Genre: science fiction
Subgenre: Star Wars, space opera
Source: Berea branch of the Madison County (KY) Public Library
When the novel opens, Thrawn is a young Chiss, member of a mysterious alien race. As a youth the Empire finds him, and his tactical acumen catches the interest of the Emperor. The Emperor makes sure Thrawn enters the Imperial Academy. There he meets Eli Vanto, who becomes his trusted aide. From there, Thrawn's talent gets him promotions, making him an ally or two, and a lot of enemies along the way on his path to become Grand Admiral.
The book offers two stories. The main story is Thrawn's story. A secondary story is that of Arihnda Pryce, a woman with an agenda of her own who becomes a ruthless Imperial administrator. She has the one thing Thrawn lacks: political savvy. She may be either an ally or a foe for Thrawn.
Along the way, Thrawn educates Eli Vanto in the art of war. Every chapter in the novel starts with Thrawn's notes and thoughts on topics like warfare and leadership, notes he is making for his student. After these small notes, the plot ensues. The book has 29 chapters plus an epilogue.
Fans of this character will definitely enjoy this book. Star Wars readers will enjoy it as well. The book has good pacing, a solid plot with plenty of action and intrigue, and Thrawn is a very appealing character. He is an Imperial, but you will find yourself rooting for him. Overall, this is a book that draws you in right away. I definitely enjoyed this one, and I highly recommend it.
5 out of 5 stars.
Side note: similar reads include:
- Tarkin. (link to my review)
- Darth Vader novels like Dark Lord. (review link)
- Darth Plagueis, the novel about Palpatine. (review link)
This book qualifies for the following 2017 Reading Challenges: