Title: Thrawn: Alliances
Author: Timothy Zahn
Series: Star Wars: Thrawn #2
Genre: Science Fiction
Narrator: Marc Thompson
Length: 13 hours (342 pages)
Publisher: Del Rey
Release Date: July 24, 2018
Recommended for fans of: Star Wars Rebels, The Clone Wars, The Prequels
“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—its existence little more than a glimmer, its consequences as yet unknowable. But it is troubling enough to the Imperial leader to warrant investigation by his most powerful agents: ruthless enforcer Lord Darth Vader and brilliant strategist Grand Admiral Thrawn. Fierce rivals for the emperor’s favor, and outspoken adversaries on Imperial affairs—including the Death Star project—the formidable pair seem unlikely partners for such a crucial mission. But the Emperor knows it’s not the first time Vader and Thrawn have joined forces. And there’s more behind his royal command than either man suspects.
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. One on a desperate personal quest, the other with motives unknown . . . and undisclosed. But facing a gauntlet of dangers on a far-flung world, they forged an uneasy alliance—neither remotely aware of what their futures held in store.
Now, thrust together once more, they find themselves bound again for the planet where they once fought side by side. There they will be doubly challenged—by a test of their allegiance to the Empire . . . and an enemy that threatens even their combined might.
Thrawn and Vader together are a FASCINATING combination. They both have such distinct minds, brutal in their own ways.
This story is told through dual timelines, following Darth Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn as they investigate a threat to the Empire, and flashing back to when Anakin Skywalker and Mitth’raw’nuruodo first crossed paths on the same planet during the Clone Wars. I enjoyed both stories (especially Padme’s involvement in the past), but they could have meshed together better. The book would spend too much time in one timeline before switching back to the other, and I would’ve liked to see stronger parallels between them.
It is interesting to see how Thrawn handles his divided loyalties as the Empire and the Chiss Ascendancy. So excited for MORE THRAWN!