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With the book freshly available to the world and beyond, Alexander Freed talks all things Shadow Fall with Amy Richau and delves into the relationships and motivations of the team.

StarWars.com: The pursuit of Shadow Wing is unfinished business for Alphabet Squadron, but both groups struggle to destroy each other without destroying other worlds in the process. Do you think the characters in Shadow Fall are driven more by their affiliations with the Rebellion and the Empire or by their individual sense of right and wrong and in some cases personal vendettas?

Alexander Freed: By the time of Shadow Fall, the New Republic is clearly winning the war. That’s a good thing! But if the Empire is going to collapse one way or another, it casts a different light on the question of why a pilot might be fighting. What are they really trying to accomplish? How do they fight — what tactics do they emphasize — when victory seems assured? What vendettas arise that might risk what’s been gained?

StarWars.com: I’m curious if before you wrote the first book of this trilogy, Alphabet Squadron, you outlined all three books and knew how the third book was going to end.

Alexander Freed: I didn’t plot out all three books in exquisite detail, but I had a pretty clear idea of the overall arc. For example, I knew the emotional journey Quell would be going on in book two, that she’d be separated from the team at one point, but I didn’t know exactly the way it would play out — the nature of the Cerberon system, the particular battles, etc. My earliest outline had slightly more detail on book three than book two, simply because I needed to know how the story would ultimately end!

Shadow Fall (Star Wars): An Alphabet Squadron Novel (Star Wars: Alphabet Squadron)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Freed, Alexander (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 416 Pages - 06/23/2020 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)