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Thrawn (Star Wars) Hardcover – April 11, 2017
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About the Author
Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, Choices of One, and Scoundrels), with more than four million copies of his books in print. Other books include the Cobra series, the Quadrail series, and the young adult Dragonback series. Zahn has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.
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"Thrawn" rectifies that.
From a only-barely modified origin story that will be very familiar to those who read the short "Mist Encounter" to bringing Thrawn days before his debut in "Rebels", we see the journey an alien has to take to rise to the pinnacle of military rank in the xenophobic Empire. There are familiar notes including character and ship names readers of Zahn's Legends material, new material including Thrawn's young protege, and for those who require an Imperial villain, we have Arhinda Pryce and her ruthless climb to political power that also explains a great deal about her character on Rebels and how she and Thrawn became allies of a sort. There's also a surprise twist to Thrawn's backstory that should catch even longtime readers off guard. And for the first time ever, we're permitted a glimpse into Thrawn's mind rather than seeing him filtered through a human POV.
New-canon only fans may find things like the explanation of the "civilian casualties" on Batonn strange or not in keeping with the so-far almost simple-minded insistence in new canon on black and white morality, but readers familiar with Zahn's work recognize this is a design feature, not a bug. If the book had any real flaws, it was a somewhat underwhelming antagonist in "Nightswan", and some of the battle sequences get VERY long-winded as Eli (the narrator) talks through analyzing them. But overall the book is the high quality and characterization we have come to expect from Zahn. Other than Catalyst this is, thus far the only must read new Star Wars thus far, and the only one which is a must read for its own sake.
Each chapter starts with an excerpt from what turns out to be Thrawn’s diary. In those excerpts Thrawn muses about warriors, allies, enemies, how to deal with them, how chance meetings will change your course, etc. The chapter then tells part of Thrawns rise through the ranks of the imperial navy – and the musings usually have some bearing on the content of the chapter.
I liked the story-driven content of this book. No fast-paced action, few space battles, but lots of dialogue. We finally get to see the world through the eyes of Thrawn.
But then Thrawn came back thanks to Rebels. And even better, it was announced that Timothy Zahn would be writing a new Thrawn book.
Excited doesn't even begin to describe how I felt.
Though this is a new story for Thrawn, many of the essential elements from the old books are present. While there's no Pellaeon, Eli Vanto is just as interesting and developed. Learning more about Governor Pryce was a nice touch as well.
While the old EU will always be canon in my heart, this book gives me hope for the new canon.