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Thrawn trilogy

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy

Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy consists of three Star Wars Legends novels by author Timothy Zahn: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, and The Last Command. They take place in 9 ABY, about five years after Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi. Narration for the abridged audio versions was performed by Anthony Daniels.

There are also three unabridged audiobook versions, read by Chuck Benson, Larry A. McKeever, and Marc Thompson.


The trilogy follows the campaigns of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Destruction of the Elomin task force to the Battle of Bilbringi. It also recounts the efforts of the Dark Jedi Joruus C'baoth, and his efforts to claim Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa Solo, and her children as his apprentices.

The series introduced many notable Expanded Universe characters such as Garm Bel Iblis, Talon Karrde, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Gilad Pellaeon, and Mara Jade—characters who would subsequently appear in a variety of Expanded Universe works, by a plethora of creators. Grand Admiral Thrawn became a popular villain in the Expanded Universe, with appearances in several later works which took place earlier in the timeline. In addition, the Imperial capital world—Coruscant—was given its name by the trilogy, and would later feature in the prequel films.

As the first three of many Star Wars spin-off novels published by Bantam Spectra, it marked the beginning of an era of rapid expansion of the Star Wars Expanded Universe (along with comics such as Dark Empire, which Dark Horse began publishing in 1991).

The titles of all three books could have multiple meanings:

  • Heir to the Empire could refer to Thrawn, C'baoth, or the New Republic.
  • Dark Force Rising could refer to the dark side of the Force, the Katana fleet, or Thrawn's Empire in general.
  • The Last Command could refer either to Palpatine's command to Mara Jade, Han Solo's command of the mission to Wayland or to Thrawn's battle.

In French, the trilogy's title is La Croisade noire du Jedi fou, "The Black Crusade of the Mad Jedi." In Dutch, it is known as In de Schaduw van het Rijk, "In the Shadow of the Empire." Also, the Dutch title for Dark Force Rising is De macht van de duistere kant, which translates to "The Power of the Dark Side."

A soundtrack for the trilogy had been in discussion by Robert Townson, the vice president of Varèse Sarabande, but did not go any further.[1]


Cover galleryEdit

This is a gallery of the different cover variations of the Thrawn Trilogy.


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