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Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances Book Review


“Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances” is a return to form for Timothy Zahn.

In this follow-up to “Thrawn,” there are two storylines set during two different time periods. The central story is set between the last two seasons of “Star Wars Rebels” and concerns Palpatine sending Thrawn and Darth Vader on a mission to Batuu where Palpatine has sensed a disturbance. It is a mission in which Vader will face his past and Thrawn his future. Without giving away too much, the mission involves a mysterious alien race known as the Grysks who have something valuable in their possession. The other storyline is set in the past during the Clone Wars and finds Padmé Amidala on a mission to Batuu to meet an informant. After she goes missing, Anakin searches for her and encounters Thrawn who helps him out. Padmé, Anakin and Thrawn all eventually discover a dangerous Separatist plot that could change the tide of the war.

After the laborious and wordy “Thrawn,” author Timothy Zahn bounces back with a sequel that will undoubtedly satisfy fans of both Thrawn and “Star Wars.” While Zahn does take readers into the calculating mindset of Thrawn once again, it’s not a chore to read this time around because we also get the distinct viewpoints of beloved characters like Anakin and Padmé who are an integral part of this novel. In fact, there’s a lot of characterization crammed into this story and the book is better for it. Whether you’re learning about the collaboration between Anakin and Thrawn, reading about Padmé’s bad-ass solo adventures, or delving into the tension filled dynamic between Vader and Thrawn, the characterization is what makes the book work so well.

For the hardcore “Star Wars” enthusiasts out there, Zahn has also managed to include a lot of easter eggs shall you say. There’s “Star Wars Rebels” connections, there’s prequel material (obviously), the Chiss are explored more, familiar faces make an appearance, Batuu (the planet the Disney theme park land is based on) gets a spotlight, and the notion of whether Thrawn knows who Vader is also comes into play.

Much like “Thrawn,” it does feel as if this book could have used a little editing as it runs a bit too long in the middle as the plot veers towards its two conclusions. Basically, you will feel like it should get down to business sooner than it does.

Overall Thoughts: “Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances” has much to offer “Star Wars” fans. Give it a read!

July 25, 2018 - Posted by | Book review | , , , , , , , ,

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