Thrawn by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A long time ago in a galaxy, far, far away, I was once absolutely amazed and thrilled when a certain Timothy Zahn revitalized the whole Star Wars franchise by picking up a few decades after the events in Episode Six, introducing the most charming and deadly enemy the New Republic had ever faced.
I was doubly amazed because there was no heavy reliance on BDOs, just strategical and tactical strength. Grand Admiral Thrawn came back from the outer rim and WIPED everything in his path.
My jaw dropped. I said to myself, MY LORD, I WISH WE HAD ANOTHER TRILOGY OF MOVIES BASED ON THIS. It's BRILLIANT!
Instead, we had a prequel trilogy and then two out of three after-trilogy and two side-stories.
AND NO THRAWN ANYWHERE.
I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.
So, eventually, I got this bright idea. Go back to the original author of Thrawn and read all about Thrawn's rise to power. I avoided it only because I tend to avoid franchise novels, but come on! It's THRAWN!
And I was satisfied. More than satisfied. I loved getting an inside look into this brilliant guy with dual loyalties and enough wisdom for three sectors. :) So? Love to hate? Enjoy just how brilliant a villain he is because he's also complex and admirable?
Yep. All of the above. All the love of Darth Vader before we saw him as a kid and none of the mistakes. :)
Totally worth it. Easily my favorite SW novel after Timothy Zahn's original classic. :)
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