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.
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Hello, and welcome to a completely biased review of Thrawn, the latest Star Wars book to fit into the space between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Rebels. There are no spoilers here, so feel free to relax. Only don't, because I am so happy to have author Timothy Zahn's voice back in Star Wars, I could cry.
Thrawn is a great Star Wars book that stands on its own. But the little nods and winks Timothy Zahn makes to Thrawn's old life in the Expanded Universe novels -- and to the events in Rebels, where Thrawn is currently the main antagonist -- add another layer of delight. You should definitely read Thrawn (and watch Rebels), but if you don't have time to go read a hundred EU books and watch three seasons of a cartoon, we've collected the major additions to the new Star Wars canon, as well as the threads planted in Thrawn for later stories.
When Disney acquired Star Wars and Lucasfilm announced the all the stories of the Expanded Universe had been jettisoned, it seemed like a galaxy far, far away was getting a fresh start. But that hasn't totally been true, as pieces of the EU keep making their way back to the new canon. Now it seems like Star Wars may -- may -- be re-adding a certain idea that probably should never have existed in the first place.