Empire’s End by Chuck Wendig is a satisfying conclusion to the Star Wars: Aftermath series. It works both as a postscript to the original trilogy, and as a setup (dare I say “prequel”) to The Force Awakens. It also makes for a nice companion piece to Lost Stars and Bloodline. And like Bloodline, Empire’s End does Star Wars politics well.
Empire’s End works if you buy into the central premise–the one first mooted in Shattered Empire. It’s quite obvious that Palpatine was the master of the long game. Not only was his rise to power well mapped out, so were the contingencies that were to be enacted upon his eventual demise.
As you may have heard, Empire’s End also contains a coda to the Jar Jar Bink’s story. By now it is common knowledge what happened to no ones favorite Gungan, but I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t been keeping up. I’ll just say that I’m not a fan, and leave it there.