[Reading] ➶ Shadow Fall ➽ Alexander Freed – Ralphslaurensoutlet.co.uk

Shadow Fall Shadow Fall is the second novel in the Alphabet Trilogy by Alexander Freed It follows the exploits of a rag tag squad of New Republic starfighter pilots as they try to take down the elite Imperial unit known as Shadow Wing Most of the action takes place in the Cerberon system on a rundown cityscape planet called Troithe There s lots of character focus, some great action, twists and turns, and overall, it s a perfect follow up to the first book.Throughout the book, the story does a balancing a Shadow Fall is the second novel in the Alphabet Trilogy by Alexander Freed It follows the exploits of a rag tag squad of New Republic starfighter pilots as they try to take down the elite Imperial unit known as Shadow Wing Most of the action takes place in the Cerberon system on a rundown cityscape planet called Troithe There s lots of character focus, some great action, twists and turns, and overall, it s a perfect follow up to the first book.Throughout the book, the story does a balancing act of following the pilots of Alphabet Squadron and also following Shadow Wing s Major Keize who went by Devon in the first book By showing both sides, it creates an interesting conflict of interests On one hand, you re rooting for Alphabet Squadron On the other, you can completely see where Keize is coming from and you can sympathize with him At times, I found myself wanting Keize to succeed and was torn when the two sides were in direct competition The very fact that Freed is able to create such deep characters that can cause you to sympathize with both sides is a huge accomplishment Keize was already developed in the first book, so the journey of his character arc in this one makes him evencompelling.Of course Keize isn t the only character of interest Each of the members of Alphabet Squadron get their own character arcs which twist and turn throughout the story Kairos, due to her not speaking much, gets the short end of the stick and still remains rather mysterious Caern Adan, the Balosar intelligence agent, also doesn t get as much of an arc since he s in a leadership position with the squad However, Wyl, Chass, Nath and Yrica get lots of attention and storytime The events in this story push all of them to new boundaries which helps keep all of them intriguing Plus, there s some nice moments with Hera Syndulla sprinkled in here and there and some cameos from the soldiers of the 61st Mobile Infantry Company that showed up in Alexander Freed s first Star Wars novel Twilight Company.Most of the story takes place in the Cerberon system as the New Republic Forces try to take all the planets back from Imperial holdouts There s some fights in space and a lot of action on the ground Meanwhile, Shadow Wing makes some attacks and searches for direction Ultimately their path leads to Cerberon and the two forces duke it out Freed invests a lot of time with Keize on the Imperial side, and all of the pilots in Alphabet Squadron in order built up the suspense for the conflict The action keeps you guessing on who will win, and the development of the characters may have you wondering who you want to win.As a follow up to Alphabet Squadron, this book does a great job of not just keeping the readers interest, but increasing it The situations the characters go through builds up the suspense, and their choices keep you on the edge of your seat wondering which way the odds will turn The battles are chaotic and unpredictable as aces on both sides constantly change the momentum of the war Best of all, it leads up to the final book with just the right hook to keep you wantingWith great characters, an excellent story, and enjoyable twists, Shadow Fall earns high marks as one of the best books in the Star Wars canon I give it a five out of five 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 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Shadow If you re looking for a Star Wars book to really sink your teeth into, this is it Freed writes dense stories full of complexity with huge payoffs for his spectacularly developed characters Shadow Fall follows up on the foundation laid in its predecessor by adding layers to the characters, massive twists, and creative worldbuilding It has a great balance of gravitas and the fun that you expect from a Star Wars book all about starfighter pilots I ve really come to love most of these characters If you re looking for a Star Wars book to really sink your teeth into, this is it Freed writes dense stories full of complexity with huge payoffs for his spectacularly developed characters Shadow Fall follows up on the foundation laid in its predecessor by adding layers to the characters, massive twists, and creative worldbuilding It has a great balance of gravitas and the fun that you expect from a Star Wars book all about starfighter pilots I ve really come to love most of these characters and can t wait for the trilogy s conclusion It s definitely worth your time and I can almost guarantee that you ll want to read itthan once I feel very conflicted about this story On the one hand, there are things that I absolutely love in this book On the other, there are things that absolutely irritate me and frustrate me.To start with the good, this is a very fun book There s lots of action and fun scenes happening throughout While I naturally have trouble following space battles in books, Freed still did a fairly good job of making it interesting I did like how the stakes of the novel were fairly small, and limited to just I feel very conflicted about this story On the one hand, there are things that I absolutely love in this book On the other, there are things that absolutely irritate me and frustrate me.To start with the good, this is a very fun book There s lots of action and fun scenes happening throughout While I naturally have trouble following space battles in books, Freed still did a fairly good job of making it interesting I did like how the stakes of the novel were fairly small, and limited to just the system of Cerebon and the planet Triothe.Another thing about this book is the different characters I found myself liking Nath the most in this book, and I didn t particularly care for him at all in the first book Chass, Quell, and Wyl were all developed a lot, but none of them stood out to me like Nath did I m still waiting on something big from Kairos, and I expect to see it in book 3.Probably the standout surprise character was Soran Keize I really like reading about imperials, as it brings me back to a lot of the first EU books He is definitely a well written villainof an antagonist than villain and his interactions with the empire were great I wish there wereof them.The thing that irked me the most was some of the political worldviews that crept into the novel As none of these were really present in any of Freed s other books, I wonder if he simply was waiting for this book to put them in or if it was a mandate It seems like after The Rise of Skywalker, there s beenof a mandate to include this specific worldview into SW books I m not including it for spoiler reasons, but you ll see it when you read the book I understand why it s done occasionally, but its been included so much recently that I wonder if it s a mandate from the editors and story group as opposed to the writer It s not a huge thing, but it s enough to irk me.There weren t as many connections to other SW things like there were in Alphabet Squadron, but the inclusion of Hera and the inclusion of the characters from Twilight Company were great.Overall, I thought that this was a very well done book, although it still had some decent problems I enjoyed reading it, but I didn t feel the excitement or the satisfaction that I ve gotten when reading other SW novels 7.0 out of 10 3.5 out of 5 on goodreads An exemplary feat in writing and character development Alexander Freed raised the bar and broke all my expectations with logical, beautiful growth that was necessary, empowering and heartbreaking There were moments in this book that were exhilarating and SO wild Alphabet Squadron and Shadow Fall continue to be the only books that I ve begun again immediately after finishing, it s that good.Alphabet Squadron continues to give me what other Star Wars stories do not diversity, queer representat An exemplary feat in writing and character development Alexander Freed raised the bar and broke all my expectations with logical, beautiful growth that was necessary, empowering and heartbreaking There were moments in this book that were exhilarating and SO wild Alphabet Squadron and Shadow Fall continue to be the only books that I ve begun again immediately after finishing, it s that good.Alphabet Squadron continues to give me what other Star Wars stories do not diversity, queer representation and raw, powerful emotion This sequel was extraordinary in the ways that it forced these beautiful characters to explore grief, trauma and guilt and what it means to confront the worst parts of yourself, and how you move forward There is so much growth in these pilots over the course of this novel, moments that made me proud of them, and other moments that made me feel sadness, anguish and disappointment There s also something to be said about the subtle ways of showing growth and care between all of these characters, from the way Yrica relishes in Chass arm around her, to the brotherhood blooming between Wyl and Nath, down to the way Chass seeks unspoken comfort in Yrica none of these gestures are grand or showy Their bonds with each other are extremely delicate, and their moments are fleeting, but their connections with one another are strong, which makes the later betryals all thepainful The way these characters come off the page and exude such a realness will never not completely amaze me I can predict nothing of them or their actions and I love and admire that way of writing, so much I am continuously awed by the way Alexander writes the conflict and reasoning behind both sides of the Rebellion and the Empire It s never so easy to write one or the other off as a complete villain, and it s endlessly fascinating Further, I am also continuously awed by how Alexander Freed writes battle sequences, so tactical in description and yet, so easy to understand There is one scene in particular where Wyl Lark, my favorite pansexual baby angel, pulls off an incredible flight move that made me ready to dethrone Poe Dameron as BEST DAMN PILOT IN THE GALAXY.There is absolutely nothing about this series that is predictable, not at all in ways other Star Wars stories maybe can be This story is packed with thrills, heartache, pain, surprises and so muchAlphabet Squadron continues to be my all time favorite Star Wars and I m going to be on edge while we wait for the final installment I can t wait to have Yrica, Chass, Wyl, Nath and Kiros back in my life, once again In typical Star Wars fashion, Shadow Fall fits right into the darker middle chapter mold that so often splits up our heroes, sends them on a journey of self discovery, and leaves the audience questioning whatever shocking change in the status quo our heroes endure by the end Right when we think Alphabet Squad has formed some sense of cohesion in Shadow s predecessor, Freed takes the trilogy in a new direction and executes it flawlessly Shadow Fall isn t a book about war, which could turn awa In typical Star Wars fashion, Shadow Fall fits right into the darker middle chapter mold that so often splits up our heroes, sends them on a journey of self discovery, and leaves the audience questioning whatever shocking change in the status quo our heroes endure by the end Right when we think Alphabet Squad has formed some sense of cohesion in Shadow s predecessor, Freed takes the trilogy in a new direction and executes it flawlessly Shadow Fall isn t a book about war, which could turn away apprehensive readers, but rather a story about relationships between unlikely allies and longtime foes in the context of war This is what sets the novel, and its trilogy, apart from many other Star Wars books I ve read I ve come to understand and care for these characters just as I would for any of our heroes on the big screen Everything in Freed s post ROTJ galaxy is described with such great sense of detail and delicacy that make you want to live in this universe as long as you have a trusty pilot by your side At the same time, everything Shadow Fall stands for aligns with and adds to the repertoire of what Star Wars can be The book begs one core question what happens when we dwell on our mistakes rather than search for a way to move forward and grow beyond our misgivings To some extent, the entirety of Alphabet Squadron faces this central question to varying degrees, and it s a question that is aligned with redemption and atonement, two concepts which are the lifeblood of the franchise Shadow Fall challenges us to look at our own choices, as they relate to the characters, to ensure we don t venture down those same dangerous paths Aside from ameta level perspective, Shadow Fall is chock full of exciting moments that will make you throw out your arm from fist pumping the air or make you question your understanding of the Cosmic Force It s also not lacking in its moments of sadness and despair, realities of war that Freed has not shied away from throughout his Star Wars work If you re looking for the next best trilogy since Chuck Wendig s Aftermath series, Shadow Fall has proven that Freed s Alphabet story is the one.The wait until 2021 for the final book in this series won t be easy, but, knowing there will be an inevitable goodbye to this cast of characters, I m willing to ride out the wait as long as I can This was not a good book I m not even sure where to start The plot is mind numbing and boring The first 120 pages were entirely superfluous I kept holding out hope that sooner or later it might turn around but it didn t At around page 135 something interesting finally happened but then Freed separates all the characters involved so the interest level goes back to nothing For some reason Freed thought it would be a good idea to write a book about a squadron of pilots and put them all on the This was not a good book I m not even sure where to start The plot is mind numbing and boring The first 120 pages were entirely superfluous I kept holding out hope that sooner or later it might turn around but it didn t At around page 135 something interesting finally happened but then Freed separates all the characters involved so the interest level goes back to nothing For some reason Freed thought it would be a good idea to write a book about a squadron of pilots and put them all on the ground He also has an annoying habit of alternating in the way he uses character names He does it with most of the characters For the character Nath Tensent he ll call him Nath for a while, then switch up and start calling him Tensent Then he ll switch back again If only that was the most annoying thing about his characters Never have such a collection of whiny bitches been assembled in the Star Wars universe Not a single one is like able And sadly, there s no resolution to their problems The book ends where it begins Everyone has the same problems It s just 400 pages of them complaining The plot is even worse The New Republic sets a trap for an infamous fighter squad of Empire loyalists then redeploys its major assets so they aren t there when everything goes wrong It s never even explained why the trap fails, despite chapters devoted to Empire characters This book has no redeeming qualities It s terrible and should be avoided I m truly disappointed 1.5 stars Star Wars Shadow Fall was written by New York Times Best Selling author, Alexander Freed Shadow Fall is book two in the Alphabet Squadron Series.SUMMARY The Imperial remnants are scattered across the galaxy still fighting against the newly formed republic, desperately holding strong to it s territories In this novel, the story focuses primarily in the Cerberon system over the planet Troithe New Republic forces including Alphabet Squadron, fight against the imperials to take hold of the capi Star Wars Shadow Fall was written by New York Times Best Selling author, Alexander Freed Shadow Fall is book two in the Alphabet Squadron Series.SUMMARY The Imperial remnants are scattered across the galaxy still fighting against the newly formed republic, desperately holding strong to it s territories In this novel, the story focuses primarily in the Cerberon system over the planet Troithe New Republic forces including Alphabet Squadron, fight against the imperials to take hold of the capital A plan is devised to lure Shadow Wing, the deadly TIE Fighter unit out into the open Shadow Wing had gone silent since the last major event from book one, the battle at Pandem Nai.Once the TIE unit shows itself to Alphabet Squadron and the rest of the New Repbulic forces, the war over Troithe intensifies Will Alphabet Squadron hold strong and put an end to Shadow Wing Will Shadow Wing once again commit mass genocide on another innocent planet You ll have to get the book and read for yourself to know the outcome of this page turner CHARACTERS The cast of characters from Alphabet Squadron continue on in this novel In my review of book one, I spoke briefly on Yrica Quell Wyl Lark Now, I will mention Chass na Chadic and Soran KeizeChass na Chadic She was inspired by Jyn Erso, a real hero, not a myth or a legend Chass is aggressive and sometimes a little moody She seems lost, like she doesn t know who she truly is, who she s meant to be or become She s defiant and doesn t get along with the others too well She tunes out the others others by cranking up music in her cockpit Her childhood was rough, but the things she s learned from that time in her life, help her through a difficult and somewhat odd event in the current battle.Soran Keize Major Soran Keize, holds the empire in disdain after Operation Cinder His eyes were opened to just how dark the Emperor truly was The Empire wasn t a just government with it best interests aimed at protecting and serving the people of the galaxy It was all about power His love of the Empire died, his loyalty to Shadow Wing remains, and his hunger for revenge against Alphabet Squadron is fierce.OVERALL THOUGHTS Alexander Freed proves once again that he is an A list author Formation of the New Republic isn t easy at all I love that we get to see how fierce and powerful the imperial remnants still are, of course they would be, this tale does take place before the Battle of Jakku The Empire was massive, the battle didn t end with Endor, like some military troops may have thought You can feel the desperation of the soldiers and pilots The war isn t over but the desire for the fighting to stop is great The tension is extremely high in this story Emotions the characters go through bleed from the pages Many moments will raise your anxiety and keep you glued to the book.You ll burn through these pages so fast it ll likely ignite a fire It s a wonderful, deeper character study for a few of the characters In the previous novel they had amysterious edge, their backgrounds weren t explored In this novel, we explore the past of a certain character that helps drive the plot forward The story progresses by jumping from one character s perspective to the next It s quite simple to follow for a war story that has so much going on Freed is one of those authors that understands character development and how to make each character unique The dialogue was great Tension, guilt, surprise, anger, etc were written so well.War at its worst, Diversity at its best There s a character everyone can relate to I was pleasantly surprised by certain outcomes in the story My skin prickled with chills multiple times Rarely do I audibly react to things that happen in a book This book summoned two audible gasps and wide eyed wow reaction I wasn t the biggest fan of Alphabet Squadron, the first book in this trilogy Shadow Fall opened my mind to appreciate the first book a littleI thoroughly enjoyed this novel I can t recall finishing a book while having chills and an drooping jaw from surprise.So, do I recommend that you read Star Wars Shadow Fall Yes I wasn t a big fan of the first book, but this second installment was outstanding I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review here and to discuss on the Friends of the Force podcast Thank you to Del Rey and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this early Alexander Freed once again knocks it out of the park with the second installment of the Alphabet Squadron trilogy In this darker middle chapter, the heroes of Alphabet Squadron are tested like never before, both individually and as a team Between losing battles and isolation, the members I received a digital copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review here and to discuss on the Friends of the Force podcast Thank you to Del Rey and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this early Alexander Freed once again knocks it out of the park with the second installment of the Alphabet Squadron trilogy In this darker middle chapter, the heroes of Alphabet Squadron are tested like never before, both individually and as a team Between losing battles and isolation, the members of Alphabet Squadron must confront themselves and each other if they want to succeed In finishing this book, I am speechless Freed s precise and detailed writing gives the reader a deep understanding of not only the worlds that Alphabet Squadron and their foes Shadow Wing inhabit, but also of the inner workings of each of the main characters I feel like I know how each one of them thinks and what makes them tick I know what their weaknesses are and how they will be exploited These characters are messy and full of depth I d argue they re some of the most interesting in all of Star Wars My favorite dynamic in this installment is between Nath and Wyl Where Nath is hardened, Wyl is still hopeful Their interactions are incredibly interesting and important to the dynamic of the team, and are developed well in this book There are multiple moments in this book where I gasped out loud or swore in shock I absolutely cannot wait to be talking about these moments with the Star Wars community While the pace of this book is still on the slower side, as it was with Alphabet Squadron, it s not a slog by any means The narrative is packed with meaningful moments and intentional foreshadowing There are many interesting connections to other canon ideas, places, and people that work to make this world feel real I am SO looking forward to seeing how this trilogy concludes, and I have many thoughts on where the third installment may go If you re a Star Wars fan, this is a book and series you can t miss


About the Author: Alexander Freed

Alexander Freed is the author of Star Wars The Old Republic The Lost Suns, as well as many short stories, comic books, and videogames Born near Philadelphia, he endeavors to bring the city s dour charm with him to his current home of Austin, Texas.His first novel, Star Wars Battlefront Twilight Company was included on BuzzFeed s Best Science Fiction Books Of 2015 list.


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