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The Last Command (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy) Paperback – January 1, 1994
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Fear blankets the New Republic under Thrawn's new special weapon. While under this fear, Leia's future jedi children are born, and Mara must attempt to resolve the Emperor's Last Command. All the storylines come together with such perfect emotion, action, and spectacular epic space battles. The Thrawn Trilogy is a good example of what defines the authentic good quality of the Star Wars universe - love, mythology, action, and fantasy. I honestly believe that these three novels are Episodes 7, 8, and 9. If you haven't read the Thrawn trilogy, you are missing out on one of the best science fiction gems of our time.
Here, of course, all the plot threads started in the previous two novels are wrapped up, though some of them will continue to develop in other Star Wars novels. As in the movie series that inspired it, there are space battles and lightsaber duels galore, and the mixture of adventure, romance, and drama that made Star Wars such a popular movie series is vividly recreated in Zahn's crisp and lively writing.
As should be, the book is action from beginning to end, but that action is varied and tense. From light saber duels to Horatio Hornblower sea battles in space to political intrigue and obsessed vindettas.
The new characters feel like they were just off camera when Lucas filmed the original movies. Mara Jade has dreams of fighting Luke. She's an enforcer for a brilliant smuggler, Talon Kardde. Talon is a political animal, playing alliances and allegiances like chess moves while remaining likable and understandable.
The greatest addition of all is our true villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn. The reader understands that it's a good thing that Thrawn wasn't around for the rebel victories over the Emperor because the result would have been different. He's a mastermind, both strategically and tactically, and can only be defeated by underhanded means or overwhelming force.
To complicate matters, Thrawn's ally, the insane Joruus C'baoth, is a dark Jedi master trying to turn Luke to the dark side and to possess Leia's children, raising them as the seed to a new Jedi army.
The action doesn't stop and the ending is fantastic. Pick it up, enjoy it, and remember those good old days.
- CV Rick
The situation with the rebels is also brilliantly executed. Mara Jade must carefully navigate her shifting allegiances as she struggles with her own challenges both internally and with her continually shifting circumstances. She must find a way to resolve the awful spell that palatine beset upon her, compelling her to kill Luke Skywalker in vengeance.Read more ›
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Very good read, very intense, on your seat action, Grand Admiral Thrawn really should have been the premise of Star Wars: Episode 7.Published 9 days ago by Matt Pepple
Still reading it. The writer repeats some of his sayings and Thrawn is sometimes too good at predicting what the rebels are going to do through out the series but all in all I have... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Spencer Frye
This book is the final in a three book collection. The ending does not leave you hanging. It does let you know that more will follow, but those stories are after this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mominator
The Last Command - in which Jedi twins are born, smugglers are allied, and insane clones are faced down - concludes Zahn's Thrawn trilogy with all the bang you could hope to get... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jennifer Grey
Once again, I'm amazed at how much the SW authors can pack into one book and somehow make it all work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Burgundy Damsel
This book was more fast paced than it's two predecessors, not saying they were slow it's just a mark of all that happened in this one. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dominic Orf
A fitting finish to a superb series. Zahn is an excellent writer, and proves it here. There are no loose ends, and he manages to keep you so focused on the penultimate showdown,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. Danielson
Great series with several twists... Did not see the ending coming. Recommend to any Star Wars fan. Audio book version is amazing as well.Published 1 month ago by Les