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, 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 awarenesses of the characters heading into this story. The storyline begins in book 5 of the X:Wing series, Wraith Squadron.
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.
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.