Posted: September 4, 2011
I have finally read the Star Wars Thrawn Trilogy, 20 years after it was first published. This book trilogy consists of the following books , all written by Timothy Zahn
- Book 1: Heir to the Empire
- Book 2: Dark Force Rising
- Book 3: Last Command
I’ve read several other Expanded Universe book, but I’m not sure why I never read these books until now. I’m so glad that I did. Thrawn was definitely an interesting enemy. He’s an expert tactician and strategist. He finds cloning tanks and uses them to make a clone army. He also used creatures called Ysalamir. They have the ability to create a bubble where The Force is nullified. This made for some exciting parts in the books because Luke couldn’t use his Jedi skills at certain points. Thrawn also recruits a (cloned) Jedi Master.
Another character of note that was introduced in these book was Mara Jade, The Emperor’s Hand. A very strong female character in the Star Wars EU. Skilled smuggler, pilot, Knowledgeable in Imperial methods and tactics. What made this even more interesting was that Mara Jade has a strong dislike for Luke Skywalker. Due to both her opinion and Palpatine’s influence.
I now understand why Star Wars fans also seem to mention this Trilogy whenever I ask for their Expanded Universe book recommendations. I may also look into the Dark Horse comic adaptation at some point.
Amazon – Heir to the Empire The 20th Anniversary Edition (Book 1 of 3)