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Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy (Book III: Lesser Evil) (Star Wars: The Ascendancy Trilogy 3) By Timothy Zahn

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The fate of the Chiss Ascendancy hangs in the balance in the epic finale of the Star Wars: Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy from Timothy Zahn. For thousands of years the Chiss Ascendancy has been an island of calm, a center of power, and a beacon of integrity. It is led by the Nine Ruling Families, whose leadership stands as a bulwark of stability against the Chaos of the Unknown Regions. But that stability has been eroded by a cunning foe who winnows away trust and loyalty in equal measure. Bonds of fidelity have given way to lines of division among the families. Despite the efforts of the Expansionary Defense Fleet, the Ascendancy slips closer and closer to civil war. The Chiss are no strangers to war. Their mythic status in the Chaos was earned through conflict and terrible deeds, some long buried. Until now. To ensure the Ascendancy’s future, Thrawn will delve deep into its past, uncovering the dark secrets surrounding the ascension of the First Ruling Family. But the truth of a family’s legacy is only as strong as the legend that supports it. Even if that legend turns out to be a lie. To secure the salvation of the Ascendancy, is Thrawn willing to sacrifice everything? Including the only home he has ever known?
This is the best of the last six thrawn books in my opinion, it ranks up there with his best Star Wars books from the old expanded universe, I would say right next to outbound flight project. I would highly recommend buying this if you like thrawn.
Disappointing. Not zahm’s best work. Did not have grand sweep of his other star wars novel. Just an ok book. Hope he does better in the future.
This has contextualized all of the clearly-laid subtle plans Dave Filoni and company have had for Disney-era Thrawn. His alignment is made clear, his purpose is made clear, and “Heir to the Empire” Thrawn is NOT who we’re going to be seeing in “Ahsoka”. The purpose of this book and this triolgy was to finish laying that groundwork, and it’s simply astonishing to me that so few people comment on it.
Love the new Thrawn books. Great story and characters that keep you turning the page. Hope to see more books.
Timothy Zahn did a truly fantastic job with this book, and it is such a great wrap-up to the Ascendancy trilogy. This is a much stronger Thrawn book than Greater Good (which was still very enjoyable for me but it didn’t captivate me like Zahn’s other books); it is fast paced with amazing battle sequences, it has some very interesting world-building by delving into the history of the Chiss, and it really adds substance to the fracturing political scene in the Ascendancy. To me, the end of Greater Good felt a little to clean and tidy, so I’m glad Lesser Evil really goes into depth about the political ramifications from the previous book. This book is not always focused on Thrawn, and while I understand why others might dislike that, I found I was actually perfectly okay with it because the other characters have been so well-developed that I was truly interested in their stories. There is a pretty large cast of characters in this, but again, I actually found that very enjoyable. I love that Zahn delves into the history of Thrass, as it adds some more dimension to Thrawn’s usually aloof character. However, I do agree what what many others have said about Thrawn being too “strong” in these books. Yes, he’s a tactical genius, but the fact that he never loses takes away some of the tension. That said, I still found the battle sequences riveting, especially the last one in this book. Zahn also did a great job with the world-building of the Chiss Ascendancy and the Unknown Regions in this book. He gives so much detail on the politics and history of the Chiss, as well as a plethora of other alien species, and I really hope we get to see more in the future. This adds so much to the story and all of the characters. Even though we know that Thrawn will eventually end up in the empire, this book did a great job of tying in the story with Thrawn (2017). Throughout the Ascendancy trilogy, we get to see how Thrawn has made friends and inspired loyalty from those around him, and it made the ending of Lesser Evil more powerful and even a bit emotional. The one weak point this novel has would have to be the villain, Jixtus. He just was not intimidating at all. We have seen him lose time and time again, and there is simply nothing frightening about him. However, I didn’t feel that a lack of a good villain took away from the story all too much, since Zahn has done such a great job with the protagonist characters, immense world-building, and the exciting battle sequences. Overall, this was such an exciting read, and I was truly hooked from beginning to end. I loved the characters, the action was exciting, and it opened up so many new possibilities for the Star Wars world. I really hope Timothy Zahn will return to write even more about Thrawn and the Ascendancy. If you enjoyed the previous Thrawn books, this one will absolutely not disappoint!
“Sister! So, you have a twin sister. Your feelings have now betrayed her too. Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me. Now his failure is complete.” Thrawn has a sister? The final chapter of how Thrawn ended up on an uninhabited planet alone and how he joined the darkside. The Empire. The playing possum trick worked? I thought the Grysk were an enlightened people. A satisfying, if a bit bloated and convoluted, conclusion to an enjoyable trilogy. I’m going to reread the first Thrawn book. It picks up after the conclusion of this book.

 

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