The Kilo-Five Trilogy is a multi-book deal between Tor Books and bestselling writer Karen Traviss taking place within the Halo universe. 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. The first novel, titled Halo: Glasslands, was released on October 25, 2011. The second novel, titled Halo: The Thursday War, was released on October 2, 2012. The third and final novel, Halo: Mortal Dictata was released on January 21, 2014.
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.
- Main article: Halo: Glasslands
Released October 25, 2011, 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
- 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. 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.
- Main article: Halo: Mortal Dictata
- ^ Halo Waypoint: Bestselling Author Karen Traviss Set To Explore The Halo Universe
- ^ YouTube: SDCC 2011: Halo Universe Panel Part 1
- ^ Halo Waypoint - 343 Sparkast 005
- ^ a b Karen Traviss — HALO
- ^ a b Tor.com: Tor Announces Next Book in Halo Series
- ^ a b Amazon - Halo: Mortal Dictata
- ^ Karen Traviss Blog — Master Chief insists
- ^ halo.bungie.org: Halo Bulletin Archive - The Halo Bulletin: 6/22/11
- ^ Tor.com: The Halo Kilo-Five Trilogy Will Conclude This January