Kilo-Five Trilogy

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All three books in the trilogy.

The Kilo-Five Trilogy is a multi-book deal between Tor Books and bestselling writer Karen Traviss taking place within the Halo universe.[1] The series written by Traviss fleshes out the events of the post-war era following Halo 3, the final game in the original trilogy, and tie directly into the story of the Reclaimer Saga and its first installment, Halo 4.[2][3] The first novel, titled Halo: Glasslands, was released on October 25, 2011.[4] The second novel, titled Halo: The Thursday War, was released on October 2, 2012.[5] The third and final novel, Halo: Mortal Dictata was released on January 21, 2014.[6]


In addition to directly continuing the story of the 2006 novel Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, the series introduces new characters and storylines, centering around the eponymous Office of Naval Intelligence black operations team Kilo-Five.[7][8]


Main article: Halo: Glasslands

Released October 25, 2011,[4] Glasslands explores the volatile political situation in the Halo universe following the end of the Human-Covenant war. Picking up where Halo: Ghosts of Onyx left off, Dr. Catherine Halsey, SCPO Franklin Mendez, and a group of SPARTAN-IIs and SPARTAN-IIIs look for a means of escape from a Forerunner shield world locked in a slipspace bubble in the remnants of the artificial planet Onyx. Meanwhile, Office of Naval Intelligence Commander in Chief Admiral Margaret Parangosky assembles a black operations team known as Kilo-Five, which is assigned on a covert mission to sow discord between disparate Sangheili factions by any means necessary, as well as to arrest Dr. Halsey once she has been located. At the same time, a Sangheili group known as the Servants of the Abiding Truth push for an insurrection against Arbiter Thel 'Vadam and his forces, whom they consider to be blasphemous.

The Thursday War[edit]

Main article: Halo: The Thursday War

Halo: The Thursday War is a direct follow-up to Glasslands. The book was released on October 2, 2012.[5] Recovering from an attack by the Jiralhanae, Dr. Evan Phillips looks for a way to escape his entrapment as Avu Med 'Telcam gears up for an attack against the Arbiter. Kilo-Five must return to Sanghelios to retrieve their fallen comrade before he is lost in the fray, temporarily abandoning another growing priority on the rebel-leaning planet Venezia. Meanwhile Jul 'Mdama looks for a way to escape his confinement inside the enormous shield world and soon learns of an ancient entity that once held a hatred for humanity. All while this is taking place, the UNSC Infinity is set on a course to undergo her first space trials thanks to newly incorporated Forerunner technology.

Mortal Dictata[edit]

Main article: Halo: Mortal Dictata

Halo: Mortal Dictata is the third and final installment of the trilogy. It was released on January 21, 2014.[9][6]



  1. ^ Halo Waypoint: Bestselling Author Karen Traviss Set To Explore The Halo Universe
  2. ^ YouTube: SDCC 2011: Halo Universe Panel Part 1
  3. ^ Halo Waypoint - 343 Sparkast 005
  4. ^ a b Karen TravissHALO
  5. ^ a b Tor Announces Next Book in Halo Series
  6. ^ a b Amazon - Halo: Mortal Dictata
  7. ^ Karen Traviss BlogMaster Chief insists
  8. ^ Halo Bulletin Archive - The Halo Bulletin: 6/22/11
  9. ^ The Halo Kilo-Five Trilogy Will Conclude This January