One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.
Author: Timothy Zahn
Category: Star Wars
Publication Date: April 6th, 2017
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Oh Star wars, we love you so much. You have a fantastic villain that we want to see come up against a difficult challenge. Is that too much to ask?
Thrawn is a reboot of sorts of the 90s Star Wars trilogy Heir to the Empire that introduced the main villain Thrawn. He is a super intelligent badass, that can not be out-thought in battle. (OR anywhere else for that matter)
This book follows him and other characters as he rises through the ranks and reaches further in the Empire than any alien ever. We deal with the struggles he faces and the racism that he has to over come. Besides bounty hunters, there are really not many aliens in the empire. This book speaks on that and unfortunately comes across more as a people jerks to him. Racism is touched upon but it is not explained or dealt with very well. It is just kind of there.
The story feels more like a fast forward through his rise and while some moments are interesting, there is no real plot development. This feels more like Disney just wanted Thrawn in their world and they threw this together to try and bring him into canon.
There never seemed to be a cohesive plot, it was a literal chronicling of Thrawn’s rise to power. One fight scene where Thrawn kicked ass and took names to the next with very little stringing the events together in the background.
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Much like the original trilogy before this book, Thrawn is the best thing about it. The rest of the characters are bland and I just don’t care about the plot. Thrawn is fun but I probably need to watch Star Wars Rebels to get a better view of him.
In criticizing a book that revolves around such an infamous character in the EU I feel like I am committing a small act of blasphemy. But I just could not force myself to really enjoy this. Thrawn is a genius and my appreciating for truly intelligent villians cannot be overstated but there still needs to be more than that to carry a story. Besides there not being an overarching conflict, I just couldn’t connect with any of the other characters. The exception to this I guess would be Eli but I didn’t feel like he had a huge impact on this story. Although I liked him, his only real function in the story was to be a character that talks about how genius Thrawn is.