Review: Thrawn: Treason

Genre:                               Scifi
Publisher:                         Del Rey
ISBN:                                  978-1-9848-2098-3
Edition:                              Hardcover
Page count:                       333
Release Date:                    July 2019

And there it finally was! The last book in the new Thrawn trilogy! I got this book from Bren for X-mas and I just couldn’t wait to continue my read after having read the other two books in this series by Timothy Zahn.

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Thrawn: Treason takes place in the time when the Death Star was still only known by its project name: Stardust. This book sheds some light on the politics and intrigue surrounding project Stardust. Grand Admiral Thrawn is still trying to push his TIE Defender program, but the funding for this project could be very well put to use for project Stardust. Director Krennic decides to wager the project’s funding if Thrawn manages to help him get rid of a nasty pest of space faring creatures known as Grallocs that attack supply ships and cause them to disappear.

Thrawn decides to take on the wager, confident that he can get rid of the pests within a week time. Krennic sends his assistant Ronan to check if Thrawn is doing his job. This complicates Thrawn’s job, of course. The further the story goes, the more obvious it becomes that the Gralloc pest is only the tip of the iceberg and a much larger plot is unfolding. When Thrawn runs into his brethren from the Chiss Ascendancy and his former assistant Eli Vanto, who is working for them now.

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Eli Vanto and  Admiral Ar’alini

“Learning about each other’s differences is a way to enrich our lives”
— Eli Vanto

This book was good! It wasn’t just good, actually, it was great! I loved absolutely everything about it. From the intrigue between Director Krennic, Grand Moff Tarkin and Thrawn himself to the hidden threat to the Empire. All the major player’s loyalty is also questioned at some points in the story, making it very much about the question: “What’s the right thing to do?” There’s a lot of space combat and we get to know a lot more about the enigmatic Chiss Ascendancy.

As the final book in this series, I’d say this really is a great book. It did have quite an open ending, however, which makes me secretly hope for even more Thrawn books (spoiler alert: There will be more!). There’s just no denying that Timothy Zahn has created one of the most intriguing Star Wars characters with Thrawn. But also the others like Eli Vanto, whom I missed sorely in the second book made a glorious return. And the other Chiss characters, like Ar’alani and Vah’nya are a great addition to the rich cast of the Star Wars saga.

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“One must never dwell on failure. When defeat has come, a true warrior accepts it, learns from it, and continues on.” — Thrawn

If you haven’t ever read any of the Star Wars books, I suggest you try this trilogy first. Timothy Zahn is one of the best writers for Star Wars books and his writing still is consistently great. I loved these stories and they add quite a lot of depth to the Galactic Empire’s side of the story! A must read if you love Star Wars!

Cover: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Paper smell: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Print/Lettering: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Originality: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Story: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
Overall: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Happy reading!

~Jeffrey

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