I'm content to stand on tradition. I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it.
Though his time on this earth was far too short, Aaron Allston was truly a wonderful author to grace the pages of a galaxy far, far away. No author could quite capture the wit and energy of the Star Wars universe quite like Allston. Heralding from the state of Texas, he was known among fans for his Hawaiian shirts. In fact, a large group of fans donned a similar garb at Star Wars Celebration, gathering in Austin’s memory after his untimely passing in 2014. His memory is kept alive due in large part to fans who love his work.
Allston was remarkably, one of the few writers to span the Star Wars Legends continuity from its early days in the 1990s till its end with the Fate of the Jedi series. He made his mark with the Wraith Squadron series, which saw a hodge-podge group of Rebels on their last chance come together under Wedge Antilles’s leadership and form a Commando squadron. He humorously and heartbreakingly conveys the ragtag feeling of the Rebellion. From there, he went on to collaborate with a large stable of writers in the New Jedi Order, Legacy of the Force, and Fate of the Jedi series. Allston even returned to the X-Wing series at long last with Mercy Kill in 2012. Although he joined the Force much too soon, Aaron Allston was a wonderful contributor to the Expanded Universe who left a larger than life impact for readers that will endure many years into the future.
Wraith Squadron is a group of Rebels with issues. They haven’t quite fit into other squadrons—or are the last surviving member of their former squadrons. They each have specialized skills for infiltration missions, such as skills at slicing, demolitions, and even acting! They impersonate Imperials and pirates and even fly X-Wings! They’re much less polished than Rogue Squadron, and are always in a lot of trouble. Wedge certainly has his hands full this time around. Their mission: take down rogue Imperial Warlord Zsinj.
This book begins a 3-book story-arc within the X-Wing series about Wraith Squadron. It is not technically necessary to have knowledge of books 1-4 in order to enjoy the Wraith series.
In the second book in the Wraith Squadron series, the Wraiths form into a band of pirates—The Hawk Bats—in order to flush out Warlord Zsinj. They also add new members of the squadron, including the mysterious Lara Nostil, who is actually a member of Imperial intelligence!
Wraith Squadron, a hodge-podge strike team of last-chance rebels, is in pursuit of Warlord Zsinj and his Super Star Destroyer, Iron Fist. Han Solo is tasked with leading the Wraiths against Zsinj. Along the way, squadron member Lara Nostil's secret past comes back to haunt them. Plus, an army of sleeper agent droids!
It would be helpful to have an awareness of the characters heading into this story. The storyline begins in book 5 of the X:Wing series, Wraith Squadron.
Starfighters of Adumar takes Wedge, Tycho, Hobbie, and Wes Janson to the planet of Adumar, a world whose culture centers around an idolization of fighter pilots. They represent the best pilots in the New Republic, and are placed into competition against the best pilots of the Empire. The winner gets Adumar’s loyalty. This book is the culmination of the best of the X-Wing series, bringing together humor, high-speed action, espionage, and even romance.
A long-awaited return to the X-Wing series set after the events of the Fate of the Jedi series, sees Piggy saBinring, Face Loran, Kell Tainer, and Runt Ekwesh thrown back into the fray. This time, they’re led by Wedge’s daughter, Myri Antilles. The re-formed Wraiths must expose the traitors behind the Lecersen Conspiracy, which almost crippled the Galactic Alliance.
The second enemy lines book is a fusion of the New Jedi Order and Wraith Squadron books. Luke, Mara, and a team of Wraiths venture into the bowels of Coruscant where they are confronted with a dark Force user—Lord Nyax.
Jacen Solo is one of the most well-developed characters in the Legends timeline. His experiences in the hands of Vergere and the Yuuzahn Vong changed him irrevocably. He saved the galaxy once, but to what lengths is he willing to go in order to save it again? Betrayal takes his story in a new direction, reintroducing a villain from the original Marvel comics, Lumiya, who guides Jacen along a dark path. All the while, Jacen is serving as the Jedi teacher to his nephew, Ben Solo, and the Skywalker and Solo clans might be torn apart along family lines.It would be helpful to have read the New Jedi Order before starting Legacy of the Force, but we realize that's a tall order. At the very least, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the main characters and with Jacen's torture at the hands of Vergere in Traitor before diving in.
As the fourth book in nine book series, this novel continues to build on the plot lines of books 1-3. Exile also brings back Wedge, Lando, and Booster to help aid the main characters and their plot points. The story is told from multiple character perspectives and is packed with steady action.
We begin with Han and Leia in exile, Jacen Solo continues to struggle, while the tensions between the Alliance and the Confederation are at an all time high, and Ben Skywalker embarks on a solo mission that seems key to his character's development.
Darth Caedus, formerly Jacen Solo, kidnaps his daughter, Allana, from Hapes, threatening her life if her mother Tenel Ka doesn’t pledge Hapes to the Galactic Alliance. Tenel Ka turns to the Jedi for help rather than caving in to Caedus’s pressure. Meanwhile, Han and Leia track down the ever elusive Dark Jedi Alema Rar. As Caedus continues his domination, he turns his sights on obtaining a super weapon: Centerpoint Station.
Outcast is the first novel in the Fate of the Jedi series. It takes place in the aftermath of the reign of Darth Caedus and primarily features Luke Skywalker, Han, Leia, and their children. In Outcast, an arrest order is put out for Luke, the start of anti-Jedi sentiments brewing in the galaxy, forcing Luke’s hand and setting him out on a mission with Ben Skywalker. Outcast is a great start to the Fate of the Jedi series, and continues to develop some of the main stories in the EU.
In the nostalgic victory lap of the Expanded Universe that is the Fate of the Jedi series, our heroes visit locations from the early days of the Legends continuity. Backlash takes them to Dathomir, where Vestara Khai seeks the aid of the Nightsisters against Luke Skywalker. Plus, more Jedi psychosis and Admiral Daala commands an army of Mandalorians!
The Abeloth-induced Jedi psychosis continues to rage among their ranks, especially in Valin and Jysella Horn. Saba Sebathyne becomes interim Chief of State when the Jedi remove Daala from office. The Sith look to take out the Jedi Queen of their visions—leading them to Hapes.
Aaron Allston's interests are on display as this novel is full of espionage, political and military coups, romance, and Tahiri Veila's trial.