#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
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.
A Slow and Uncharacteristic “Filler”
It’s a Star Wars book in the sense that it takes place in the Star Wars Universe. That’s worth at least two stars for me.
However, like others that have failed with Star Wars material, the author attempts to change the rules/parameters of the SW Universe and it’s material (i.e cotorsis) to create a “fresh” plot. Unfortunately the plot is a square peg being forced into a round hole. It doesn’t work and leaves way too many “if-then” questions and scenarios for the current/modern Skywalker saga canon.
The story is told from two timelines. The historical Anakin v. “Present” Vader timelines attempt to help the reader understand how/why Vader puts up with Thrawn’s insolence while showing that Vader still has conflicting emotions - but it just doesn’t work. Vader comes off as weak and intellectually inferior instead of Emperor-loyal and wise. On top of that, it’s slow and kind of a silly/boring setting.
I love the author and have read most of his SW books, but this is my least favorite.
The first new-canon Thrawn book was absolutely incredible. It is probably the fastest that I have ever plowed through a book, and I was absolutely satisfied, so I blindly ran right into this book.
By the end, I just couldn’t do it. It took me about two weeks to read the last 2-3 chapters, because it was just so boring.
The only character that worked, oddly enough, was Padme, and she was just “ok”. Here Thrawn is relegated to the supporting character, behind Vader and Padme, and none of the magic from the first book was here. This book also contains an awful incarnation of Vader, who is weak, speaks entirely too much, and and shows too much of Anakin’s emotions and whininess. Oh yeah, this is a book about Thrawn. There are entire chapters where he does not make an appearance, and he basically just hides his logic from Vader, to elicit a response ad nauseam.
Vanto is also inexplicably written out of this story. Him, and his perspective of the first book, were a huge part of what made it so well done.