Marks of War is the first volume of the trilogy Aftermath, which is located after the destruction of the Death Star, that is, direct continuation of Return of the Jedi.
The work is sold as essential in the understanding of The force awakens, but in reality this first volume doesn’t make much difference, it’s a starting point for the plot, I believe that at the end of the trilogy we will understand well what happened in the time that separates Return of the Jedi in The force awakens.
Marks of War se inicia seis meses após a Aliança Rebelde destruir a segunda Estrela da Morte , agora, com os imperadores mortos, a Nova Republica busca uma maneira de reestruturar a paz na galáxia, mas o Império pretende recuperar o poder. Ciente disso, o Capitão Wedge Antilles goes on a mission in search of possible sources of imperial resistance, but ends up being captured. The Rebel Alliance pilot Norra Wexley manages to intercept his message and goes on his search, as soon as he can resume his relationship with his son, Temmin.
This is the basic premise of the work. Following the same pattern as Star Wars, we get to know new characters in the course of events, divided into different regions in each chapter, and so we gradually see the importance of each one growing. Among them I highlight the Admiral of the Empire Rae Sloane, which makes the narrative much more interesting by showing the empire’s point of view. It is also through it that speculation begins that surely every reader will make, and vibrate with the possibility of being real.
I will not introduce all the characters, nor talk about the importance of each one in this review. Mark of War is the type of book that does not require detailed information about its plot, as it is very dynamic. Even though it is only the beginning of the events that lead to The force awakens, Marks of War demonstrates that it will explain everything in the next volumes and still leaves a gap to speculate the path that the next films will trace.
As usual, the Aleph leaves nothing to be desired in the beauty of the work. In addition to this beautiful cover, the layout is rich in details, with images of stars or ships in each room.
Needless to say, fans of the saga will love the Trilogy Aftermath, even more because it is written in such a way as the feature films, it is not difficult to transport yourself to the scenarios during reading. It is a more than recommended reading, which will complete the knowledge about this very distant galaxy.