Devastated and torn apart by the events in Shadow Fall, Alphabet Squadron attempts to piece together their next steps forward in a galaxy on the edge of complete destruction. Soran Keize, the former leader of Shadow Wing, long thought dead, has returned to the ruthless TIE squadron making them stronger and more dangerous than ever. With our heroes at their absolute worst, they must pull together to overcome their renewed rivals at their very best. The only question lies in what it will cost.
Alexander Freed’s Victory’s Price is the epic conclusion to the Alphabet Squadron trilogy we have long waited for. Known for mixing the right amount of airborne conflict, character development, and surprising twists, Freed is sure to leave everyone talking with this one!
In the wake of Yrica Quell’s shocking decision—and one of the fiercest battles of their lives—the remnants of Alphabet Squadron seek answers and closure across a galaxy whose old war scars are threatening to reopen.
Soran Keize has returned to the tip of Shadow Wing’s spear. Operation Cinder, the terrifying protocol of planetary extermination which began in the twilight of the Imperial era, burns throughout the galaxy. Shadow Wing is no longer wounded prey fleeing the hunters of the New Republic. With its leader, its strength has returned, and its Star Destroyers and TIE squadrons lurk in the darkness between stars, carrying out the fallen Emperor’s final edict of destruction—as well as another, stranger mission, one Keize has championed not for the dying Empire, but for its loyal soldiers.
Alphabet Squadron’s ships are as ramshackle and damaged as their spirits, but they’ve always had each other. Now, as they face the might of Keize’s reborn juggernaut, they aren’t even sure they have that. How do you catch a shadow? How do you kill it? And when you’re finally victorious, who pays the price?
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Victory’s Price is proof that Star Wars’ tried-and-true three-act structure is the perfect format for telling an epic, breathtaking story that will leave every reader feeling hopeful and satisfied.
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I was apprehensive going into Freed's conclusion of the Alphabet Squadron trilogy, largely because it's hard to say goodbye to characters you care so much about. However, like all of Freed's work, he knocked it out of the park. With each book in the trilogy, my love for these characters grew. In fact, I wasn't a huge fan of _Alphabet Squadron_ and _Shadow Fall_ took a little time to grow on me, but after reading _Victory's Price_, I think I can easily say that this trilogy is some of my favorite Canon material. This trilogy would benefit from one large reread, from beginning to end, to get a full grasp of the scope of the story. _Victory's Price_ as a whole ended satisfactorily while giving the reader even more great dogfights and intimate moments. The major battle that takes place at the end (which I won't spoil!) is truly amazing and a great addition. Plus, getting to spend more time with our good friends Yrica, Chass, Nath, Wyl, and Kairos and learning more about them made me care even more for these characters. While these characters were stand-outs (as they should be, it's their trilogy after all!), one of my favorite aspects of the book came through with Hera Syndulla. This book brings us much more Hera content than the previous two installments, and I must say that Freed writes her to perfection. Her leadership, confidence, kindness, empathy, compassion, intelligence, occasional sternness, and ideals all come through in a way truly reminiscent of the great Rebellion leader we all know and love. Overall, it's hard to put all of my thoughts and love of this book into one review, but I truly enjoyed it and will sincerely miss Alphabet Squadron.
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Where to start? This is the best Star Wars Canon novel. Yeah that's where I'll start. I will likely be in the minority in thinking that. But I have never read Star Wars book that has more effectively examined the nuances of ethics and morality like this one did. And Freed explored these complex themes while also crafting original characters that, by the end of the trilogy, the reader is intimately familiar with. The best thing I can liken the end of this trilogy to, is the feeling you get at the end of Tolkien's Return of the King; You've reached the end of a beautiful journey, and while you don't want it to end, you do feel a bittersweet satisfaction for the characters you've come to know and love.
One of the most rewarding parts of a journey is its end. For two books, we have witnessed the trials and tribulations of Alphabet Squadron, and Victory’s Price nails the landing in absolutely impeccable fashion. Though the novel admittedly starts a bit slow, the last two-thirds will have you on the edge of your seat as you take one last ride with some of the best friends the Canon has to offer. A special shout-out to January LaVoy for her work on one of the best audiobooks to date.
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