The new Star Wars novels that have been releasing over the last few years have been amazing, and the novel detailing Thrawn’s cool and calculated rise to power was one of my personal favorites. Like so many others at New York Comic Con this weekend, the announcement that Disney will be returning to the Thrawn storyline was a highlight of the event.
At NYCC today, Lucasfilm publishing offered insight into some of the recent novels that have been released, even bringing along a few terrific Star Wars writers to discuss the books with fans. On hand at the event were Timothy Zahn (Heir to the Empire, Thrawn), Delilah S. Dawson (Phasma), John Jackson Miller (A New Dawn), Claudia Gray (Lost Stars, Leia, Princess of Alderaan), Benjamin Acker (Join the Resistance), Jason Fry (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), and others. After listening to each one of the new Star Wars’ releases on Audible, I have to recommend them all, as well as the “Aftermath” series that really sets the tone for all of the new canon. Listening to the books has clear advantages, one being that Star Wars has some crazy names and titles and I’m glad I didn’t have to guess at their punctuation. Listening to the novels with full sound-effects and music was amazing, but the voice of Thrawn is what really drove the story for me in the ‘Thrawn’ novel.
One of the projects teased at NYCC was Timothy Zahn’s Thrawn sequel, which will be called “Alliance”. Zahn also teasedd, “I’m not writing this book. I turned it in two and a half weeks ago.” So the book is done and it will feature Thrawn and Vader, which is huge on so many levels for Star Wars fans. Thrawn met Anakin Skywalker in the past, and I can’t wait to see how these interactions playout.
If you haven’t tried Audible yet, I love it for these Star Wars novels. You can even try it out and grab Two Free Audiobooks with Amazon’s promotion. If you have seen “Clone Wars” and “Rebels” you can start with “Thrawn” if you want, or you can start with the Aftermath trilogy which picks up after the fall of the Empire and before “The Force Awakens”. After that you can jump into “Tarkin” and “Leia” and read up on “Ashoka” and the amazing “Bloodlines” storyline. There’s also “Phasma,” which offers a terrific backstory to the chrome-armored warrior we met in “The Force Awakens”. Or you can save an Audible credit and wait for “The Last Jedi” to release ($14 on Amazon), which is right around the corner.