The Star Trek VI novelization stated that Gorkon expected something to happen to him and therefore used his influence to see that the Council would indeed install Azetbur as chancellor. Also in the novel, Azetbur and Brigadier Kerla are lovers, a romantic attachment briefly disrupted when she suspects him of complicity in her father's death.
The novel Serpents Among the Ruins, set in 2311, showed Azetbur after nearly two decades in power, dealing with the unpopular stance of maintaining the peace with the Federation and remaining neutral in the brewing conflict between the Federation and the Romulans. She is assassinated by Ditagh, an agent of General Kaarg, whom she believed to be an ally. Kaarg assumed the Chancellorship himself, and one of his first acts was to ban women from ever being Chancellor again, or even sitting on the High Council.