Thrawn: Treason

Thrawn: 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 in...

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Thrawn: Treason Reviews

  • 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

    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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  • Jonathan Koan

    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

    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'

    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.

  • Roy

    I actually probably enjoyed this as much as the first if not a little better. Thrawn is as great as ever. Some of the dialgoue is a little stilted but we learn a little more about the empires plans. Plot wise it started off great. 2/3in and it slowed a little bit. Havent read the original trilogy so not sure how this compares. Still a fun fanboy read.

  • Ben Brown

    Well, it finally happened: Timothy Zahn wrote a “Thrawn” book that I actually sorta semi-liked.

    Don’t get me wrong: there’s still a LOT in “Thrawn: Treason” – the third and what looks to be the final chapter in Zahn’s canon “Thrawn” trilogy – that I did NOT like. For one thing: after having now read three of his novels, I am unconvinced that there is a writer on the face of the planet who loves exposition quite as much as Timothy Zahn does. While one could certainly an argument that writin

    Well, it finally happened: Timothy Zahn wrote a “Thrawn” book that I actually sorta semi-liked.

    Don’t get me wrong: there’s still a LOT in “Thrawn: Treason” – the third and what looks to be the final chapter in Zahn’s canon “Thrawn” trilogy – that I did NOT like. For one thing: after having now read three of his novels, I am unconvinced that there is a writer on the face of the planet who loves exposition quite as much as Timothy Zahn does. While one could certainly an argument that writing a character as methodical as Thrawn requires a certain degree of deliberate description, there comes a point when there’s just SO FREAKING MUCH of the stuff that the overall effect becomes exhausting, bordering on being numbing. Another casualty of the novel’s tendency to over-expound: the pacing. At 334 pages, “Thrawn: Treason” is a book that feels WAY longer than it is. Part of that has to do with a story that feels stretched beyond its limits (“Treason” could have easily and comfortably clocked in around the 275-page range); unfortunately, most of the story’s pacing issues are a direct outgrowth of Zahn’s love for expositing upon things that don’t need expositing.

    That all being said…I will also say this for “Thrawn: Treason”: at least there’s a clear narrative through-line to grab onto. Whereas previous books “Thawn” and “Thrawn: Alliances” verged on being nearly indecipherable at points – there were significant portions of both books where I had literally no clue what was happening – “Thrawn: Treason” is blessed by a distinct and clear-cut antagonist at the story’s center that fuels most of the events over the course of the book. This results in a narrative that is, if not exactly thrilling, then at least never confusing. High praise, I know.

    Bottom line: is “Thrawn: Treason” the best of the “Thrawn” trilogy? Undoubtedly. Is it ‘good’? Eh…I don’t know if I can quite say that. Still – it is a marked improvement over its predecessors, which isn’t nothing. And for someone who has been more or less disappointed in both Zahn’s storytelling and Thrawn as a character in this new “Star Wars” canon after hearing SO MUCH from SO MANY about the awesomeness of both over the years, “Thrawn: Treason” represents, for me, the first actual ray of hope that maybe – just maybe – there’s a worthwhile story to tell about the Grand Admiral after all.

  • Silvana

    If you are thinking of reading the trilogy, don't. Just read the first book. The enjoyment diminishes in every sequel. While Zahn might be the best new Disney Canon writer that I read so far, his plotting and story really need more work. Since this is Thrawn's last novel (so far), I had hight expectation that it would end with a crescendo. It did not. The book was a slog. If it were not because of the excellent audio narration and the great production (background music included), I would DNF it

    If you are thinking of reading the trilogy, don't. Just read the first book. The enjoyment diminishes in every sequel. While Zahn might be the best new Disney Canon writer that I read so far, his plotting and story really need more work. Since this is Thrawn's last novel (so far), I had hight expectation that it would end with a crescendo. It did not. The book was a slog. If it were not because of the excellent audio narration and the great production (background music included), I would DNF it and maybe even throw some bantha dropping just to give it some flavor.

    New characters were introduced, most of them were stick figure, forgettable character. One was particularly annoying and cartoonish. An old character was brought back but his role could be replaced but anyone since his interaction with Thrawn was very minimum and again, replaceable with another background character.

    What irked me the most was the book even made Thrawn (and the Chiss freakin' Ascendancy) boring. The stakes were low, Thrawn was on top of everything, he was barely challenged. This is like being forced to watch Star Wars: Resistance. There, I said it.

    Again, such a waste. Even the amusing political squabbles and intrigue involving Thrawn, Krennic, and Tarkin became bland at the end, along with the lackluster reveal.

  • Spencer

    To be honest I found this to be pretty boring, it just felt too similar to the previous books and it didn’t add anything new or particularly interesting.

  • 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.

    I see so many reviews here blaming how Star Wars Rebels supposedly forced Zahn to be restricted in his storytelling. I'm sorry but I don't see how that's any excuse. While yes, the show probably forced him to restrict himself in terms of timeline and setting, this book could have still been a great experience if the right combination of tension and cat and mouse dynamics had been at play. But we didn't get any of that.

    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.

  • Neil R. Coulter

    This book is like reading a turn-by-turn description of a game of Risk being played by people I don't know, where one of the players correctly predicts every move for the entire game.

    On page 181, are we to imagine that Sisay is making the Vulcan salute?

  • Peter Hale

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