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

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  10,975 Ratings  ·  351 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 Del Rey (first published April 1994)
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One of the best "Star Wars" novels!


This was my very first novel about Star Wars that I read, back then in 1996, therefore it has always been very special to me.

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
Feb 21, 2011 Meggie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, borrowed, sci-fi
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
May 11, 2011 Allison rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sf
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.
Jun 07, 2007 jessie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: masochists
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.
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
Oct 09, 2010 Matt rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: night-soil
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
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
To be honest I barely remember the plot of this book, but it had Dark Side witches riding on Rancors, & what else do you want? There's not much else I want from the Star Wars EU than that. -MK.
Um, so the premise of this doesn't make sense. Leia gets an offer of marriage from this prince and, at first, it's played as if this is something she is considering for political reasons. Which would make sense and be a good conflict! But suddenly she starts to have feelings for him right away??? (He's already in love with after seeing her once or something.) I seriously thought there was some mind control going on here because I didn't buy it at all.

Meanwhile, everyone (including Leia!) acts as
Dec 28, 2016 Shadowdenizen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
12-28-16: Orginally read ages ago, but reread upon the recent death of Carrie Fisher. While Fisher was and will always be an icon, (May she rest in peace!!)this book remains pretty terrible.

Anyone have any GOOD EU books (or comics) featuring Leia prominently?
John Yelverton
Sep 18, 2011 John Yelverton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Scott Rhee
Dave Wolverton has the distinction of having written one of the cheesiest and worst Star Wars Expanded Universe novels that I have read so far. I'm probably being generous giving this a two-star rating.

"The Courtship of Princess Leia" is, as the title suggests, the story of how Han Solo eventually woos Leia's hand in marriage. Published in 1994, "TCOPL" takes place two years after the events of the film "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi". Rumor has it that Wolverton intended it to be a t
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
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!
Jun 23, 2007 Trisha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Eric Farr
Apr 29, 2015 Eric Farr rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't help myself. I had to read a bad Star Wars book. This delivered. I'm going to post my thoughts on it here, but to be honest, my opinions largely mirror those of other, better reviewers. There will not be much new here in my condemnation of this novel.

To be honest, I just wanted to see the now non-canon story of how Leia and Han actually married. I've read so much Zahn lately, and in those books Leia and Han are an established, loving couple, and I got to see the development of Mara an
Jessamyn Leigh
What a hot space mess of a book.

The writing was straight-up weird, and everyone---with the possible exception of Luke, were hilariously out of character. I do see why Dathomir gets used in a lot of other Star Wars material, the world-building was the only good thing about this book.

Basically this book was on crack but I'm Star Wars trash so I had a good time reading it.
Sep 26, 2007 Sean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 15, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sure, I'm a girl who loves Leia and Han. OF COURSE I WOULD LOVE THIS BOOK. Some of the most romantic dialogue ever uttered on screen was from this couple. I love Amazons in Greek mythology-- but Amazon witches? Weird. Very enjoyable!
Hunter Beck
Aug 24, 2007 Hunter Beck rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Amy Rae
Nov 23, 2015 Amy Rae rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
...Well, that certainly was an experience. I'm so glad this book isn't canon anymore.

I have no idea how to even begin summarizing this experience, so I think we're just going to have to list things out.

Good things about this book

1. This book invented the Nightsisters. And the Nightsisters are awesome. I love their interpretation of the Force as magic, and I think they have a lot of really interesting potential.

2. I was warned that Luke gets raped by Nightsisters in this book, but he doesn't. B
Oct 08, 2016 Jben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was quite fun but it's essentially glorified fanfic and I'm not sure how it managed to be a New York Times bestseller.
Jan 12, 2016 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having never read any of the EU Star Wars books, I was encouraged to start with this one, and, honestly, even if a person has no interest in the EU at all, I'd still recommend reading this one. After reading it, I was filled with the overwhelming sense of sadness that it's not longer considered canon, and it's just hard for me to accept, because as far as "how Leia and Han finally tied the knot" stories go, I don't think you can do better than this.

On top of being marvelous for all the main char
Apr 01, 2016 Jessica rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'll admit I read this to the end because I was curious to see how it would turn out. Granted, knowing some basic information about the EU, I knew the turnout of this "courtship".

I feel there was a lot of potential with this book. I'm not just talking about the insert of Isolder as a contender for Leia's hand, but the plot with Dathomir and the Nightsisters and the clans. Sadly, it read as something that was written as ideas came to mind. The end result was a bit of a mess. There is also the qu
Mar 06, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, romance, re-read
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
May 08, 2014 Marianna Gleyzer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 07, 2010 Pete Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Hazel M Bear
Sep 11, 2009 Hazel M Bear rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Hazel M Bear 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
Tiffany Meginnes
Feb 18, 2016 Tiffany Meginnes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a great combination of Force philosophy and romantic drama with a great touch of humor from Han and Threepio. About 70 pages in I decided to pull out my highlighter and save passages for later perusal.

That said, I don't necessarily recommend it for Leia fans, because even though she never sheds a tear in the films, she weeps frequently throughout the book and seems flighty and indecisive due to her constant flip-flopping between Han and Isolder—traits I would never usually ascribe
Oct 10, 2012 Todd rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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