Next month, Del Rey will release the highly-anticipated Star Wars novel Thrawn: Alliances, written by veteran Star Wars author Timothy Zahn.
The book, a sequel to Zahn’s Thrawn released in 2017, further follows the exploits of Zahn’s greatest creation and one of the greatest characters in the Star Wars universe, Grand Admiral Thrawn. This time, the book is set in-between Rebels seasons three and four and sees the Grand Admiral team up with Darth Vader. But it also sounds like the book will explore the first meeting with Thrawn and Vader, back when the former was a part of the Chiss Ascendancy and the latter was a Jedi Knight named Anakin Skywalker.
Yesterday, Del Rey released the San Diego Comic Con variant cover of the book, and it’s quite amazing:
Additionally, the Star Wars website released an excerpt from the book that depicts the first meeting between Thrawn and Skywalker. During the Clone Wars, Anakin and R2-D2 are on a mission to find Padme, unsanctioned by the Galactic Republic, when above Batuu Skywalker encounters a ship. The pilot, Mitth’raw’nuruodo, is on a mission of his own, as he seeks to learn more about the Clone Wars in the interest of the Chiss people. He offers to work together with Skywalker, thus allowing both of them to accomplish their missions. There’s some great, Clone Wars Anakin style banter about Thrawn’s real name, and the two then join forces.
That connects with the previous excerpt we had gotten from the novel, which depicted Thrawn and Vader standing before Emperor Palpatine being given their mission to work together (which neither was thrilled with) on a mission on Batuu. It seems, then, that their previous encounter on Batuu will in some way interact with this later mission to the planet, so there could be two stories going on in this book – one between a member of the Chiss Ascendancy and Jedi Knight, and the other between an Imperial Grand Admiral and Sith Lord.
I absolutely can’t wait for this book, as a huge fan of both Thrawn and Vader, and I’m super excited to read about them working together. Plus, of course, another Thrawn book from Timothy Zahn is always reason for excitement anyway. And based on everything we’ve heard from and about the book so far, it seems worthy of the anticipation.