The Thrawn Trilogy
~Heir to the Empire
~Dark Force Rising
~The Last Command
Release Date: 1991-1994
Author: Timothy Zahn
Believe it or not, I just read this trilogy for the first time about a month ago. When I started my EU journey around the time AOTC was released, my focus was on the Clone Wars era. I started there, and have gradually moved my way forward in the time line. Up until the time of me finally reading this trilogy, I heard so much about it; so many sources referencing these novels from Zahn. Needless to say, I was genuinely excited about reading them. Did they live up to the hype, in my opinion?
One word… absolutely. I was completely entertained from start to finish. Honestly, there’s not much more that I can say that hasn’t been said about them throughout the years. It was very well-written, the characters were engrossing, and the technology – believable. A forum poster a while back had it right… these novels have stood the test of time and are as relevant now as they were nearly 20 years ago.
I’m releasing this review ahead of the 25th anniversary reprint, which will include a few extra goodies, so this review may be edited in the future to reflect the changes. Among those that are definitely welcome is the anticipated new cover art. The existing covers certainly reflect the age of the novels. It’ll be nice to see updated versions.
This trilogy receives a 5 out of 5. Well done.
- Master Optician