For other uses, see Chaos (disambiguation).

"A long time ago, beyond a galaxy far, far away...."
―Opening text[src]

Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising is a canon novel written by Timothy Zahn, and it is the first volume of Star Wars: The Ascendancy Trilogy. It was first published in hardcover by Del Rey on September 1, 2020. The novel is set prior to Zahn's previous Thrawn novel series, and it explores the origins of Thrawn within the Chiss Ascendancy.

Some events in the book are parallel to the flashback part of Thrawn: Alliances.

Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]

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 lie the Unknown Regions: chaotic, uncharted, and near impassable, possessing hidden secrets and dangers in equal measure. And nestled within their 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 reveals 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 aided by his comrade, Admiral Ar'alani, Thrawn begins to piece together the answers he's looking for. 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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Editions[edit | edit source]

  • ISBN 9780593157688; September 1, 2020; Del Rey; US hardcover[1]
  • ISBN 9780593157398; September 1, 2020; Del Rey; US hardcover, Barnes & Noble Exclusive Edition[3]
  • ISBN 9780593157695; September 1, 2020; Del Rey; US eBook[4]
  • ISBN 9781529124583; September 1, 2020; Century; UK hardcover[5]

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Notes and references[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (Book I: Chaos Rising) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link) (Hardcover)
  2. The Del Rey Star Wars timeline places Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising after Dark Disciple and before Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Furthermore, StarWars.com Star Wars: The Clone Wars Chronological Episode Order on StarWars.com (backup link) places Dark Disciple between "A Death on Utapau" and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, which are dated to 19 BBY by Star Wars: Galactic Atlas. Since the events of Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising are set between the events of Dark Disciple and Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, they must also occur in that year.
  3. LogoBN.png Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Star Wars: The Ascendancy Trilogy #1) on Barnes & Noble's official website (backup link)
  4. PenguinRandomHouse.jpg Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (Book I: Chaos Rising) on Penguin Random House's official website (backup link) (eBook)
  5. Amazon favicon.png Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy: (Book 1: Chaos Rising) (Thrawn Ascendency) on Amazon.co.uk (backup link) (UK hardcover)

External links[edit | edit source]

The Del Rey Star Wars Novels Timeline
The High Republic · Light of the Jedi · The Rising Storm
· Dooku: Jedi Lost · Master and Apprentice
I The Phantom Menace
II Attack of the Clones · Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising · Dark Disciple: A Clone Wars Novel
III Revenge of the Sith · Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel · Lords of the Sith · Tarkin
Solo · Thrawn · A New Dawn: A Rebels Novel · Thrawn: Alliances · Thrawn: Treason
Rogue One
IV A New Hope · Battlefront II: Inferno Squad · Heir to the Jedi · Doctor Aphra · Battlefront: Twilight Company
V The Empire Strikes Back
VI Return of the Jedi · The Alphabet Squadron Trilogy · The Aftermath Trilogy · Last Shot
· Bloodline · Phasma · Canto Bight
VII The Force Awakens
VIII The Last Jedi · Resistance Reborn · Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire
IX The Rise of Skywalker
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