Thrawn: Alliances By Timothy Zahn

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I first read Thrawn Alliances last year, when it was freshly published. Since the first book was pretty awesome, and I wanted to know more about what happened after that, I decided to check out its sequel.

And I must say, the book didn’t disappoint me!

Its plot centers upon Thrawn as he has to team up with the ruthless Darth Vader for an important mission. Together, they have to travel to the edge of the Unknown Regions to investigate a strange force that might turn out to be a terrible threat to the Empire.

Now, I’m not a very big fan of Sci-Fi and alien and anything that is out of our world, but this book (and also its prequel) is an exception. The characters are well-built, and all the situations are well constructed as they connect tightly to one another.

What’s more, I like the fact that Thrawn and Vader have no choice but to join hands since this can lead to many… interesting situations thereafter.

Why? Well, they are both very different from each other, even more different than the sun and the moon for crying out loud! They have different plans when it comes to dealing with problems, different styles of leading their troops, and different battle strategies too.

Sure, they have one Hell of a fight due to this, or maybe more than once, I don’t remember well, sorry!

But soon, they have to work together to overcome all their problems with each other. After all, neither wants to fail their mission and lose to the evil force. Their feelings toward their reluctant companion gradually take on several turns, first for the worse, but then for the better.

Everything is pretty great, nice plot, cool characters, and no redundant detail. But there is one thing I don’t really like about the book: It tells too different stories from two different timelines.

I don’t know how you feel about this, but it somehow ruins my feelings for both incidents. Like, all the details are getting into your mind, and the lessons are beginning sinking in, then Boom! A brand new situation takes place, bringing along all kinds of new feelings.

Why aren’t they just two separated book? I mean, why bother putting them together if they have so little in common? Correct me if I’m wrong, but this is what I feel about it.

Anyway, the second incident in the book tells the story of how Anakin teaming up with Thrawn on a personal mission. Together, they must bear with their own differences if they still want to make it out in one piece. The plot is pretty much similar to the first story, but I have a feeling that it includes more actions and more fights.

But somehow, I still think the part about Thrawn and Darth Vader is much better. Maybe because I like this partnership more than that of Thrawn and Anakin.

But overall, this is a good book. The characters are well captured, and the ways everything is constructed is quite impressive. Its situations are pretty intense too.

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