Del Rey has announced that Chuck Wendig’s third and final novel in the Star Wars: Aftermath series will hit stores on Feb. 21. The series bridges the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Empire’s End should tie up a lot of loose ends about the end of the Empire and the Battle of Jakku.— Star Wars Books (@DelReyStarWars) January 24, 2017
Here’s the synopsis from Del Rey:
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.
It’s unclear if Del Rey will continue to explore the post-RotJ era after the release of Aftermath: Empire’s End. At the moment, no other books have been announced that further explore the thirty year gap between the Original and Sequel Trilogies.
The only other novel from Del Rey this year is Thrawn, which will see sci-fi veteran Timothy Zahn return to his greatest creation: Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Imperial that first appeared in his own trilogy back in the early 90s. That books out on April 11.