Chuck Wendig’s Star Wars: Aftermath trilogy will officially conclude this February. Del Rey publishing has announced the final book titled Empires End will hit shelves on February 21. The story will continue to follow Nora Wexley and Grand Admiral Rae Sloane as we finally get to see more of the Battle of Jakku — the Empire’s final battle — from another perspective.
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Here’s the official synopsis:
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.
At this point, it is uncertain whether or not Lucasfilm will further explore the post-Return of the Jedi era as no other books are known to be in development but hopefully, that will change as it happens to be the most interesting unexplored time period in new canon second to the old republic.
As you may already know, the Battle of Jakku occurs just one year after Return of the Jedi — leaving another 31 years to explore in canon before The Force Awakens. If you find yourself as fascinated by this era as I do, you may want to pick up a copy of Claudia Gray’s Star Wars: Bloodline.
You can out the cover art for Aftermath: Empire’s End below.
Source: Penguin Random House