SciFi Book Review: Star Wars: Thrawn

Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn

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.

I was hoping this would be an origin story, getting to know more about Thrawn before he joined the Empire. But this is more about his rise to power and the obstacles along the way. The character development is fantastic. And while the story has little in the way of action and adventure, the political intrigue is fascinating and often thrilling. This was an engaging, fast-paced read. And to see Thrawn’s brilliant plans unfold is very enjoyable for fans of the impressive character.