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The Thrawn Omnibus audiobook

The Thrawn Trilogy, also known as The Thrawn Omnibus, the Zahn Trilogy, the Empire Trilogy, The Three-Book Cycle, and the Star Wars cycle consists of three novels: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising and The Last Command. They were written by Timothy Zahn and take place about five years after Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (i.e. in 9 ABY.) Narration for the audio versions was performed by Anthony Daniels and Denis Lawson. Two unabridged versions for the blind were read by Chuck Benson and Larry A. McKeever.



The trilogy follows the campaigns of Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn, from the Battle of Obroa-skai 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 of the most notable and popular Expanded Universe characters such as Garm Bel Iblis, Talon Karrde, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Gilad Pellaeon, and Mara Jade—characters who continue to appear in new books. Grand Admiral Thrawn also 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 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 canon (along with comics such as Dark Empire, which Dark Horse began publishing in 1991). Some fans look at the trilogy as the main continuation of the Original Trilogy, and thus the closest replacement for the long-promised, but never produced, sequel trilogy of films.

The titles of all three books could be said to have double meanings:

  • Heir to the Empire could refer either to Thrawn or C'baoth, or the New Republic.
  • Dark Force Rising could refer either 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 or to Thrawn's battle

In French, the trilogy has a series title as 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, wich 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 gallery

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

Notes and references

  1. The Secrets of Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire

External links


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