Finally. After so many months I have finally gotten to on my To Be Read list and finished reading Thrawn Alliances by Timothy Zahn. What a book. So, when reading through this book, I know that I felt a little sad that we didn’t get an update on Eli Vanto however, the book more than delivered.
The book starts right where the last one left off. We see Vader and Thrawn with the Emperor discussing a disturbance in the force and that he needs to send his most trusted men to look into it and figure out what is going on. The dynamics between these two characters is fantastic. They don’t exactly like each other, especially Vader, but they know they have to work together. However, throughout the entire book, we see Thrawn constantly making little statements and nods that he has worked with Vader before, and Vader keep contradicting him. Why, do you ask? Because they have worked together, but back before Thrawn was with the empire and Anakin Skywalker was still a Jedi.
This book does a great split between the points of view of Padme, Anakin, Thrawn, and Vader. It’s a great balance of seeing Vader’s internal conflict with thinking of, who he calls, The Jedi (himself as Anakin) and his time and then seeing Anakin, long before the threat of Vader loomed above his head, though we have been able to see that darkness threading through Anakin’s life from The Phantom Menance all the way through the Clone Wars show and Revenge of the Sith so it is a cool story to see intertwined in the stories we already know.
More importantly than Anakin’s story arc, seeing the fact that Thrawn has already met Jedi and before he was found by the Empire on that planet, he had already interacted with the Clone War and knew what was going on in the galaxy. He was already able to speak Basic and communicate with Anakin just fine, so what threw Thrawn into the empire now? What did the Chiss want when he was sent there? I have so many more questions now that I hope are answered in Thrawn Treason when it comes out later this year.
We see the interactions between Vader and Thrawn also get strained as they are struggling about what their end games are and Vader being very skeptical of what Thrawn is doing/who he is serving and even mentions treason a few times so who knows what of this book will be echoed back in the next.
Also, another stellar story by Timothy Zahn. I cannot say enough how much I enjoy his writing in Star Wars. If you like the EU as well, definitely read both his older and newer stuff.
Overall I rank this book ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below.