Hello all, I just recently finished the new Star Wars book "Thrawn" by author Timothy Zahn.
I'd thought I'd write a review (spoiler free as much as possible) to share my thoughts and maybe discuss the book with anyone who may have read it.
Now before I begin, I'd like to say I'm a huge fan of Star Wars in general, and since my early teen years, Ive gotten into the plethora of books that have been written. One of the first ever I read in length was a novel called, "Heir to the Empire", and since then, I've loved the character that is Grand Admiral Thrawn.
I was fascinated by such a character, that being the antagonist, was vastly different than previous Star Wars villains such as Darth Vader, or the Emperor...a character not hellbent on gaining power, or being outright caniving. But rather a being of great intelligence, that examines the best possible ways to undermine and thwart his enemies before they ever knew what hit them. Cold and ruthless for sure, but calculated and brilliant at the same time.
Now, with the character being reintroduced into canon in the Star Wars Rebels TV show, I was rehooked with interest immediately when I heard first he was to appear in canon, and when I heard a new book written by the same author who created him was to be made giving Thrawn a new backstory into Star Wars canon, I couldn't wait to pick it up.
Now, I was wondering especially before his Rebels appearance, " How will the canon stack up to Legends?" As has been the case a lot for me on the new continuity. But I'd like to safely say after watching the recent season of Rebels and now reading this new novel, the canon Chiss Grand Admiral effectively stacks up to his original self.
"Thrawn", the novel, lets us see just how Thrawn ascends the ranks in the Galactic Empire's Navy, battling criminals and insurgents and sometimes those in high rank within the Empire itself. Those who are xenophobic and underestimate the Chiss because he is an alien. The novel also let's the reader see Thrawn's perspective as he works his way up, and often he shares his thoughts and his personal philosophies too which to me is quite fascinating and a lot of it makes sense because it usually pertains to a situation Thrawn finds himself in, but ultimately overcomes through use of precision thinking and unorthodox strategy, but in reader's retrospect, Thrawn's solutions are logical.
We also figure out for the first time why perhaps he wishes to join the Empire despite the speciest doctrine it has which was quite interesting to find out which I'll try to avoid full details on but basically Thrawn believes the Empire is a much more worthy ally down the road for his people, and rather avoided the old Republic because it's part in the Clone Wars, which, technically he was not entirely wrong in the assumption because in the book, lots of people resent the Clone Wars conflict and the chaos it wrought on the galaxy.
In conclusion, the book was fantastic and written masterfully by Timothy Zahn. It's the first canon book I picked up and I most certainly don't regret it because I believe it lived up to Zahn's original Thrawn trilogy and spinoffs like "Outbound Flight".
The novel is also chock full of great easter eggs that, some of which, connect to Timothy Zahn's past Star Wars books which was great to pick out.
So if anyone had it, I'd love to talk with you about it and I certainly hope you enjoyed my ramblings on it as well.
Reading: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn