X-wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Synopsis

Happy Holidays! Or at least that’s what it felt like today. While I don’t usually cover breaking news and keep the blog’s focus on commentary, I’ve provided plenty of commentary on one of my favorite Star Wars seriesX-wing – that has been on a bit of a hiatus. We’ve known since Celebration V that it’s coming back, with author Aaron Allston writing a post-Fate of the Jedi story focused on Wraith Squadron.

Today Erich Schoeneweiss of Del Rey released the cover at the Star Wars Facebook page and a synopsis at Suvudu.com:

Founded decades ago, Wraith Squadron was Wedge Antilles’s boldest creation: a covert-action unit of X-Wing fighters, its pilots drawn from the dregs of other units, castoffs and rejects that were once outcasts and misfits, spies and warriors, pilots and troublemakers given one last chance. After thrilling adventures during and after the Rebellion that destroyed the Empire, this elite intelligence unit was disbanded at the end of a catastrophic galactic civil war.

Now, reunited by former leader Garik “Face” Loran, Wraith Squadron must find out whether one of the galaxy’s most powerful military officers is a traitor… and whether anyone can stop him if he is. To succeed in their mission, the Wraiths must become thieves, pirates, imposters, forgers, and liars, staying just one step ahead of their enemies and the law!

First, the cover art – fantastic! The artwork is by Mike Bryan and design by Scott Biel. I bought my first X-wing book off the shelf because it had the look of the movie, and this one hits the same tone.

As for the blurb, Wedge and Face both get nods. Wedge Antilles, a minor character in the original trilogy who has become a fan favorite in the Expanded Universe, is the true everyman hero. He’s not a Jedi; he’s just a badass Corellian. Now he has a superspy wife, Iella, and two daughters, Syal and Myri, who are young adults in the Fate of the Jedi era. Face Loran, on the other hand, is the holostar turned hero. He’s been through a few rough patches, but has consistently been a fan favorite, too.

There is most definitely a formula to the X-wing books, but each one is a good Star Wars read in its own right. They’re the type of book you can pick up and know what to expect – a good time in the Star Wars galaxy. In the last X-Wing book, Starfighters of Adumar, Allston weaved together an intense plot that didn’t involve massive galactic threat and that was laugh out loud funny. (Tip: Don’t read the book in public – snorting and guffaws are guaranteed every few pages.) The novel also included… wait for it… romance. And I’ve always liked the diversity of Wraith Squadron. A character exists for everyone.

In the meantime, if you haven’t read the previous X-wing series books, now is a great time to get started. Wraith Squadron also plays a significant role assisting a Jedi operation by Luke Skywalker, Mara Jade, and Tahiri Veila on a mission to infiltrate Coruscant in the Enemy Lines duology during the New Jedi Order series.

Mercy Kill hits bookshelves – virtual and real – on August 7, 2012.



Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and the intersection of women within Star Wars fandom. She is co-author of Ultimate Star Wars and Star Wars Visual Encyclopedia from DK Publishing, a featured writer for Star Wars Insider magazine with numerous articles on the Hero's Journey. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and Fangirls Going Rogue. Tricia Barr's novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library's successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena's Daughters, which is available now. For excerpts and tales of her adventures in creating a fictional universe, hop over to TriciaBarr.com.

3 thoughts on “X-wing: Mercy Kill Cover and Synopsis

  • February 19, 2012 at 3:48 am

    I love the X-Wing series. I re-read the whole series once a year, and have for the last six or seven years. I even tack on “I, Jedi” as the tenth book. But my favorite books in the whole series are the Wraith Squadron books and “Starfighters”. I’m really looking forward to reading “Mercy Kill”. Thanks for the synopsis. Now I’m really be chomping at the bit for this book!

    • February 20, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      I think we’re all chomping at the bit now. I saw on Twitter that Jen Heddle was starting her read of the ms, so Allston must have finished having his fun writing the book.

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