Treason

Treason

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, p...

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Treason Reviews

  • Rebecca

    So when do we get to go on another adventure with Thrawn? I swear they are just teasing us about the Rebels series finale at this point. Great adventure, answered questions, created new questions, and Admiral Ar'alani was brilliant! So many great characters, and so much fun. Man I wish the movies were as artistically done as these books. Seriously, I need books 4, 5, and 6. Zahn's writing is masterful, and fast paced as always. This book grabbed me and didn't let go. I want to reread it immediat

    So when do we get to go on another adventure with Thrawn? I swear they are just teasing us about the Rebels series finale at this point. Great adventure, answered questions, created new questions, and Admiral Ar'alani was brilliant! So many great characters, and so much fun. Man I wish the movies were as artistically done as these books. Seriously, I need books 4, 5, and 6. Zahn's writing is masterful, and fast paced as always. This book grabbed me and didn't let go. I want to reread it immediately.

  • Unseen Library

    I received a copy of Thrawn: Treason from Penguin Random House Australia to review.

    Rating of 4.5.

    The master of Star Wars extended universe novels, Timothy Zahn, returns with a third incredible book in his outstanding Thrawn series, Treason, which features the final adventure of his most iconic protagonist, Grand Admiral Thrawn, before his last appearance in Star Wars: Rebels.

    In Treason, which is set in the midst of the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn is forced to postpone his campaign

    I received a copy of Thrawn: Treason from Penguin Random House Australia to review.

    Rating of 4.5.

    The master of Star Wars extended universe novels, Timothy Zahn, returns with a third incredible book in his outstanding Thrawn series, Treason, which features the final adventure of his most iconic protagonist, Grand Admiral Thrawn, before his last appearance in Star Wars: Rebels.

    In Treason, which is set in the midst of the fourth season of Star Wars Rebels, Thrawn is forced to postpone his campaign against the Rebels on Lothal when Grand Moth Tarkin informs him that funding for his Tie Defender Program is at risk of being reappropriated by Director Krennic’s secret program, Stardust. Placed in the middle of a political battle between Tarkin and Krennic, Thrawn must ensure the security of Stardust’s supply chains in order to retain his funding. What at first appears to be a routine mission against a dangerous form of alien space vermin quickly reveals that the supply lines are actually being targeted pirates who have knowledge about the materials being sent to Project Stardust.

    The subsequent arrival of a Chiss ship with his former protégé Eli Vanto serving aboard raises further problems, when they reveal that a force of Grysk ships are active deep within Imperial Space. Now Thrawn must not only find out what the Grysk’s mission is but also foil a large-scale conspiracy from within the Empire. As Thrawn engages his opponents in space, the real danger comes when his loyalty to the Empire is called into question. Can Thrawn continue to serve both the Emperor and the Chiss Ascendancy, or will the Emperor finally tire of his treason?

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  • Mario

    Timothy Zahn hasn't lost his touch... at all.

    Set in the time frame between episodes 10 and 15 of the fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels, Grand Admiral Thrawn is forced to go and defend his TIE Defender project against the need for additional resources for project Stardust, what we know better as the Death Star.

    Forced to gamble his funds against his help on a logistical issue on project Stardust, he encounters also a bigger threat, which was discussed in Thrawn: Alliances. But he is no

    Timothy Zahn hasn't lost his touch... at all.

    Set in the time frame between episodes 10 and 15 of the fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels, Grand Admiral Thrawn is forced to go and defend his TIE Defender project against the need for additional resources for project Stardust, what we know better as the Death Star.

    Forced to gamble his funds against his help on a logistical issue on project Stardust, he encounters also a bigger threat, which was discussed in Thrawn: Alliances. But he is not alone to face it, as a group of Chiss arrive to help.

    The manner in which Zahn spins the webs of all the participants, Chiss, Imperial and Grysk is breathtaking, does not feel forced at all. In addition the cast of new (and returning!) characters is phenomenal, and makes the book bigger in scope and drama than Alliances.

    Definitely the better one of the trilogy, and despite the (current) outcome of Thrawn in the Rebels series, we definitely need more stories of the Chiss and the Grysk.

    Immensely recommended!!!

  • Jonathan D

    In the lead up to Thrawn Treason, I had heard tid-bits and read some reviews from people I usually agree with that said that Thrawn Treason was a mediocre book and probably the worst of Timothy Zahn's Thrawn related books.

    That, for me at least, was definitely not the case.

    Thrawn Treason is a fun, intriguing novel. By the end, I felt as if Timothy Zahn had created a book that combined the concepts of George Lucas and Agatha Christie. The language and word choice used feels just exactly like what

    In the lead up to Thrawn Treason, I had heard tid-bits and read some reviews from people I usually agree with that said that Thrawn Treason was a mediocre book and probably the worst of Timothy Zahn's Thrawn related books.

    That, for me at least, was definitely not the case.

    Thrawn Treason is a fun, intriguing novel. By the end, I felt as if Timothy Zahn had created a book that combined the concepts of George Lucas and Agatha Christie. The language and word choice used feels just exactly like what I've come to expect with Star Wars novels, as well as the pacing and the action and the characters, but had just enough mystery to keep me guessing throughout.

    Two characters returned and I was really excited for their return. Eli Vanto and Admiral Ar'alani, who were each prominent in Thrawn and Outbound Flight respectively. I felt that I connect to Eli Vanto better than just about any canon character and even most legends characters. Thrawn's writing of his inner dialogue and his conflicing loyalties were fascinating. Ar'alani was intriguing because of her leadership abilities and the natural mystery that surrounds her and the rest of the Chiss. Even though I knew a lot of her original legends backstory, I felt Zahn made her character fresh and new.

    The character who in my opinion is the standout of the novel is Commodore Faro. I was so intrigued by Faro's role as the "Watson" to Thrawn's "Holmes". This role was not as utilized as when Thrawn interacted with Eli Vanto in the first Thrawn novel, but I believe is actually used as well if not better here.

    The common theme through this entire book, however, is loyalties. When it was marketed beforehand, the whole concept behind Thrawn Treason was that Thrawn's loyalties would be tested. While I do think that that is the case, I believe that the words "treason" and "loyalties" can describe the character arcs of all the people surrounding Thrawn as much as they pertain to Thrawn himself.

    In regards to criticisms, which I believe can be found in every book, this book has few. I think that Zahn was hindered and like Thrawn in the book, he only had 1 week's worth of storyline that he was able to cover. As a result, everything seems to be happening all at the same time. Perhaps if he had had more opportunity to spread the events over time it would have worked slightly better. Also, there were several moments where Zahn would reference his other projects or Rebels, but rarely could I find any references to other author's works. Most Star Wars novels, particularly those of James Luceno, Alexander Freed, and Christie Golden(to name a few) include a boatload of references, but that is more of a personal preference than a legitimate gripe.

    Overall, great, fantastic novel. I thought starting it and based off of other reviews it was going to be a paint by numbers Zahn novel, but the character development of the second act and the incredible vision of the third act is utterly wonderful and brilliant. 9.0 out of 10! Great job Zahn.

    [If anyone wants to know, this book is for sure in my canon top 10, possibly #6]

  • Khurram

    Great book. I was a little dubious about this book. After the last book being slightly sub-par (good instead of great), and Thrawn's character in Rebels bring more Imperial then any other incarnation of him. I was not sure what to expect from this book. I am glad to say I loved it and could not put it down.

    The story takes place a week before the finale of Rebels season 3. Thrawn is seemingly brought in as a pawn of Tarkin, to use make a grab for a certain battle station. Then Thrawn's loyalties

    Great book. I was a little dubious about this book. After the last book being slightly sub-par (good instead of great), and Thrawn's character in Rebels bring more Imperial then any other incarnation of him. I was not sure what to expect from this book. I am glad to say I loved it and could not put it down.

    The story takes place a week before the finale of Rebels season 3. Thrawn is seemingly brought in as a pawn of Tarkin, to use make a grab for a certain battle station. Then Thrawn's loyalties are brought into question when his own people arrived on their own mission bringing with a a certain person not seem since book 1 and an enemy threat. Also not all threats to the Empire are external.

    It is interesting that Thrawn is a much an outsider to his own people as he ever was in the Empire. In Rebels I saw Thrawn's ruthless side, but in the book I am shown his loyalty to his crew and subordinates and in turn their gratitude and loyalty back to him. A few interesting characters and names to watch out for as well an honorable mention of another Timothy Zahn created imperial character.

    A great ending to this Thrawn trilogy, but is this the end of him? For some who was not known for his political savvy, he has loyalties in the Imperial military and has place key individuals how would have continued to climb higher since his disappearance. Also his own agenda has yet to be revealed. I might be wishful thinking but I truly believe their is more to come.

  • Haden

    talk about “real housewives of imperial leadership” vibes

    GOD...i love

  • Blaine

    A typical Thrawn novel. Well plotted, though it drags a bit in the middle. Grand Admiral Thrawn (Sherlock Thrawn to his friends) remains a great character. I enjoyed the return of Eli Vanto, and thought the final battle was a highlight.

    But I had more nits to pick with this book than the first two in the series. First, Ronan was just annoying. Not a character you love to hate, just annoying in his relentless whining and stupidity. Second, there were too many references to Star Wars Rebels, a show

    A typical Thrawn novel. Well plotted, though it drags a bit in the middle. Grand Admiral Thrawn (Sherlock Thrawn to his friends) remains a great character. I enjoyed the return of Eli Vanto, and thought the final battle was a highlight.

    But I had more nits to pick with this book than the first two in the series. First, Ronan was just annoying. Not a character you love to hate, just annoying in his relentless whining and stupidity. Second, there were too many references to Star Wars Rebels, a show that may be canon but ... wasn’t good. My final criticism—considering this book is being listed as the final book in a trilogy—is that there were way too many plot lines left unresolved. Again, I guess I’m supposed to go watch Star Wars Rebels to see how it turned out? That’s not really what I’m looking for in a book series. A fun, quick read, but lacking big picture resolution.

  • Chris Wermeskerch

    Unfortunately, every problem that I had in Thrawn and Alliances were only amplified rather than addressed here and this book became the pinnacle of OC-self-aggrandizement. If Thrawn was never challenged in Alliances, here he barely needs to give any of his mental prowess to the tasks at hand. Never once do he nor any of his compatriots come into real danger, nor does he learn anything; rather, he already knows everything he'll ever need to know. If this trick was cute in Legends, it's far overst

    Unfortunately, every problem that I had in Thrawn and Alliances were only amplified rather than addressed here and this book became the pinnacle of OC-self-aggrandizement. If Thrawn was never challenged in Alliances, here he barely needs to give any of his mental prowess to the tasks at hand. Never once do he nor any of his compatriots come into real danger, nor does he learn anything; rather, he already knows everything he'll ever need to know. If this trick was cute in Legends, it's far overstayed it's welcome here.

  • Alexander Sison

    Seeing all the good reviews here, I'm so happy that they got something good out of this.

    But sadly for me, it just seemed to have taken several steps back from the previous books.

    In case anyone's wondering, I have read the Heir to the Empire trilogy a decade and more ago, and I remember fairly enjoying it.

    In 2017 I remember cracking open the new Thrawn novel. I was a little excited, but not too much because I thought the whole hullabaloo over Zahn might be a little overblown. Little did I know

    Seeing all the good reviews here, I'm so happy that they got something good out of this.

    But sadly for me, it just seemed to have taken several steps back from the previous books.

    In case anyone's wondering, I have read the Heir to the Empire trilogy a decade and more ago, and I remember fairly enjoying it.

    In 2017 I remember cracking open the new Thrawn novel. I was a little excited, but not too much because I thought the whole hullabaloo over Zahn might be a little overblown. Little did I know, that book would keep me up the whole day and the whole night, keeping me from sleep until I had finished it.

    I loved that book. I loved getting to know Thrawn over the years and having him and Eli fight back against overwhelming odds, creating a Holmes and Watson dynamic. I loved Pryce and the whole tie in to the events happening on Star Wars Rebels, that book was simply perfect.

    Thrawn Alliances was a little less so for me but it was still a great read because it was cool to read the difference in dynamic between young Thrawn and Anakin versus current Thrawn and Vader, and the Padme chapters were a plus, even though they dragged a little. It was an interesting mix that still felt like I was rewarded throughout the journey even if the ending was a little anticlimactic.

    This however, had little of that. If the previous books had a familar character from Star Wars teaming up with Thrawn, this had a few choice appearances with a certain familiar character, but not even really good ones. He/she was just there to pop in and cause nuisance, put up a fuss, then pop out.

    To say nothing of this new character that the book introduces and tries to tag along with Thrawn, well sorry, but that character was just plain annoying throughout. By the end I don't think their inclusion was ever really justified. It was almost like a Michael Bay character hitched for a ride.

    Now with that said, I could have forgiven all that and still left with a 5 star experience had we gotten a really great read with involving characters and interesting conflicts. So did we?

    Well on the one hand, we do get to learn more about the Chiss and a bunch of characters from Thrawn's crew rise to prominence. But they're not given that much to do. Yes they appear quite a bit, but they're really just props for Thrawn to channel his plans through them. The characterization throughout is pretty thin and although they do try to explain stuff to you about how people are thinking, it never really pulls you in.

    The secondary baddies which the trilogy has been teasing for a while now, hinting at Thrawn's future conflicts, are just rather annoying here. Oh they do try to convey how menacing and cunning they're supposed to be, but unfortunately unlike many of Thrawn's plans, I felt like I was being given a series of ready-made conclusions rather than a carefully constructed piece of art that guides me to the same end.

    Lastly however, I felt like the one thing that really pulled this story down was the lack of really interesting or even worthy challenges thrown at Thrawn. At no point did I think: "Whoah, that's pretty intimidating. Now how can Thrawn devise something to undermine and triumph over that?" No, the way it was presented, he was thrown a minor setback after minor setback, something that Jar Jar paired off with a half-competent officer could probably find their way around.

    If Thrawn is your Holmes, then you need something fairly challenging and cool to make the journey worthwhile. Otherwise it's mostly just Thrawn sitting pretty on the bridge and blowing them off one by one. That could still be cool if executed right, but I don't think it did that well.

    Having said that, Zahn still writes in a certain well-paced style so it was still a smooth-going read throughout. I have to acknowledge that these books do probably get written fairly quickly, in probably several months, as I've been hearing from Zahn, Claudia Gray and Delilah S. Dawson. But maybe this time it would have been better if the book's plotting or preparation had been given a little more time and care. I don't know. I'll still read more of Zahn's works anyway and I still look forward to where he takes Thrawn next.

    Usually I give books like this at least a three or four. But it was just the fact that Zahn had set up such a great reading experience with the first two that I had to end up giving it these two stars. If Goodreads allowed it I would have probably given it a 2.5 but well, they' don't.

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