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Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (Book I: Chaos Rising) (Star Wars: The Ascendancy Trilogy) Paperback – 22 Jun. 2022
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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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- Publisher : Random House Worlds; 1st edition (22 Jun. 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593157702
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593157701
- Dimensions : 13.79 x 2.13 x 20.93 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,273,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 January 2021
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I actually like this version of Thrawn away from the Imperials. Yes he is a militery man through and through, but he shows more compassion in his attitude and tactics here. Also he does an incredible job of mentoring his subordinates. Though he claims not to understand the political games, he earns life long loyalty from those that are close to him.
I also like that older school touches. The pathfinders and the Chiss' own version of them who "find" new hyperspace routes to get to certain destinations quicker. Extended Universe will remember the brother and sister found their way in the Golden Age of the Sith.
This book follows a younger, slightly less experienced but brilliant Thrawn doing what he need to do the save the Ascendancy. There are also his older memories of him coming up the ranks. There are also Awesome side characters that I really hope are explored further. A couple of the have made a appearance in other Disney era Star Wars book and series already. Another brilliant touch was linking this book to Thrawn Alliances. It was a small touch but to a continuity lover like me it was awesome and hearing the conversation from Thrawn's was a nice touch. I am really looking forward to the next book in the trilogy, and I want to know the final fate of Thrawn post Rebels.
The trouble with this is it's going too much into his background and his world. So far that it no longer feels like Star Wars.
I like Thrawn but the trouble with making him a central hero is that it's taking away from him being such a powerful villain. He's portrayed as a noble, compassionate, honourable man. Too much so to be the Imperial Mastermind we first see him as. Certainly too much so to side with the Empire.
This, for me, is the problem with delving too deeply into the background of characters like this. You can't depict the hero of the story as an out and out villain and when you make him the focus you undermine his power as a bad guy. Plus, how old is Thrawn? I know he's not human but the length of career he seems to have had in the Chiss Ascendancy prior to arriving in the Empire and starting over and working up through the ranks again just seems improbable.
Oh, and Timothy, please stop having non-humans talk about needing or giving humanitarian aid; it's very jarring. Even more so than the slightly rephrased homilies you love to use.
Sadly, the bordered pages are grey, which appears to be a UK publisher issue.
UK publishers really need to get on board with the US in terms of exclusive editions. As a consequence I’ve had to order a copy from Barnes & Noble in the US.
On the flip side of this, this book is phenomenal.
It’s the book all Thrawn fans have been dying for!! Who are the Chiss? What is their world like? Their government, politics?
This is an absolutely phenomenal read, probably my second favourite of Zahn’s Canon Thrawn novels (after Thrawn)
I LOVE Admiral Ar’alani- she was in Outbound Flight (Legends) was brought back for Thrawn Treason and now we get her back story and arc too. The Sky-walkers are fantastic- such a great concept, and there was a loose tie in chapter with Thrawn Alliances which was another great touch.
The pace was great- exciting enough to keep the pages turning, but not so jam packed with military tactical steps that you lost the storyline.
Really looking forward to Book 2!
That said, please DO read the first 3 Thrawn books before picking this one up.
But I ordered it and just recently the second book was published so I thought I'd give part one a try...
Hook, line and Sinker!
Great story, looking forward to part 2.
And it turns out there is a certain level of crossover into the SW Universe, after all.
The main characters have depth and while the complexity of the various races is interesting it is hard to put that into a readable book that isn’t lost in politics.
Looking forward to the next book in the series.