Star Wars The Courtship of Princess Leia

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Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead, but the Empire lives on and the Alliance must continue the struggle with dwindling supplies of cash and resources. Princess Leia, seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Alliance and a new planet as a home for the influential refugees of Alderaan, considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes consortium, a cluster of sixty-three high-tech worlds, is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing ...
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Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead, but the Empire lives on and the Alliance must continue the struggle with dwindling supplies of cash and resources. Princess Leia, seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Alliance and a new planet as a home for the influential refugees of Alderaan, considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes consortium, a cluster of sixty-three high-tech worlds, is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. When Han Solo hears the news of Leia's impending nuptials, he reacts with shock. Han always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, but in spite of his heroic exploits he feels that she sees him as nothing more than a shiftless rogue and Corellian pirate, unworthy of her hand. Now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Tricking Leia into accompanying him, Han flees with her to the beautiful and untamed planet Dathomir, where he hopes to win her heart. Fearing the imperious queen's reaction to Han's rash move, Luke Skywalker forms an unlikely alliance with Prince Isolder to track down the runaways. Luke has been traveling the far reaches of the galaxy in search of the scattered lore of the Jedi Knights. But when he, Artoo, and Isolder set off to Dathomir, Luke little suspects that it is only the beginning of an adventure that will lead to the discovery of an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained "witches" ...and a showdown with an invincible foe. The Courtship of Princess Leia relives the swashbuckling epic of the Star Wars film trilogy as starcruisers battle for control of space, knights of a forbidden order rise again, and a pirate sues for the heart of a maiden.

A bold adventure set in the Star Wars universe. As the future hangs in the balance, a politically advantageous royal marriage creates complications for Princess Leia and Han Solo, while a deadly new user of the Force on the planet Dathomir poses an even graver danger to Luke Skywalker.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Wolverton ( Serpent Catch ) attempts to add nuance and intrigue to the smash-bang atmosphere that propelled to the stratosphere the Star War movies and Timothy Zahn's three books set in that universe. Readers of the present installment, whose events occur after the films but before Zahn's works, likely already know who Princess Leia will marry, so Wolverton deserves high marks just for making the journey along the road to the inevitable interesting. He generally avoids comic book-style action and artificial climaxes such as having a major character appear to die only to be redeemed at the last moment, but his concentration on familiar characters is disappointing. Though there is plenty of graphic violence, true depth is lacking. All in all, the novel raises expectations for Wolverton's future works once he moves on to other things. 375,000 first printing; TV advertising. (Apr.)
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Still at war with the Empire, the fledgling New Republic receives an offer of alliance with the 63 worlds of the Hapes Consortium, provided that Princess Leia will marry its heir, Prince Isolder. As Gen. Han Solo and Isolder fight a cosmic battle for Leia's heart, the discovery of a conspiracy of dark-force wielders lures Luke, Han, Leia, and Isolder to a rendezvous with danger on the mysterious planet Dathomir. Wolverton ( On My Way to Paradise , LJ 12/89) is a vivid scene builder, capturing the cinematic flavor of the Star Wars universe while expanding on the outer reaches of the galaxy. Regrettably, his characterizations just miss the mark. There will probably be a demand for this title despite its shortcomings. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 1/94.
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Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead, but the Empire lives on. Princess Leia considers a marriage proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire, but as starcruisers battle for control of space, can Han Solo finally win the heart of Leia?
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553471939
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/1994
  • Series: Star Wars Series
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged, 1 Cassette
  • Product dimensions: 4.40 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Dave Wolverton
Dave Wolverton is the bestselling author of the Star Wars: Jedi Apprentice series for middle-grade readers.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Sam

    This was an interesting part of the stars wars stories. I enjoyed it very much with the love story with all the action combind. Even though the chracter of princess leia was quite different in this book then i expected i found her quite interesting but very different. But this is me i my just be picky. Anyways great book except for a few words that are not repeatable great book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    great book

    I read it a long time ago and still pick it back up

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2012

    Great read!

    A very well written book. It was nice to see the turmoil between Han and Leia, as well as see Luke pushing himself to new levels. A very nice way to start building upon the legends that they become.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Decent but not the best

    The story was okay, but I felt that the characters were not developed enough. It is a romance story, but there is plenty of action to go around. It is an important book to read if you are reading the New Jedi Order series of novels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    Worst Excuse for a Star Wars novel

    I had always wanted to read this novel to fill in the spaces between the fantastic X-Wing series and the Thrawn trilogy. I'm sorry that I ended up reading it.

    Considering this book was written in the early 90s before much of the EU had been established, I was willing to give it the benefit of the doubt for the lapses in Star Wars lore. However, it seems as if this book completely invalidates the romance between Han and Leia established in ESB and ROTJ. For no discernable reason, Leia is suddenly infatuated with Isolder and dismissive of Han. It just does not make sense. Yes, her sense of duty and obligation could explain why she is torn, but that is abandoned much too early and does not explain why she completely throws Han to the wayside. Any progress in their relationship in the movies is completely erased and it all starts from scratch.

    Isolder's love for Tennis and vice versa comes out of nowhere, as well.

    The only redeeming quality of this book was Luke and, surprisingly, C-3PO.

    The showdown between Zsinj and Han was a big let down as well, and did not quite make sense. Disappointing after the late, great Aaron Allston set up everything between those two beautifully. (And yes, I know the X-Wing books were written after this. Now I realize Allston was trying to give us something to make up for this.)

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  • Posted January 28, 2014

    I tried to like this book. Really, I did. But no matter how ha

    I tried to like this book. Really, I did.


    But no matter how hard I tried to see it as a Star Wars book, I just couldn't find a trace of the "real" Han, Leia, or Luke in Wolverton's cardboard characters.

    This is just a halfway decent romance novel with characters who happen to be named Han, Leia, and Luke. Totally a coincidence. Nothing to do with that galaxy far far away.

    Change the names and this is an acceptable, if standard, romance novel. About every third page, like clockwork, someone's heart is racing, their blood is pounding, or their anger is surging. Now and then, just for a change of pace, their hearts pound and their blood races instead of the other way round.

    The whole plotline with the force-wielding women makes no sense. It seems to be there for the sole purpose of making the men look stupid. The stranded-on-the-planet plotline is just another version of your standard romance novel's tactic of stranding the characters is an improbable situation to force them to interact, since there is no logical reason for them to do so.

    Otherwise, the basic plot is unoriginal. Confused woman struggles to choose between two men. Two men fight for the woman they both love. True love prevails.

    Standard romance fare. Han and Leia deserve a better love story than this.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    Not the best in the EU

    This is not the best book in the Expanded Universe. Skip until Han gets a vision of dying people. Then read the only 40 or so pages in the book that are actually decent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    Liam

    Now im just pffended leo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2013

    Leo

    Go to hell.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Awesome story

    Finally they get married.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2014

    Han vs Isolder- She really had to think about it?

    Okay, here's the thing. I kinda like the book except for the Dathomirian Witches who didn't make sense and the ehole thing with Leia hating Han. I get what kind of story Wolverton was trying to write, but if Leia was suddenly going to decide to marry a stranger Isolder could have been better introduced OR Wolverton could have given Leia more better reasons to marry him. This is a classic stupid love triangle that is almost as dramatic as Twilight. I think Troy Denning should rewrite Han and Leia's courtship story. He'd perfect it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2012

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2011

    <3

    Good but not recommend

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Wolverton Impresses with an Episode of Star Wars Fit for George Lucas.

    Even though this is Dave Wolverton's first Star Wars book, it still rings true to the title. The book was written comparatively early in the real world timeline, making it all the more compelling to read when it sets the plots for future books, such as books following in the Star Wars universe. The plot starts strong, builds quickly, and keeps building into a series of dramatic climaxes that lead to places unexpected. Wolverton wraps up what we thought would happen after the movie series in a way that harmonizes other Star Wars authors' work. This series is for people who like to read and understand the book without a lot of futuristic tech reference, like one would find in the X-Wing Series. The book itself is reminiscent of Timothy Zahn's Empire Trilogy, but it has a ring different from Zahn's. Overall a two thumbs-up book for those who like to read and enjoy Star Wars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2008

    A reviewer

    I'm not quite finished with this book just yet, (I'm not even half way thru it yet... teehee) but so far it is a very entertaining book. I love the plot of it. I enjoy all this Star Wars love-story stuff. The Han-Leia story is mixed in with some pretty sick-nasty action, making for an awesome book. READ IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2007

    this is the best expended universe novel to read to date

    i love princess leia and han solo and of course luke skywalker this book got me hooked after i read the wraith squadron series by aaron allston it is a must read i say a must read probably one of the greatest star wars fights/battles i say whoever disses this book does not know what or who star wars even is right now im listening to orion by metallica which by the way is one of the greatest bands to ever hit the mainstream

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2005

    This book was horrible!

    This book was written after the fall of the Emipire and no where does it talk about Luke and Leia's new relationship as brother and sister. No where does it mention how uncomfortable and unhappy Leia is about being Annikin Skywalker's daughter. This book was so tedious and unbelievable that I was able to skim a few pages and still get the gist of the whole book. Princess Leia was made out to be a whiny teenage girl who couldn't chose between her men, Han Solo was an agressive dim-witted ogre who didn't care about anything but himself, and Luke was some mystical genius that was to be revered. It was nothing like the characters I had grown to love in previous books and the movies. If you want a romance, buy a harlequin. If you want a good Star Wars book, go somewhere else, because you won't find it here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2005

    Rancors make the difference

    This was the first EU book I read. It's been a while (High School) but this is still one of the most enjoyable books I've ever read. The adding of a planet teaming w/ Rancors was something I wasn't expecting and something that to me made the book. Excellently written I just wish I could see more Dave Wolverton

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    a fond reader

    I appreciated the plot here, but I suggest that you watch 'return of the Jedi' again before you read this one. I can see how you would find Luke a bit overblown, and Han whiny and dictatorial if not refreshed in memory. I found the whole thing to be well crafted and a new insight into the relationship of Han and Leia. I always found her to be almost a tease in the movies, playing with Han's affections. This is not a book for those who want Leia to always be a strong and decisive character, but for those of us who like our characters to be 'human' it is a relief.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2005

    Star Wars' finest!

    This is the ultimate Star Wars novel! The characters are cool. The plot is cool. Everything is COOL! Read it now or you will never find true greatness! :)

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