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Book Review: Star Wars Alliances

Written by calebbrettwygal

While a little light on action, Zahn spins two mysteries together, bringing new depth to the main characters that will hopefully be built upon in future Star Wars novels. 

Alliances (Star Wars: Thrawn, #2)Alliances by Timothy Zahn
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Any time I see “Star Wars” and Timothy Zahn on the cover, it is a must-read. The first author in the expanded Star Wars Universe (now defunct) returns with a tale, two tales actually, from one of Star Wars’ biggest icons in Darth Vader and his creation in Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thankfully the powers-that-be at Lucasfilm resurrected the most intriguing character from the now-defunct Expanded Universe in Thrawn.

The novel weaves two storylines: one from the Clone Wars era, and the other post-Revenge of the Sith. Anakin Skywalker comes across a younger Thrawn in a search for the missing Padme. Emperor Palpatine pairs his new right-hand man, Vader, with Thrawn to investigate a disturbance in the Force he sensed out in the Unknown Regions–where Thrawn is from.

Zahn moves the narrative back and forth between the mysteries quite well. I won’t go into much detail about either (the book jacket can tell you that), but Zahn again proves his ability to spin an intriguing story full of depth. I felt that the back-and-forth between Thrawn and Vader/Anakin was true to each strengths and weaknesses. While it’s obvious that Thrawn is the more intelligent of the two, Zahn made it apparent in the dynamic that he still needed to rely on Thrawn/Anakin’s gifts to succeed.

While a little light on action, Zahn brings a new depth to the main characters that will hopefully be built upon in future Star Wars novels.

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A Must-Read for Star Wars Fans
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A Must-Read for Star Wars Fans

While a little light on action, Zahn spins two mysteries together, bringing new depth to the main characters that will hopefully be built upon in future Star Wars novels.

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