W

hen Timothy Zahn published the first book featuring Grand Admiral Thrawn 30 years ago, no one expected the character’s story would still be developing today.

Yet one of the most highly-anticipated Star Wars books of the year -- second perhaps only to the third book in the trilogy, set to release this November -- features the same Chiss playing the same mind games with his colleagues and enemies alike.

With Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good just over a week away, we’re desperate for as many story details as we can get ahead of the book’s release. Here’s a short excerpt to hold you over until Thrawn Day arrives.

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“Senior Captain?”Lakinda shifted her eyes away from the hypnotic swirl. Her first officer, Mid Captain Csap’ro’strob, was standing beside her command chair, an uncertain expression on his face. “What is it?”“I have the follow-up report on the thruster repairs, ma’am,” Apros said, offering his questis. “Did you want to look at it now or wait until later?”

“Now is good,” she said, taking the questis and skimming the report. The thrusters were still not up to full strength, but they were solidly functional. “They’ve made good progress,” she continued. “Relay my compliments and have them keep at it.”

“Yes, ma’am.” Apros hesitated. “Ma’am?”

“Something else, Mid Captain?”

“I was wondering if you could enlighten me as to what the Springhawk is doing way over in the Rapacc system.”

“I assume it’s because of the Nikardun presence Thrawn reported after his first incursion there,” Lakinda said. “Apparently, Rapacc is included in the region our force was tasked to clear out.”

“That would be reasonable,” Apros agreed, a slight frown creasing his forehead. “I’m mostly wondering why Ar’alani would send the Springhawk out there alone.”

“Thrawn went toe-to-toe with them once before,” Lakinda reminded him. “Even brought back one of their smaller warships for us to study.”

“Which we all appreciated when we tangled with them over Primea,” Apros said. “My point is that the Vigilant’s now about to go in alone against that final Nikardun listening post. This just seems . . . unwise.”

“Perhaps,” Lakinda said. “Or perhaps the admiral’s decided that a single Chiss warship is enough to take on a group of desperate and badly organized Nikardun.”

“That wasn’t the case at that last base,” Apros pointed out darkly. “It took all three of us there to finish them off.”

“I suppose we’ll just have to see,” Lakinda said, keeping her voice neutral as she handed back the questis. “The Springhawk and Vigilant are excellent ships, with superb officers and warriors. Whatever Ar’alani and Thrawn run into, I’m sure they’ll be able to handle it.”

“I hope so.” Apros offered a small smile. “It would be embarrassing to have beaten Yiv’s main force at Primea only to get kicked in the teeth by his dregs.

“Never happen,” Lakinda said firmly. “Carry on, Mid Captain.”

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You can read the full excerpt exclusively on IGN.

The second book in Zahn’s newest Thrawn-centric trilogy arrives April 27, 2021. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details and pre-order your copy now.

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Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.

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