By: Dominic Jones
The first official preview synopsis for the highly anticipated novel Star Wars: Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, hitting shelves on April 11, has been released. The novel was announced back at Star Wars Celebration Europe last summer in London, following the reveal that Thrawn would be appearing in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The novel is set prior to the event of Star Wars Rebels and will show Thrawn rising through the ranks of the Empire. Check out the synopsis below,
In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.
One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.
After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.
All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral—and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.
Thrawn is the first major character who was brought in to the new canon from the former Expanded Universe, currently known as "Legends". Author Timothy Zahn, who is returning to write the new novel, created the characters back in the early 1990s as the primary antagonists for his trilogy of novel that brought Star Wars back to bookshelves. The character is currently facing off with the rebels of Phoenix Squadron on Star Wars Rebels. The character is voiced on the series by Lars Mikkelsen (Sherlock, House of Cards).
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