Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia, Princess of Alderaan

Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: Leia, Princess of Alderaan

by Claudia Gray

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ISBN-13: 9781484780787
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 09/01/2017
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 46,515
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Claudia Gray is the author of Star Wars: Bloodline and Defy the Stars, as well as the Firebird series, the Evernight series and the Spellcaster series. She has worked as a lawyer, a journalist, a disc jockery, and a particularly ineffective waitress. Her lifelong interests include old houses, classic movies, vintage style, and history. She lives in New Orleans. Find her at claudiagray.com, facebook.com/authorclaudiagray, and @claudiagray.

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Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Leia, Princess of Alderaan 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read! Excellent story of previous years of the general of the future resistance and former princess of Alderan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. Story moves along briskly. You can visualize the characters, locations and starships.
AndrewReadsBooks More than 1 year ago
Leia, Princess of Alderaan, is Claudia Gray’s third entry into the world of Star Wars novels. It traces Leia’s first steps into the political world, as she moves from being the daughter of Bail and Breha Organa to being the rightful princess of Alderaan. The story is emotionally impactful, and raises difficult questions about morality, loyalty, and family that are both challenging and presented in a way that’s approachable for younger readers. Of particular interest is Gray’s characterization of Leia – the girl we meet here is not the battle hardened leader we see in Episode IV, but we can clearly see it sprouting. Whether you’re interested in the character of Leia, or the broader events of the Star Wars Universe, you’ll find plenty to enjoy. Perhaps the greatest strength of this book is the portrayal of complex relationships. This is particularly well done in the relationship between Leia, Bail, and Breha. Rather than writing them off as either smotheringly supportive or chronically distant, Gray shows a family that is at once both loving and strained. We see them vacillate between periods of great cohesion and moments of great doubt. Leia’s portrayal as intellectually sure of her relationship but emotionally uncertain is an insightful and important writing of the experience of youth as they move through adolescence, particularly when a history of adoption is involved. Moreover, Gray captures family dynamics well – boundaries, hierarchies, triangulation, and alliances are all well illustrated. We also see anger and disappointment handled in a safe and supportive way in a family system in this book, which is something that I feel is very underrepresented in current YA fiction. Second to Leia’s family relationships, her interpersonal relationships really shine. We get to see Leia experimenting with how to trust others, what intimacy can look like, and balancing the responsibilities of the crown with her own personal values and need for independence. The result is relationships that feel authentic and messy. Conflict isn’t typecast here; there are no “bad guys” so much as people with whom Leia experiences disagreements and personality conflict. As an extra treat, we get to see Leia experiment with her first real romantic relationship. This is handled with Gray’s expert finesse – Leia is never lost to her romantic feelings, her story is never subsumed by the romantic plot, and the relationship feels caring and developmentally appropriate. Even Leia’s most peripheral relationships, such as the Chal Hudda, are presented with surprising depth ad meaning. The overall plot is solid, with lots of extra nods to both past SW media and the upcoming films. We learn more about the cultures of the galaxy, the birth of the political side of the rebellion, and get our first glimpse of worlds that we’ll be spending time on in the future. The plot is relentlessly engaging, and readers will not be disappointed. I did find Leia’s visit to Naboo somewhat odd; while there are always nods to the reader and easter eggs in the story, this visit felt like it was more for the reader than for Leia’s own development. Ultimately, Leia: Princess of Alderaan does great justice to a character who is beloved around the world. It shows us new sides of a character we know personally, and takes us on an adventure that bridges into new territory for SW media while respecting existing canon. The novel is a great addition to the SW canon, and a story that’s worth sharing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Claudia Gray has clearly displayed that she fully understands the character of Leia Organa.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Overall I was pleased. I think you will be too.
Anonymous 8 months ago
This will written novel fills in a lot of the gap’s Leah’s adolescence life. Gives us a better understanding of the street that she is able to draw upon later in the Star Wars episodes. Fun book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book, a good easy read. The details of the book flowed together and the characters had depth. First book of the author I have read, will look at the others.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by this author (Grey). She did a masterful job of blending old canon with new expectations. I absolutely look forward to her writing her next Star Wars entry. This book is about Leia's coming of age and discovery of the true truth of the galaxy. A must read for all fans, especially core fans. Fantastic job Mr. Grey!!!!
BrianIndianFan More than 1 year ago
In the run-up to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Disney media released a series of comic books and novels for readers of all age levels. One of these entries is "Leia, Princess of Alderaan". While it is a Young Adult novel, there is plenty enough to engage older readers. On her 16th birthday, Leia Organa is preparing to go through the Day of Demand ceremony, where she stakes her future claim to the throne, currently held by her mother Queen Breha. However, Leia is plagued by anxiety over the recent aloofness of her parents. Lots of time away from her and lots of dinner parties for which she cannot yet partake. As part of her ritual to be deemed worthy of the throne, she must partake in Challenges of the Heart, Mind, and Body. In the process of completing these challenges, she begins to become more aware of the hold Emperor Palpatine and Grand Moff Tarkin hold on the Empire. There is the typical teenage angst and anxiety regarding everything from her own emotions to the welfare of her parents, who are desperately trying to shield her from the Emperor's wrath should Alderaan's involvement become known. On top of that, she enters into her first romantic relationship with Kier Domadi, a fellow Alderaanan and Apprentice Legislator. Both Leia's future swashbuckling and conflicting emotions are put on ample display here. This gives teenagers a model to look at to see that their feelings aren't unusual or weird. In this respect Claudia Gray is to be commended. We all need people to inspire us, not just small children. Leia makes some big mistakes, but she is given correction, encouragement and mercy in her attempts to be a better person. Because this book was issued by Disney, I'm going to assume it's canon. Also, the teenage romance is handled delicately and discreetly; parents should have no worries giving this book to their children. BOTTOM LINE: A quality Star Wars book that gives Leia a suitable background story.
WhatANerdGirlSays More than 1 year ago
***ORIGINALLY POSTED ON WHAT A NERD GIRL SAYS*** To start off, I’ll say this: I normally don’t tend to like extended canon novels. I usually like my stories the way they are, and if I feel like any extra, I’ll go read some fan fiction. I love fan fiction. I’ve had a hard time with some of the new novels that have come out in this new canon Star Wars universe because it often times feels like I’m reading fan fiction. Now, to be fair, its really GOOD fan fiction, because its written by really great authors but it still just feels weird and I think that’s why I give it four instead of a full five stars. That being said, I did really enjoy it. This could potentially be because I have an extreme bias when it comes to anything Princess Leia, because she has been my absolute favorite fictional character since I was about five years old. It helps that I am obsessed with the original trilogy and feel more of a connection to the Rebel Alliance (check the tattoo on the back of my neck) than I do to Jedi or Sith or Empire. So getting extra stories and insight on my favorite character and the creation and beginning of the Rebel Alliance was plenty enough to keep me reading from page one until the end. But again, I did enjoy it! I liked that we got to see so much more of Leia’s character outside of being an integral part of the rebellion. There has always been so much to her character, how smart she is and all of that but to see her actually put that in action was fantastic. I liked seeing all the different ways she had to prove herself worthy of the throne. I liked that it was physical and mental and emotional. I liked that these trials made sense to me, knowing the person that she becomes in the future. I enjoyed watching my favorite character climb mountains, and delve into the issues plaguing the galaxy and make connections. Its a wonderful beginning to the strong and diplomatic character that we know. I did also like that they gave her a love interest in the novel. Some people may not necessarily agree with that but I loved every bit of that. It makes 100% sense to me. She’s heir to a throne, and a huge plot of the novel is her undertaking the challenges to prove her worth as an heir and of course that is eventually going to include choosing the right person to be her viceroy, her partner in crime for life when she becomes queen. I, of course, love Leia and Han so much. They are my original OTP and all that. But I think it makes their relationship that much better to know that Leia has experienced love prior to that. It just makes everything seem so much more realistic and relatable to me. Lastly, I really loved that this novel addressed something that we don’t see much when it comes to the Rebel Alliance. This is the very very small beginnings of it (though i think technically this slightly around the same time of Star Wars: Rebels, the animated television show I’ve recently started watching) and I loved how they tackle the tough questions. In the original trilogy, the Rebel Alliance is painted very much as the good guys but let’s be real, there was a lot of bloodshed in order to make the rebellion a reality. They weren’t completely innocent and they had blood on their own hands. They had to, to make change happen. I like that we see the characters in this novel come face to face with that. They’re at the very beginning and they sometimes can be idealistic but they realize they’re never going to make any change if they don’t make those sac
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Claudia Gray never disappoints. This book fills in the gaps in Leia's teen years in the period not covered in the films.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another fine Star Wars tale told by a great author. Many thanks to Claudia Gray.