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ith less than a month until the release of Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising, it’s only fitting that we’d get at least one more preview of this brand-new story featuring everyone’s favorite Chiss, Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Except he wasn’t an admiral in the Imperial navy at the time this story takes place. Instead, Timothy Zahn is taking us back to the era of Thrawn’s life before he joins the Empire.

A full exclusive excerpt from the first book in the upcoming trilogy has been released, and you can read the first portion of it below.

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Thrawn was taller than Samakro had expected, and carried himself with grace and a certain air of confidence. He was also courteous to the officers and warriors, and knew his way around the Springhawk. Aside from that, he really wasn’t that big a deal.

Right now, he was also late.

“Approaching target system,” Kharill reported. “Breakout in thirty seconds.”

“Acknowledged,” Samakro said, looking around the bridge. All weapons systems showed green, including the balky plasma sphere targeting computer that had been giving them trouble for the past few days. All air lock doors were sealed against possible breach, the electrostatic barrier that hugged the Springhawk’s hull was at power, and all warriors were at their stations.

Impressive, but hardly really necessary. As far as Samakro could tell, this whole mission was only a small step above a wargame exercise. The Vigilant was a full-class Nightdragon man-of-war, and Admiral Ar’alani’s current force also included five other cruisers besides the Springhawk. With that much firepower, appearing without warning over the Paataatus homeworld, they weren’t likely to face any effective resistance.

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Read the full excerpt, along with an audio sample from Marc Thompson, at IGN.

The first installment of Zahn’s latest Thrawn series hits physical and digital shelves on September 1. You can view our complete Book Profile for more details and pre-order your copy now.

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Meg is a writer, podcaster, and photographer. She lives in Illinois with her dog and medal-worthy book collection, and believes any conversation in which Star Wars references are applicable is one worth having.