Adult Novel

Aftermath: Empire's End

Chuck Wendig
Feb 21, 2017
Artwork by
Narrated by
Marc Thompson
Takes place in
In the
New Republic
A more-than-satisfying conclusion to the first major series in the Canon EU.
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In this, the final volume of Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath trilogy, we find the epic conclusion to the journey of Nora, Temmin, Mr. Bones, Jas, Jom, and Sinjir, in the events following the destruction of the second Death Star. The book focuses on the Battle of Jakku one year after Return of the Jedi. It deals with the master plan of Gallius Rax, the trilogy’s mysterious villain, and the future of the galaxy. This book also tells the story of the birth of Ben Solo and the early days of Han and Leia’s family. Wendig weaves a complex plot to its culmination through a diverse cast of compelling and mostly original characters.

Publisher's Summary

As the final showdown between the New Republic and the Empire draws near, all eyes turn to a once-isolated planet: Jakku.

The Battle of Endor shattered the Empire, scattering its remaining forces across the galaxy. But the months following the Rebellion's victory have not been easy. The fledgling New Republic has suffered a devastating attack from the Imperial remnant, forcing the new democracy to escalate their hunt for the hidden enemy.

For her role in the deadly ambush, Grand Admiral Rae Sloane is the most wanted Imperial war criminal—and one-time rebel pilot Norra Wexley, back in service at Leia's urgent request, is leading the hunt. But more than just loyalty to the New Republic drives Norra forward: Her husband was turned into a murderous pawn in Sloane's assassination plot, and now she wants vengeance as much as justice.

But Sloane, too, is on a furious quest: pursuing the treacherous Gallius Rax to the barren planet Jakku. As the true mastermind behind the Empire's devastating attack, Rax has led the Empire to its defining moment. The cunning strategist has gathered the powerful remnants of the Empire's war machine, preparing to execute the late Emperor Palpatine's final plan. As the Imperial fleet orbits Jakku, an armada of Republic fighters closes in to finish what began at Endor. Norra and her crew soar into the heart of an apocalyptic clash that will leave land and sky alike scorched. And the future of the galaxy will finally be decided.

Other Books in this Series

Aftermath: Life Debt
Aftermath: Empire's End

Our Verdict

A more-than-satisfying conclusion to the first major series in the Canon EU.

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Jared Mayes - Aftermath: Empire's End - Adult Novel
Jared Mayes
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The first Canon trilogy goes out with a bang in the way a massive Star Wars story should. Made even more interesting by the Rise of Skywalker, Palpatine's plan from beyond the grave is both surprising and action-packed. The ensemble cast of characters are probably the most enjoyable aspect of the story, especially Wendig's use of fan-favorite Rae Sloane. It's a ton of fun to be immersed in the Battle of Jakku, leading to the wreckage of Star Destroyers that we see in the Force Awakens.
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Nathan Emery
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Aftermath: Empire's End concludes the Aftermath trilogy as the events of the last two books culminate in a galactic-sized conflict. The book is my favorite in the series, as the characters have become truly lovable, which makes the events in Empire's End moving. Additionally, the book is perhaps the most important of the three in developing the Star Wars Expanded Universe, as it includes events critical to understanding the formation of the New Republic. A satisfying conclusion and a must-read book for those who have read the first two of the Aftermath trilogy.
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Andrew Bell
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In the final entry of the Aftermath trilogy, we get a fair amount of action and resolution. Once again, a lack of inclusion of the more recognizable movie characters does tend to dampen the stakes somewhat. However, if you've read the first two installments, the chemistry and development of the original characters is sufficient enough to keep you invested in the outcome.

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