Star Wars: Thrawn: Alliances tells parallel stories between two time periods: The Galactic Civil War (5 years before A New Hope) and The Clone Wars (about 25 years before A New Hope). The Clone Wars story tells how Anakin Skywalker and Grand Admiral Thrawn first met. It focuses on a planet, way beyond the reach of the Republic, where rumors say the Separatists are building factories. The Galactic Civil War story is about Thrawn and Darth Vader working together to find a disturbance in the Force on the same planet they met all those years ago. The strength in the book comes from the parallel stories. One shows Anakin as a hero of the Republic, while the other is about Darth Vader doing everything in his power to leave that life in the past. I would highly recommend this book if you are fan of the animated series Star Wars: Clone Wars as well as Star Wars: Rebels, as this book does a very good job of bridging the two series together as well as filling in plot between seasons of the shows.
Traces the rise of Grand Admiral Thrawn to the heights of power within the Empire, while exploring his first encounter with Anakin Skywalker.