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 to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. Han…  See more details below

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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:
9780606081993
Publisher:
San Val, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1995
Series:
Star Wars Series
Pages:
374

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