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Star Wars: Victory’s Price (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron, 3) Hardcover – 2 Mar. 2021
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The aces of the New Republic have one final chance to defeat the darkness of Shadow Wing in this thrilling conclusion to the Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron trilogy!
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 that 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 one another. Now, as they face the might of Keize's reborn juggernaut, they aren't sure they even 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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The Alphabet Squadron Trilogy gets a worthy finish, and cements its status as an essential part of any Star Wars fan's book collection. ― Tatooinescene
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- Publisher : Del Rey (2 Mar. 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1529101387
- ISBN-13 : 978-1529101386
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 4.2 x 24 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 290,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Some time has passed since the last book, and aligences have changed. One of the things I did not like about the last book was I really did not understand the characters motivations for the side they chose and the choices they made. Here it is explained a lot better, however the characters are still changing and each choice opens up mor paths. I am glad Hera Sundulla had a much bigger part in this book. Personally I think it is past time she had her own book or series.
The is a great ending to the Alphabet Squadren trilogy, with room to revisit some characters as well as an ending for others. It does start off slow and has a lot of characters and emotions to cover. Once I got past the first 50 pages the book got a lot more interesting. The slow burn really does fit the story well. I would like to see more of some of the survivors of this book return.
Unfortunately, the characters have generally been portrayed as quite miserable individuals and spend a lot of their time between encounters being depressed and worrying and over-analyzing whether they are doing the right thing. It all just ends up being a bit much and this novel, like its predecessors, can really drag under the weight of all the whinging and self-doubt. There isn’t enough else to balance it.
Partly, this is also due the subject of the title being very much the focus of the book. In fact, it is overly occupied with it to the detriment of the novel. Even so, the story doesn’t actually necessarily explore the subject very much. A lot revolves around what might happen to surviving Imperials under the New Republic if it succeeds. This is presented as the fears of some characters, primarily the leader of Shadow Wing, Soran Keize. There’s quite a lot of debate but it is all a little meaningless and inconclusive.
Some of Shadow Wing now become characters and there is some decent stuff revolving around Quell working with both Shadow Wing and Alphabet Squadron and where her loyalties might lie. However, the portrayal of the members of Shadow Wing and, indeed, Keize is orientated around making them figures of sympathy and trying to present the idea that they are just soldiers. It doesn’t really work and if the intention was to make them anti-hero style figures it has just resulted in them being uninteresting and bland instead.
This book is a considerable improvement from the previous two in the trilogy, though. Primarily because it doesn’t read like an endless string of similar space battles. A lot more thought has gone into the encounters and making them more varied, as well as what happens in between. Climaxing with the Battle of Jakku also ties things in nicely with the ‘Aftermath’ trilogy.
The members of Alphabet Squadron that have survived the first two books are much better developed in this one. However, yet again Hera Syndulla is by far the best character and at least in this novel she has a primary role. It is good to see what part she plays in the Battle of Jakku.
Hera remains a central figure without taking away any of the limelight from either the New Republic crews or the 204th, and Kairos will forever be in my heart. I hope to read about her again!
With that said, this book is incredible and makes slogging through the first two completely worthwhile. Freed somehow manages to bring it all together for a action packed, can't put it down, page turner.
If you were indifferent about books 1 and 2, please persist and read this as soon as you can.