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(Star Wars: Thrawn #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  4,058 Ratings  ·  547 Reviews
Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader team up against a threat to the Empire in this thrilling novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

"I have sensed a disturbance in the Force."

Ominous words under any circumstances, but all the more so when uttered by Emperor Palpatine. On Batuu, at the edges of the Unknown Regions, a threat to the Empire is taking root--its existence l
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Del Rey
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Stephen Richter Disney reintroduced the character Thrawn into a new timeline and added the character into the great TV series Star Wars Rebels. In one of the coolest…moreDisney reintroduced the character Thrawn into a new timeline and added the character into the great TV series Star Wars Rebels. In one of the coolest moves in publishing history, Disney brought back Timothy Zahn to re-write the character in this timeline. (less)
Marcus Harris Not necessary. As long as your remember Thrawn's command style, the reason he joined the Empire, and that he has the support of the Emperor.

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Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book and continuation of Thrawn's legend/legacy. If I am a little disappointed it is because as good as this book was, it is simply with Timothy Zahn writing Thrawn and Vader I did not want good I was expecting great. However Very good is very good.

This book book is set in two time periods. Going back to the line in the first book where a meeting between, then General Anakin Skywalker and Thrawn, during the Clone Wars was mentioned. The majority of this book takes place in that era,
Both Emperor’s enforcers… together!

This is the second novel re-introducing in the new Expanded Universe Canon of Star Wars (post Disney bought) to the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn, focused on his days previous to the events of the original movie trilogy.

This novel is set in two time periods: “Now” is after the episode “Zero Hour” (Star Wars: Rebels’ Third Season Finale); and “Then” is after the episode “The Wrong Jedi” (Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Fifth Season Finale).

Nicole Pramik
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
[Update 7/1/18] And...we have some awesome new artwork!

Thrawn fangirls, you're most welcome. ;)

I'm so glad that Timothy Zahn has decided to continue penning more Thrawn novels, especially with the Grand Admiral serving as the books' star. Grand Admiral Thrawn is my number one favorite fictional villain, so naturally I can't wait for this! Summer 2018 will be #BlackandBlue - blue for Thrawn, of course, and black for...well, another famous Star Wars baddie. ;)

The Force Is Not Strong With This One

This was ultimately a disappointment.

My 5th Timothy Zahn book, this was the only one i didn't give four or five stars.
To put it simply it wasn't a good story.

The relationship between Darth Vader and Thrawn was a big let down.
"Your actions are treasonous" Darth Vader
"Trust me" Thrawn
This was said over and over.
Vader acted like a whiny child. " I'm telling the Emperor your allegiance doesn't lie with the Empire" Na na na
Thrawn was his typical Sherlock Chiss, Va
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Thrawn teams up with Anakin and Darth Vader in two different eras. The story shifts back and forth between a mission Thrawn and Vader are sent on between Season 3 and 4 of Rebels and a mission Thrawn recalls that took place in the same area with Anakin and Padme during the Clone Wars. I liked how the stories paralleled one another. I also liked how Zahn described Vader's force powers working in battle, where he was actually seeing a second or two into the future and so knew how to counteract wha ...more
Jul 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
How the flying fuck did I not know about this book?? I NEED IT NOW.
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

A Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader team-up? Yep, definitely one of the best ideas in the history of best ideas.

A typical buddy story though, this is not. Thrawn: Alliances is the sequel to the Thrawn, at the end of which our eponymous character meets the Dark Lord of the Sith himself. Following his defeat in season 3 of the animated Star Wars: Rebels, Thrawn is summoned by Emperor Palpatine to his throne room along wit
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Just as fantastic, iconic™, and enjoyable as the first one.

ALRIGHT. Now for the spoilers. ⬇

As expected, there are two stories here: Anakin and Thrawn's team-up, probably set somewhere in season six of The Clone Wars after Ahsoka leaves the Jedi Order, and Vader and Thrawn's team-up, set shortly after the season three finale of Star Wars: Rebels. Both stories send them to the same Unknown Region planets, uncovering two halves of the same mystery decades apart.

Also as expected, Anakin and Thrawn a
Neil Coulter
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
Thrawn Alliances starts out strong. Thrawn is more interesting in this novel than the previous (new canon) book. And it’s always fun to have a Vader team-up story; it was a good formula in Tarkin and Lords of the Sith. It seems interesting in the beginning as Timothy Zahn weaves two stories together throughout the novel—one story about Anakin, Padmé, and Thrawn in the Clone Wars, and another story about Vader and Thrawn (which answers the question of what Thrawn was doing when he left Lothal for ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars-cannon
I hated rating this book so low but I just had a hard time getting into it. I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as the last Thrawn book which has been one of my favorite of the new cannon books. I’m not sure the back and forth in time frames really worked here and I think it took way to long to sort of link these stories together. It felt like a fast pitched story that wasn’t worked out well due to success from the first book.
Jun 17, 2018 marked it as to-read
Mood: checking this page almost every day to see if the release date has come yet. I really just need to put it on my calendar. hahaha
Jul 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I felt Zahn spread himself too thin on this one. The multiple timelines hindered the progression of the overall story, and I never felt really invested in the Thrawn/Vader present timeline. It was also heavy on filler content that wasn't all that consequential - drawn out battle scenes, figuring out how to escape from a cell, etc.

All in all, a considerable step down from the first book--one of my favorites in the new canon--and simply not up to par with the quality we're accustomed to with Zahn
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
I miss the Expanded Universe. This reads like a cartoon script. When measured against the four Expanded Universe Thrawn books it is disappointing.
When you walk in to a library you have around four different types of fiction: Young Children's, Grade Schooler novels, Young Adult and Adult. Previously, Star Wars had appropriate books for all the different ages of its fans. Now, novels that are below the level of current YA are being sold to adults. Disney needs to get wise that high level readers
Eric Allen
Aug 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since I read the first book before I started using Goodreads, for some context I would like to add that the first book would have been a four star review for me, with the general feeling that it was a great start in the same vein as the Hornblower books.

Zahn really has a tough job in a number of ways:

1. He has to "reimagine" his own character in a way that's not strictly beholden to the old EU portrayal and distinct enough to stand on its own in new canon... all the while without confusing or al
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
After reading the previous Thrawn novel I wanted to get into this one as soon as possible. I dont think it really counts as a Thrawn novel as I fell like even though he was the common thread or character in both stories, he wasn't really necessary to the plot. The two stories really highlighted more about Vader/Anakin and Padme. I wasnt overly fond of Zahn making Vader seem infeior intellectually to Thrawn and at times seem really stupid. I liked the elements of Anakin turning towards the darksi ...more
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thrawnatics or Vaderphiles
Shelves: guerre-stellari
This is one of those books that leaves you feeling that you WANTED to like it more than you actually did. The structure of jumping back and forth between how Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker first encountered each other during the late stages of the Clone Wars and then are teamed up again by Palpatine around the time period portrayed in TV's "Rebels" series SHOULD make for a more rounded narrative, but I found the secondary characters in BOTH time periods so bland and forgettable that ultimately I fo ...more
Dennis Keithly
Thrawn Alliances is a hard book to judge. I've always enjoyed Zahn's plots when it comes to novels featuring Zahn. This book has some rather interesting developments for Thrawn, Anakin, and the Republic during the Clone Wars. Plus, there is a second time line that takes place during the time of the Rebels television show between the third and fourth seasons. As one might expect, each plot line holds clues for the other.

However, as great as the plot and some of the twists are, some of the other p
Chad Josimar
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Started off very slow, but really picked up in the second half. You really feel like this book foreshadowed some major implications for the future of Star Wars.
What can I say? My favourite Star Wars author given another round with the best villain of the Empire era - and not only that, he's allowed to play with the best spaceship in all of Star Wars!

A brief rundown: we have two timeframes. First, towards the end of the clone wars, Anakin Skywalker and Thrawn must team up to find Padmé, who has failed to check in whilst on a covert mission on the planet Batuu. Second, Darth Vader and Thrawn mmust work together to overcome a threat that the Emperor has f
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Overall, the question I kept going back to: What is Palpatine’s purpose is sending them out on a mission together? The two threads bounced back and forth, and each conclusion helps to answer this very interesting question. The journey is quite enjoyable.

Full review:

All my reviews:
Barry Mulvany
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Like many Star Wars novels, this wasn't bad but it also kind of disappointed. I quite enjoyed the first Thrawn book so was looking forward to him teaming up with Darth Vader. The story is divided over two timelines, back in the Clone Wars time when we have Anakin and Padme teaming up with Thrawn for the first time, and then the 'current' timeline, set during the Rebels TV series time with Thrawn and Vader. They are both set on the same set of planets near the edge of Unknown space, of which we'v ...more
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thrawn: Alliances (Star Wars: Thrawn #2) by Timothy Zahn
Timothy Zahn does a great job of keeping us guessing while building up Grand Admiral Thrawn's reputation as a master tactician!
He also keeps the tension between Emperor Palpatine's top 2 Agents of The Empire continuous through the novel.
Thrawn is always a couple of moves ahead of his opponents, and finds a way to keep Darth Vader from going on murderous rampages, while discovering a threat to the Empire.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
Disney has officially killed Star Wars. Between this and the mess that was The Last Jedi, the galaxy far, far away is in a state of disrepair. We need this franchise rebooted and returned to its roots, NOW!
Casey Trowbridge
I was very excited for this novel when it was announced. Perhaps that is part of the problem. I admit that I haven't been the biggest fan of the new canon novels up to this point. I have enjoyed those written by Claudia Gray and last year's Thrawn novel but in general I've found the new canon lacking something. For the first time since I've been reading Star Wars literature I could not get invested in a novel written by Timothy Zahn and featuring Thrawn as a character. That's why I say perhaps h ...more
Marco G
Aug 23, 2018 rated it did not like it
So disappointed. I love the character Thrawn, ever since he was introduced in the early 1990's in what was then the sequel trilogy we had been starving for. At the time, Star Wars was pretty much dead. The last release of significance was the Star Wars Sourcebook for the role playing game in 86-87 which included extended universe information not previously seen. So when the Heir to the Empire book was released, not only was a fan base's appetite whetted, but it introduced this Sherlock Holmes-ia ...more
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After being disappointed with much of the Star Wars tie-in media recently my expectations going in to this book were low, so it was a nice surprise when this turned out to be well written and a lot of fun.
This felt like something for the fans, with many references and plot points that tie in to various other books, movies, shows and films. Thrawn is as cool as ever and I loved the parallels of having two time periods, one with Vader and one with Annakin and the creative storytelling that went wi
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I mean, damn! I really enjoyed this book! The back story on Thrawn, Vader, and other key characters were well done. The narrative on Thrawn continues to build with these prequels and I love it! I wish it was a bit longer and had more from Thrawns point of view but all good, bring on the next one please!!!

FYI - the production in the audiobook is better than the entirety of episode 8, just saying! 🤭😀💪🏼
Aug 02, 2018 rated it liked it

This was a interesting book. A couple things I need to say:

1.) I know who Thrawn is. I have read (though a long time ago) the original trilogy with Thrawn. I have seen the first three seasons of Star Wars Rebels. And, I have read the new book TZ wrote last year about Thrawn.
2.) I have not watched The Clone Wars. For shame. It's on my to-do list.
3.) I never ever thought of thinking putting Thrawn and Anakin together in a situation. Or, in the terms of this book, having them help one another out
Kirk Gartside
Aug 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid addition to the Thrawn story. I rather enjoyed the dual storylines.
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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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