Review: Thrawn Ascendancy: Greater Good

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Thrawn and his allies race to save the Chiss Ascendancy from an unseen enemy in the second book in the epic Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy from bestselling author Timothy Zahn.

Thrawn’s latest triumph still rests newly on his shoulders. He has led the Chiss to victory and brought glory to the House of Mitth, but the true threat to the Ascendancy has not yet been extinguished. Their foes do not send threats or ultimatums, do not mass ships on the edge of the Chaos. Their weapons come cloaked in smiles and generosity: Gifts offered freely. Services granted unconditionally.  

Across the Ascendancy, seemingly inconsequential events could herald the doom of the Chiss. As Thrawn and the Expansionary Defense Fleet rally to uncover the plot, they discover a chilling truth: Rather than invade Chiss capitals or pillage resources, their enemy strikes at the very foundation of the Ascendancy, seeking to widen the rifts between the Nine Ruling Families and the Forty Great Houses below. As rivalry and suspicion sow discord among allies, each warrior must decide what matters most to them: the security of their family or the survival of the Ascendancy itself.


Timothy Zahn is the author of more than forty novels, nearly ninety short stories and novellas, and four short-fiction collections. In 1984, he won the Hugo Award for Best Novella. Zahn is best known for his Star Wars novels (Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command, Specter of the Past, Vision for the Future, Survivor’s Quest, Outbound Flight, Allegiance, Choices of One, and Scoundrels), with more than four million copies of his books in print. Zahn has a B.S. in physics from Michigan State University and an M.S. from the University of Illinois. He lives with his family on the Oregon coast.


A space thriller fuelled by family drama, politics and of course a few plot twists along the way. When we were first introduced to Thrawn he was a bit of a mysterious yet endearing character. What Timothy Zahn has done during the first two books in this trilogy is build up the history surrounding Thrawn so we are more aware of what he has been through and what drives him.

I found the first half of this book a real slow burn and I would have liked a little more action to spike your energy levels. Seeing the Chriss and the different families and their internal conflicts is what drives these stories but it just needed a bit of a kick every now and then. If you can imagine Game of Thrones but without the fighting and that’s how the first half felt. But, the second half and the ending made it all worth it with a whirlwind of a finale leaving me desperate for the final chapter in this trilogy. 

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Penguin/Del Rey and received no incentive to review this book. All images and artwork are courtesy of Penguin/Del Rey and their respective owners.

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