Shadow Fall (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, #2)
After their narrow victory over Shadow Wing, Alphabet Squadron is on the attack, hunting their adversaries within the Imperial Remnant. Shadow Wing is desperate for direction and leadership--and they find both in the iron will of Major Keize, their former commander and Yrica Quell's one-time mentor. As battle lines blur, Alphabet Squadron finds itself not only fighting their resurgent foes, but their leader's own deadly shadow.

Shadow Fall (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, #2) Details

TitleShadow Fall (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 23rd, 2020
PublisherDel Rey Books
ISBN-139781984820044
Rating
GenreMedia Tie In, Star Wars, Fiction, Science Fiction

Shadow Fall (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, #2) Review

  • Sarina
    January 1, 1970
    Update that glorious cover already, Goodreads!*One day later* Yeeeeessss that is one beautiful cover. Alphabet Squadron just got higher up on my tbr.
  • TheGeeksAttic
    January 1, 1970
    Star Wars: Shadow Fall was written by New York Times Best Selling author, Alexander Freed. Shadow Fall is book two in the Alphabet Squadron Series.SUMMARY: The Imperial remnants are scattered across the galaxy still fighting against the newly formed republic, desperately holding strong to it’s territories. In this novel, the story focuses primarily in the Cerberon system over the planet Troithe. New Republic forces including Alphabet Squadron, fight against the imperials to take hold of the capi Star Wars: Shadow Fall was written by New York Times Best Selling author, Alexander Freed. Shadow Fall is book two in the Alphabet Squadron Series.SUMMARY: The Imperial remnants are scattered across the galaxy still fighting against the newly formed republic, desperately holding strong to it’s territories. In this novel, the story focuses primarily in the Cerberon system over the planet Troithe. New Republic forces including Alphabet Squadron, fight against the imperials to take hold of the capital. A plan is devised to lure Shadow Wing, the deadly TIE Fighter unit out into the open. Shadow Wing had gone silent since the last major event from book one, the battle at Pandem Nai.Once the TIE unit shows itself to Alphabet Squadron and the rest of the New Repbulic forces, the war over Troithe intensifies. Will Alphabet Squadron hold strong and put an end to Shadow Wing? Will Shadow Wing once again commit mass genocide on another innocent planet? You’ll have to get the book and read for yourself to know the outcome of this page turner!CHARACTERS: The cast of characters from Alphabet Squadron continue on in this novel. In my review of book one, I spoke briefly on Yrica Quell & Wyl Lark. Now, I will mention Chass na Chadic and Soran KeizeChass na Chadic: She was inspired by Jyn Erso, a real hero, not a myth or a legend. Chass is aggressive and sometimes a little moody. She seems lost, like she doesn’t know who she truly is, who she’s meant to be or become. She’s defiant and doesn’t get along with the others too well. She tunes out the others others by cranking up music in her cockpit. Her childhood was rough, but the things she’s learned from that time in her life, help her through a difficult and somewhat odd event in the current battle.Soran Keize: Major Soran Keize, holds the empire in disdain after Operation Cinder. His eyes were opened to just how dark the Emperor truly was. The Empire wasn’t a just government with it best interests aimed at protecting and serving the people of the galaxy. It was all about power. His love of the Empire died, his loyalty to Shadow Wing remains, and his hunger for revenge against Alphabet Squadron is fierce.OVERALL THOUGHTS: Alexander Freed proves once again that he is an A-list author. Formation of the New Republic isn’t easy at all! I love that we get to see how fierce and powerful the imperial remnants still are, of course they would be, this tale does take place before the Battle of Jakku. The Empire was massive, the battle didn’t end with Endor, like some military troops may have thought. You can feel the desperation of the soldiers and pilots. The war isn’t over but the desire for the fighting to stop is great. The tension is extremely high in this story. Emotions the characters go through bleed from the pages! Many moments will raise your anxiety and keep you glued to the book.You’ll burn through these pages so fast it’ll likely ignite a fire!It’s a wonderful, deeper character study for a few of the characters. In the previous novel they had a more mysterious edge, their backgrounds weren’t explored. In this novel, we explore the past of a certain character that helps drive the plot forward. The story progresses by jumping from one character’s perspective to the next. It’s quite simple to follow for a war story that has so much going on. Freed is one of those authors that understands character development and how to make each character unique. The dialogue was great! Tension, guilt, surprise, anger, etc. were written so well.War at its worst, Diversity at its best. There’s a character everyone can relate to!I was pleasantly surprised by certain outcomes in the story. My skin prickled with chills multiple times. Rarely do I audibly react to things that happen in a book. This book summoned two audible gasps and wide eyed “wow” reaction. I wasn’t the biggest fan of Alphabet Squadron, the first book in this trilogy… Shadow Fall opened my mind to appreciate the first book a little more. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I can’t recall finishing a book while having chills and an drooping jaw from surprise.So, do I recommend that you read Star Wars: Shadow Fall? Yes! I wasn’t a big fan of the first book, but this second installment was outstanding!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review here and to discuss on the Friends of the Force podcast. Thank you to Del Rey and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this early! Alexander Freed once again knocks it out of the park with the second installment of the "Alphabet Squadron" trilogy. In this darker middle chapter, the heroes of Alphabet Squadron are tested like never before, both individually and as a team. Between losing battles and isolation, the members *I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review here and to discuss on the Friends of the Force podcast. Thank you to Del Rey and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this early! Alexander Freed once again knocks it out of the park with the second installment of the "Alphabet Squadron" trilogy. In this darker middle chapter, the heroes of Alphabet Squadron are tested like never before, both individually and as a team. Between losing battles and isolation, the members of Alphabet Squadron must confront themselves and each other if they want to succeed. In finishing this book, I am speechless. Freed's precise and detailed writing gives the reader a deep understanding of not only the worlds that Alphabet Squadron and their foes Shadow Wing inhabit, but also of the inner workings of each of the main characters. I feel like I know how each one of them thinks and what makes them tick. I know what their weaknesses are and how they will be exploited. These characters are messy and full of depth; I'd argue they're some of the most interesting in all of Star Wars. My favorite dynamic in this installment is between Nath and Wyl. Where Nath is hardened, Wyl is still hopeful. Their interactions are incredibly interesting and important to the dynamic of the team, and are developed well in this book!There are multiple moments in this book where I gasped out loud or swore in shock. I absolutely cannot wait to be talking about these moments with the Star Wars community! While the pace of this book is still on the slower side, as it was with "Alphabet Squadron," it's not a slog by any means. The narrative is packed with meaningful moments and intentional foreshadowing. There are many interesting connections to other canon ideas, places, and people that work to make this world feel real. I am SO looking forward to seeing how this trilogy concludes, and I have many thoughts on where the third installment may go! If you're a Star Wars fan, this is a book and series you can't miss.
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  • Jared Mayes
    January 1, 1970
    If you’re looking for a Star Wars book to really sink your teeth into, this is it. Freed writes dense stories full of complexity with huge payoffs for his spectacularly-developed characters. Shadow Fall follows up on the foundation laid in its predecessor by adding layers to the characters, massive twists, and creative worldbuilding. It has a great balance of gravitas and the fun that you expect from a Star Wars book all about starfighter pilots. I’ve really come to love most of these characters If you’re looking for a Star Wars book to really sink your teeth into, this is it. Freed writes dense stories full of complexity with huge payoffs for his spectacularly-developed characters. Shadow Fall follows up on the foundation laid in its predecessor by adding layers to the characters, massive twists, and creative worldbuilding. It has a great balance of gravitas and the fun that you expect from a Star Wars book all about starfighter pilots. I’ve really come to love most of these characters and can’t wait for the trilogy’s conclusion! It’s definitely worth your time and I can almost guarantee that you’ll want to read it more than once.
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
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  • Stephen
    January 1, 1970
    Shadow Fall is the second novel in the Alphabet Trilogy by Alexander Freed. It follows the exploits of a rag tag squad of New Republic starfighter pilots as they try to take down the elite Imperial unit known as Shadow Wing. Most of the action takes place in the Cerberon system on a rundown cityscape planet called Troithe. There’s lots of character focus, some great action, twists and turns, and overall, it’s a perfect follow-up to the first book.Throughout the book, the story does a balancing a Shadow Fall is the second novel in the Alphabet Trilogy by Alexander Freed. It follows the exploits of a rag tag squad of New Republic starfighter pilots as they try to take down the elite Imperial unit known as Shadow Wing. Most of the action takes place in the Cerberon system on a rundown cityscape planet called Troithe. There’s lots of character focus, some great action, twists and turns, and overall, it’s a perfect follow-up to the first book.Throughout the book, the story does a balancing act of following the pilots of Alphabet Squadron and also following Shadow Wing’s Major Keize (who went by Devon in the first book). By showing both sides, it creates an interesting conflict of interests. On one hand, you’re rooting for Alphabet Squadron. On the other, you can completely see where Keize is coming from and you can sympathize with him. At times, I found myself wanting Keize to succeed and was torn when the two sides were in direct competition. The very fact that Freed is able to create such deep characters that can cause you to sympathize with both sides is a huge accomplishment. Keize was already developed in the first book, so the journey of his character arc in this one makes him even more compelling.Of course Keize isn’t the only character of interest. Each of the members of Alphabet Squadron get their own character arcs which twist and turn throughout the story. Kairos, due to her not speaking much, gets the short end of the stick and still remains rather mysterious. Caern Adan, the Balosar intelligence agent, also doesn’t get as much of an arc since he’s in a leadership position with the squad. However, Wyl, Chass, Nath and Yrica get lots of attention and storytime. The events in this story push all of them to new boundaries which helps keep all of them intriguing. Plus, there’s some nice moments with Hera Syndulla sprinkled in here and there and some cameos from the soldiers of the 61st Mobile Infantry Company that showed up in Alexander Freed’s first Star Wars novel Twilight Company.Most of the story takes place in the Cerberon system as the New Republic Forces try to take all the planets back from Imperial holdouts. There’s some fights in space and a lot of action on the ground. Meanwhile, Shadow Wing makes some attacks and searches for direction. Ultimately their path leads to Cerberon and the two forces duke it out. Freed invests a lot of time with Keize on the Imperial side, and all of the pilots in Alphabet Squadron in order built up the suspense for the conflict. The action keeps you guessing on who will win, and the development of the characters may have you wondering who you want to win.As a follow-up to Alphabet Squadron, this book does a great job of not just keeping the readers’ interest, but increasing it. The situations the characters go through builds up the suspense, and their choices keep you on the edge of your seat wondering which way the odds will turn. The battles are chaotic and unpredictable as aces on both sides constantly change the momentum of the war. Best of all, it leads up to the final book with just the right hook to keep you wanting more. With great characters, an excellent story, and enjoyable twists, Shadow Fall earns high marks as one of the best books in the Star Wars canon. I give it a five out of five.
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  • Matthew Sciarrino
    January 1, 1970
    Like the 1st book in the trilogy we deal with the members of Alphabet Squadron and Shadow Wing. Very good second book. Still gives me the same feel of the x-wing books in the old extended universe.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5 — You can read my review in full here: https://coffeewithkenobi.com/star-war... 3.5/5 — You can read my review in full here: https://coffeewithkenobi.com/star-war...
  • Brittany Alyse
    January 1, 1970
    An exemplary feat in writing and character development. Alexander Freed raised the bar and broke all my expectations with logical, beautiful growth that was necessary, empowering and heartbreaking. There were moments in this book that were exhilarating and SO wild. Alphabet Squadron and Shadow Fall continue to be the only books that I've begun again immediately after finishing, it's that good.Alphabet Squadron continues to give me what other Star Wars stories do not: diversity, queer representat An exemplary feat in writing and character development. Alexander Freed raised the bar and broke all my expectations with logical, beautiful growth that was necessary, empowering and heartbreaking. There were moments in this book that were exhilarating and SO wild. Alphabet Squadron and Shadow Fall continue to be the only books that I've begun again immediately after finishing, it's that good.Alphabet Squadron continues to give me what other Star Wars stories do not: diversity, queer representation and raw, powerful emotion. This sequel was extraordinary in the ways that it forced these beautiful characters to explore grief, trauma and guilt - and what it means to confront the worst parts of yourself, and how you move forward. There is so much growth in these pilots over the course of this novel, moments that made me proud of them, and other moments that made me feel sadness, anguish and disappointment. There's also something to be said about the subtle ways of showing growth and care between all of these characters, from the way Yrica relishes in Chass' arm around her, to the brotherhood blooming between Wyl and Nath, down to the way Chass seeks unspoken comfort in Yrica - none of these gestures are grand or showy. Their bonds with each other are extremely delicate, and their moments are fleeting, but their connections with one another are strong, which makes the later betryals all the more painful. The way these characters come off the page and exude such a realness will never not completely amaze me. I can predict nothing of them or their actions - and I love and admire that way of writing, so much. I am continuously awed by the way Alexander writes the conflict and reasoning behind both sides of the Rebellion and the Empire. It's never so easy to write one or the other off as a complete villain, and it's endlessly fascinating. Furthermore, I am also continuously awed by how Alexander Freed writes battle sequences, so tactical in description and yet, so easy to understand. There is one scene in particular where Wyl Lark, my favorite pansexual baby angel, pulls off an incredible flight move that made me ready to dethrone Poe Dameron as BEST DAMN PILOT IN THE GALAXY.There is absolutely nothing about this series that is predictable, not at all in ways other Star Wars stories maybe can be. This story is packed with thrills, heartache, pain, surprises and so much more. Alphabet Squadron continues to be my all time favorite Star Wars and I'm going to be on edge while we wait for the final installment. I can't wait to have Yrica, Chass, Wyl, Nath and Kiros back in my life, once again.
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  • Jonathan Koan
    January 1, 1970
    I feel very conflicted about this story. On the one hand, there are things that I absolutely love in this book. On the other, there are things that absolutely irritate me and frustrate me.To start with the good, this is a very fun book. There's lots of action and fun scenes happening throughout. While I naturally have trouble following space battles in books, Freed still did a fairly good job of making it interesting. I did like how the stakes of the novel were fairly small, and limited to just I feel very conflicted about this story. On the one hand, there are things that I absolutely love in this book. On the other, there are things that absolutely irritate me and frustrate me.To start with the good, this is a very fun book. There's lots of action and fun scenes happening throughout. While I naturally have trouble following space battles in books, Freed still did a fairly good job of making it interesting. I did like how the stakes of the novel were fairly small, and limited to just the system of Cerebon and the planet Triothe.Another thing about this book is the different characters. I found myself liking Nath the most in this book, and I didn't particularly care for him at all in the first book. Chass, Quell, and Wyl were all developed a lot, but none of them stood out to me like Nath did. I'm still waiting on something big from Kairos, and I expect to see it in book 3.Probably the standout surprise character was Soran Keize. I really like reading about imperials, as it brings me back to a lot of the first EU books. He is definitely a well written villain(more of an antagonist than villain) and his interactions with the empire were great. I wish there were more of them.The thing that irked me the most was some of the political worldviews that crept into the novel. As none of these were really present in any of Freed's other books, I wonder if he simply was waiting for this book to put them in or if it was a mandate. It seems like after The Rise of Skywalker, there's been more of a mandate to include this specific worldview into SW books(I'm not including it for spoiler reasons, but you'll see it when you read the book). I understand why it's done occasionally, but its been included so much recently that I wonder if it's a mandate from the editors and story group as opposed to the writer. It's not a huge thing, but it's enough to irk me.There weren't as many connections to other SW things like there were in Alphabet Squadron, but the inclusion of Hera and the inclusion of the characters from "Twilight Company" were great.Overall, I thought that this was a very well done book, although it still had some decent problems. I enjoyed reading it, but I didn't feel the excitement or the satisfaction that I've gotten when reading other SW novels. 7.0 out of 10. (3.5 out of 5 on goodreads).
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Alexander Freed reunites the Alphabet Squadron for a chaos-filled second act.Your Money Geek thanks Del Rey Publishing & NetGallery for providing us with a free copy for review. READ FULL REVIEW: https://yourmoneygeek.com/review-star...**Contains Minor Spoilers**Alexander Freed’s Alphabet Squadron trilogy is posed to be one of the best Star Wars series in the new era of Star Wars publishing. Shadow Fall packs a punch — Freed delivers adrenaline-fueled intrigue and manages to pull on the heartstr Alexander Freed reunites the Alphabet Squadron for a chaos-filled second act.Your Money Geek thanks Del Rey Publishing & NetGallery for providing us with a free copy for review. READ FULL REVIEW: https://yourmoneygeek.com/review-star...**Contains Minor Spoilers**Alexander Freed’s Alphabet Squadron trilogy is posed to be one of the best Star Wars series in the new era of Star Wars publishing. Shadow Fall packs a punch — Freed delivers adrenaline-fueled intrigue and manages to pull on the heartstrings of the rebellion. The novel is a high-octane race to the last page, delivering a final line that was truly jaw-dropping.  If you were a fan of Michael A. Stackpole’s Star Wars: X-Wing series, which was retired with the rest of the Star Wars expanded universe, or anxiously waiting for the release of EA’s Star Wars: Squadrons — Alphabet Squadron is the perfect answer for you. Freed is a natural at creating compelling narratives amidst the backdrop of an uncertain time within the galaxy. His characters are messy, layered, and complex individuals working through life-or-death situations as they soar through the battlefield among the stars. Yrica Quell, in particular, ranks among my favorite characters in the Star Wars novelization universe. Her secrets are brought to a head in Shadow Fall and cast their own shadow over the future of the Alphabet Squadron. Shadow Fall is filled with subtle homages to characters like Kanan Jarrus, Jyn Erso, and Luke Skywalker. Freed captures the side effects of war for the rebellion; deftly touching on the compartmentalizing that comes with grief and loss — an emotion that even the readers will have to grapple with as a beloved character is lost to the fray. Some of the best moments in the novel come from the quiet moments where the Alphabet Squadron unwind after risky encounters with the Empire. The characters feel as real as any that we have seen in live-action or animated series. If you’ve ever been on the ledge about getting into reading Star Wars novels, Alphabet Squadron should be your start point. Freed has left a definitive mark on the Star Wars universe and I hope that one day we see the Alphabet Squadron brought to life in other mediums. 
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  • Matt Vella
    January 1, 1970
    Star Wars (the megalith) glamorizes war in the vein of World War 2, where there is a side of light and right, and a side of evil. The movies feature heroic sacrifices, witty characters, adventurous escapades. It's all war through the lens of romanticism.What I enjoy about Shadow Fall, and its prequel Alphabet Squadron, and whatever comes next that I cannot wait to gobble up, is that war is treated as realistic as possible, given everything in the Star Wars universe. The losses are keenly felt, t Star Wars (the megalith) glamorizes war in the vein of World War 2, where there is a side of light and right, and a side of evil. The movies feature heroic sacrifices, witty characters, adventurous escapades. It's all war through the lens of romanticism.What I enjoy about Shadow Fall, and its prequel Alphabet Squadron, and whatever comes next that I cannot wait to gobble up, is that war is treated as realistic as possible, given everything in the Star Wars universe. The losses are keenly felt, the destruction is well described, and the pilots of Alphabet Squadron, and new to this book, Shadow Wing, work through their trauma and PTSD. This is not a rag-tag group of adventurers coming together to bring down the big bad. These are some of the most authentic written characters I think appear in any Star Wars media, comics to movies to books. I wish more pilots on both sides received fuller character arcs. In this novel, only 1 pilot in Shadow Wing got the multiple chapters treatment, and 2 pilots in Alphabet Squadron had their backstory revealed. As a Star Wars novel, this is excellent. I devoured it. I listened to the Audible version, and Freed does wonders with the writing to bring the action and sweeping maneuvers of the fighters alive. Carol Monda's performance as narrator is engaging - every character feels alive with their world weariness, their nervous hope or their burned out cynicism. Star Wars novels are where I go to get what the movies could not deliver - great characters, engaging stories, authenticity. Cannot wait for novel #3 to come out!
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  • Albert Riehle
    January 1, 1970
    This was not a good book. I’m not even sure where to start. The plot is mind numbing and boring. The first 120 pages were entirely superfluous. I kept holding out hope that sooner or later it might turn around but it didn’t. At around page 135 something interesting finally happened but then Freed separates all the characters involved so the interest level goes back to nothing. For some reason Freed thought it would be a good idea to write a book about a squadron of pilots and put them all on the This was not a good book. I’m not even sure where to start. The plot is mind numbing and boring. The first 120 pages were entirely superfluous. I kept holding out hope that sooner or later it might turn around but it didn’t. At around page 135 something interesting finally happened but then Freed separates all the characters involved so the interest level goes back to nothing. For some reason Freed thought it would be a good idea to write a book about a squadron of pilots and put them all on the ground. He also has an annoying habit of alternating in the way he uses character names. He does it with most of the characters. For the character Nath Tensent he’ll call him Nath for a while, then switch up and start calling him Tensent. Then he’ll switch back again. If only that was the most annoying thing about his characters. Never have such a collection of whiny bitches been assembled in the Star Wars universe. Not a single one is like-able. And sadly, there’s no resolution to their problems. The book ends where it begins. Everyone has the same problems. It’s just 400 pages of them complaining. The plot is even worse. The New Republic sets a trap for an infamous fighter squad of Empire loyalists then redeploys its major assets so they aren’t there when everything goes wrong. It’s never even explained why the trap fails, despite chapters devoted to Empire characters. This book has no redeeming qualities. It’s terrible and should be avoided. I’m truly disappointed. 1.5 stars
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  • Andrew Bell
    January 1, 1970
    For veteran Star Wars readers, I would say that being truly floored and caught of guard by a new book is a rare occurrence. That is not necessarily indicative of the quality of these stories, but rather it speaks to the fact that so many plot points and character arcs have already been done. I can confidently say, however, that Alexander Freed has broken that mold. Much like an expert pilot in a dogfight, Freed maneuvered this story from start to finish, making it jink every time I expected it t For veteran Star Wars readers, I would say that being truly floored and caught of guard by a new book is a rare occurrence. That is not necessarily indicative of the quality of these stories, but rather it speaks to the fact that so many plot points and character arcs have already been done. I can confidently say, however, that Alexander Freed has broken that mold. Much like an expert pilot in a dogfight, Freed maneuvered this story from start to finish, making it jink every time I expected it to juke. Through two books, this Alphabet Squadron series has managed to avoid the pitfall of relying simply on the mythos of Star Wars lore, but instead should be considered an outstanding literary accomplished in its own right. Shadow Fall is a fascinating exploration of the humanity that lives close to each and every one of us, simply set in a galaxy far, far away.
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  • Michael J
    January 1, 1970
    Intense Character Drama + World BuildingIf you enjoyed Alphabet Squadron, this is a must read. The character work is deeper than most Star Wars books and enjoyable if you. An handle the slower pace. The whole novel takes place in one system — a Deep Core environment that we’ve not seen before and really feels like it expands the universe in unique and interesting ways. We also get a bit more of a look at how the infantry and ground battles fit in, which adds another layer to the complex and enga Intense Character Drama + World BuildingIf you enjoyed Alphabet Squadron, this is a must read. The character work is deeper than most Star Wars books and enjoyable if you. An handle the slower pace. The whole novel takes place in one system — a Deep Core environment that we’ve not seen before and really feels like it expands the universe in unique and interesting ways. We also get a bit more of a look at how the infantry and ground battles fit in, which adds another layer to the complex and engaging space battles. As the middle book of a trilogy, there are plenty of cliffhangers here and your favorite characters are going to face tough times. Freed is two for two on these books and I can’t wait to see how he brings it in for a landing next year!
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  • Will Plunkett
    January 1, 1970
    And this is just the middle book of a soon-to-be-completed trilogy? Hmm. It's quite detailed about minutia, especially battles. The new Star Wars fiction, really, REALLY needs to resume the "Dramatis Personae" page at the front; I cannot keep all these characters straight, and the shifts within each chapter don't help that. They don't have unique dialogue or style to separate them, either; just what different letter their star ship has. I do like the fact that each chapter has its own title.
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  • Stuart Nichols
    January 1, 1970
    This is a gripe more than a review, but they changed the narrator for the audiobook, and having just listened to the first one it's throwing me out of the story. I can't focus on it.Not that the new narrator is bad, but i prefered the original narrators voice work, the new one reads it without much variation in characters and it's killing it for me.
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  • Paul Rivas
    January 1, 1970
    I liked book one better. The start and middle took a while to come together for me and I get where the trilogy is going but I'm not a fan of some of the ways it is getting there. I appreciate how it is a grittier take but still Star Wars.
  • Sara Canado
    January 1, 1970
    I didnt really like all the different perspective. The characters were together enough and it was hard to track. I have hope for the third base on what happened at the very end but for the most part didnt really like any of the characters they were to easy to be mad at half the time.
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  • HobbitFromPA
    January 1, 1970
    I liked it, just not as much as the first book in the series.
  • Sinclair Duncan-Mercer
    January 1, 1970
    Thought the first book in the series was amazing but this sequel is even better!
  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    This series is some of the best work being done in the otherwise mostly lackluster "new EU" era of novels.
  • Unseen Library
    January 1, 1970
    This week, I am in a real Star Wars headspace, probably because the final movie in the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, is coming out. In the meantime, as I have just posted a review of the tie-in novel Star Wars: Force Collector, I thought that this would be a good time to look at some of the Star Wars novels that are coming in 2020.The final book I'm looking at is Shadow Fall by Alexander Freed. Shadow Fall, which currently has a release date of 23 June 2020, is the sequel to the 2019 bo This week, I am in a real Star Wars headspace, probably because the final movie in the Skywalker Saga, The Rise of Skywalker, is coming out. In the meantime, as I have just posted a review of the tie-in novel Star Wars: Force Collector, I thought that this would be a good time to look at some of the Star Wars novels that are coming in 2020.The final book I'm looking at is Shadow Fall by Alexander Freed. Shadow Fall, which currently has a release date of 23 June 2020, is the sequel to the 2019 book Alphabet Squadron, and is set to continue its action-focused story. The official cover for Shadow Fall is yet to be released, although I thought that the stand-in cover above is already really good.Alphabet Squadron followed a small squadron of Rebel Alliance pilot, each of whom flies a different make of starfighter (e.g. one in an X-Wing, another in a Y-Wing, hence Alphabet Squadron), as the fight against the Imperial Remnant in the aftermath of Return of the Jedi. Made up of a disparate group of pilots and led by former Imperial, Yrica Quell, Alphabet Squadron explored the darker side of the galaxy following the Rebel’s victory. Alphabet Squadron was also connected to the Star Wars: Tie Fighter (2019) comic book miniseries, as the main characters of the miniseries served as the book’s antagonists. Shadow Fall will continue the adventure started in the previous book, and it looks like this time more time will be spent on the Imperial characters who make up Shadow Wing.This should prove to be another excellent piece of Star Wars fiction, and I am looking forward to the plot, which will once again focus on a number of engagements between the two rival squads of fighters. Freed showed his ability to produce amazing space battle sequences in Alphabet Squadron, and no doubt this latest book will contain many more of these as well. I am also expecting that the author will continue to focus on the strained relationships of the five members of Alphabet Squadron, as they slowly meld together as an effective team, and there is likely to be more internal politics and manipulation from their shady New Republic Intelligence handler. My initial prediction for this book is that it will end in some form of major defeat for the protagonists, similar in the ending to Empire Strikes Back, but I have nothing to back that up with. I do think that Shadow Fall is going to be another awesome book from Freed, and I look forward to all the intense action and battle sequences it will contain.For other exciting reviews and content, check out my blog at:https://unseenlibrary.com/
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