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Thrawn: Alliances

(Star Wars: Thrawn #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  16,695 ratings  ·  1,534 reviews
"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 little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation
Hardcover, 342 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.…moreNot 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.(less)

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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,
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
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).

Ben Brown
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars-canon
I think it’s time that I just admit the cold, hard truth: I’m not a fan of Timothy Zahn’s writing. Or, perhaps a more accurate way to put it: I’m not a fan of Timothy Zahn writing Star Wars. Man, does it hurt for me to admit that.

In the course of the last year, I’ve read both of Zahn’s new “Thrawn” novels, and I had the same exact issues with both books: two-dimensional characters. Boring stories. A predilection towards overexplaining plot elements that are completely inconsequential. A predile
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.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alliances is the second book of the new series. I did not read the earlier “Thrawn Trilogy” written by Zahn over 25 years ago. This series is Zahn’s reinvestment in Mitth'raw'nuruodo, more commonly known as Thrawn. In the first book, we see The Empire discover Thrawn as a “castaway” in a chance encounter in the outer regions.

What The Empire didn’t quite understand (at that point) is that Thrawn is a member of the Chiss Ascendancy, a race that was not prominent in The Empire’s data base. In this
Neil R. Coulter
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: star-wars, fiction
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
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
Jeremy Campbell
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.
Eric Allen
Aug 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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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
Wee Lassie
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: alien-books
Is this book making me like the blue space Nazi? This feels slightly self defeating on the part of Star Wars - having said that, I can't wait till Thrawn gets his first live action appearance, if its anything like this book it is going to be awesome. ...more
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
Jim C
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a sequel novel that involves Thrawn which has mostly been seen in the series Rebels and with Darth Vader. In this one, the Emperor has sensed a disturbance in the Unknown Regions and he decides to send Thrawn and Vader to investigate. They do not care for each other even though they have a shared history with each other when Vader was Anakin Skywalker. This novel tells the story of Vader and Thrawn and also Thrawn and Anakin.

I enjoyed this book more than the first and one does not need t
Feb 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
"Alliances" is the second book in, what I assume, the Thrawn trilogy.

I really enjoyed the first book. The second one was not as good, but still a nice read. The primary problem is the wonderful story of Thrawn and his relationship with Vader/Anakin is bogged down with sections regaling us with Padme's latest round of stupidity.

The story takes place in two different times. The first part is during the Clone Wars and it's a story of how Anakin/Thrawn went to save Padme's stupid ass. The second sto
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
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed some parts while others bored me enough to make me skim through pages (which I never do). Still I think that I enjoyed this book more than book one. Certain characters from book one that I found boring weren't in this book. Although there were plenty of uninteresting characters in this book as well. ...more
This was an ok Clone Wars era story which was more about Anakin/Darth Vader than it was about Thrawn, and even then, I got the impression Vader was only in it to add a bit of weight to what was otherwise an unmemorable story.

Unlike the first (Disney canon) Thrawn book, there was little character development and exploration of the blue Chiss alien’s backstory and inner workings. Rather, Alliances focused on two missions years apart which both feature Thrawn; in the earlier he accompanies Anakin
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
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
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
Sep 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Thrawnatics or Vaderphiles
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
This book delivers the old 1970s Star Wars feel. That's what I love about it. Despite a good bit taking place during the Clone Wars, Timothy Zahn has a rare talent for capturing the heart and soul of what makes Star Wars appealing: action, suspense, intrigue and character development. The last one is most important.

I absolutely loved the back and forth between Darth Vader and Thrawn. You rarely get that kind of debate in the movies, because every other Imperial is scared to death to debate Vade
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
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!
*Hanging head in shame* I completely lost interest. I'm not sure if it's because the parallel timelines, or... something. There's something for me in reading about something you know doesn't end well, and while it's great to read about Padme being a badass, when I know how it all goes south... I dunno. DNFing at 33%. ...more
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
Now I know why the overall rating is not as good as the first one. I am going to be very critical.

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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
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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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