In the Chiss Ascendancy, you're either a member of one of nine ruling families - at the top of the hierarchy - or you're lesser than. Even in a galaxy far, far away, there's no better way to topple a tiered system of families than to turn them against each other ... from within. In an effort to avoid disaster, Thrawn and his allies must decide what's most important - the favor of your family, or the greater good.
Picking up shortly after CHAOS RISING left off, GREATER GOOD features a mix of characters old and new that will delight, frustrate, impress, and surprise you, all reaching for one of two goals: To grasp for as much power as possible, or to save the Chiss Ascendancy from breaking apart because of a power struggle no family can win.
Thrawn’s latest triumph still rests newly on his shoulders. Despite leading the Chiss to victory and bringing glory to the House of Mitth, the true threat to the Ascendancy has not yet been extinguished. Their foes do not send threats or ultimatums, or mass ships on the edge of the Chaos. Their weapons come cloaked in smiles and generosity—gifts offered freely, services granted unconditionally.
Across the Ascendancy, seemingly inconsequential events could herald the doom of the Chiss. As Thrawn and the Expansionary Defense Fleet rally to uncover the enemy plot, they discover a chilling truth. Rather than invade Chiss capitals or pillage resources, this mysterious enemy strikes at the very foundation of the Ascendancy by widening the rifts between the Nine Ruling Families and Forty Great Houses below. As rivalry and suspicion sow discord among allies, each warrior must decide what matters most: the security of their family, or the survival of the Ascendancy itself
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Greater Good is a captivating read with an ending that's fully worth the wait. Timothy Zahn's ability to make a Thrawn story feel new despite many years with the character creates a thrilling second act that leaves you glad there's one more.Read the full review
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I didn’t think I could read a Thrawn book better than _Thrawn: Ascendency: Chaos Rising_. How wrong was I about that! _Thrawn: Ascendency: Greater Good_ takes the brilliant foundation established by its predecessor and builds on it, establishing further plot points and also tying up some loose ends. While Thrawn himself doesn’t necessarily take center stage in this book, we get a good mixture of both new and familiar characters. My favorite character in this book was Lakinda, a new officer who commands the _Grayshrike_ in Ar’alani’s retinue. Her ambition as well as her family ties were intriguing to me. The third and final installment in this trilogy promises to bring many surprises as well as major shifts in the Chaos, and I cannot wait to see what happens next.
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Out of all of Zahn's amazing Star Wars work, this isn't particularly one of my favorites. There's a lot to like, though! The flashback scenes were different enough from the main plot this time around to clearly distinguish where we were in the story. Then, the side plot coalesced brilliantly with the main story, culminating in a twist on par with the best Zahn has ever achieved. The new villain was a true joy to hate, the Paccosh people are given an interesting story following up on their introduction in Chaos Rising, and Thrawn's mentorship of Che'ri is absolutely heartwarming. Having just re-read Outbound Flight before this, it just didn't quite live up to its Legends' predecessor's glory.
In this middle book of his Ascendancy trilogy, Zahn builds on the solid foundation he laid in Chaos Rising by both making the stakes bigger and by diving deeper into the fascinating inner workings of Chiss politics. From getting a glimpse of ordinary citizens to the complicated dynamics between the various families that make up Chiss society, Zahn continues to pull back the curtain on this unique part of the Star Wars universe. At the same time, we learn more about the true nature of the threat the Ascendancy faces - and in a way that not only ties into other canon Thrawn novels, but also arguably makes those books even more compelling.
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