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t this rate, Grand Admiral Thrawn is on track to appear in as many books as the original trilogy characters themselves.

His Star Wars debut in Heir to the Empire turned out not to be the end of his story. He has since made appearances in other standalone books, plus one canon trilogy, not to mention his tenure as a villain in Star Wars: Rebels.

But Timothy Zahn isn’t done with the Chiss yet. This fall, Thrawn is getting yet another trilogy, beginning with Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, which will take place before the events of the previous Thrawn books.

A full exclusive excerpt has been released, and you can read the first portion of it below.

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PROLOGUE

The attack on the Chiss Ascendancy homeworld of Csilla was sudden, unexpected, and—despite its limited scope—impressively efficient.

The three large warships came out of hyperspace on widely spaced vectors, driving inward toward the planet with spectrum lasers blaz­ing at full power toward the defense platforms and the orbiting Chiss Defense Force warships. The platforms and ships, caught by surprise, nevertheless took less than a minute to begin returning fire. By then the attackers had altered their directions, angling in toward the clus­ter of lights spread across the icy planetary surface that marked the capital city of Csaplar. Their lasers continued to fire, and as they came within range they added salvos of missiles to their attack.

But ultimately it was all for nothing. The defense platforms easily picked off the incoming missiles while the warships targeted the attack­ing ships themselves, blasting them into rubble and making sure that any fragments entering the atmosphere were too small to survive the journey. Within fifteen minutes of the attack force’s arrival, it was over.

The threat had ended, Supreme General Ba’kif thought grimly as he strode down the central corridor toward the Cupola where the syndics and other Aristocra were assembling after making their way back from the shelters.

Now came the real sound and fury.

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Read the full excerpt, along with an audio sample from the legendary Marc Thompson, at StarWars.com.

The first installment of Zahn’s latest Thrawn series hits physical and digital shelves on September 1. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details and pre-order your copy now.

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

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