For many in the Star Wars community, Grand Admiral Thrawn has been a fan favorite character since his introduction in the early ’90s.
“You couldn’t have grown up a Star Wars fan without encountering Thrawn in Heir to the Empire,” said Dave Filoni at Star Wars Celebration Europe in 2016. “It was a dark time when there weren’t any more movies, and it blew our minds that there could be more.”
For many others, like myself and younger viewers, Thrawn is a new character. Since his re-introduction in Star Wars Rebels, however, we’ve all come to recognize him for his brilliant strategic mind and ruthlessness. We also know that he poses a serious threat to the Rebels, but how did he get to be where he is now?
Timothy Zahn’s upcoming novel, Thrawn, which was announced at Star Wars Celebration in London last year, will show fans how he rose to power and distinction.
With only a few months left before its release, Penguin Random House recently published a synopsis of the novel:
In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.
One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.
After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.
All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral—and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.
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