Thrawn (Star Wars) - Timothy Zahn

Thrawn (Star Wars)

By Timothy Zahn

  • Release Date: 2017-04-11
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 609 Ratings)


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

Praise for Thrawn

“The origin story of one of the greatest Star Wars villains . . . a book that fans have wanted for decades.”—The Verge

“A satisfying tale of political intrigue . . . Thrawn’s observations and tactical thinking are utterly captivating.”—New York Daily News

“Quite the page-turner.”—Flickering Myth


  • Forget the Thrawn you THOUGHT you knew

    By Five 🌟, No doubt
    I absolutely LOVED this book, and can’t wait for the follow-up later this year. This one changed how you look at and think about Thrawn. He’s not the heartless villain of pure evil that I had once thought, but he IS every bit as ruthless and cunning as advertised. You just can’t help but admire the character which speaks volumes to the author’s work in developing him. Made me want to re-watch every episode of Rebels where Thrawn appears, because now everything he does or has done is seen in entirely different light.
  • Disney, bow down and do the right thing.

    By Slytinkerbell
    Simply put, Disney needs Zahn to write a spin-off movie (or at least be involved in writing a movie) with Thrawn in it. Can't wait for The Mara Jade story. Wait, that's a great idea Timothy. You can get my pitching skills for free. Call me.

    By Bob DaDerpyman
    This is one of those rare books where it’s perfectly okay to root for the bad guys because there are far worse things opposing them. This book details the Chiss alien Thrawn’s rise to power and his faithful aide Eli Vanto. It also tells the story of a young woman named Arhinda Pryce. The story is a book you just can’t put down (except maybe for a snack). Personally, I like the little quotes at the beginning of each chapter as well.
  • Great book

    By Dragovan
    From start to finish you are hooked can’t wait for the next one.
  • Fantastic

    By TheWaterboy116
    This is just a great book, and I reccomend that any star wars fan read it. Other than a moment or two where I was a little confused (and I recognize that could have been my own fault where I could have missed something), It was just incredible. I’m grateful that Timothy Zahn has created this character and this wonderful story.
  • Greatest villain and hero of the Star Wars series.

    By fubar164730
    Thrawn is by far my favorite storyline and this book did not disappoint. I was so excited that Disney decided to bring him back. Makes me hope the rumored Thrawn movie is really going to happen.
  • Great Addition

    By Newbie2234
    Excellent addition to the new Canon and a great look at the character we all knew and loved from the old EU. I'm looking forward to more from Thrawn.
  • Great read!

    By Mcmikefresh
    It was nice learning more about Thrawn! He is a tactical genius. I loved the book it was a great read! Some parts can get a little confusing or drawn out, but I guess it has to be to really understand how Thrawn thinks. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a good read that is part of the new cannon.
  • The fine folks at Grand Moff Talkin' proudly recommend!

    By A personnel on books
    The context and nuance heaped upon Thrawn AS WELL AS Governor Pryce will please fans of Star Wars and Rebels alike! Hopefully we'll touch on this book in future episodes of the Grand Moff Talkin' podcast, but as for now, this is a wonderful read!
  • Amazing

    By Navy Bubble Head
    I knew very little about Thrawn before I saw him in Rebels. But I instantly gravitated towards him as much as I did Tarkin. This novel is amazing in painting a picture from a different point of view about the Empire.