Thrawn

Thrawn

Book - 2017
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Rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, Thrawn proved to be indispensable to Emperor Palpatine and the Empire. Ambitious and a warrior never to be underestimated, one promotion followed another. Follow the events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power and infamy as Thrawn rises to Admiral.
Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780345511270
0345511271
Branch Call Number: F ZAHN
Characteristics: 427 pages ; 25 cm.
Alternative Title: Star wars Thrawn

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If you aren't familiar with the famous Imperial Grand Admiral, this is a great place to start. This trilogy by Timothy Zahn recounts Thrawn's rise to power in Imperial service including his close relationships with the Emperor and Darth Vader. Thrawn is one of the best villains in Star Wars lore ... Read More »


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alfred95014
Aug 05, 2020

Every chapter starts with a monologue that reminds me of the teachings of SunTzu mixed with keen observation of human nature. I knew Thrawn from Disney+ Clone War series, but Mr. Zahn's work fleshed out the character quite a bit. It is not all "blast them" violence, the machination, the intrigue and most of all, watching in horror, as a decent girl (spoiler alert!) becomes a murderer in the name of pursuing vengeance/justice and then some.

Ever since I first saw Thrawn on star wars rebels, I was fascinated by him. I wanted to learn more about this interesting blue-skinned and crimson eyed alien. While conducting further research after finishing rebels I discovered that there are two versions of Grand Admiral Thrawn, the canon version and the legends version. And I decided I'd read both, starting with the Canon. While this book is a lot more dense and political than I'd initially been expecting, it did end up drawing me in. You can really tell the Zahn loves and knows the star wars universe very well.
I loved added character development to Pryce and I adored Eli Vanto. Thrawn still remained this untouchable god character throughout the book, but this time he had back story so he was a little more human...except not...?
Overall, this book is a fun dive into the Star Wars lore and universe and it's an interesting read if you want to learn more about the Empires one alien Navy officer. Though it is a bit sluggish at points and it has a lot of time skips. Like one moment Eli and Thrawn have just met and then the next chapter they've known each other for 2 years already, and it can be a bit jarring.
(Cliff notes version, it's basically the space version of Sherlock and Waston except sherlock is a blue alien and Waston is REALLY good with numbers. It's cute, it's fun, but it's a little bit slow at some points.)

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stampingcrazy
Mar 19, 2020

Two stories brilliantly intertwined. We see Anakin Skywalker meet and team up with Thrawn for the first time during the Clone Wars, and Vader and Thrawn working together years later for the good of the Empire.
I LOVED this book. It only got better with each chapter. The tension between Sith and Chiss was extremely compelling, as was the camaraderie between Thrawn and Skywalker. (And Padme, for that matter. It's possible I enjoyed her character more in this book than I have in any other format or story.)
The two plotlines came together so flawlessly. I absolutely loved the parallels between the characters' current and past lives. Thrawn and Vader's analyses of each other were amazing to read. The story had amazing dialogue, mystery, and action. I was constantly cheering the main characters on, always laughing at Thrawn's wit, and as a hard Anakin fan I really appreciated the bittersweet looks into his/Vader's past.
And the ending. The ending was just stunning to me. I felt the book ended on a perfect note.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to Star Wars fans, especially fans of the animated shows: The Clone Wars and Rebels. It's an absolutely DELIGHTFUL read.

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weekeszs
Jan 09, 2020

It is a bit of a shame that Zahn had to revisit the Thrawn character to fit the Disney canon, because I find the new character of Thrawn to be lacking in some of his previous ruthlessness. However, Thrawn remains one of the most compelling Star Wars characters, so I'm glad to see he's in the new canon in any degree. Befitting his character, the book reads methodically and investigative. I found found his side-kick, Eli to be the most interesting perspective. As an audio-book, the production value was high, with music, sounds effects, and a variety of voices; more of a dramatization than a read-through, which made it fun and easy to listen to. I think if this title wasn't Stars Wars, the writing and plot would make it fairly unremarkable. The Thrawn name definitely carries the book. My biggest complaint with the story overall was the side-plot/narrative of Ahrinda Price, seeming more than bit vestigial in regards to why I really finished this title in the first place, that being "Star Wars" and "Thrawn."

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xiaojunbpl12
Dec 04, 2019

For Thrawn, less for “Skywalker”. Formulaic even predicable, nevertheless fascinating. Non-human (Chiss) mind is more intriguing, whom Force may never be with. In a universe Robots(weaponry) are ruled and dependent upon, I believe cortosis then now and later.
Two timelines run parallel, an ingenious prop for story plot and character development, though no function of suspense.

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joehurts
Sep 21, 2019

Timothy Zahn paints the picture of Grand Admiral Thrawn and his origin story as one of star wars's greatest villans who at the same time is not a villain, but rather the one admiral who cares about how his actions will effect the innocents.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 28, 2019

We all know by now how terrifyingly methodical, how intelligent, how creative, resourceful and cunning Thrawn is. And we all know how terrifying and physically powerful Darth Vader is. So, the only question, the one that this book answers, is what could warrant both of their attentions? But st the same time, it also explains their first meeting back during the Clone Wars, and weaves the two of them together brilliantly and seamlessly. Timothy Zhan must be as intelligent as Thrawn himself to have pulled it off so well. Even after so much time spent in Rebels, the Legends timeline, and other forms of media, Zhan has not lost his touch with this amazing character. I also love the complex, layered relationship between the two main protagonists, and only wish that it was explored in less of a one-sided way. But at the same time, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how Vader reacts to Thrawn in a way that he does to no one else. It is a breath of fresh air in an era of half-hearted rehashes. Ten out of ten for creativity, boldness, seamless ness, and quality deserving of the Star Wars Legacy. @R2-D2 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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KehrMeg
Jun 28, 2019

I loved this book. Very character driven. Did not see the ending coming.

JessicaGma Jan 10, 2019

It was a decent story, but not having watched Rebels, I was a little out of the loop. I was also hoping they would bring in a bit more from the end of the last THrawn novel to see what the Chiss are up to, but ultimately, it worked. It also proved to me that I forget the end of the original Thrawn trilogy....so, ultimately it was OK, but I liked the first one better

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valascia
Nov 13, 2018

Great story on one of the more interesting characters from the Star Wars Universe.

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stampingcrazy
Mar 19, 2020

"Anakin Skywalker is dead."
"I know."
"We will not speak of him again. YOU will not speak of him again."
"I understand, my lord. But I will always honor his legacy."
- Darth Vader and Thrawn

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Chinderixx
Jul 29, 2018

VADER: "What are you doing? The emperor's disturbance is elsewhere."
THRAWN: "A moment. Do you see?"
VADER: "I see that you are here while the Emperor's disturbance is not."

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Chinderixx
Jul 29, 2018

"Just remember that the goal in war is victory, not revenge." -Thrawn

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Chinderixx
Apr 18, 2017

"A friend need not be kept either within sight or within reach. A friend must be allowed the freedom to find and follow his own path. If one is fortunate, those paths will for a time join. But if the paths separate, it is comforting to know that a friend still graces the universe with his skills, and his viewpoint, and his presence. For is one is remembered by a friend, one is never truly gone." -Grand Admiral Thrawn

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Chinderixx
Apr 18, 2017

"I am a warrior, Your Majesty. A warrior may retreat. He does not flee. He may lie in ambush. He does not hide. He may experience victory or defeat. He does not cease to serve." -Grand Admiral Thrawn

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Jul 29, 2018

Coarse Language: Infrequent Mild Language

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