Thrawn: Alliances

Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances
(Star Wars: Thrawn #2)
by Timothy Zahn (2018)

“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.

This is enough to send is most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn.

In what seems like a lifetime ago, General Anakin Skywalker of the Galactic Republic, and Commander Mitth’raw’nuruodo, officer of the Chiss Ascendancy, crossed paths for the first time.

It took a while to work out that this novel is told in two timelines; one with Anakin Skywalker (before he became Vader) and another as Vader.

This spit diminished the narrative arc of both stories. And in the end there is little to join the two. Still, Zahn’s prose is up to the usual standard that keeps the two stories going.

But in the end this is not a memorable Star Wars story. There have been a lot better ones (most written by Zahn).