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Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia (Star Wars Universe)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  8,353 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into theRebel Alliance and a new home planet for therefugees of her native Alderaan, Princess Leiaconsiders a proposal that could tip the balance of poweragainst the evil Empire. The Hapes Consortium of63 worlds is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wantsLeia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthyPrince Isolder. Han Solo has always dre...more
ebook, 384 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Spectra (first published January 1st 1994)
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This was my very first novel about Star Wars that I read, back then in 1996.

I chose it since by then I knew that Han and Leia had married at some time and they have kids, but I wondered how they tied the knot, and certainly when you have characters as Han and Leia, I was sure that it couldn't been your typical "courtship".

So, when I saw the book in a bookstore, I didn't meditate much and just took it from the shelf.

To my happy surprise, when I was checking some months ago about which novels of S...more
I'll start out with some The Courtship of Princess Leia trivia, courtesy of the Star Wars wiki: Dave Wolverton was originally contracted to write a trilogy, which was canceled. Because of the numerous plot threads running through this novel, it's been suggested that CoPL is the conglomeration of that trilogy. The paperback cover was also changed--from the original one, featuring wedding dress Leia, Blade Runner Han, and Fabio-esque Isolder, to a more action-orientated cover with rancors and the...more
This book hurts my brain. I don't buy Wolverton's characterization of Han and Leia for a second. Also, there are witches? A planet of Amazonian female witches? Seriously? The EU novels are basically published fan fiction and, honestly, I've read better on the internets.
I've seen a lot of reviews comparing this book to fan fiction. I think that's really doing an injustice to authors of fan fiction.
Although it was not the most well written of the Star Wars books I have read, it was what sucked me into reading them in the first place. I am a sucker for romance, and you just can't beat it between Han and Leia.

In this book, they have drifted apart though the business of their duties, but Han is forced to go to extreme measures when Leia is about to be married of to the Prince of the Happes Consortium. After a winning her a planet in a sabac game, he kidnapps her and takes her to it, which is...more
Crystal Starr Light
"I'm supposed to be happy that we're going to crash into the planet instead of blow up in space?"
My quest to review all the previous Star Wars Expanded Universe books I read in my teenaged years continues!
Leia Organa has been campaigning to get the powerful Hapan Cluster to aid the New Republic in its fight against the Imperial Remnant led by Warlord Zsinj. Things somewhat backfire when the Queen agrees...under the condition that Leia marry the Queen's son and heir, Prince Isolder. Han, being ou...more
If zero stars were an option that is what this book would warrant. Nigh on one hundred pages in, and I simply put could not suffer through anymore because I am a Star Wars fan and this book was doing as good a job as Lucas and his recent film outings to extinguish that love permanently.

I have never read any Dave Wolverton before, and given the poor quality of writing exhibited in this book he is an author I will stay away from in the future. Not only did I not care for him on a craft level as it...more
John Yelverton
Such a great book. It picks up right where "Return of the Jedi" leaves off, and it is such a fun read for fans of the films.
The first "Star Wars Extended Universe" book I ever read (May 1995). I was surprised to like it, and it led to me reading more EU books. This one I had to reread largely for the Han Solo and C-3PO sections, which I found really funny. But Isolder is such an oaf!
If you read one Star Wars book, read Shatterpoint. If you read two, read this one. Who knew that a good romance could be made out of the events leading up to Han and Leia's wedding? Brilliant action, a cool alien society, and Luke and Han at top form.
I totally geeked out on SW books back in the 90's and this one was my favorite. There's romance <3 and witches! and it's totally Han-centric! What more could you want.
Hunter Beck
Aug 24, 2007 Hunter Beck rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: sciencefiction
One of my favorites in the Star Wars fiction line.

We get to see Han and Leia's romance flourish - and we travel to the incredibly interesting world of Dathomir.
Han Solo attempts to court Princess Leia away from Prince Isolder. I've never even seen these movies (not out of any active avoidance - it's just that my childhood introduction to American pop culture was haphazard) or read any of the other books. I read this one 15 years ago because we had to write a book report on a science fiction book, and I saw it at the library again yesterday. I picked it at the time because it sounded like a good way to read romance under the cover of scifi. Given that i...more
Marianna Gleyzer
This book, in my opinion should stand out a bit from the rest of its' series. Star Wars novels are known for their battle sequences, war adventures, and so on. However, The Courtship of Princess Leia includes more than the usual but exciting tale of high adventure on the course of war. Wolverton develops the main characters romantically, adding a new flavor to their past heroics. There have been touchs of romance here and there, but in this novel, it has its own theme. Not being a lover of roman...more
Pete Kelly
I enjoyed this book very much. It showed the continuing growing power of Luke while showing that Han maybe a pirate but hes not the only one. It introduces Prince isolder a royal prince from a system of planets whose alliance with the new republic could mean a lasting peace. The price a royal marriage to leia. Isolder is shown to be a pirate in princes clothing. Having the same style as Han leia shows an attraction to this Princely rogue. So much so that Han is forced to put any fears or doubts...more
You couldn't set out to craft a book better designed to extinguish my Star Wars obsession than this particular offering. Blech.

First, Wolverton has no clear concept of who Leia is and what makes her tick. He tries to pretend that Leia could not love Han after the ending of Jedi, and even seriously consider marrying someone else. Hogwash.

Second, he spends more time in the heads of Han, Luke, and the would-be wooer (even C-3PO!) than he does in Leia's head, although given his already stated inadeq...more
Sep 11, 2009 Cideon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cideon by: icarus
Enjoyed the story very much! I can't help but like it when tough guys like Han get romantic (even if it's not romantic like EVERYONE else sees it). He's also great when he acts like a puppy dog, hopping around for Leia's attention, then quickly scolded. I liked how Luke, Chewie, and the droids were written, and new characters too. There was info enough to see whom they were, but a slight openness to interpretation so you could have more of your own mental background for why they did things. I li...more
I really don't think this book deserves three stars, but managed to have enough fun reading it that I'm having a hard time giving it fewer than that. Which really doesn't make much sense, but there you have it. Speaking of not making much sense (segue!), holy cow. There are so many things wrong about this book from a Star Wars Universe point of view that I don't even know where to start. You really have to step all the way outside of the characters and just try to see it as a story about some ra...more
Synopsis: After the death of Darth Vader and the Emperor, what is left of the Empire is still fighting against the weakened Alliance. Leia finds a cluster of planets known as the Hapes consortium that could give her aid, but, in order to seal the deal, she must marry the Queen Mother's son. None too happy about it, Han takes her to the planet of Dathomir, which appears beautiful, but has some dark secrets that will threaten not only the two of them, but also Luke.

My Review: This was relatively m...more
After episode VI I really cared whether Princess Leia and Han Solo got together or not, so I was pleased when Leia passed on the Fabio-esque galactical prince and picked our favorite dashing scruffy-looking-nerf-herder, Han, who turns out to be a Corellian Prince; and together they solve the mystery of Mom Mothma's illness (the New Republic's President) and save the day in a galaxy far, far away. And yes, I did read the Jedi Academy sequels, and they have a few adorable little Jedi children. Aww...more
Steven Shinder
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This book was extremely predictable from beginning to end. And at the end, Luke was 2 hours late to his sister's wedding because of a taxi driver mixing up where he was supposed to take Luke. Which was dumb enough, but then when he finally did arrive, the ceremony was still going on. WTH Don't bother reading it. It never should have been published. The one saving grace about this book is that it gives me hope that someday I will be published.
Definitely not your Star Wars! The writer may have written okay fan fiction but couldn't find the right voice. Our beloved Han, Luke, and Leia don't sound or act like they should based on the movies and others expanded universe novels.

Other parts lacking is Star Wars needs war, well conflict, and the first mention of the empire is chapter 8 way too late. I didn't have any problems with the romance aspect of the book, I've wanted certain characters to be more passionate towards each other for de...more
Feb 08, 2011 Ley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ley by: Fans of Leia
This is the first Star Wars book I ever read. (I read it a looong time ago. I've read tons more SW books since then.) I read it in one day, it was so good.

The witches of Dathomir are a little weird. (Okay, a lot weird.) But it doesn't take away from how good this book is.

This book will make you want to punch Leia in the face for being stupid, cheer on Han, and awww at the end when Han and Leia are FINALLY married.
Daniel Kukwa
Of all the Star Wars novels, "The Courtship of Princess Leia" is the most surprising AND the most under-rated. Of all SF series, it should be Star Wars that can claim to do "romantic swashbuckling fantasy" the best...and this novel shows how it can & should be done.

A pity George Lucas, typing out the script to "Attack of the Clones", nearly made everyone (LITERALLY) blind to the romantic potential of his own series...
Sep 17, 2009 Ron rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Recommended to Ron by: Wendell Andrea
3.5 actually. Pleasing in a quaint, old-fashioned way. Though it chronologically follows more recently written SW books, Courtship is among the first generation of expanded SW universe novels. It shows. The characters stay close to their big-screen stereotypes.

Not a bad story, but probably only one SW enthusiasts would bother to read, let alone enjoy. Assumedly, they will enjoy it.

Nice cover art.
Cian Beirdd
Think about this book from a writer's standpoint. Han and Leia are in love but too strong-willed (stubborn) to admit it. But you know they have to end up together. You also know that at this point in the development of the EU Luke Skywalker has to be in the novel. So what do you do? It would be easy to have them get involved in some war, almost die, and finally break down, but that isn't either character's style (and it's boring). I thought the author's choice of planet, culture, plot, and alter...more
Silvia Turcios
Soy fan de la trilogía original de Star Wars (Episodios IV-VI) y en Star Wars - The Courtship of Princess Leia hay un agradable reencuento con los personajes que todos los que amamos la serie, conocimos y apreciamos: Luke, Han, Leia, Chewie y por supuesto, los androides C3PO y R2D2. No es necesaria descripción para saber quiénes son y cómo son; sin embargo, han pasado varios años después de los eventos relatados en El Regreso del Jedi y los personajes no parecen haber madurado en base a sus nuev...more
Ah, the Nightsisters and the Hapans. Some of the groups that really grew in the "expanded" universe. It was a good read that I liked a lot. I think the Han and Leia had a Mormon wedding at the end. LOL The author lived in Utah and it sure seemed to have the same rituals. :-P
Steven Kent
It comes to this...

Luke is tracking down Sith witches while Han finds Leia falling for a real prince. Things were looking pretty dark in the far away galaxy a long time ago...especially when Han kidnaps Leia.

A really fun story and one of the better Star Wars books.
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Dave Wolverton (born 1957) is a science fiction author who also goes under the pseudonym David Farland for his fantasy works. He currently lives in St. George, Utah with his wife and five children.

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