Shadow Fall (a Star Wars Alphabet Squadron E-book) – GeekFuzz

Shadow Fall (a Star Wars Alphabet Squadron E-book) – GeekFuzz
Shadow Fall (a Star Wars Alphabet Squadron E-book) – GeekFuzz

Be aware: This evaluation is spoiler-free.

It’s a time of political and financial uncertainty. There’s blatant and delicate discrimination, violence erupting in all places, civilians caught within the center. Individuals are jaded and drained but the machinations and ramifications of the political machine continues.

cowl picture courtesy of Del Rey / Penguin Random Home. cowl artwork by Jeff Langevin.

I may very well be describing the present state of affairs in the US, however that is the setting of Alexander Freed’s newest Star Wars novel, Shadow Fall, the second e book within the Alphabet Squadron trilogy. The story is ready after Return of the Jedi however earlier than The Mandalorian. The New Republic is well-intentioned however disorganized; the Imperials are primarily crushed however in denial – each side sickened by what’s occurred and their respective elements. And Alphabet Squadron continues their hunt for Shadow Wing.

As normal, Freed’s writing is descriptive but crisp. I might clearly image the scenes described and really feel the gritty feelings they evoke. The areas between in asteroid belts, planets decimated by mining, others by battle, the boredom of ready, the “trophies” collected by troopers, the music screaming within the background in pilots’ cockpits throughout strikes — all of it paints a vivid image of the Galaxy in flux.

Hera Syndulla, now a seasoned Basic, was my favourite character on this story. It was intriguing seeing her interactions with the title squadron’s members. Within the first novel, the members of Alphabet Squadron simply began to return collectively, on this novel, they’re tighter as a squad however private variations stay, ratcheting the already excessive stress within the story. A mess of extra attention-grabbing characters retains the plot transferring, although at instances, the sheer variety of them, masking each the Imperial contingent and New Republic, was laborious to maintain straight. It helps to have Alphabet Squadron, the primary novel, recent in your reminiscence. So not solely is a re-read recommended, you’ll undoubtedly need to have learn the primary entry beforehand and never enter the sequence right here.

The texture of the novel, uncannily resembling the present quasi-quarantine and political upheaval right here within the US, made the studying of Shadow Fall at instances too intense for me. As a substitute of ripping by means of the novel like I usually do, I wanted to take my time. And whereas I are likely to strongly dislike the literary gadget of utilizing aliens as a method to deal with discrimination and variety, I did recognize that these discussions have been made. It did really feel genuine to the characters moderately than one thing added artificially.

General, Shadow Fall is a strong addition to the post-Return of the Jedi time interval and I sit up for the ultimate novel in Alphabet Squadron’s trilogy.

The writer supplied FANgirl with a replica of the e book for evaluation. As normal opinions are my very own and don’t essentially symbolize the opinions of different contributors to this web site.

Shadow Fall, An Alphabet Squadron Novel by Alexander Freed is out now from Del Rey / Penguin Random Home in hardcover, e book, and audio e book codecs.

Shadow Fall (a Star Wars Alphabet Squadron E-book) – GeekFuzz

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