Review: Chaos Rising by Timothy Zahn


Rating: ☆☆☆
Title: Chaos Rising
Author: Timothy Zahn
Series: Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy #1
Genre: Science Fiction
Audience: Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrator: Marc Thompson
Length: 15 hours (336 pages)
Publisher: Del Rey; Penguin Random House Audio
Release Date: September 1, 2020
Source: Library
Recommended for fans of: Star Wars


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.


Thrawn is one of my favorite Star Wars villains, so it was interesting to see his origins in the Chiss Ascendancy before he joined the Empire. Thrawn’s tactical genius was on full display in this book, although we see that even the brilliant Thrawn is not infallible.

I enjoyed reading about a new culture in a new sector of the galaxy, and the action was exciting, but I sometimes felt a little lost in this book. I’m not sure if that’s a result of tuning out a bit while listening to the audiobook or of the writing, but I just didn’t get into this one as much the other Thrawn books I’ve read. Hoping the rest of this trilogy clicks better for me!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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