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Thrawn: Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn series) Kindle Edition
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.
“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”
Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.
Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.
As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy, or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason...
Praise for Thrawn: Treason
“Another excellent addition to the new canon . . . Thrawn: Treason will reward you thoroughly for your time.”—GeekMom
“If you’ve ever enjoyed a Thrawn story—whether that was Heir to the Empire and its sequels or Zahn’s new novels—you’ll find more of what you enjoy in Treason.”—Dork Side of the Force
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"The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades."--The Verge
"A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn's observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating."--New York Daily News
"Quite the page-turner."--Flickering Myth
"It's a science fiction beach read in the best way, brisk and amusing, with some cool additions to the Star Wars galaxy."--Den of Geek
"Like all of Zahn's novels set in a galaxy far, far away, it's an essential read for anyone looking for an artistically done adventure."--CNET--This text refers to the mass_market edition.
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- ASIN : B07L63C76Y
- Publisher : Cornerstone Digital (25 July 2019)
- Language : English
- File size : 3133 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 334 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 42,759 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The books in which the character originally appeared, starting with "Heir to the Empire" in 1991, were subsequently declared "non canon" by Disney, but the character of Thrawn was too good to ignore so he was re-introduced to the canon in series three and four of "Star Wars: Rebels."
"Thrawn: Treason" is the third novel in a new trilogy by Timothy Zahn, mostly set rather earlier than the original books and carefully brought into line with the most recent films and canon. That trilogy consists of:
1) "Thrawn" (2017,) which describes how he joins the empire and rises to the rank of Grand Admiral,
2) "Thrawn: Alliances" (2018,) a novel with two parallel storylines many years apart, the first featuring a collaboration between a younger Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker, the latter one between Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader
3) "Thrawn: Treason" (2019) set shortly before "Rogue One" and "The Empire Strikes Back" in which Thrawn, Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, Director Krennic and various other characters face both internal and external threats to the Empire and the Galaxy - and not until the very end does it become clear who is really contemplating or committing treason.
"Thrawn" is the core name (which humans can pronounce) of a Chiss military genius whose full name is Mitth'raw'nuruodo. The Chiss race are tall, solidly built humanoids who appear almost completely human except for their blue skin and red eyes.
Their political unit, the "Chiss Ascendancy," in whose military forces Thrawn originally served, is not part of the Empire, and the biggest mystery about him is why in the galaxy he would want to serve Emperor Palpatine. Thrawn has a very different style to most Imperial commanders - he is far cleverer than any of them, leads by inspiring loyalty and rewarding good service rather than through fear, and entirely lacks the megalomania and xenophobia of Palpatine and most of his minions.
Timothy Zahn has dropped a number of hints in this trilogy which suggest why Thrawn might believe that the interests of the galaxy, including his own species, might be served by strengthening Palpatine's Empire, and in this book the idea which Zahn has been hinting at appears to be confirmed.
"Thrawn: Treason" is a well-written, entertaining and fast paced book, with a complex plot, but not too complex for most SF readers to follow. It will probably give most pleasure to readers who have at least a passing familiarity with the Star Wars universe - though you certainly don't have to be a Star Wars fanatic to enjoy it - and is also best read in sequence with the rest of the trilogy, e.g. start with "Thrawn" and then read "Thrawn: Alliances" and finish with this book.
This particular story doesn't feel like it fits into Star Wars canon at all, with a vaguely described enemy that somehow poses a massive threat to the Chiss Ascendancy and the galaxy at large, yet is defeated incredibly easily in the end. Once again, in trying to make Thrawn look clever, all Zahn really manages to do is make everyone else look ridiculously stupid. His writing style starts to grate after a while too, with a lot of repetition, particularly with regard to the constant, "Is Thrawn more loyal to the Chiss than the Empire? Is this... TREASON!?" Again and again and again. Ugh.
It'll be a little while until I get around to reading the Ascendancy trilogy, because I need a break from the Timothy Zahn version of Star Wars.
Unfortunately, ‘Thrawn: Treason’ doesn’t live up to this legacy and is thus a little disappointing. Although the two new canon Thrawn novels that preceded this were quite enjoyable, this one is a tad dull. It isn’t that it’s badly written or lacks good characters. The story is just a little mediocre.
Thrawn is still good. The problem being that he doesn’t do anything not seen before and too much of the novel is devoted to explaining his tactical engagements as they are watched and analysed by various characters to the point that they can slow down the pacing and excitement of the actual battles.
The main problem is that the storyline is somewhat confined by the greater events of the Star Wars universe that surround it. Whereas the first book of this series was tied to the ‘Rebels’ television series in several ways and the second, with its flashbacks to Thrawn with Anakin, possessed closer links to ‘The Clone Wars’, this novel starts to encroach upon ‘Rogue One’ territory.
Set close to the conclusion of the final series of ‘Rebels’, the story is concerned with Thrawn’s ongoing efforts towards his TIE Defender program. This inevitably puts him at odds with the Stardust project run by Director Krennic. As both of these things are resolved elsewhere this story amounts to a lot of squabbling between lead Imperials; Thrawn, Krennic and Tarkin amongst them. This manifests in Thrawn being sent on a pest control mission; albeit one with a conspiracy behind it.
The other major plot element is the continual subject of there being a threat to both the Empire and the Chiss Ascendency from beyond the outer rim, the reason for Thrawn joining the Empire. Nothing particularly much develops in this area though. The Grysk have a not more of a presence towards the latter stages. However, it is still relatively minimal, we don’t learn anything particularly new or worthwhile about them and they stay as the vague threat they previously were.
It's a reasonable novel but it just feels like it is treading water a bit, which is a little strange for a book at the end of a sequence/series. Perhaps, certain things, especially the Grysk, are being kept for later novels.
Great plots and well fleshed out characters, intrigue and plots that make sense. And Thrawn is a great protagonist - Mr Spock meets Jack Reacher....!