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...more
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, ...more
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).
THE GRAND ADMIRAL ...more
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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I enjoyed this book more than the first and one does not need ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
I preferred this to the first novel, but only slightly. It was a little less cluttered and I liked the style, telling the two stories side by side, which I know is common but this was done well. Thrawn is becoming a bit banal just analyzing everything and looking at all the possible out comes yada yada, but the rest was good. Vader, as always, was great. Every story he is in we get a little more development on him which is always good for me. Right, ...more
However, as great as the plot and some of the twists are, some of the other ...more
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 ...more