We pray to the altar of Grand Admiral Thrawn. This is a well-known fact. So when the first excerpt from Timothy Zahn's new book, Thrawn: Alliances, came online, there was quite a bit of excitement followed by pure elation at its awesome revelations.
The cover of Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn. Image: Del Ray Books
The excerpt, posted by StarWars.com, sets up the crux of the book in a tense, fun way like only Timothy Zahn could do. Basically, Emperor Palpatine needs to send Darth Vader and Thrawn to work together on something because he senses a disturbance in the Force. But where? Well, that's the best part.
If you don't want to ruin the fun surprise, click here and read the full excerpt. But below is just a tiny taste to set up the rest of what we're geeking out about.
"The disturbance is located at the edge of your Unknown Regions," the Emperor said. "It appears to be centered on a planet named Batuu." Again, he sensed a reaction to the name. This time, the reaction came from both of them. "I believe you have heard of it?"
Thrawn's eyes were hooded, the expression on that blue-skinned face swirling with memories. "Yes," he murmured. "I have indeed heard of it."
As, of course, had Vader. It was the place where he and Thrawn had long ago interfered, albeit unwittingly, with one of Palpatine's plans.
Batuu, if the headline didn't give it away, is the planet that's currently being constructed at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA and Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. It's a brand new Star Wars planet created specifically for the theme parks as a kind of galactic hideaway. So it's incredibly intriguing to read we'll be getting stories about it in this book first.
Plus, how did Thrawn and Vader know about it? What plan did they interfere with? Was Vader "Vader" already? And isn't Batuu supposed to be a peaceful place?
We'll find out more when Thrawn: Alliances hits shelves on July 24. Read the full excerpt at the link below.