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Grand Admiral Thrawn faces the ultimate test of his loyalty to the Empire in this epic Star Wars novel from best-selling author Timothy Zahn.

“If I were to serve the Empire, you would command my allegiance.” 

Such was the promise Grand Admiral Thrawn made to Emperor Palpatine at their first meeting. Since then, Thrawn has been one of the Empire’s most effective instruments, pursuing its enemies to the very edges of the known galaxy. But as keen a weapon as Thrawn has become, the Emperor dreams of something far more destructive.

Now, as Thrawn’s TIE defender program is halted in favor of Director Krennic’s secret Death Star project, he realizes the balance of power in the Empire is measured by more than just military acumen or tactical efficiency. Even the greatest intellect can hardly compete with the power to annihilate entire planets. 

As Thrawn works to secure his place in the Imperial hierarchy, his former protégé Eli Vanto returns with a dire warning about Thrawn’s homeworld. Thrawn’s mastery of strategy must guide him through an impossible choice: duty to the Chiss Ascendancy or fealty to the Empire he has sworn to serve. Even if the right choice means committing treason.

“Another excellent addition to the new canon . . . Thrawn: Treason will reward you thoroughly for your time.” (GeekMom)

“If you’ve ever enjoyed a Thrawn story - whether that was Heir to the Empire and its sequels or Zahn’s new novels - you’ll find more of what you enjoy in Treason.” (Dork Side of the Force)

©2017 Lucasfilm Ltd. (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Timothy Zahn, what are we here for?

I've rarely read a book where it's been clearer that my priorities and the author's just don't align anymore. This book features the return of interesting, even beloved characters, and promises to ask big questions about divided loyalties and the commitment of Thrawn, Eli Vanto, Faro and others to the Empire vs to the Chiss Ascendancy, the galaxy's greater good, or their ties to one another. And yet Zahn squanders most of his opportunities to create tension or drama along these lines, in favour of endless iterations of Thrawn's flawless strategic analyses and far too much of an annoying new character's petty whining. If you're going to raise the possibility that the Emperor will prise Thrawn's secrets out of him by force, Zahn, give us that scene! If the contrast between Thrawn's value for life (in your books) and his cruelty/coldbloodedness in Rebels is your doing (which it is), motivate that difference.

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Amazing

Best book in series, definitely recommend. The entire series has been great, but it's been building to this and it did not disappoint

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excellent rounding out to a wonderful character

I enjoyed this one. better then the 2nd book, not quite as good as the first in the series. Thrawn is one of the better characters in the star wars universe if you ask me. Because of his cool head in pretty much all situations he would have also made a badass Jedi IMO if he also could use the force, but is still an equivalently badass Grand Admiral.

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Best of the 3 books so far

This has been the best story line so far. It was equally as good as the first book with the second being a bit less interesting.


Good twists. Good overarching plot without sacrificing a current book plot. Good character development. Very entertaining.

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perfect set up for after episode 9

great story, perfect set up for a possible link with Ezra and thrawn post episode 9.

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back to excellent

book 1 & 3 of this series is stellar, and the non-Anakin half of 2 is great also.

exciting and engrossing from the first to last page, with Marc's usual level of absurdly talented narration

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A good conclusion to this trilogy.

This has been one of my favorite series. Everything is excellently done and easy to follow. For anyone starting out on audible or wanting to learn more about the Starwars universe, this trilogy is a great place!

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A Brilliant Conclusion to A Brilliant Trilogy

This third book in the 'Thrawn' trilogy is the strongest. Timothy Zahn exhibits an incredible sense of plot-advance, characterization, and description to explore how Grand Admiral Mitth'raw'nuruodo demonstrates the balance between his allegiance to his Chiss race and his fealty to Emperor Palpatine. In this last installment, the blue-skinned Grand Admiral investigates the loss of freighters involved in Palpatine's secretive Death Star project.. while simultaneously assisting the Chiss Ascendancy in battles against an aggressive species in the Unknown Regions. Thrawn is revealed to be a C. Auguste Dupin-level observer of his environment, a dedicated leader, and a tactical genius - he's a most-interesting character. It may be an overreach (Thrawn is likely better cast as an effective supporting figure - I have to admit I'm a little confused.. *This* is a - quote - "villain"?)), but Zahn clearly strives to cement Thrawn's place as an anchor character in the Star Wars Canon by crafting an incredible story. The author writes believable dialogue, realistic motivations, and well-reasoned action. Pulse-pounding epic space battles alternate with espionage-inspired land encounters and legitimately humourous commentary seemingly without pause. The countless twists and turns in this book kept me entertained from start to finish.

Marc Thompson's reading is back to "incredible" status in this audiobook. His character voices are clear and easily distinguished, emotiveness/tone/timbre/cadence are exemplary, and his pacing is unparalleled. He is obviously one of the best Star Wars performers in the stable.
Furthermore, the producers at Random House Audio use music, sound effects, and background noise accurately and more judiciously than in other productions.. they are spot-on in this one.

When excellent writing is combined with peerless narration and meticulous attention-to-detail, we end up with a 10/10 production. BUY THIS BOOK.

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Favourite of the Trilogy

I know, I know. A sequel being the favourite over the original?

But this book was sooo good. Seeing more of the Chiss Defence Fleet was so cool, the navigators were cool, Eli came back! Faro and the rest of the senior officers were their usual great selves, Thrawn was too.

Surprises came with Ronan, and also the short part of the two death troopers, Pik and Waffle.
I didn’t expect to laugh my way through half this book, but Ronan made me do just that, in the best possible way. Think about how funny while still being serious the Director Krennic line “We stand here amidst my achievement, not yours!” In Rogue One was. That’s Ronan’s vibe, over and over and over again. He’s so earnestly stupid, it’s astounding. And the contrast between his POV and his jumped to conclusions, vs every other character’s POV (but especially Thrawn’s) and their logical reasoning, and it really does get you to crack up.
Pik and Waffle were a surprisingly fun part to the book, mostly based on the fantastic voices they were given. I doubt they would’ve been as much fun to read as they were to listen to.

Overall, I loved this book, to an amount that surprised even me.

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Locked In Space

While a great book that bridges to Rebels, it suffers from little time at personal scale.

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  • A Texan 2
  • 2019-08-03

Big improvement over book 2

This final book of the "new" Thrawn trilogy (or maybe it should be "new Thrawn") is a big improvement over the second book with it's ill suited team-up between Thrawn and Vader/Anakin. This book sees Thrawn back in form and gives us a good look into the Chiss Ascendancy from which he originally came. This time, there's no involvement with the Rebellion, but instead an external threat to the Empire that Thrawn has to deal with.
Still, while I enjoyed it and found it an overall satisfying conclusion...it still lacks somewhat compared to the original Thrawn trilogy of the now Legends time line. I think the biggest reason is, back then, Timothy Zahn was essentially blazing the new trail for the post-ROTJ Star Wars universe. At that time, there was nothing and Zahn was free to take us into an uncharted future with Thrawn as a great successor nemesis to the New Republic after Vader and the Emperor were to the Rebellion.
Now, bringing him back into that pre-Death Star timeline, Thrawn is reduced somewhat to being just another major player like Vader, Tarkin, Krennic, etc. subservient to Emperor Palpatine.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm glad we get to have Thrawn back in the new canon, especially in the Rebels TV series. But, I think this iteration doesn't quite live up to the menacing mastermind that challenged the New Republic back in the 90's.

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  • Michael Rosenow
  • 2019-07-24

fantastic

It's hard not to binge all 13 hours. definitely better than the second, rivals the first.

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  • Nathan
  • 2019-08-14

The heap of wasted potential grows larger

The canon Thrawn trilogy draws to a close in a massive bonfire of wasted potential all too similar to Solo and the recent sequel trilogy entries.
Eli Vanto returns after his unforgivable omission from the second book only to spend his opening moments describing busywork given to him by the Chiss navy. The winning combination made in the first book of Eli playing Watson to Thrawn’s Sherlock is never recreated as the two characters spend the book separated. Inexplicably Eli’s time with the Chiss and the treasure trove of exploring their world and Thrawn’s origins is completely disregarded. Instead we spend a painfully long time with the thoughts of Ronin, the sniveling side kick to Director Krenic who himself is included merely as an Easter egg to Rogue One.
This book further disregards any significance of the second book (Thrawn: alliances) aside from the introduction of the Griss who receive no development and expend themselves like wet farts against the infallible intellect of the main characters. A passing reference to Night Swan reminds the reader of more interesting adventures had earlier in the series against a worthy opponent, but then it’s back to watching the gears turn in imperial politics.
As the epilogue invests itself concluding character arcs for the characters the reader is not invested in there is solace in another month on audible and another credit that can be used on one of the earlier Thrawn novels.
Marc Thompson once again does the work of an entire radio drama cast but can only elevate the material so much.
If you are already significantly invested in the characters I’m sure you will still find the book enjoyable. If you are undecided on getting the book I advise you to spend your money and time elsewhere and highly recommend the original Thrawn trilogy that delivers on the same incredibly high production value and features a much more satisfying story.
May warrior’s fortune someday favor us with a canon Thrawn entry that holds up to its Legends origins.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-07-24

Great book. Except for one thing.

I was really hoping (after listening to all the other Thrawn related books) that the openly insubordinate and obnoxious doubting and second guessing of Thrawn would finally be over. Unfortunately it’s still there. I get that he’s an alien so he’s treated differently by other Imperial officers. And discrimination and entitlement have always been themes in SW books. But Assistant Director Ronan takes it to a whole level in Treason. To the point that within the first two hours of listening to the book I wanted to shut it off. His voice is supposed to be combative and annoying. But it’s too much. Thankfully I didn’t let one character ruin a solid book. But the first few hours of Ronan were Jar Jar level obnoxious and frustrating. Almost was a dealbreaker.

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  • stuart
  • 2019-07-24

Thank You

Loved the book and this series! This is my favorite character in star wars. Thanks!

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  • Kay
  • 2019-07-24

An Extraordinary Addition!

Timothy Zahn's latest trilogy continues to single handedly promote Thrawn to one of my favorite Star Wars characters of all time! I greatly enjoyed the return of Eli and Faro, as well as the introduction of new and fun additions to characters I hope to keep under my watch in future novels.
I know that if and when there will be a forth book (or a new story entirely), and that when the permissions to the timeline are finally granted, then Zahn and Thompson are going to be there to continue the Star Wars story to the highest caliber, and I will be waiting with great anticipation to experience it for myself when that happens.

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  • Pneumaddict
  • 2019-07-24

Zahn and Thompson at their best

I found Treason to be much more enjoyable than Alliances (although I liked that story, too). My only complaint is somewhat petty, but the sound effects on the Chiss vessel sounds too much like "Boyz in tha Hood"(the song). But this isn't the first SW audiobook to make use of this particular sound effect. The characters seem written for Marc Thompson, and his performance is excellent - and without over the top alien dialects (think the New Republic Senate leader or the winged bird things in Hand of Thrawn duology. Very enjoyable.

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  • scott
  • 2019-07-25

another amazing story from Timothy Zahn

loved the book, just as good as the previous two in this trilogy. I hope there's more to come

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  • James
  • 2019-10-28

Zahn is a Star Wars story telling master

I’ve loved Thrawn as a character from the EU days and this trilogy was a welcome addition to the folds of the Disney-verse. I really enjoyed the characters and storylines here. The Grisk creation was too convenient but helped move everything along and reminds the reader that the Empire was doing things to “protect” the galaxy and not just spending 20 years of existence to build the Death Star and be the bad guy the whole time.

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  • Patrick
  • 2019-08-16

Not the best Thrawn story

I am a big fan of the legends Thrawn books. I also am a fan of Timothy Zahn’s writing. However, there are parts in this story that are simply tedious. Zahn’s use of internal logic being written out for each person loses its luster when it results in illogical thinking. It seems like a silly l exercise especially when the it leads the character back around to what would have simply been their initial reaction. I realize that some characters’ actions must be illogical or even a mistake, but using this prose too often, or as a quick way to slam the story along loses its effectiveness. It makes Thrawn’s ability seem diminished. The battle sequence was classic Thrawn and great like the older books.

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  • Quentin Rothman
  • 2020-04-23

I LOVE IT

My god I already love the character of Thrawn, Faro, Vanto, and all the new ones that are introduced. Timothy Zahn does an excellent job at bringing this love to life. I'd say this one is probably the best of the trilogy, but I'm not even sure because all three books are just masterpieces. We know how the story ends in Rebels but I still want more!

And Marc Thompson, my god, what a narrator. He does an excellent job at bringing the voices to life. It makes the book so much better and I binged this in 3 days.

God I want more, and I sure as hell hope Timothy Zahn writes about what happens after Rebels to Thrawn and Bridger

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2019-07-25

Du suspens et du rythme

Bon audio book l'action est bien rythmée et la performance de Marc Thomson toujours au top. Remise en question de l'alègence de Thrawn, une coopération avec les Chiss. Pas mal d'informations sur le déroulement du projet Stardust il vaut largement le premier en terme de qualité