During New York Comic-Con 2017, it was announced that a sequel to Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars canon novel Thrawn will be released next summer. Not only will Grand Admiral Thrawn return for this new book, but he will also be joined by Darth Vader.
The character of Grand Admiral Thrawn was originally introduced in Timothy Zahn’s trilogy of books entitled Heir to the Empire. Those books served as sequels to the original Star Wars trilogy for many fans and have since become part of the banner of Legends and not part of the official canon.
Fans were excited when Thrawn was announced to be added to the official canon of the galaxy. He has appeared in the animated series Star Wars Rebels for its third season as one of the primary antagonists. Zahn also wrote a brand new book centered on the character that is now part of the official canon.
Grand Admiral Thrawn will return… next summer in a sequel novel by Timothy Zahn featuring a very special guest*. #NYCC
*Darth Vader pic.twitter.com/GglZb5zM7f
— Star Wars (@starwars) October 6, 2017
— Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) October 6, 2017
Here is the synopsis for the first book:
One of the most cunning and ruthless warriors in the history of the Galactic Empire, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also one of the most captivating characters in the Star Wars universe, from his introduction in bestselling author Timothy Zahn’s classic Heir to the Empire through his continuing adventures in Dark Force Rising,The Last Command, and beyond. But Thrawn’s origins and the story of his rise in the Imperial ranks have remained mysterious. Now, in Star Wars: Thrawn, Timothy Zahn chronicles the fateful events that launched the blue-skinned, red-eyed master of military strategy and lethal warfare into the highest realms of power—and infamy.
The book will be available to purchase sometime in Summer 2018. Meanwhile, the character will return for the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD on October 16, 2017.
Audiences will also return to the galaxy when Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in our galaxy on December 15, 2017.