Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
Found on an unnamed Outer Rim planet, the exiled Chiss warrior Thrawn pledges himself to Emperor Palpatine and joins the Imperial navy. Thrawn’s cunning and expertise as a tactician help him to rise through the ranks with unprecedented speed, though his renegade tactics ignite the ire of his superiors. At Thrawn’s side is his translator-turned-aide-de-camp, Ensign Eli Vanto, whom he trains in the ways of war. Meanwhile, ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce plots her own rise to power.
6 reasons to read this book:
*star wars story!! timothy zahn!! space adventure/science fiction guaranteed
*three MC, the 1st MC is a villain/anti-hero part of the Empire, 2nd MC is his personal assistant the story is told mainly from his POV, 3rd MC is an intriguing badass not cliche woman
*war stories, military tactics, political intrigue, plot is very character-driven
I decided to read something star wars related in celebration of May the 4th and since I’ve heard from friends so much about Thrawn and this book I thought it was fitting to give it a try. Now disclaimer I didn’t know everything about Thrawn before this book since I haven’t seen Star Wars Rebels and I’m way behind on official Star Wars books.
For Star Wars fans this book is set somewhere between the last prequel film Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One.
It interestingly tells the story of Thrawn mostly through the eyes of his aide Eli Vanto and some but very few from Thrawn’s POV. Thrawn is a brilliant military tactician and the book reads so much like an Art of War book which was one of the first reasons I got so caught up in it. It was amazing and intriguing to read how Thrawn unravelled plots and approached military conflicts. This book did the same thing it unravelled little by little the story of Thrawn but also the bigger plot of this book. It was well written, a very character-driven book but intriguing and with well fleshed side characters.
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