Devastated and torn apart by the events in Shadow Fall, Alphabet Squadron attempts to piece together their next steps forward in a galaxy on the edge of complete destruction. Soran Keize, the former leader of Shadow Wing, long thought dead, has returned to the ruthless TIE squadron making them stronger and more dangerous than ever. With our heroes at their absolute worst, they must pull together to overcome their renewed rivals at their very best. The only question lies in what it will cost.
Alexander Freed’s Victory’s Price is the epic conclusion to the Alphabet Squadron trilogy we have long waited for. Known for mixing the right amount of airborne conflict, character development, and surprising twists, Freed is sure to leave everyone talking with this one!
In the wake of Yrica Quell’s shocking decision—and one of the fiercest battles of their lives—the remnants of Alphabet Squadron seek answers and closure across a galaxy whose old war scars are threatening to reopen.
Soran Keize has returned to the tip of Shadow Wing’s spear. Operation Cinder, the terrifying protocol of planetary extermination which began in the twilight of the Imperial era, burns throughout the galaxy. Shadow Wing is no longer wounded prey fleeing the hunters of the New Republic. With its leader, its strength has returned, and its Star Destroyers and TIE squadrons lurk in the darkness between stars, carrying out the fallen Emperor’s final edict of destruction—as well as another, stranger mission, one Keize has championed not for the dying Empire, but for its loyal soldiers.
Alphabet Squadron’s ships are as ramshackle and damaged as their spirits, but they’ve always had each other. Now, as they face the might of Keize’s reborn juggernaut, they aren’t even sure they have that. How do you catch a shadow? How do you kill it? And when you’re finally victorious, who pays the price?
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Victory’s Price is proof that Star Wars’ tried-and-true three-act structure is the perfect format for telling an epic, breathtaking story that will leave every reader feeling hopeful and satisfied.Read the full review
Simply stated, Alexander Freed sticks the landing in the conclusion to his Alphabet Squadron trilogy. The time he spent over the first two books introducing us to his new characters pays off in a story that blends deep character moments with the sort of expertly crafted military sci-fi we've come to expect from Freed. Heartfelt introspection and emotional tension for the characters doesn't so much alternate with fast-paced action as it is interwoven with it, all as the narrative builds to an epic conclusion. It was one of those books I hated to see end. At the same time, it made me excited for whatever the author has in store for us next.
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It’s rare for a Star Wars book to feel so important. It ripped my heart out and resuscitated me dozens of times throughout the course of the story. It’s also a rarity for a singular author to pen a trilogy in its entirety; for that reason this trilogy has a tremendous continuity in story and in tone throughout. If you liked the previous two entries in the trilogy, you’re bound to love this one as well. In particular, I liked what Victory’s Price did with the Keize-Quell relationship, the elevated role for Hera Syndulla of Rebels fame, and the adventure on Kairos’s home planet. Overall, it’s perhaps one of the best-written Star Wars books on a literary level. Freed is truly a master of characters and of emotional depth in his prose. I, for one, feel the need to see a therapist after reading this book—especially if that therapist is formerly a torture droid. . .
It's extremely difficult to end a story. It's hard to end a trilogy, and it's even harder to do it well - but Alexander Freed has managed to craft a third and final installment to the Alphabet Squadron story that has nearly left me speechless. Every single main character in this series has a complete and fulfilling arc. Every beginning story beat has a worthwhile climax. Every action has a consequence. Every victory has a price. This book did not end the way I expected, but it's so much more than I ever could have hoped for. Please give Freed more Star Wars to write. He has mastered so many of the elements that make a Star Wars story great. The expanded universe is already great, but having him in it makes it even greater.
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