“Thrawn” by Timothy Zahn – A book Review

GREETINGS TO ALL FROM MALICE-CORP. Zahn has graced us with another amazing novel! More importantly he has revamped, revised, and re-envisioned the character that he originally brought to us in the now legendary Thrawn Trilogy; “Heir to the Empire”, “Dark Force Rising” and “The Last Command.”

Zahn took a character we’ve never seen in a movie and created a ‘Bad Guy’ that was believably terrifying and likable in the original trilogy and now with Thrawn turned him into a hero for the empire and you still love him!

Mitth’raw’nuruodo is my favorite bad guy because I always find it so hard to side against a good man doing bad things for the right reasons! How do you not just want to be on his side!

My Thoughts on “Thrawn” by Timothy Zahn

I have no words for this book! Maybe it is just because I am a huge Thrawn fanboy or maybe it is my love of Timothy Zahn’s writing! I have been a fan of Thrawn from the first time I read the original trilogy and always wanted more. When he showed up in Tie Fighter video game and you become the hand of Thrawn I was as giddy as a little school girl.

On to Thrawn, we get a huge chunk of Thrawn’s back story here. If you are looking for a story of high adventure; with light sabers and Jedi/Sith bouncing off the walls, then this isn’t your book. If you are looking for Sherlock Holms meets a walking lie detector, meets Sun Tzu, meets art historian – then look no farther.

Thrawn is a man of a different kind of honor with a mind sharp as a razor, with perfect understanding of tactics and strategy. He can analyze situations, people, and patterns faster then a super computer and out think his opponents. When all else fails a cultures art will teach you all you need to defeat them in battle.

A new addition to the Thrawn mythos is Eli Vanto. He replaces Gilad Pellaeon who was Thrawn’s right hand in the original trilogy.  Vanto is a deep and intresting character. I liked Pellaeon, but it was a good choice to leave him in legends and create a whole new character to travel with Thrawn and be his ‘Watson’. Eli Vanto has a rough start with Thrawn and is reluctant at first but he develops into a good solid ‘Watson’ that has his own detective chops!

“Thrawn” by Timothy Zahn ON THE MALICE-CORP SCORE

4.75 Stars out of 5. This book was everything I wanted out a Thrawn origin story and more. Zahn never disappoints and neither does Thrawn. I will be reading this again with in the next 6 months just to see if there was anything I missed!

A quote from “Thrawn” by Timoth Zahn

The following is a quote from the book that I dearly loved! It is pure poetry disguised as prose.

“All people have regrets. Warriors are no exceptions. One would hope it was possible to distinguish between events caused by one’s carelessness or lack of ability and those cause by circumstances or forces beyond one’s control. But in practice, there is no difference. All forms of regret sear equally into the mind and soul. All forms leave scars of equal bitterness.

And always, beneath the scar, lurks the thought and fear that there was something else that could have been done. Some action, or inaction, that would have changed things for the better. Such questions can sometimes be learned from. All to often, they merely add to the scar tissue.

A warrior must learn to set those regrets aside as be he can. Knowing full well that they will never be very far away.”

-Grand Admiral Thrawn; Thrawn by Timothy Zahn.

Spoilers and conversation

I really want to know your thoughts on “Thrawn” by Timothy Zahn. Please comment below and tell me what you think, but if you are going to drop a spoiler please let it be known in your comment before you continue. I absolutely hate spoilers!


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