Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars) (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Timothy Zahn

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ISBN-13: 9781984817617
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Series: Star Wars
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 2,589
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Since 1978 Timothy Zahn has written nearly seventy short stories and novelettes, numerous novels, and three short fiction collections, and won the Hugo Award for best novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision of the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, and Allegiance, and has more than four million copies of his books in print. His most recent publications have been the science fiction Cobra series and the six-part young-adult series Dragonback.

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Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Skuldren 11 months ago
Thrawn: Alliances picks up on the story kernel that Timothy Zahn planted in his 2017 novel Thrawn. With the casual mention that the blue skinned Chiss once met Anakin Skywalker in the Unknown Regions, this book fully fleshes out that adventure, and carries onward. Not only do fans get a Thrawn and Anakin story investigating a Separatist plot during the Clone Wars, but a Thrawn and Vader story set during the rise of the Empire. With the Chiss Grand Admiral joining forces with the Dark Lord of the Sith, it’s a volatile alliance that threatens to explode just as much as succeed. Essentially it’s two stories in one with the bonus of Padmé being in the Thrawn and Anakin adventure, thus giving fans a lot to look forward to. The book opens with two prologues, one for each time period, thus setting up the two stories. The first one beings with Palpatine, Vader and Thrawn as the Emperor gives them a mission in the Unknown Regions. He tasks them with going to a planet named Batuu to deal with a disturbance in the Force. The second prologue involves Padmé telling Anakin that she’s received word from one of her handmaidens that there’s something going on in the Batuu area. This part of the story is set during the Clone Wars, sometime after Ahsoka’s departure from the Jedi Order. Once both prologues are set, the book starts with the Vader/Thrawn story, and eventually alternates between the two. The book does a good job of not jumping around too much, so it’s never confusing keeping things straight. It also helps having Anakin and Vader as anchor points for each timeline, clearly delineating which era you’re in. The two stories also build upon each other, with there being some connections and relevance between the two. At the heart of each story is a bit of a detective/mystery plot. Whether it’s Padmé trying to find out what happened to Duja, or what Duja was investigating, Anakin trying to track down Padmé and teaming up with Thrawn to figure out what is going on, or Vader and Thrawn trying to discover the disturbance in the Force that the Emperor felt, there’s a lot of investigation and mystery as the characters look for clues and put together the pieces. Zahn is careful to keep that mystery going so the reader slowly gets a better idea of what is going on as the stories progress. Eventually there’s some action as the characters encounter strange alien species and some more familiar bad guys in the way of the Separatists. Each story has its own payout as you find out what is going on as each one is different. On one hand there is the mystery of what secret project the Separatists are working on, and on the other hand is the mystery of the disturbance in the Force. Overall, the book does a good job of presenting a nice, self-enclosed series of adventures that feels like Star Wars and includes fan favorite characters. It’s a book that slowly ramps up, and eventually hooks you with the elusive answers of what’s going on with the building mystery elements. With the inclusion of Thrawn, Anakin, Vader, and Padmé, the book has a lot to offer, with some team ups we’ve never seen before. For fans of those characters, Thrawn: Alliances is a great read, and I highly recommend checking it out. I give it a four out of five.
Anonymous 8 months ago
The interaction between the characters in the story is very well done. Zahn does a good job in keeping story moving forward while still developing character history and background. I recommend the novel to all Star Wars fans.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The contests and similarities of the two timelines in this story were fascinating and exciting. Thrawn and Vader made for an interesting leadership team. They both learned from each other in the end. I'm sure that the Emporer enjoyed the game that he set up
Anonymous 11 months ago
Really enjoyable. Even if the one big reveal on the Vader-Thrawn relationship was predictable.
Anonymous 11 months ago
Fascinating insight into Anakin and Padme, plus new lore
Anonymous 7 months ago
Long. Drawn out. Too many flashbacks. “Vader frowned” Vader wears a mask. Masks don’t frown.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Keep this series going
Anonymous 11 months ago
Another winner from Timothy Zahn!
Anonymous 11 months ago
As usual, Timothy Zhan delivers a great story
Anonymous 12 months ago
Very interesting story, some boring parts