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Timothy Zahn returns with a new trilogy that looks at Thrawn’s Canon origins within the Chiss Ascendancy. Chaos Rising opens beyond the galaxy’s border in the Unknown Regions where the Chiss and the Nine Ruling families reside. When a mysterious enemy attacks the Chiss capital, the Ascendancy deploys a brilliant young officer named Thrawn to expose the assailant. Alongside an ex-Skywalker searching for purpose and a young navigator discovering her own, Thrawn attempts to save his beloved Ascendancy as its leaders find their new Captain may be much more trouble than they had ever imagined.
Chaos Rising is the the first book in a new trilogy called the The ASCENDANCY TRILOGY.
Discover Thrawn's origins within the Chiss Ascendancy in the first book in an epic new Star Wars trilogy from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.
Beyond the edge of the galaxy lies the Unknown Regions: chaotic, uncharted, and near impassable, with hidden secrets and dangers in equal measure. And nestled within its swirling chaos is the Ascendancy, home to the enigmatic Chiss and the Nine Ruling Families that lead them.
The peace of the Ascendancy, a beacon of calm and stability, is shattered after a daring attack on the Chiss capital that leaves no trace of the enemy. Baffled, the Ascendancy dispatches one of its brightest young military officers to root out the unseen assailants. A recruit born of no title, but adopted into the powerful family of the Mitth and given the name Thrawn.
With the might of the Expansionary Fleet at his back, and the aid of his comrade Admiral Ar'alani, answers begin to fall into place. But as Thrawn's first command probes deeper into the vast stretch of space his people call the Chaos, he realizes that the mission he has been given is not what it seems. And the threat to the Ascendancy is only just beginning.
Since every fan of Thrawn has already picked this book up, let me speak to folks who may not be the biggest fans of the Grand Admiral hailing from the Chiss Ascendancy: this book is fantastic. After the relative letdown of both Thrawn: Alliances and Thrawn: Treason, I had braced myself for another somewhat disappointment and boy was I wrong. Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising allows Zahn to set up a wonderfully intricate mythology, a fascinating political structure, and a fully rounded character that is so much more than the occasionally indestructible villain Thrawn can become in his other works. All of the new characters are wonderfully fleshed out, the relationships between them are tense and a joy to deconstruct, and the original concepts Zahn adds to the Expanded Universe continue to be breathtaking. For my money, this is the best Thrawn has ever been, and the trilogy has only just begun.
Might be my favorite Zahn Star Wars book of all time. It's the first time I've seen Thrawn as anything other than a villain and I am very much looking forward to the next installment of the trilogy!
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