Official Synopsis for Timothy Zahn’s ‘Thrawn’

Official Synopsis for Timothy Zahn’s ‘Thrawn’

Penguin Random House has released the official synopsis for the upcoming Timothy Zahn novel, Thrawn. Check it out below:


In this definitive novel, readers will follow Thrawn’s rise to power—uncovering the events that created one of the most iconic villains in Star Wars history.

One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire, through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.

After Thrawn is rescued from exile by Imperial soldiers, his deadly ingenuity and keen tactical abilities swiftly capture the attention of Emperor Palpatine. And just as quickly, Thrawn proves to be as indispensable to the Empire as he is ambitious; as devoted as its most loyal servant, Darth Vader; and a brilliant warrior never to be underestimated. On missions to rout smugglers, snare spies, and defeat pirates, he triumphs time and again—even as his renegade methods infuriate superiors while inspiring ever greater admiration from the Empire. As one promotion follows another in his rapid ascension to greater power, he schools his trusted aide, Ensign Eli Vanto, in the arts of combat and leadership, and the secrets of claiming victory. But even though Thrawn dominates the battlefield, he has much to learn in the arena of politics where ruthless administrator Arihnda Pryce holds the power to be a potent ally or a brutal enemy.

All these lessons will be put to the ultimate test when Thrawn rises to admiral—and must pit all the knowledge, instincts, and battle forces at his command against an insurgent uprising that threatens not only innocent lives but also the Empire’s grip on the galaxy—and his own carefully laid plans for future ascendancy.

Thrawn is scheduled for release April 11, 2017. You can pre-order your copy here.

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  1. MelindaW
    January 25, 2017 at 20:46 Reply

    I decided to read only the first paragraph … because I don’t want to know too much about this upcoming novel. I am absolutely thrilled that Timothy Zahn was chosen to write this piece of literature. He originally brought Admiral Thrawn to life, and it is only fitting (at least to me) that the award-winning author take us deeper into the backstory of this incredible character. 🙂

    MTFBWY 🙂

  2. MelindaW
    January 25, 2017 at 20:49 Reply

    I read only the first paragraph because I don’t want to know too much about this upcoming novel. I am absolutely thrilled that Timothy Zahn was chosen to pen Thrawn’s story. TZ brought the character to life in “Heir to the Empire”, and it is only fitting that he be the one to tell Thrawn’s story. I can’t wait for this book’s release!

    MTFBWY 🙂

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