by Timothy Zahn (2017)
(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

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.

This is the story of Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks.

Despite writing well received  Thrawn Trilogy:

  1. Heir to the Empire, 1991
  2. Dark Force Rising, 1992
  3. The Last Command, 1993

This story just doesn’t measure up. It has the feel of distinct episodes strung together, rather than a tightly integrated narrative. It’s difficult to find sympathy or empathy for the character, maybe except for Eli Vanto, Thrawn’s assistant. Zahn’s prose is to his usual standard. But he has done something different – while it’s mainly written in third person, a lot of the descriptions are italicized and in second person. This is unusual and interrupts the flow of the reading.

The book is long, but never reaches the pacing and intensity to make it exciting. Most of it was a bit of a plod through to the end.

The original trilogy is recommended reading for Star Wars fans, this  is not.