Wednesday, June 26, 2019

New 'Thrawn: Treason' Preview Excerpt Released

By: Dominic Jones

Lucasfilm and Disney have released a new preview excerpt from the upcoming novel Star Wars Thrawn: Treason, hitting shelves on July 23rd.  The novel is the third in a series of novels by author Timothy Zahn, and continues the story of Grand Admiral Thrawn's exploits in the Imperial Navy between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, while also tying in with the animated series Star Wars Rebels.  The new excerpt was released on, and features an exchange between Thrawn, Grand Moff Tarkin, Emperor Palpatine, and Director Orson Krennic.  You can read part of the excerpt below,

Tarkin’s eyes are steady, his face again holding triumph. “Director Krennic has suggested to Your Majesty that the funds earmarked for the TIE Defender program be transferred to Stardust. I propose that this delay in Stardust equipment shipments not only threatens the project’s timetable, but also squanders funds that could and should be utilized elsewhere.”

“So you propose a trade?” the Emperor asked. His voice holds anticipation.

“I do, Your Majesty,” Tarkin said. “I propose that if Admiral Thrawn is able to solve this problem and destroy the grallocs, the necessary funds be restored to his Defender program.”

“Director Krennic?” the Emperor invited.

Krennic is silent a full second. “I would be willing,” he said at last. His face is under careful control. His eyes are wary, as if watching a stalking animal. “If Admiral Thrawn can destroy them within the next week.”

“That’s hardly fair,” Savit objected. His expression and voice hold contempt. “As I said, Governor Haveland has been dealing with these things for years.”

If Admiral Thrawn can’t solve it in that time, he’s of no use to us,” Krennic countered. “It would also, I daresay, bring his so-called problem-solving capabilities into serious question.”

“Admiral Mitth’raw’nuruodo?” the Emperor asked. “I give you the decision.”

“I accept Governor Tarkin’s proposal. I further accept Director Krennic’s conditions.”

“Very well,” the Emperor said. The corners of his mouth turn up in a satisfied smile.

You can read the full excerpt from Star Wars Thrawn: Treason over at

Another one line excerpt was also released on the Del Rey Star Wars Twitter account,

Thrawn: Treason is the sequel to 2017's Star Wars: Thrawn and 2018's Thrawn: Alliances. 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.

Del Rey Publishing will be selling a convention exclusive edition of Thrawn: Treason, with an exclusive cover, at San Diego Comic Con next month.  The novel goes on sale everywhere on July 23rd.

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