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I have to say I was a little disappointed because the other Timothy Zahn penned Star Wars books are SOOO good This isn t so much the secret origin of Admiral Thrawn as it is ust little snippets of his rise to the top There s very little characterization in the book It s a series of looks into Thrawn s victories using his tactical superiority Plus this is as much a book about Arihnda Pryce s rise through the Empire as it is anything else Every other chapter is her story which actually has of a through story than Thrawn s Executive Summary After a slow start I really enjoyed this book a lot But I spent the whole book rooting for a member of the Empire and I feel dirty for itAudiobook Marc Thompson is so good that I really don t want to listen to a Star Wars book he doesn t narrate You get the usual Star Wars audiobook treatment here Music Sound effects and a narrator who can do all the voices making this feel like a radio drama than a novel at times Generally I find music in audiobooks distracting but the Star Wars books always do it right and make any book narrated by Mr Thompson a must listen for me Full Review I always loved the Star Wars movies as a kid but I was never a big enough fan to Defender for Hire (Heroes for Hire, jump into the Expanded Universe Legends books until I was much older Shortly after I did Disney bought Lucas and it made all of that stuff non canon The one series I did read was the one that everyone seemed to recommend the most The Thrawn trilogyI enjoyed that trilogy especially in audio Often dubbed the third trilogy it was a pretty good attempt to tell a bit story after the end of Return of the Jedi I enjoyed those books but I didn t love them The main antagonist however was fantastic Thrawn made for a very different character than the emperor and Vadar I also found Mara Jade another excellent character Timothy Zahn s contribution to Star Wars was substantial It was a shame to see those characters suddenly be relegated to Legends I understand why they did it thoughFast forward a few years and when I saw the announcement that Thrawn was being added back into the canon again first on the excellent Star Wars Rebels show and later with a new book written by Timothy Zahn and I was really excitedI don t remember a whole lot about the original Thrawn series beyond the characteristics of Thrawn himself Most of the other characters and plot details are hazy at best What is fresh however is his appearance on Rebels This book serves as a backstory of sorts How Grand Admiral Thrawn came to be such a highly ranked member of the Imperial FleetYou get a lot insight into his thinking At times I found that a bit tedious especially the parts where he was observing people s facial movements in order to evaluate what they were thinking However as the book went on that seemed to be a bit less freuent or maybe Iust finally got used to it The character is so well done that I found myself rooting for him to outmaneuver everyone he went up against and forgot that he was working for the Empire He s certainly not the villain in this book that he was in the original trilogy or that he s portrayed on the Rebels show It probably helps that none of the usual heroes are present to oppose him Much of his issue stems from the empire itself I enjoyed getting this kind of view of the characterThe secondary characters were uite good as well Not uite to the standards of the original series but memorable nonetheless Eli Vanto is definitely a new favorite and I hope we get stories about him in addition to Thrawn Marinda Price was another interesting character who despite being a secondary character got uite a lot of character development Originally I was wondering what her story had to do with the plot and I found the early parts of her sections slow Eventually though her story got interesting and its relevance was revealedOverall I thought this was a really enjoyable addition and I hope that it s only the start because while we got a lot of interesting backstory on Thrawn I found myself with a lot uestions than answers I especially want to see where this fits in with the final season of the Rebels show Boy did I want to like this book than I did A few uick background details prior to his appearing on Star Wars Rebels last fall I had close to zero prior experience with the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn I say close to zero because after doing a little research I was surprised to discover that he did make an appearance in one of the Galaxy of Fear books from the 90s a series that I remember reading voraciously as a youngster I have zero recollection of his appearance however After YEARS of hearing from scores of EU fans about the sheer awesomeness that was Grand Admiral Thrawn about his uncanny intelligence his calculating nature his overall badassery I d be lying if I said that upon finally meeting the man himself in Rebels I wasn t a tad disappointed While I dug his look and I could appreciate what made him a threat to the Rebels gang there was little about Thrawn or at least this version of Thrawn that struck me as distinct or original Honestly if there was anything that did surprise me about Thrawn it was how eerily similar in personality he was to Grand Moff TarkinI lay all of that out because I want to make it clear exactly what I was hoping for from book My hope was that it would illuminate for me why Thrawn is a character that deserves all of the accolades that he s had heaped upon him And with Timothy Zahn the character s creator returning to pen this newest book I had every reason to hope and anticipate that this book would get me Spots Fun with Friends jazzed about Thrawn in a way that Rebels never uite managedJudging by the star rating I guess you see how well that turned outFor years I ve put off reading Heir to the Empire Dark Force Rising and third The Last Command Zahn s early 90s seuel trilogy that or less acted as fans seuel trilogy long before Disney did unfortunately if said books are anything like Thrawn in terms of how they approach their narrative I m thinking that s a wait I can continue to prolong Look I can appreciate the crispness of Zahn s prose and the way that he constructs militaristic battle seuences there s one action scene about halfway through that almost makes the book worthwhile but on the whole I was stunned byust how thoroughly unaffected I was by any of what Zahn was doing here I didn t connect with any of the characters not Eli Vanto Thrawn s conscripted right hand man not Arihnda Pryce who you might recall as Governor Pryce on Rebels and especially not Thrawn who to my shock I found here to be even MORE blah than he was on Rebels I didn t care about the stakes and I found Zahn s writing style to be curiously cold Simply put I A Kiss To Change Her Life just didn t care about any of it At around the halfway point when I found myself skimming over huge swaths of text I realized this bookust wasn t working for me So overall this was a big bummer for me With Thrawn due back for Season 4 of Rebels I m still perhaps naively holding out hope that the character can be redeemed for me and that I can still be convinced of his awesomeness but at this point after 20 some episodes and 427 pages of novel I m not holding my breath 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum opinion time I never cared for the Thrawn trilogy Though to be fair I was late to the party and only started reading Heir to the Empire after college sometime in the mid 2000s about 15 years after its original publication In my eyes the books did not age very well and I think many tend. 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 po.
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N t do it without friendships alliances and contactsThrawn forges key links with already known Star Wars characters I don t spoil them but also he played his hands when choosing to keep near of him characters like Eli Vanto first appearance here and Arihnda Pryce introduced in Star Wars Rebels where each became valuable assets to the great tactician in different battlefields Military and Politics respectivelyOf course while the book was really great in the chapters dedicated to Thrawn that it was my reason to read the novel I felt that there were Their Convenient Amish Marriage (Pinecraft Homecomings just too much about Arinhda Pryce that it was clear that she was pivotal to help Thrawn in certain moments of his rising military career however I don t think it was necessary to explain in so much detail how Arihnda Pryce ascended in her own choosing of career path Each chapter begins with excerpts of Thrawn s personal diary that they are astonishingly written certainly a book about the art of war from the point of view of Thrawn could be something overwhelming to readThe great tactician is back The war games are on again Say goodbye to Sun Tzu s Art of War Behold Thrawn s Art of War Cue epic war drums Leadership and obedience are the two legs on which a warrior s life is balanced Without both victory cannot be achievedLeadership depends on information and comprehension Not so obedience Sometimes a commander may choose to share details of his plan Often he may not In either case obedience must be instant and completeSuch automatic response relies on trust between commander and those commanded And that trust can only be obtained through leadership The next guy who is going to declare war on me is going to be really sorry A Stranger in Strange land Chiss Most of the galaxy thought this mysterious race of warriors as a harrowing myth A creation of blood chilling stories and rumorsNow It is no longer a rumor but a fact The empire s navy has found an exiled Chiss while patrolling the outer rims of the galaxy His name Mitth raw nuruodo Oh don t make that face Say it with me Mith THRAW noo roo o doNow you are as cool as Emperor PalpatineWe are introduced to many characters Notably Thrawn the Chiss who made a deal with Emperor to get into Empire s Navy We are introduced to Eli a young outer rim cadet who end up being Thrawn s translator and later his aide We also meet Arinhda Pryce an ambitious outer rim miner who vows to rise politically to gain power The story is about power and politics It is about victory and defeat It is about strategies of War It is about principles and the fine lines that one crosses to become a Villain Most of all it is about the in depth personal profile of a great tactical mind For me one of the best parts of the story other than Thrawn himself was the portrayal of Empire Okay Let me explain In the original trilogy Empire was always this big bad wolf for me An evil body of power Yet Zann s is Empire is scarier His empire is filled with politics corrupt bureaucrats racism bribery and pride In short the Empire is nothing but a regular governmentI am a sucker for tactical planning and military strategies Believe me when I say this one got it all thanks to Thrawn I loved the story the politics and the complex yet spectacular characterization view spoilerI was expecting Thrawn to be an actual Villain but at the end of the day he was one of the sane characters in the story When I talked about the lines that one crosses to become a villain I was talking about Arindha Pryce who turned out to be well Selfish But Zahn has characterized her in such a way that we can not even blame her That my friend is where the story wins hide spoiler A long time ago in a galaxy far far away I was once absolutely amazed and thrilled when a certain Timothy Zahn revitalized the whole Star Wars franchise by picking up a few decades after the events in Episode Six introducing the most charming and deadly enemy the New Republic had ever facedI was doubly amazed because there was no heavy reliance on BDOsust strategical and tactical strength Grand Admiral Thrawn came back from the outer rim and WIPED everything in his pathMy aw dropped I said to myself MY LORD I WISH WE HAD ANOTHER TRILOGY OF MOVIES BASED ON THIS It s BRILLIANTInstead we had a preuel trilogy and then two out of three after trilogy and two side stories AND NO THRAWN ANYWHEREI felt a great disturbance in the Force as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silencedcricketsSo eventually I got this bright idea Go back to the original author of Thrawn and read all about Thrawn s rise to power I avoided it only because I tend to avoid franchise novels but come on It s THRAWNAnd I was satisfied More than satisfied I loved getting an inside look into this brilliant guy with dual loyalties and enough wisdom for three sectors So Love to hate Enjoy ust how brilliant a villain he is because he s also complex and admirableYep All of the above All the love of Darth Vader before we saw him as a kid and none of the mistakes Totally worth it Easily my favorite SW novel after Timothy Zahn s original classic THIS GUY AND THIS GUY Nuff said I don t care to read any new Star Wars canon but anything Zahn writes I will read This is a great book I had very high hopes for this book All the ingredients seemed to be in place I remember reading Heir to the Empire trilogy when it first came this ignited my love of reading and since I have devoured everything from the expanded universe What could go wrong with the book they even had Timothy Zahn Thrawn s original creater What could go wrong NOTHING The book is AWSOMEAs much as I loved Heir to the Empire we were never given too much background of Thrawn s raise through the Imperial ranks The fact that he was as non human at the rank of Grand Admiral which was unheard of in the xenophobic Imperial military So he must have been brilliant to stand out or get as far as he did However we never got that part of his story apart from hints This book fills in many of those banks whilst leaving part to expand on for later It covers the highlights of Thrawn s entire Imperial career up till the point of him reaching Grand Admiral On a side note as evil as Palpatine was I have not read anywhere about him being xenophobic himself I am wondering if this is another Tarkin ism that was passed through the militaryThis has then wet my appetite for Rebels Season 3 unless you have already seen this season I would say read this before watching this it should enhance the viewing and provide a couple of links towards the end of the book I think Eli says it be as much as not is not possible to full know Thrawn he is as complex as he is brilliant The thing this book portrays is Thrawn is not evil he can be cold and a military man through and through but he is always aiming his tactics for preserving life and collateral damage I did also like the introduction of the Nightsswan as Thrawns adversery and Eli as a sort of apprentice Towards the end of the book we do get a bit understanding of why Thrawn oined the Empire Even though he is not in the book much I do like that fact the they show Palpatine is not an idiot he is a very skilled tactician as well especially in their last conversationI cannot recommend this book enough even with my sky high expectations this book delivered in every way This is a great book for old Star Wars fans like men and fans getting to know Thrawn for the first time or even wanting background on him after seeing him in the TV series. E schools his trusted aide Ensign Eli Vanto in the arts of combat and leadership and the secrets of claiming victory But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemyAll these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral and must pit all the knowledge instincts and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.
Ed to view them through nostalgia tinted glassesStill setting my personal critiue of the books aside as a character I do maintain that Thrawn is one of the best to come out of the Star Wars universe And I suspect the powers that be agree as well explaining why Thrawn was canonically reintroduced in the third season of Star Wars Rebels despite the original trilogy having been classified Legends along with much of the old Expanded Universe Timothy Zahn was tapped to reprise his role as author to a new novel about the titular character which is intended to chronicle his early life and meteoric rise to power It s a rare opportunity for any reader to revisit a favorite character like this and thus far I ve really enjoyed Thrawn s appearances on the show which is why come hell or high water I knew I was going to read this bookLike many origin tales Thrawn begins with our Chiss protagonist in humble circumstances alone and exiled on a planet at the edge of known space For those familiar with Zahn s Mist Encounter this first section is essentially a fleshed out and updated retelling of the events in that short story A good chunk of the novel is also told through the eyes of Eli Vanto a lowly Imperial cadet who is taken along on an investigation of this ungle world because of his knowledge of these backwater systems When the crew encounters Thrawn they are immediately impressed by his survival skills and knowledge of military strategy traits that are said to be valued by the Chiss Ascendancy Obviously these skills are also highly sought after in the Empire leading the Imperials to bring Thrawn to Coruscant so that Emperor Palpatine can decide his fateDespite being an alien Thrawn manages to impress the Emperor with his elouence and persuasiveness and immediately gets assigned to a military academy to hone his skills and knowledge of the Imperial Navy Eli Vanto is sent along with him in order to be translator and guide to all things related to the Empire s culture and society a role that the cadet resents at first but in time he learns to respect Thrawn s intelligence and personality especially when after graduation the Chiss starts getting promotion after promotionMeanwhile on a mining planet called Lothal another origin story for a Rebels character is beginning to unfold Before she became the governor of her planet Arihnda Pryce was a young company heiress forced to watch everything her family has built fall into the Empire s hands Secretly vowing her revenge Pryce agrees to work for an Imperial Senator already making plans to worm herself inside the political machine where she will bide her time until she has enough power to take what she wants Along the way though she ll need some help and Thrawn who is making his own way up the ranks at this point may prove to be the perfect allyNot surprisingly Thrawn is a very character focused novel detailing how the Chiss became so successful even in the face of the Empire s xenophobia as well as to put readers into his head The first is accomplished by simply by giving examples of Thrawn s genius and describing the processes that led to his victories It didn t matter that many in the Empire held anti alien attitudes the Emperor saw potential in Thrawn and he only cares about results It is clear that Thrawn eventually achieved Grand Admiral status on his own terms and merits and his leadership skills naturally drew others to him despite what they might think of his originsHowever putting readers into Thrawn s head is another subtle matter Zahn s writing has always struck me as rather stark and clear cut in a whatever it takes to get the Divine ecstasy, the story of Khajuraho job done kind of way I daresay without the glimpses he offered into Thrawn s mind this book could have been a very dry read indeed Fortunately peppered throughout the novel are brief looks into what makes his character tick from hisournal excerpts at the beginning of each chapter to his furtive observations on how others are behaving and reacting around him though there must have been at least a couple dozen mentions of facial heat or cheeks tightening making me wish there d been variation in the descriptions A lot can also be gleaned from Thrawn s interactions with the other characters Through Vanto s and Pryce s eyes we see how much Thrawn values and rewards hard work and loyalty and he puts Carrying the Greeks Heir just as much of both into the men and women who work under him In many ways Thrawn serves as a counterpoint to a lot of traditional Star Wars villains as well For one he does not possess the Force mainly relying on thinking rather than fighting to win his battles He also views unnecessary loss of life as a waste a point that I think earns him a lot of sympathy from readers While it s true Thrawn may be a symbol of the Empire Zahn nevertheless makes it so easy to root for himAll told Thrawn isn t among the best novels I ve read from the new canon but neither is it among the worst It s actually uite a decent book and in my eyes New Thrawn certainly beats out Old Thrawn hands down In theory you d think Thrawn would also appeal most to fans of the character the original trilogy or Star Wars Rebels but I would urge anyone even if you do not consider yourself to be a hardcore Star Wars fan to give this one a look There s a reason why Thrawn as a character is so beloved and this is his storyAudiobook Comments At this point I think anything I say about Marc Thompson will sound like a broken record But if all of my praise for him happens to sound the same it s only because it s true The guy is great at voices and I love his Thrawn the way he made him sound similar to the Rebels version Do yourself a favor and listen to this one The great tactician returns to the canon ONCE GREAT ALWAYS GREAT Grand Admiral Thrawn was created by Timothy Zahn in his original Thrawn trilogy that it was the cornerstone of the then Star Wars Expanded Universe in prose novels However due the buying of Disney of Lucasfilms that trilogy became non canon and part of what is know nowadays as Legends and of course since that trilogy was written so early in the franchise where the Clone Wars weren t properly developed in the Preuel Trilogy it s also clear that several details in that prose trilogy were already imposible to fit in the Star Wars canon timelineOf course Thrawn kept returning in a way or another mentioned or actually appearing in other following novels by Zahn but all those novels fell under the Legends label tooSo while a couple of years Thrawn remained in a blurry area without a canonical statusButThrawn became canonical once again in the Third Season of the CGI animated TV series Star Wars Rebels and he was great there but it was a matter of respect and gratitude that the high powers Disney and Lucasfilms executives would give a green light to the prolific author Timothy Zahn to write a new novel now properly inside of the current Star Wars Canon revealing an unknown part of Thrawn s past and how he reached the high rank of Grand Admiral in the Imperial NavyAnd so Thrawn proved once again that he was great since the beginning with his military cunning astonishing tactics timing caution charismatic manipulation deep interest in art and culture and intense honorOnce great always great Not matter if canon or not NOT EVEN THRAWN IS AN ISLAND In this exceptional novel Timothy Zahn exposed how an alien from even outside of the galaxy was able to reach one of the highest ranks in the racist and elitist Imperial Navy that as in many real life situation you ca. Wer and infamyAfter Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine Andust as uickly Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated On missions to rout smugglers snare spies and defeat pirates he triumphs time and again even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power
Timothy Zahn attended Michigan State University earning a Bachelor of Science degree in physics in 1973 He then moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and achieved an MS degree in physics in 1975 While he was pursuing a doctorate in physics his adviser became ill and died Zahn never completed the doctorate In 1975 he had begun writing science fiction as a hobby and he bec