Star Wars The Courtship of Princess Leia

Star Wars The Courtship of Princess Leia

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by Dave Wolverton
     
 

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Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the  Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the  refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia  considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power  against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of  63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants  Leia

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Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the  Rebel Alliance and a new home planet for the  refugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leia  considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power  against the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of  63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants  Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy  Prince Isolder. Han Solo has always dreamed of  marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate  last gamble to win her back. Soon he, Isolder,  Luke Skywalker and Artoo will be at the center of an  adventure leading to an awesome treasure, a group  of Force-trained "witches," and a  showdown with an invincible foe.

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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.)
Library Journal
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.
Roland Green
The latest in the Star Wars book series finds Han Solo discovering that he has a rival--one Prince Isolder--for Princess Leia's hand and that the New Republic's VIPs and even Leia herself are seriously considering a match with the prince. What happens then involves taking what many will regard as considerable liberties with the characters of Leia and Han, though a good deal of lost ground is recovered once the action, of which there is plenty, shifts to the long-obscure planet of Dathomir. There the happy ending is worked out in a desperate battle with Force-capable witches both good and bad while Threepio contributes comedy as he tries to advance Han's suit without understanding much about human love. Wolverton is not as comfortable with the Star Wars universe as Timothy Zahn, but he manages to offer the mighty host of SW fans good entertainment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553569377
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/28/1995
Series:
Star Wars Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
150,063
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.02(d)

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Star Wars The Courtship of Princess Leia 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it a long time ago and still pick it back up
Eddie350 More than 1 year ago
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.
ColoradoBR More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quality Star Wars
DAAlvarez23 More than 1 year ago
The book served to explore the events that actually led to Han and Leia getting married, and to introduce the Nightsisters The Courtship of Princess Leia Eight years have passed since the battle of Yavin. Han and Leia still on an on and off relationship. Until a delegation from Hapes comes bearing gifts, that include Star Destroyers and Prince Isolder as a consort for Princess Leia in an attempt to form an alliance with the New Republic. Han becomes jealous for being a scoundrel not worthy for the leader of the New Republic and wins a planet that attempts to give to Leia as a gift to relocate the survivors of Alderaan. Han kidnaps Leia and during the travel to Dathomir, he asks Leia to give him a week if after the week she decides that she doesn't love him, he will return and face any disciplinary action that is to be taken towards him and stop pursuing Leia. Luke and Prince Isolder follow Han and Leia and crash land on the planet. The planet, Dathomir, is actually on a region controlled by Imperial Warlord Zsinj and inhabited by the Nightsisters, a society of women adept to the dark side of the Force and considered by several species as Witches. Luke and Isolder are captured by the Nightsisters and eventually Isolder falls in love with Teneniel Djo, who is next in line for leadership of the Nightsisters. A battle ensues with Zsinj to liberate Dathomir, who is defeated by the combined forces of the New Republic and Hapes Consortium. The battle ends with Zsinj getting killed. At the end Han and Leia get married by Mon Mothma. The book served to explore the events that actually led to Han and Leia getting married, and to introduce the Nightsisters as being another species able to connect with the Force. Also having the Nightsisters as a female clan tried to balance the gender of Force adepts and heroes/villains since previously it was mostly males. In some ways, the Nightsisters was a hit with fans since they were used recurrently in following books and explored on the Clone Wars cartoon series, Asajj Ventress. Will be interesting to know how Han-Leia marriage is explained in the revised canon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite early Star Wars novels. It's got a big cinematic feel with a great new location and villains and it's full of great ideas and stories that all work together really well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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Now im just pffended leo
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally they get married.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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