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Timothy Zahn’s latest foray into a galaxy far, far away is Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising. While the first two novels about Thrawn solidified the character’s placement into the new canon, this latest novel seeks to provide background on how the fan-favorite character got his start.
The first of a new trilogy, Chaos Rising delves into Thrawn’s early days in the Chiss Ascendancy. It’s worth noting this is before his involvement with any legacy characters we come to know he will one day work beside. This is interesting because this means Zahn had the task of creating a military and governmental structure, a cast of new characters and worlds that readers may have never heard of. There was also the danger of creating a story filled with Chiss characters that were all very similar to Thrawn. However, this couldn’t be further from the case.