral and Anakin had become Vader.
Details make fiction believable and Zahn carefully weaves them in and around his characters to make this a novel one doesn’t want to put down until it’s finished. The two protagonists are a pleasure to watch as they maneuver around one another.
Looking forward to the next installment of Zahn’s Star Wars story and hoping he writes many many more.
Great job to Timothy Zahn and all those who had a part in getting this novel together and out to readers. Thank you.