Following the success of his entry novel Alphabet Squadron, Alexander Freed is back and better than ever with the much-anticipated sequel, Shadow Fall. Set shortly after the victorious (albeit costly) battle at Pandem Nai, Yrica Quell's ragtag Alphabet Squadron continues their task of finding and eliminating the elite Imperial 204th Fighter Wing, better know as Shadow Wing. Working under the supervision of New Republic Intelligence Agent Caern Adan and General Hera Syndulla, Quell is faced with the challenge of managing her ill-fitting group of pilots while at the same time protecting a secret that could cause irreparable damage to not only Alphabet Squadron, but to the entire New Republic. Meanwhile, a familiar face with a new name has returned to Shadow Wing, and his mission is quite clear: revenge. Check out the second installment in this action packed trilogy!
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.
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Freed capitalizes on the foundation built in Alphabet Squadron by crafting a truly rich and consequential follow up that explores characters and themes in ways rarely seen in the Star Wars universe.Read the full review
The second book in a trilogy is always under pressure to build on the foundation of its predecessor, and Shadow Fall took what Alphabet Squadron set up for it and absolutely nailed its task. Characters were emotional and conflicted. Battles were intense and serious. Backstories were sprinkled in at just the right moments and in perfect amounts. My only complaint is that we have to wait for Book 3 to find out what happens next.
Shadow Fall presents a darker middle chapter in the saga of Alphabet Squadron in spectacular fashion as our heroes are forced to reckon with even darker corners of their own minds and histories. Freed's writing shines yet again in this character-centric novel that will have you screaming for the final installment the second you read the last line.
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Keeping in tune with Alexander Freed's Alphabet Squadron, Shadow Fall was another heavily detailed starfighter novel that I hear is a welcome from the X-Wing series fans. Just like in the first book, Shadow Fall took some time getting used to Freed's writing style. There are many times I had to stop reading, compose myself, and continue on before getting visibly upset by the amount of detail laid out in this novel. I can appreciate the dedication to this style of writing but it takes away from the scene, the plot, the character interactions, and the overall story when I have to decipher the inner workings of an underground tunnel system or how a mining site has various winding canyons that open up into different estuaries. I, however, did like how this book centered on one system for the battles rather than jumping from system to system like in Alphabet Squadron. That did help me to keep the scope of the novel in tune while reading and I am a big fan of Freed leaving us hanging at the very end of the book. The build up of Wyl's character, the mentor style that Nath plays for Wyl, the demons Chass faces throughout the story, and Quell's battle with her past were all necessary developments that built off the foundation of Alphabet Squadron and hopefully climax into a stunner of a finale in the third book.
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