Thrawn (Star Wars)

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

Praise for Thrawn

“The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades.”—The Verge

“A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn’s observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating.”—New York Daily News

“Quite the page-turner.”—Flickering Myth

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Disney, bow down and do the right thing.5 star

Simply put, Disney needs Zahn to write a spin-off movie (or at least be involved in writing a movie) with Thrawn in it. Can't wait for The Mara Jade story. Wait, that's a great idea Timothy. You can get my pitching skills for free. Call me. 55

Bob DaDerpyman

SUPERB!5 star

This is one of those rare books where it’s perfectly okay to root for the bad guys because there are far worse things opposing them. This book details the Chiss alien Thrawn’s rise to power and his faithful aide Eli Vanto. It also tells the story of a young woman named Arhinda Pryce. The story is a book you just can’t put down (except maybe for a snack). Personally, I like the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter as well. 55


Great book5 star

From start to finish you are hooked can’t wait for the next one. 55


Fantastic4 star

This is just a great book, and I reccomend that any star wars fan read it. Other than a moment or two where I was a little confused (and I recognize that could have been my own fault where I could have missed something), It was just incredible. I’m grateful that Timothy Zahn has created this character and this wonderful story. 45


Greatest villain and hero of the Star Wars series.5 star

Thrawn is by far my favorite storyline and this book did not disappoint. I was so excited that Disney decided to bring him back. Makes me hope the rumored Thrawn movie is really going to happen. 55


Great Addition5 star

Excellent addition to the new Canon and a great look at the character we all knew and loved from the old EU. I'm looking forward to more from Thrawn. 55


Great read!5 star

It was nice learning more about Thrawn! He is a tactical genius. I loved the book it was a great read! Some parts can get a little confusing or drawn out, but I guess it has to be to really understand how Thrawn thinks. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good read that is part of the new cannon. 55

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The fine folks at Grand Moff Talkin' proudly recommend!5 star

The context and nuance heaped upon Thrawn AS WELL AS Governor Pryce will please fans of Star Wars and Rebels alike! Hopefully we'll touch on this book in future episodes of the Grand Moff Talkin' podcast, but as for now, this is a wonderful read! 55

Navy Bubble Head

Amazing5 star

I knew very little about Thrawn before I saw him in Rebels. But I instantly gravitated towards him as much as I did Tarkin. This novel is amazing in painting a picture from a different point of view about the Empire. 55


A fun read, could have been more interesting2 star

I loved the original series of thrawn books that take place ABY. I kept expecting the depth and twists and turns of that series, but this book never really got there. There wasn't a big reveal or shocking moment through out, it sort of plodded along and ended without a lot of excitement. Probably won't read this one again. 25

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