Thrawn Ascendancy (Book 1 – Chaos Rising) by Timothy Zahn is Coming September 1st

Timothy Zahn is giving us more Thrawn, this time an origin story, and it’s coming September 1st! “Thrawn Ascendacy (Book 1: Chaos Rising)”

Admiral Thrawn Appears

Do you remember 1991? These were the dark days of Star Wars, with toy sales ebbing, no more movies in sight and Star Wars-obsessed kids turning into young adults. But it was also a time when kids who missed out on the original Star Wars films in theaters began discovering the saga on VHS. This was me.

May 1991 marked the debut of Heir to the Empire, the first of Timothy Zahn’s new Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy. The book debuted atop the New York Times Bestseller List and began a flurry of Expanded Universe novels which I devoured. In these pages I discovered a mesmerizing character, fully formed and slowly taking control of the remains of the Galactic Empire: Admiral Thrawn.

He remained a Legends character until Dave Filoni plucked him out of obscurity and plopped him into Star Wars: Rebels TV series, where he easily recouped his fan-favorite status. Now Timothy Zahn is giving us more Thrawn, this time an origin story, and it’s coming September 1st!


From the Press Release:

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.

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