"Out here, when somone above you gives an order, you follow it. When someone tries to teach you something, you pay attention. When someone shoots at you, you shoot back."
Many Star Wars readers got their first introduction to Alexander Freed in 2015 with Battlefront: Twilight Company, but he began writing in the Star Wars universe earlier than that. In fact, if you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Old Republic, you may have been enjoying some of his work without even knowing it.
After getting his start writing for pen-and-paper roleplaying games, Freed was on the writing staff at BioWare from 2006 to 2012. There, he was part of the team that earned The Old Republic MSNBC’s game of the year award in 2011 as well as four Game Developers Choice Awards, among others. He wrote the arc for Imperial Agent, one of the playable character classes, and two arcs—Blood of the Empire and Lost Sons—for the Dark Horse comic that tied into the game.
In 2012, he left the company to become a freelance writer. As a freelancer, he continued to work in video games and pursued some additional work outside the Star Wars franchise. He also continued to write for Dark Horse’s Star Wars comics, writing both parts of Purge: The Tyrant’s Fist.
2015’s Twilight Company was his first Star Wars novel, and it earned a spot on BuzzFeed’s “Best Science Fiction Books of 2015.” He followed that up the following year with the novelization for Rogue One. He contributed to “Contingency Plan,” a short story in From a Certain Point of View. In it, we see Mon Mothma during the Battle of Yavin—a fascinating look into what those tense hours were like for the legendary Rebel leader and one of the anthology’s highlights.
His credentials in the current crop of Star Wars authors thus solidified, in 2019, Freed published Alphabet Squadron, the first in a trilogy set just after Return of the Jedi as the New Republic—and a cobbled-together team of pilots—hunt down Imperial holdouts. You can read our review of it here, and check out our two-part podcast roundtable here and here. The second installment, Shadowfall, is due out in 2020, and you can be sure the Youtini team will be reviewing and discussing it, too!
Blood of the Empire the second story arc in a series of comic tie-ins to the Star Wars: The Old Republic massively multi-player online roleplaying game. The story features Sith apprentice Teneb Kel, rest from leading the Sith Empire’s forces to victory. He’s tasked with a mission by secretive Emperor himself, but his prey proves to be a difficult target. In order to complete his mission, preserve his emperor’s reign, and save his skin, Kel must forge an unlikely alliance and keep the secrets he learns along the way.
Written by one of the game’s designers, Alexander Freed, the comics were originally released on-line and eventually published as a single issue by Dark Horse.
The third and final arc in the comic tie in series to the online roleplaying game, The Lost Suns tells an all-new story of Theron Shan - son of Jedi Master Satele Shan and descendant of the legendary Jedi Revan and Bastila Shan. Theron, a top field agent for the Republic’s Strategic Information Service, is sent in search of Jedi Master Ngani Zho, who had raised him as a child until it was discovered that, despite his storied lineage, he lacked sensitivity to the Force.
But Shan isn’t the only one in search of Zho, as a Dark Lord of the Sith with a bit of a grievance against the Shan family is also on the trail. With only a captive smuggler and an amnesiac Jedi Master, Theron has to find out what’s going on deep in enemy space—all while trying not to get captured, or worse.
Purge is a series of connected one-shot comic issues set as a follow-up to Revenge of the Sith. A handful of Jedi who survived Order 66 unite to do something, once and for all, about the evil Galactic Empire and the Emperor's dark enforcer. Vader isn't upset that the Jedi want to resurface, because he has a singular focus—to track down Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Deep in the trenches of the Galactic Civil War, there is no more time for games. Rebel Alliance troops must run headfirst into Imperial territory in order to gain ground, risking everything for even the smallest chance of victory.
The fiercest of them all, a group of soldiers bound by loyalty and their collective hatred of the Empire, is known as Twilight Company. Always eager for a fight, they embark on a mission that could jeopardize everything the Alliance has worked for. But if Twilight Company emerges victorious, their efforts could bring new recruits to the cause and increase the Rebellion’s chances of winning the war.
Plucked directly from the opening credits of A New Hope, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought us exactly the type of adventure that fans had been longing for. The dark yet hopeful tone of the film is mirrored beautifully in the words of Alexander Freed in this novelization as he weaves the tale of Jyn and her compatriots.
As opposed to some other film adaptations, Freed uses this opportunity to create a novel that can truly stand on its own regardless of the reader's previous history with the film. And if you loved Rogue One as much as we did, you'll be awed by his masterful characterizations of the beloved team as they're plunged into the most harrowing moments of their lives.
From the mind of Battlefront: Twilight Company’s Alexander Freed, Alphabet Squadron (the first book in a planned trilogy) brings us into the lives of the newly minted titular squad of ace fighter pilots led by recent Imperial defector, Yrica Quell. Under the watchful eye and tutelage of both New Republic Intelligence Agent Caern Adan and the illustrious General Hera Syndulla, Quell’s team attempts to coalesce in pursuit of a singular, crucial objective: the eradication of the 204th Imperial Fighter Wing more commonly known as Shadow Wing.
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In the second installment of the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, the band of New Republic pilots seeks to clean up the remnants of Shadow Wing and the rest of the Imperial Remnant. Deprived of their legendary colonel, the TIE pilots find a new leader to rally around—one that makes things suddenly more complicated for Yrica Quell and her new squadron.
A truly unique and heroic feat in Star Wars publishing, From a Certain Point of View is a compilation of forty short stories by more than forty incredible authors to retell the story of A New Hope in celebration of its fortieth anniversary. Not only did Del Rey assemble a massive team consisting of their catalog of regular Star Wars writers such as Chuck Wendig, John Jackson Miller, and Claudia Gray, they managed to rope in many award-winning authors to pen their first stories in a galaxy far, far away. Such authors include Ken Liu, Sabaa Tahir, Zoraida Córdova, and Rae Carson. All of the book’s authors donated their pay to First Book, a nonprofit dedicated to improving literacy.
The stories represent the points of view of many of the notable side characters from A New Hope, such as Wedge Antilles, Greedo, and Grand Moff Tarkin. But they don’t stop there. The book benefits from forty years of expanding the Star Wars universe, and as such many characters not originally in the original film provide perspective in creative ways–Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Breha Organa, and even Qui-Gon Jinn! It is a compilation not only of characters and authors, but also styles and tones. At times heartbreaking, hilarious, and head-scratching. Some stories will connect differently with different readers. It certainly has something for everyone and is a remarkable read.