Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3)
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, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes that the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets.

Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3) Details

TitleTreason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherDel Rey
ISBN-139781984820983
Rating
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Science Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy

Treason (Star Wars: Thrawn, #3) Review

  • Khurram
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Peter Hale
    January 1, 1970
    It's Treason, then.
  • Jonathan D
    January 1, 1970
    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]
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  • Unseen Library
    January 1, 1970
    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?View the full review at:https://unseenlibrary.com/2019/07/21/...For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at:https://unseenlibrary.com/
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  • Chris Wermeskerch
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Alexander Sison
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Mario
    January 1, 1970
    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!!!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Haden
    January 1, 1970
    talk about “real housewives of imperial leadership” vibes GOD...i love
  • Blaine
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Nikolai
    January 1, 1970
    I have to admit, I wanted to give this five stars. I really did, but I couldn't.It's very obvious Zahn was restricted by the time table given to him, considering that this takes place in the week between Hera Syndulla's capture and the Battle of Lothal.Because of this, many of the events of Treason felt rushed, and character/relationship development felt rushed or incomplete. The ending also was very abrupt, unsatisfying and left many questions unanswered.The plot and its revelations were all sa I have to admit, I wanted to give this five stars. I really did, but I couldn't.It's very obvious Zahn was restricted by the time table given to him, considering that this takes place in the week between Hera Syndulla's capture and the Battle of Lothal.Because of this, many of the events of Treason felt rushed, and character/relationship development felt rushed or incomplete. The ending also was very abrupt, unsatisfying and left many questions unanswered.The plot and its revelations were all satisfying when they came to their conclusion for the most part, when only focusing on the plot of Treason itself, but in the larger picture, it just left even more to be desired, more questions to be answered, and more speculation to be had. I hope, very much, that there will be some closure on what happens to the Chimaera and her crew sometime in the future, but you will not find it in Treason. It was an excellent read, and I am glad to have read it, but I only hope there will be more to come in the future.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    So proud of my boy Eli and his Chiss fam
  • Jaime K
    January 1, 1970
    THRAAWWWWWNNNNThis is as good as the first and better than the 2nd. I have no qualms with this other than the fact that the word “occultation” is used far too often.The picture of the front half of the Chimera before the title page is beautiful.It links even more canon with Legends; “Rebels” with the movies. Some parts break from the regular past tense to italicized present tense, as if the reader is watching a holovid. It’s so we can see all points-of-view, that we can get a sense of all that i THRAAWWWWWNNNNThis is as good as the first and better than the 2nd. I have no qualms with this other than the fact that the word “occultation” is used far too often.The picture of the front half of the Chimera before the title page is beautiful.It links even more canon with Legends; “Rebels” with the movies. Some parts break from the regular past tense to italicized present tense, as if the reader is watching a holovid. It’s so we can see all points-of-view, that we can get a sense of all that is going on. It’s neat.Because this just came out, everything else will be under a cut. My review is mostly my thoughts as I read.(view spoiler)[- Eli Vanto is back, and I really like learning of his assimilation in the Chiss Defense Fleet. It’s so interesting to read of it on and off as the book goes on. Strangely enough, it wasn’t until I was 80% in that I related it to how Soontir Fel must have been drawn into the Chiss culture and how he was eventually trusted.- Faro is awesome. My OCD tendencies love that she color-codes incoming messages.- The “main” story is Thrawn’s TIE Defender program vs. Krennic’s Stardust project, but that is truly more of the icing on this book. Thrawn is sent to help Krennic with a gralloc problem that is causing Imperial ships to go missing.- Politics are politics, and military people are always negatively affected.- It’s quite interesting to see the number of people who find Krennic annoying. In a similar vein, it’s refreshing to learn how many believe in the Empire…but have reservations about the Emperor.- Seeing things from Ronan’s point-of-view lets me see Krennic is not a bad director. He’s just...egotistical. And a jerk overall, don’t get me wrong, but he earns trust and respect from his people.- I like that Thrawn is still not very knowledgeable about politics and accepts advice from others related to it. - Learning of differences between Second and Third Sights is interesting.- Thrawn realizes a very surprising fact about the lost ships...and in true Zahn fashion, the truth relating to them is more complex than I initially realized!- I like that Ronan can’t justify the deaths of even thieves.- I LOVE that even after a surprise meeting and no communication, Ar’alani and Thrawn can work in sync. Shoot, I love that he and Faro can too.- PELLAEONWas he named in “Rebels?” I don’t even remember much of that show anyway.PELLAEON.PELLAEON.EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE- The Grysk have some very sophisticated gravity-well generators and hyperspace travel. While it’s awful for our heroes, as a math nerd, the physics behind it makes me sigh in awe. Just…physics. Even in this ‘verse, the laws of physics are universal, and Zahn uses them beautifully.- I really like Eli’s inner thoughts. And, like him, I am oddly entertained by the Death Troopers facing muggers.- I didn’t recognize that species of Dashade, BUT the Legends/Canon link is fantastic- I like Mole. I had a feeling as to why, but couldn’t be sure until other truths came to light.- Faro learning more how to attune to Thrawn is awesome to read.Ar’alani is fantastic.Ronan grows on me because he’s like Pellaeon in some ways.The navigators are awesome.- The way that Thrawn reads musicians is BEAUTIFUL. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Steven Shinder
    January 1, 1970
    I think I enjoyed this book more than Thrawn: Alliances, but not as much as Thrawn. I loved the Thrawn and Eli relationship in the first book, but it doesn't really develop much further in this one. We get into the conflicts regarding Imperial interests between Thrawn, Tarkin, and Krennic, which is fun to witness play out. And Commodore Faro is a nice addition to throw into the mix. However, adding more of Pellaeon into this book would have been nice. Though I was happy that Ar'alani returned an I think I enjoyed this book more than Thrawn: Alliances, but not as much as Thrawn. I loved the Thrawn and Eli relationship in the first book, but it doesn't really develop much further in this one. We get into the conflicts regarding Imperial interests between Thrawn, Tarkin, and Krennic, which is fun to witness play out. And Commodore Faro is a nice addition to throw into the mix. However, adding more of Pellaeon into this book would have been nice. Though I was happy that Ar'alani returned and got more fleshing out.We get more of the Grysks, but I still have to question whether or not they are very important to the overall Star Wars canon. I can't help but be amused by what the Emperor tells Thrawn at the end, given that we see what happens with Thrawn at the end of Star Wars: Rebels. And that's perhaps the problem with this book. It takes place during the latter half of Rebels season 4, and we know what becomes of Thrawn, but also not. We knew the premise of this book going in, but still. It's not as exciting reading it a year after Rebels, at a time when we really want to know what happens with Thrawn and Ezra. I also could not help but kind of roll my eyes at the moment when Thrawn says he's able to tell a lot about someone via the music they compose and play. Look, the art thing is pretty cool. But how far can we really stretch his skills? Maybe it's not that much of a stretch. I don't know. It just felt like an attempt to one-up what Thrawn has done before, and I'm not sure how well it works.Again, this is not a bad book. These are just the reasons why it doesn't feel even close to perfect. Overall, I think the original Thrawn trilogy is a better story than these three books, even if they did make Thrawn a more interesting character. If there are any more Thrawn books in the near future, I hope that they really get into the meat of what fans want to know.
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  • Anna Catherman
    January 1, 1970
    I have rather mixed feelings on this book. If you're going based on character interactions and development, and the way the story builds on galactic culture (and the Chiss in particular) Thrawn: Treason is a fascinating read that's well worth the time. However, I felt like it also struggled with a lot of problems, including some saggy spots, annoying side characters, and low stakes. That being said, I overall enjoyed it more than Alliances, but not quite as much as the first canon Thrawn novel. I have rather mixed feelings on this book. If you're going based on character interactions and development, and the way the story builds on galactic culture (and the Chiss in particular) Thrawn: Treason is a fascinating read that's well worth the time. However, I felt like it also struggled with a lot of problems, including some saggy spots, annoying side characters, and low stakes. That being said, I overall enjoyed it more than Alliances, but not quite as much as the first canon Thrawn novel. There were plenty of great moments, both with Thrawn himself and some of the more notable and likable side characters (especially Eli Vanto). And I was once again impressed with the way I was pulled into the story to the point of rooting FOR the Empire (I'm a huge Rebel fangirl). Glad I read it, can't say I'll read it again anytime soon, but it was well worth the read...er, listen. (I wish I could give it somewhere from like 3.5=3.75 stars, because that's honestly where i feel like it is. Thrawn 4*, Alliances 3*, and this somewhere in the middle. Giving it 4* just because I did like it that much better than Alliances)
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  • Elenora
    January 1, 1970
    My undying love for space blue Daddy Thrawn has paid off! The second in the series was disappointing, and the third is so far the best : more Thrawn, more Chiss, more Eli Vanto, more Sherlock Holmes in space and more threat and tension.The book was a pleasure, and I oh-so-wish Thrawn could be made into an episodic series where he solves crimes and cracks treasonous plots... He's the only reason I'd pick a star wars novel for. I want a Thrawn body pillow lmao.Anyway, this was a brisk and generall My undying love for space blue Daddy Thrawn has paid off! The second in the series was disappointing, and the third is so far the best : more Thrawn, more Chiss, more Eli Vanto, more Sherlock Holmes in space and more threat and tension.The book was a pleasure, and I oh-so-wish Thrawn could be made into an episodic series where he solves crimes and cracks treasonous plots... He's the only reason I'd pick a star wars novel for. I want a Thrawn body pillow lmao.Anyway, this was a brisk and generally good time. Zahn is a rare master, to make a commercial franchise read like a quality Sci-fi novel.This being said, a couple of things bummed me out as I read, so it's more a 4.5 stars book, but I had lots of fun and was super happy to have quality time with my fav Chiss.I think here's the place to point out that some of the biggest chortle I've ever had out of a comment section was when I was reading the Thrawn comics for the first book and the very last page had this absolute piece of social art :https://i.ibb.co/Y3dndYc/Chiss-ladies.jpg
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  • Skye Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    I have some mixed feelings.Taken on its own, this novel is solid, like all of Zahn's Thrawn material. It's a quality Star Wars story and I don't think any fan will regret taking the time to read it.But, as the third installment of a trilogy, this finale was lacking, and does not deliver the promises of the previous books or its own synopsis. I can't really explain further without delving into spoilers, but I do feel obliged to warn you that if you're going into this expecting some good old-fashi I have some mixed feelings.Taken on its own, this novel is solid, like all of Zahn's Thrawn material. It's a quality Star Wars story and I don't think any fan will regret taking the time to read it.But, as the third installment of a trilogy, this finale was lacking, and does not deliver the promises of the previous books or its own synopsis. I can't really explain further without delving into spoilers, but I do feel obliged to warn you that if you're going into this expecting some good old-fashioned Palpatine-politicking, you're going to be disappointed. Thrawn and Palpatine don't even interact significantly until, uh, quite late in the book, i.e. (view spoiler)[the epilogue! (hide spoiler)].
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  • Aristotle
    January 1, 1970
    Alright! Grand Admiral Thrawn!Rock n Roll!"Thrawn analyzes artwork to better understand his enemy.What would he think of Picasso or Pollock? "These guys are nuts! Retreat!"This was a good addition to the Star Wars world. Thrawn is one of the most unique characters. Thrawn's innate ability to observe and analyze the universe around him makes him a powerful leader. I looked at the empire as a bunch of brainwashed jihadist. This series shows them as loyal, educated, disciplined soldiers who are not Alright! Grand Admiral Thrawn!Rock n Roll!"Thrawn analyzes artwork to better understand his enemy.What would he think of Picasso or Pollock? "These guys are nuts! Retreat!"This was a good addition to the Star Wars world. Thrawn is one of the most unique characters. Thrawn's innate ability to observe and analyze the universe around him makes him a powerful leader. I looked at the empire as a bunch of brainwashed jihadist. This series shows them as loyal, educated, disciplined soldiers who are not afraid to question authority. Misappropriation of military goods does not rise to the level of treason. A reduction in rank or dismissal from the Empire but treason? No.May warrior's fortune be with you -Thrawn
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  • Lois
    January 1, 1970
    *sniff* Finished it already... sigh... well, at least I can listen to it again, and again, and again. So, this one was my favorite part. And yes, it has a lot to do with the fact that Rogue One topped Empire as my favorite movie after 40 years, and this has Krennic and Tarkin and Stardust. But it's also more Thrawn, the star of it, and we get Eli back too. There still is plenty that can make at least fourth book in the series (not to mention we could use the answer as to what really happened to *sniff* Finished it already... sigh... well, at least I can listen to it again, and again, and again. So, this one was my favorite part. And yes, it has a lot to do with the fact that Rogue One topped Empire as my favorite movie after 40 years, and this has Krennic and Tarkin and Stardust. But it's also more Thrawn, the star of it, and we get Eli back too. There still is plenty that can make at least fourth book in the series (not to mention we could use the answer as to what really happened to Thrawn in the Rebels series), so definitely hoping there will be more in the future! :)
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  • Spencer
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Máté
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh. What a waste of a Thrawn book. There are zero real stakes here, making this story pointless. Still, I hope Timothy Zahn will be able to write Thrawn related books that take place after the events of the Rebels TV show.
  • Melinda Lane
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent! I've been a fan since "Heir to the Empire" and still love reading Timothy Zahn's books and the more about Thrawn the better. I hope there's more to come. I really loved seeing Eli's place among the Chiss and more of the Chiss Navigators.
  • Michael Johnson (Anthem)
    January 1, 1970
    Very Thrawny fan-service feeling. Which isn't bad since I like Thrawn's character but the dialog felt a bit cheesy at times.Overall it's a good book and I'm curious to see where Zahn takes the character in the future.
  • HobbitFromPA
    January 1, 1970
    Think this was best of the three books. Had a solid flow to it, before I knew it the end had come leaving me wanting more. Hoping Timothy Zahn has some more Thrawn in him.
  • Eric Lazarian
    January 1, 1970
    *** This will be a spoiler free review. ***[3.5 stars]Zahn's latest Thrawn novel lives up to most expectations for the series. It's not an epic, but it's an intricately woven story set in the pre-Yavin (Battle of Yavin) Star Wars universe. It centers on the Empire's building of DS1 and on the machinations of two species in the outer rim. It has a lot of cloak and dagger built into it, and the main characters will be familiar to readers, save for the obvious new additions from the outer rim speci *** This will be a spoiler free review. ***[3.5 stars]Zahn's latest Thrawn novel lives up to most expectations for the series. It's not an epic, but it's an intricately woven story set in the pre-Yavin (Battle of Yavin) Star Wars universe. It centers on the Empire's building of DS1 and on the machinations of two species in the outer rim. It has a lot of cloak and dagger built into it, and the main characters will be familiar to readers, save for the obvious new additions from the outer rim species. You learn a little bit more about Thrawn, and about Tarkin and Krennic. Small cameos from Emperor Palpitine and a few paragraphs about Vader (tertiary stuff) thrown in too. It's carefully written, though at times, too carefully, and you can get bogged down in the details of a mystery and of military minutia, and as I said, it's not an epic.There's a little bit of character development, and some very cool space battles, though, they seem to have been written as screenplay material, not so much for a novel. I have to say though I enjoyed it, and read through fairly steadily, the middle of the book was too slow, and it took the beginning and end of the work to redeem it, as I almost gave it 3 stars flat.If you are a fan of Thrawn, read this, and you should add it to your collection. If you are a Star Wars fan but not of this Grand Admiral's, then you can skip this one. If you aren't a fan of either, I am not sure if you will get into this storyline, unless you like sci-fi and/or technical mystery novels. There's an interesting side-story as a parallel plot line that is very much a science-based "mystery" which some readers might enjoy, but I won't guarantee that.
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  • Dennis Keithly
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I haven't been the biggest fan of the Thrawn series. I thought the first novel in this trilogy to be a good read, but other than the characters invovled, it didn't seem like it had to be a Star Wars novel. It had its high points though, and I'm glad I read it. I was very excited by the prospect of Thrawn teaming up with Vader in Alliance and the appearances of Anakin and Padme. However, "disappointed" might be an overstatement, but that book wasn't all that I had hoped for.So, I st To be honest, I haven't been the biggest fan of the Thrawn series. I thought the first novel in this trilogy to be a good read, but other than the characters invovled, it didn't seem like it had to be a Star Wars novel. It had its high points though, and I'm glad I read it. I was very excited by the prospect of Thrawn teaming up with Vader in Alliance and the appearances of Anakin and Padme. However, "disappointed" might be an overstatement, but that book wasn't all that I had hoped for.So, I started Treason with fairly low expectations. Treason surpassed those expectations by a wide margin. This isn't my favorite Star Wars book ever, but it is my favorite release lately. I found the story compelling. Thrawn's powers of deduction were on full display here. While it simply wasn't possible for the reader to always recreate his reasoning, it was fun to follow his insights.In a way, this book reminded me of a Star Trek story. It was very technical. Thrawn and his allies, Admiral Ar'alani, Eli Vanto, and Commodore Faro, make a lot of complex tactical decisions. Their solutions to problems and conflict rely on the detail and unexpected. In many cases, the action is not what you would expect from Star Wars, and it is more like the solution you would expect the crew of the Enterprise to come up with.Another aspect of this book, and the series, that I'm struggling with: is Thrawn a good guy or a villain? In the series Rebels, Thrawn was presented as a villain. Hera even described him as evil. Many of his actions seemed less than noble. In this trilogy, he seems like a hero in a bad place trying to make the most of his situation as he fights for the greater good of the galaxy.Speaking of Hera, this book makes enough references to the Rebels series that readers can ground in time exactly when this book takes place. This now begs the question: what comes next for Thrawn? Will Zahn or someone else finally get to tell his story after the events of the Rebels series finale? Will it include Ezra Bridger. For the first time in a while, I'm really excited for a new Thrawn story from Zahn.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    I think this will be the last of the Thrawn books for a while based on the timeline. It is set right before the finale of Rebels. The third book of this trilogy was not my favorite of the three. I was a little bit bored in the middle of the story, and I thought the plot was a bit..weak.That being said I will focus on some of the positive things.I really liked the humor Marc Thompson brought to some of the characters. Such as his Sean Connery voice for Admiral Savit. That cracked me up. As did hi I think this will be the last of the Thrawn books for a while based on the timeline. It is set right before the finale of Rebels. The third book of this trilogy was not my favorite of the three. I was a little bit bored in the middle of the story, and I thought the plot was a bit..weak.That being said I will focus on some of the positive things.I really liked the humor Marc Thompson brought to some of the characters. Such as his Sean Connery voice for Admiral Savit. That cracked me up. As did his pompous, snobby voice for Assistant Director Ronan.Whenever Director Krennic made an appearance he was always yelling, but Marc's voice work for him was spot on. Oh, and I was so amused by the jokes at his expense about his white cape. So pretentious. I loved the voices Marc did for the Death Troopers and how they were just grilling Assistant Director Ronan, because he was so annoying.This time Thrawn did not say "Perhaps" as much! What a relief!I did enjoy the subplot with Eli Vanto, the Chiss and their navigators. He didn't annoy me this time and it was interesting to see his role with the Chiss were he is an outsider. I wouldn't mind seeing more of them and learning more about the Force Sensitive girls who navigate their ships. (view spoiler)[I used to think the unknown threat would be the Yuuzhan Vong, but now we know it's the Grysks. (hide spoiler)]About the weak plot, (view spoiler)[I guess I was expecting more treason on Thrawn's part. I thought there would be more of a struggle between his loyalties with the Empire and the Chiss. As for the actual traitor, I thought the final confrontation with Admiral Savit dragged on a bit too long. (hide spoiler)]I missed Lord Vader. I definitely feel the second book Thrawn: Alliances is my favorite. I still think it was worth listening to. It would be interesting to see what Zahn would write if he was given the project to write something about Thrawn and Ezra where ever they disappeared to. But that is in Filoni's hands. 3 out of 5 Grallocs
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  • Andrew Bulthaupt
    January 1, 1970
    I listened to this book via Audible.Thrawn: Treason is said to be the final installment in Timothy Zahn's new Thrawn trilogy, and that's disappointing because I want more! Thrawn: Treason is a great addition to the series, building on the first two books as well as the Rebels TV show and the Legends novels.If you read the first two parts of the series, you should be familiar with most of the characters. There's more Thrawn, Eli Vanto, Ar'alani, and the crew of the Chimera, plus others you might I listened to this book via Audible.Thrawn: Treason is said to be the final installment in Timothy Zahn's new Thrawn trilogy, and that's disappointing because I want more! Thrawn: Treason is a great addition to the series, building on the first two books as well as the Rebels TV show and the Legends novels.If you read the first two parts of the series, you should be familiar with most of the characters. There's more Thrawn, Eli Vanto, Ar'alani, and the crew of the Chimera, plus others you might expect (or not) such as Grand Moff Tarkin and Director Krennic. We get to see more intricate strategies and military tactics and more of Thrawn being put to the test at every turn. The Grysk return from Alliances to cause more trouble, but they're not the only ones.There's a lot going on in this story, and the meaning of the title remains a little unclear even at the end. Considering where in the Star Wars timeline this is set, I'm very curious as to the implications of how the events here and those of the Rebels finale play into one another. There definitely seems like there's a lot more story to tell and it's made me look at Thrawn's final confrontation on Lothal in a new light.As a standalone story, I think I enjoyed Alliances more than Treason, for how it portrayed both Anakin Skywalker and Darth Vader at two different points in time. This is still a great story and worth reading though, and it will make you think about a lot of things regarding the Star Wars universe and where some of these characters may pop up in the future.
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  • Laurence
    January 1, 1970
    Again no real challenge, no need to get out of sticky situations, no stakes. Some weird decisions regarding ion cannon capability. I see some mentions of Thrawns involvement in that awful TV show Rebels as to why he's being neutered like this. That is a shame.
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  • Ursula Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    Another Masterful Thrawn TaleI was eagerly awaiting this book, my most anticipated read of the year. I love Zahn's books about Grand Admiral Thrawn. This completes the new trilogy of Thrawn, Thrawn Alliances and now Treason. It does not disappoint. Filled with juicy morsels like the political infighting between Moff Tarkin and Director Krennic, thefts and disruptions to the construction of the first Death Star and the reemergence of an old enemy as well as the return of some old friends, especia Another Masterful Thrawn TaleI was eagerly awaiting this book, my most anticipated read of the year. I love Zahn's books about Grand Admiral Thrawn. This completes the new trilogy of Thrawn, Thrawn Alliances and now Treason. It does not disappoint. Filled with juicy morsels like the political infighting between Moff Tarkin and Director Krennic, thefts and disruptions to the construction of the first Death Star and the reemergence of an old enemy as well as the return of some old friends, especially Eli Vanto. Throw in treason and masterfully maneuvered battles and you have a highly enjoyable read. Twists and turns abound as well and a number of surprises are included as well. I hated to see this book end. I want more of the Grand Admiral's adventures. Marc Thompson does his usual outstanding work on the character voices, bringing everyone to life and beautifully crafting his narration to make the narrative flow. A must read for Thrawn and Imperial fans. So good it even makes rebels and Jedi like me root for him to outsmart everyone else.
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