Thursday, June 20, 2019

Del Rey Reveals The SDCC Exclusive Cover For 'Thrawn: Treason'

By: Dominic Jones

San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) is just under a month away, and as usual we can expect to see a plethora of Star Wars merchandise that we be exclusive to that convention.  This year, Del Rey Publishing will be continuing their tradition of releasing an exclusive cover, that will only be available during the convention, for a new Star Wars novel.  This year, the novel getting an SDCC exclusive cover will be Star Wars Thrawn: Treason by Tim Zahn.

The exclusive cover for the novel features Grand Admiral Thrawn seated on a throne with an army of Chiss (his species of alien) behind him.  Each copy of the book sold at SDCC will also be signed by Zahn.  In addition, fans will also receive an enamel pin of Thrawn's star destroyer (The Chimaera) and a Yoda tote-bag.  The announcement was made on the Star Wars Books social media accounts,
The SDCC edition of the novel will be available all days of the convention at the Del Rey Booth in the Star Wars Pavilion.  For those attending the convention and wish to purchase a copy, they will need to go to the Del Rey Star Wars booth (#2913-U) when the floor opens and get a wristband, then return to the booth between 11am and 4pm to pick up their book and pin.  The book (plus the pin and bag) will cost $45.

Thrawn: Treason is the third novel in Zahn's new series of Thrawn novels, which began with Star Wars: Thrawn in 2017 and Thrawn: Alliances in 2018. The series follows Thrawn as he rises through the ranks of the Imperial Navy, bringing him into contact with legendary characters like Darth Vader and Emperor Sheev Palpatine.  The novels also tie-in with the animated series Star Wars Rebels, which first reintroduced Thrawn into Star Wars canon in 2016.  The character made his debut in 1991's Heir To The Empire (written by Zahn), the novel which kickstarted the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, now branded Legends.

The official synopsis for Thrawn: Treason was released back in December, you can read it below,

Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.”

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.

Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.

As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy, or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason.

The novel hits shelves everywhere on July 23rd.

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