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The embattled Republic reels from the attacks of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who has marshaled the remnants of the Imperial forces and driven the Rebels back with an abominable technology recovered from the Emperor's secret fortress: clone soldiers. As Thrawn mounts his final siege, Han and Chewbacca struggle to form a coalition of smugglers for a last-ditch attack against the e ...more
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Published June 28th 2011 (first published May 1993)
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Alejandro
A trilogy that evolved in a wise way.


But it was so artistically done.

HOW A TRILOGY SHOULD BE

Maybe how a trilogy should be it’s that all three parts would be the same as good. I am sure nobody would mind about that.

However, if perfection isn’t in the equation, I think that a wise approach is constructing a solid first part, not necessarily extraordinary, but with great potential to become better and introducing interesting new characters. Then, having a second part involving a bigger scope
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Evgeny
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Strictly speaking, the poster of the original Star Wars movie does not have too much in common with the last book of the trilogy except for the settings and main heroes, but my child self really loved it when I saw it first. I was waiting for a chance to use it and this looks like a good place as any, so there you have it:
Star Wars

The New Republic is besieged on all sides thanks to the genius machinations by Thrawn - behind the scenes and open battles. Torn by internal struggles, the Republic is poorly e
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Gavin
Feb 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This was a fun conclusion to the Thrawn Trilogy. It was of a similar quality to the previous two books in the series and satisfactorily wrapped up the main ongoing plot arcs.

The ending produced a few shocks which was quite entertaining. I was happy with the way things concluded regarding the Dark Jedi Jorus C'baoth, but felt like things with Thrawn were a bit rushed. On the plus side Thrawn was back to his best in this book. He was a step ahead of his enemies most of the time.

Thrawn, Karrde, a
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Rob
Jun 29, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking for post-"Jedi" closure
Shelves: science-fiction, 2014
Same review for all three: I grew up on Lucas' film trilogy; it took on a certain mythological quality. Say what you will about Lucas: I won't apologize for this enjoyment. When the first horn blasts of that John Williams score strike, I wear that nerdy shame with all of its lightsaber-wielding pride.

And Zahn pulls off a follow-up trilogy just well enough to pass. We get some closure on the whole Han/Leia thing, we see how well the fledgling Republic fares, watch Luke struggle through his on-goi
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TS Chan
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyable and fitting closure to the Thrawn trilogy, and Mara Jade's dilemma. The audiobook performance really elevated the story-telling, which was otherwise fairly predictable. Luke and Leia both come across as being too nice and bland sometimes, which thankfully was tempered by more interesting characters like Han, Chewie, Lando, Talon Karrde and his smugglers, even the Noghri, and of course, Thrawn - one of the most impressive antagonists I've read to date.

What I liked most from thes
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
Rather then ending the Thrawn Trilogy with a whimper, Timothy Zahn saves the best for The Last Command!

With Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine gone, the New Republic was supposed to usher in a golden age of peace. Instead, the galaxy finds itself being torn apart by the ravages of war again. Led by the brilliantly tactical mind of Grand Admiral Thrawn, the dreaded Imperial Empire has risen again, armed with a fleet of seemingly-indestructible starships that are being piloted by a limitless army o
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Jack
Oct 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
“The Thrawn Trilogy” is the most common answer to the question “Which Star Wars books should I start with?” After finishing this last book in the trilogy, I can understand why. Grand Admiral Thrawn is an outstanding and compelling nemesis. Overall it is a solid trilogy, with a good mix of action, political machinations, and Force spiritualism mumbo-jumbo. Even a casual Star Wars fan will enjoy these books.

The main issue for me was that the Thrawn character was so interesting, it highlighted the
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Donna
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I don't know what more I can say about these Star Wars books. They are so enjoyable, well the audios are anyway. This one didn't have as much action as previous ones I've read, but I was still completely into it. The narrator does a great job. His Leia voice could use some work, but everything else is wonderful. I also love it when they use the real Chewy voice. So 4 stars.
Rob
May 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
If you're thinking about picking up a Star Wars book, forget all those new ones on the shelf, and pick up this classic masterpiece.

The Thrawn Trilogy of books (of which this is the first) are far and away the best Star Wars novels; perhaps because it was penned by a science fiction author with experience writing about galactic warfare.

Zahn bravely pushes the saga in interesting new directions that sets the bar for all the novels that have followed. He introduces some of the most memorable and en
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Nathan
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what an ending... Definitely my favorite out of all three and the last 25% was so action packed! I didn't think there was enough room left at the end of the book for a good conclusion, but Zahn did it. The whole series definitely lives up as a great sequel trilogy to the original movies
Suzanne
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can certainly see why so many fans insisted this trilogy should be cannon, and why there is a new cannon Thrawn book. He's a great character - it is fun to have a non-force character in the Star Wars that is so dominant just because of the way the thinks.

I really enjoyed this trilogy, and I will read the new Thrawn book soon.
Paul Luttor
This review applies to all three of the Thrawn Trilogy novels

It might not be entirely fair to these books that I first started reading them expecting them to be masterpieces (touted by more than a few people I know as the very best of Star Wars EU fiction), because to be quite honest, I was more disappointed than I was impressed with them. I say that this might not be fair because in reality, they aren't that bad; the plot is certainly interesting enough to hold your attention, especially if you
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Algernon
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Usually it is the other way around : I like the first book of a series better than the last one, probably because it is all new and full of promise, worlds and people waiting to be discovered. With the Thrawn trilogy I already knew what I was dealing with before I even started, and it took me until the third and final book to get caught up in the adventure. I've grumbled in the first two reviews about the poor writing, the lack of originality and the often contrived logic of the conflict, but I ...more
Stephen
4.5 stars. The Thrawn Trilogy, of which this is the final book, set the standard for "non-canon" star wars books and is still among the best in that group. This is a great universe (i.e., star wars) written by an excellent author (i.e., Zahn). The result is a very good read.
Lance Shadow
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After taking way to long to read this book, here's my review of the final volume in Timothy Zahn's beloved Thrawn Trilogy!
I started this book way back in March or so, but then I stopped and restarted. Not because I didn't like it, but because my life got way too busy and I didn't want to pause for a really long time and then start up again. But that eventually ended up happening anyway so go figure.
Heir to the Empire was not only a book that really surprised me, but it was great as an opening
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Crystal Starr Light
"Your destiny is in your heands...in the end you're the one who makes the decisions"
The final entry in the esteemed Thrawn Trilogy!
The Katana fleet is Thrawn's and he has been using it quite liberally--along with a new breed of clones--to slow take back all the ground lost to the New Republic. The New Republic is scrambling desperately, but to no hope. The Republic's only chance of warding off the Empire is to destroy the unending supply of Imperial clones. And it will take the collaboration of
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Alex Ristea
The best of a highly entertaining trilogy.

What more can I say? If you dig Star Wars, don't miss out on these novels. Click here for my review of the first, Heir to the Empire, and my review of the second, Dark Force Rising.

The Last Command in particular had a lot more epic space battles, which is exactly what I was in the mood for right now. I found the plot a bit tighter, and by the time we started building towards the climax, I started taking the long route home so I could listen for longer.
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Nicole
Aug 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
It's been too long for me to identify specific events in each of the three volumes, but I thought I'd post a general review of the trilogy.
My favourite thing about the trilogy is Talon Karrde. While he's an opportunist and a bit of a scoundrel, he does have a sense of right and wrong. He's definitely a useful ally. And I thought his taste for the finer things, his pet vornskrs, and his penchant for puns were cute.
Admiral Thrawn is probably the best villain of the entire Star Wars cycle. He's ab
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Ashley
Jul 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things about this series is how the books work together to tell one story (acting as initial conflict, rising tension, and climax, respectively), and yet each book has its own separate arc as well. As they go, the books escalate in tension and in the scale of the final climax of those arcs. In book one, it’s as small as a fight between Luke and Mara in the jungles of a small planet, trying to escape, and a single unit of Stormtroopers trying to apprehend them. In book two, it’ ...more
Rob
Executive Summary: A pretty good end to a pretty good series.

Audio book: Once again another excellent job by Marc Thompson making this one a must listen in my opinion.

Full Review
In the third and final book of the series, Mr. Zahn does a pretty good job wrapping things up. My only main gripe was that for a series called The Thrawn Trilogy, the ending with regards to Admiral Thrawn felt a lot more rushed compared to some of the other story lines.

That said, I was happy with the ending. Parts of t
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Ron
Nov 23, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Raquel Moritz
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Exatamente o tipo de história que eu esperava de um livro de Star Wars. Os personagens já conhecidos dão um baile no leitor ao longo das páginas; os que tiveram pouco destaque nos filmes crescem absurdamente no livro; e os novos personagens são impecáveis - o Thrawn é frio, calculista, inteligente além da conta e acompanhar o raciocínio dele é uma aventura e tanto. Adorei a Trilogia inteira.
Steve
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sigh...It's hard for me to properly review this series... I enjoy Star Wars, I grew up with it... but as a person who enjoys a very human-centric story, where decisions are made based on character, and not for the sake of progressing the story... it's hard for me to give these books a very high rating.
The story is so cookie cutter, and predictable it really is just for pure amusement.Admittedly, the books are entertaining, but you know what you're getting here. Even the Star Wars movies, all fol
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Adam
Jun 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars readers
The Thrawn Trilogy (which I'll review as one unit) is, I can now agree, one of the few indispensable, and actually really worth reading productions of the EU. Zahn gets it all right, and does everything I personally want to see in the EU.

First of all, he pulls off all the important plot and characterization goals he tries to achieve: all of his characters have extremely bad-ass abilities and strengths, but they are not defined by their powers. Thrawn and C'baoth in particular come to mind. Thra
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Mark Oppenlander
The Thrawn trilogy is complete. This book continues with the style and pace of the first two installments, and brings the story to a relatively satisfying conclusion (with one caveat, which I'll touch on in a moment.) Zahn comes up with several very interesting last-minute plot twists too - twists that don't feel cheap, but which you realize had been foreshadowed nicely in the earlier books.

It occurs to me that some of you who follow my reviews might find it hard to fathom how I could give four
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Skut L
I am being lazy and am writing this review for all three books in the trilogy. It is also a very short review.

In my obviously biased opinion:

1. Zahn has created the most compelling Star Wars 'villain' since the original Darth Vader in Grand Admiral Thrawn. This includes every other Vader clone, Mary Sue-type troperific Big Bad, and most of all Boba Fett and any evil character from the unfortunate lesser six films.

The man studies a culture's artwork and through this insight figures out how to bea
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Alan
Jun 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I know I'll probably get slammed for this, but I don't quite get all the hype for this trilogy. It is a good three book set, but outstanding-no. Whereas Zahn had nicely avoided second book middle holder with this set, the climax of the Thrawn trilogy fell flat.

Which is a shame. Zahn at the worst is a competent story teller, from what I've read of his work before this I would call him average at best when it comes to characterization, and he created an interesting character in Thrawn. Where the l
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Gregor Xane
May 09, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars people only.
Shelves: 2013
I don't usually go in for media tie-in books. But various folks have been telling me to read this series for a long, long time. Now that I have, when I encounter rabid fans of this series, I can say, yes, yes, I've read it and I thought it was pretty good. Do I feel compelled to read any more Star Wars novels? No. It had a lot of action and had some clever things going on in it. Thrawn is a good and interesting villain. However, the writing was merely serviceable, and I really don't see why it t ...more
Tony Evans
Feb 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting end to the trilogy. Though, *spoiler* Thrawn died a little too easily, especially since he played such a big role through the series. Seems that Cbaoth got more of the ending action then Thrawn did.
Ryan
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A trilogy that gets better and better as it goes along. Definitely a worthy addition to the Star Wars universe
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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 M.S. 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 ...more
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