Timothy Zahn’s latest Thrawn Ascendancy installment, “Greater Good,” the second novel in the series was one of my favorite Thrawn books that Zahn has written in recent memory. “Greater Good” was much better than the first book in the series, “Chaos Rising.”
Where “Chaos Rising” got bogged down in the details of the Chiss Ascendancy and the family in-fighting, further elaborating on Thrawn’s lack of political acumen, “Greater Good” focuses on the scheming and the tactical superiority that Thrawn possesses in multiple battles he faces against enemies of the Chiss trying to overthrow their stranglehold on the galaxy.
This book was thrilling and entertaining harkening back to Zahn’s earlier Thrawn books and series full of the best parts of the Star Wars universe. This latest book was so good that I consider the slogging through the first book in the series worth the effort. This second book is a perfect setup for the concluding book in the trilogy with some loose ends open and intrigue remaining.