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Star Wars: Thrawn

"Thrawn (novel)" redirects here. For the 1991–1993 trilogy also written by Timothy Zahn, see Thrawn trilogy. For the 1997–1998 duology, see The Hand of Thrawn.

Star Wars: Thrawn (also known simply as Thrawn) is a Star Wars novel by Timothy Zahn, published on April 11, 2017 by Del Rey Books. It chronicles the origins of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a popular character originating from the Star Wars Legends line of works, which were declared non-canon to the franchise after Disney redefined Star Wars continuity in April 2014. The novel was announced in July 2016 alongside news that the character Thrawn would be reintroduced into the Star Wars franchise on the 3D CGI animated television series Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars: Thrawn
AuthorTimothy Zahn
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesStar Wars
GenreScience fiction
PublisherDel Rey Books
Publication date
April 11, 2017
Media type
  • Print
  • E-book
  • Audiobook
Pages448
ISBN978-0-345-51127-0 (First edition)
Followed byThrawn: Alliances

A sequel, titled Thrawn: Alliances, was released in July 2018. A third novel, Thrawn: Treason, was released in July 2019.

Contents

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.

The character of Thrawn was originally introduced in Zahn's 1991 novel Heir to the Empire, and became a fan favorite. He went on to appear in several other novels, short stories, comics, and video games. Following the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, most of the licensed Star Wars fiction produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise in April 2014.

In a prerecorded video, Zahn announced at the London Star Wars Celebration in July 2016 that he was writing a new novel for Del Rey Books titled Thrawn. The same day, Del Rey confirmed on Twitter the novel's spring 2017 release. In a subsequent interview with StarWars.com, Zahn noted that the novel would cover several years between Thrawn's "first encounter" with the Empire and the events of the third season of Star Wars Rebels, an animated television series in which the character will appear prior to the book's release. He said:

It's very exciting [to write Thrawn again]. A writer never knows which characters are going to click with the readers, and it was highly gratifying to me that Thrawn captured the imaginations of so many people over the past quarter century. Over the years I've written a lot of books and stories that featured him, but with this book I'll be visiting a part of his life that I never before had a chance to explore.

Asked if he would be incorporating any material from previous Thrawn novels, Zahn said, "I've thrown in a few bits and pieces. Nothing too blatant, just little Easter eggs for those who are familiar with my other books." Though in Legends works Thrawn was mostly used in post-Return of the Jedi storylines, both Rebels and Thrawn take place prior to the events of the original 1977 film and show his rise to power. Zahn said, "I get to show how he's treated by his fellow officers and shipmates on his way up the military ladder, particularly when he's not in a command position over them."

A full synopsis of the novel was released in January 2017, followed by an excerpt in March 2017.

Thrawn was published on April 11, 2017. Del Rey Books produced three variant covers: the standard edition is white, featuring Thrawn's face split by the spine; the Barnes & Noble-exclusive edition has the same cover design in black, with a double-sided pull out poster that has a Thrawn portrait on one side and the Del Rey novel timeline on the other; and the Star Wars Celebration limited edition has a textless cover with Thrawn's full face, the portrait on the back cover, and special end papers.

Adrian Liang of Omnivoracious called the novel "a solid addition to the new official Star Wars novels", noting that "the Thrawn POV chapters are the weakest" while the Vanto sections "provide the most insight and entertainment."

In July 2017, Marvel Comics announced that a comic book miniseries adaptation of Thrawn is scheduled for release in early 2018. The first issue was released on February 14, 2018, with five more to follow on a monthly basis.

Thrawn: Alliances

Main article: Thrawn: Alliances

A sequel to Thrawn, titled Thrawn: Alliances, was announced during New York Comic Con in October 2017. The novel was scheduled to be released on June 26, 2018, but was later delayed to July 24, 2018. The cover artwork was revealed in November 2017, and an excerpt was released on the official Star Wars website on March 23, 2018. The excerpt was the first canon appearance of the planet Batuu, which was featured in Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new theme park expansion at Disneyland and Disney's Hollywood Studios, in 2019. Thrawn: Alliances was released by Del Rey Books on July 24, 2018, and debuted at #1 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

Thrawn: Alliances focuses on Thrawn's partnership with Darth Vader, whom he meets at the conclusion of Thrawn. In the novel, Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader are sent on a mission to the unknown regions to explore a disturbance in the Force felt by Emperor Palpatine. The mission is more than that, however, as Thrawn's split loyalties between the Empire and his native people the Chiss and Vader's past as a Jedi require a test of loyalty for both. The book also features flashbacks to a Clone Wars conflict featuring Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker.

Thrawn: Treason

Main article: Thrawn: Treason

In December 2018, it was announced that Timothy Zahn would write and publish another Thrawn sequel, titled Thrawn: Treason. The novel was released by Del Rey Books on July 23, 2019, and debuted at #5 on The New York Times Best Seller list.

The novel explores the crisis Thrawn encounters when he discovers that his people are in peril, forcing him to choose between loyalty to the Empire or loyalty to the Chiss Ascendancy.

Main article: Thrawn Ascendancy

At the 2019 New York Comic Con, a new prequel trilogy from Zahn was announced to launch with Book I: Chaos Rising in May 2020. After being delayed twice, the first novel was ultimately released on September 1, 2020. In October 2020 a sequel to Chaos Rising was announced, titled Greater Good, which was released on 27 April 2021. On April 1, 2020, the final novel in the Thrawn Ascendency trilogy was announced, titled Lesser Evil, which is set for a November 16, 2021 release.

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Star Wars: Thrawn
Star Wars Thrawn Language Watch Edit Thrawn novel redirects here For the 1991 1993 trilogy also written by Timothy Zahn see Thrawn trilogy For the 1997 1998 duology see The Hand of Thrawn Star Wars Thrawn also known simply as Thrawn is a Star Wars novel by Timothy Zahn published on April 11 2017 by Del Rey Books It chronicles the origins of Grand Admiral Thrawn a popular character originating from the Star Wars Legends line of works which were declared non canon to the franchise after Disney redefined Star Wars continuity in April 2014 The novel was announced in July 2016 alongside news that the character Thrawn would be reintroduced into the Star Wars franchise on the 3D CGI animated television series Star Wars Rebels Star Wars ThrawnAuthorTimothy ZahnCountryUnited StatesLanguageEnglishSeriesStar WarsGenreScience fictionPublisherDel Rey BooksPublication dateApril 11 2017Media typePrint E book AudiobookPages448ISBN978 0 345 51127 0 First edition Followed byThrawn Alliances A sequel titled Thrawn Alliances was released in July 2018 A third novel Thrawn Treason was released in July 2019 Contents 1 Plot 2 Development 3 Publication 4 Reception 5 Comic adaptation 6 Sequels 6 1 Thrawn Alliances 6 2 Thrawn Treason 7 Prequels 8 References 9 External linksPlot EditFound 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 Development EditThe character of Thrawn was originally introduced in Zahn s 1991 novel Heir to the Empire and became a fan favorite 1 2 He went on to appear in several other novels short stories comics and video games 3 Following the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company most of the licensed Star Wars fiction produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared non canon to the franchise in April 2014 4 5 6 In a prerecorded video Zahn announced at the London Star Wars Celebration in July 2016 that he was writing a new novel for Del Rey Books titled Thrawn 1 7 8 The same day Del Rey confirmed on Twitter the novel s spring 2017 release 1 9 In a subsequent interview with StarWars com Zahn noted that the novel would cover several years between Thrawn s first encounter with the Empire and the events of the third season of Star Wars Rebels an animated television series in which the character will appear prior to the book s release 10 He said It s very exciting to write Thrawn again A writer never knows which characters are going to click with the readers and it was highly gratifying to me that Thrawn captured the imaginations of so many people over the past quarter century Over the years I ve written a lot of books and stories that featured him but with this book I ll be visiting a part of his life that I never before had a chance to explore 10 Asked if he would be incorporating any material from previous Thrawn novels Zahn said I ve thrown in a few bits and pieces Nothing too blatant just little Easter eggs for those who are familiar with my other books 10 Though in Legends works Thrawn was mostly used in post Return of the Jedi storylines both Rebels and Thrawn take place prior to the events of the original 1977 film and show his rise to power 1 11 Zahn said I get to show how he s treated by his fellow officers and shipmates on his way up the military ladder particularly when he s not in a command position over them 11 A full synopsis of the novel was released in January 2017 12 13 followed by an excerpt in March 2017 11 Publication EditThrawn was published on April 11 2017 12 13 Del Rey Books produced three variant covers the standard edition is white featuring Thrawn s face split by the spine the Barnes amp Noble exclusive edition has the same cover design in black with a double sided pull out poster that has a Thrawn portrait on one side and the Del Rey novel timeline on the other and the Star Wars Celebration limited edition has a textless cover with Thrawn s full face the portrait on the back cover and special end papers 14 Reception EditAdrian Liang of Omnivoracious called the novel a solid addition to the new official Star Wars novels noting that the Thrawn POV chapters are the weakest while the Vanto sections provide the most insight and entertainment 15 Comic adaptation EditIn July 2017 Marvel Comics announced that a comic book miniseries adaptation of Thrawn is scheduled for release in early 2018 16 17 The first issue was released on February 14 2018 with five more to follow on a monthly basis Sequels EditThrawn Alliances Edit Main article Thrawn Alliances A sequel to Thrawn titled Thrawn Alliances was announced during New York Comic Con in October 2017 18 19 The novel was scheduled to be released on June 26 2018 20 but was later delayed to July 24 2018 21 The cover artwork was revealed in November 2017 22 and an excerpt was released on the official Star Warswebsite on March 23 2018 23 The excerpt was the first canon appearance of the planet Batuu which was featured in Star Wars Galaxy s Edge the new theme park expansion at Disneyland and Disney s Hollywood Studios in 2019 24 25 Thrawn Alliances was released by Del Rey Books on July 24 2018 and debuted at 1 on The New York Times Best Seller list 26 Thrawn Alliances focuses on Thrawn s partnership with Darth Vader 18 19 whom he meets at the conclusion of Thrawn In the novel Grand Admiral Thrawn and Darth Vader are sent on a mission to the unknown regions to explore a disturbance in the Force felt by Emperor Palpatine The mission is more than that however as Thrawn s split loyalties between the Empire and his native people the Chiss and Vader s past as a Jedi require a test of loyalty for both The book also features flashbacks to a Clone Wars conflict featuring Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker Thrawn Treason Edit Main article Thrawn Treason In December 2018 it was announced that Timothy Zahn would write and publish another Thrawn sequel titled Thrawn Treason 27 The novel was released by Del Rey Books on July 23 2019 and debuted at 5 on The New York Times Best Seller list 28 The novel explores the crisis Thrawn encounters when he discovers that his people are in peril forcing him to choose between loyalty to the Empire or loyalty to the Chiss Ascendancy 27 Prequels EditMain article Thrawn Ascendancy At the 2019 New York Comic Con a new prequel trilogy from Zahn was announced to launch with Book I Chaos Rising in May 2020 29 After being delayed twice the first novel was ultimately released on September 1 2020 30 In October 2020 a sequel to Chaos Rising was announced titled Greater Good which was released on 27 April 2021 On April 1 2020 the final novel in the Thrawn Ascendency trilogy was announced titled Lesser Evil which is set for a November 16 2021 release 31 32 References Edit a b c d Breznican Anthony July 16 2016 Star Wars Rebels resurrects Grand Admiral Thrawn Entertainment Weekly Retrieved July 16 2016 Hoffmeyer Corey January 21 2017 Star Wars Thrawn Novel Synopsis Grand Admiral s Rise to Power Screen Rant Retrieved March 4 2017 Hansen Raj Linda August 2 2016 Who Is Thrawn StarWars com Retrieved March 17 2017 McMilian Graeme April 25 2014 Lucasfilm Unveils New Plans for Star Wars Expanded Universe The Hollywood Reporter Retrieved May 26 2016 The Legendary Star Wars Expanded Universe Turns a New Page StarWars com April 25 2014 Retrieved May 26 2016 Disney and Random House announce relaunch of Star Wars Adult Fiction line StarWars com April 25 2014 Retrieved May 26 2016 Truitt Brian July 16 2016 Thrawn to make grand appearance in Star Wars Rebels USA Today Retrieved July 16 2016 Bricken Rob July 16 2016 Grand Admiral Thrawn Joins Rebels and the New Star Wars Canon io9 Retrieved July 16 2016 DelReyStarWars July 16 2016 That announcement was so artfully done Star Wars Thrawn by Timothy Zahn coming spring 2017 Tweet via Twitter a b c Enter Thrawn A Q amp A with Timothy Zahn StarWars com July 18 2016 Retrieved July 18 2016 a b c Truitt Brian March 2 2017 Read an excerpt as Thrawn returns to Star Wars book universe USA Today Retrieved March 4 2017 a b Siegel Lucas January 21 2017 Star Wars Thrawn Origin Novel Synopsis Released Comicbook com Retrieved March 4 2017 a b Marnell Blair January 22 2017 The Synopsis for Star Wars Thrawn Teases the Grand Admiral s Origin Nerdist Retrieved March 4 2017 Hoeler Tom March 3 2017 Learn About All the Editions For Star Wars Thrawn Unbound Worlds Retrieved March 4 2017 Liang Adrian April 10 2017 The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of April Omnivoracious Retrieved April 14 2017 Whitbrook James July 21 2017 Timothy Zahn s Excellent Thrawn Novel Is Being Turned Into a Marvel Comic io9 Gizmodo Retrieved July 22 2017 New Star Wars The Last Jedi Books and More Revealed at SDCC 2017 StarWars com July 21 2017 Retrieved July 24 2017 a b Keane Sean October 6 2017 Star Wars Thrawn sequel announced at NYCC 2017 New York Daily News Retrieved October 7 2017 a b Liptak Andrew October 6 2017 Timothy Zahn is writing a sequel to Thrawn The Verge Retrieved October 7 2017 Morales Jonathan Thrawn Alliances A sneak peak at the cover Dork Side of the Force Retrieved 24 March 2018 Thrawn Alliances Star Wars Penguin Random House Retrieved March 30 2018 Church Ricky Thrawn Alliances cover artwork Flickering Myth Retrieved May 23 2018 Morales Jonathan Thrawn Alliances excerpt Dork Side of the Force Retrieved 23 May 2018 Gallagher Brian Batuu in Thrawn Alliances Movie Web Retrieved 23 May 2018 Thrawn Alliances Novel Tied to Star Wars Land s Batuu Laughing Place March 23 2018 Retrieved July 25 2018 Hardcover Fiction Books Best Sellers August 11 2018 The New York Times August 11 2018 Retrieved August 2 2019 a b Wilhelm Erin December 5 2018 Star Wars Grand Admiral Thrawn is Back in Thrawn Treason Bleeding Cool Retrieved December 11 2018 Hardcover Fiction Books Best Sellers August 10 2019 The New York Times August 10 2019 Retrieved August 2 2019 Cameron Brian October 4 2019 New Timothy Zahn Thrawn Trilogy Arriving May 2020 Fantha Tracks Retrieved January 6 2020 Roberts Phil May 29 2020 STAR WARS THRAWN ASCENDANCY TO RELEASE A MONTH EARLY Future of the Force Retrieved June 29 2020 The Star Wars Thrawn Ascendency Trilogy Will End With Lesser Evil Exclusive Reveal StarWars com April 1 2021 Retrieved April 1 2021 Pulliam Moore Charles April 1 2021 Star Wars Thrawn Ascendancy Lesser Evil Will Dig Even Deeper Into the Chiss Past io9 Retrieved April 1 2021 External links EditThrawn on Wookieepedia a Star Wars wiki Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Star Wars Thrawn amp oldid 1028558783, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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