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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.

Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Marc Thompson
hr min
September 1
Random House Audio

Customer Reviews

Thunderball04 ,


Another great book by Zahn! The set ups and pay offs of Thrawn are sophisticated and intriguing.

Very well produced audio book. I can’t wait to start the next book!

Fyah6 ,

Terrible accents

Good book. But the accents used by narrator for diff characters are god awful. Borderline racist foo. Apparently the Chiss have Germans and Asians and more. Thrawn himself is good. Zahns work is imaginative and intelligent

A.b.steezy ,


The audio book voice actor is cool and was fun to listen to. But….I’ve heard good things about this book and I was excited to read it….it’s so hard to follow along, I don’t know where they are, what their doing, who’s talking to who. The book was so slow and I only finished it so I didn’t waist my money.

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