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hrawn has long held the title of “fan-favorite Chiss” among Star Wars viewers and readers. For several decades following Timothy Zahn’s original Expanded Universe trilogy, the character appeared here and there. But his backstory largely remained a mystery.

Then came Canon, which not only introduced Thrawn into a TV series for the first time but also began filling in the gaps of his life we’d always wondered about.

Just this year, we learned more than we ever thought we would about Thrawn’s life before joining the Empire. But Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising was only the beginning. 

Star Wars just announced that the next book in the trilogy, Greater Good, is heading our way in 2021. That means we’re adding yet another book to the growing list of new Star Wars releases coming next year.

Here’s what you can expect from Zahn’s upcoming sequel.

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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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If a brand-new book announcement isn’t enough to brighten your Thursday, that’s not all the news Twitter blessed us with this morning. io9 also revealed a limited-edition version of Chaos Rising.

Out of Print has more details about the Chaos Rising Collector’s Edition, which goes on sale exclusively through their site on November 17, 2020. Only 750 copies of the book will be available.

The same site will also release a T-shirt with the original Heir to the Empire cover art to celebrate Thrawn’s 30th birthday.

The next installment of Zahn’s Thrawn: Ascendancy trilogy drops on May 4, 2021. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details.

For a complete list of recent and upcoming Star Wars book and comic releases, visit our regularly updated Release Schedule.

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