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The Courtship of Princess Leia

(Star Wars Legends Universe)

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  13,443 ratings  ·  510 reviews
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 alw ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 374 pages
Published May 1995 by Bantam Spectra (first published April 1994)
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Izzy Washington I'd try Tatooine Ghost, more recently Bloodline. Bloodline isn't as focused on their love story but it's still great. It also features Ben Solo…moreI'd try Tatooine Ghost, more recently Bloodline. Bloodline isn't as focused on their love story but it's still great. It also features Ben Solo(less)
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One of the best "Star Wars" novels!


This was my very first novel about Star Wars! That's why I felt it appropiate it to visit again the review now that Episode IX is about to be premiered.

When I read this novel, back then in 1996, when there was only one canon, and 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
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
To call this fanfiction is an insult to fanfiction

And somehow this book is on so many "best-of-Star-Wars Expanded Universe" lists, and everyone's all nostalgic about it??

Look at it:


Let's examine the main elements of this cover.
- Han Solo in a turtleneck
- Princess Leia in a wedding dress that doesn't look like it's going to stay on
- R2D2 and some stormtroopers looking lost as heck (there are no stormtroopers in the book)
- Alien Micheal Bolton


I should have known better. I really should have. But
Feb 21, 2011 rated it did not like it
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 08, 2011 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Jun 07, 2007 rated it did not like it
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. ...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
Lisa Brown
Jul 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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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. ...more
Oct 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
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
The first "Star Wars Extended Universe" book I ever read. I was surprised that I liked 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! ...more
Amy Rae
Nov 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
...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.
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
Bailey Marissa
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, adult
It's been quite a few years since I've read this (and I'll probably go back and reread this), but this was the story that sold me on the Han x Leia relationship. I always shipped them in the movies and knew that they got together and had a family, but it was reading this book that made me ship them and be one of my favorite couples.

Also, I'm mad that the EU imploded so Disney didn't use this story for Eps 7, 8, and 9.

Recommended 13+ for romance (again, I don't remember anything besides the main
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This was a great ride, it's probably the best Star Wars book I've read yet! So I just grabbed it and didn't even read the blurb, it was just the next book in the reading order for me. Colour me surprised when I realized this book was about Hapes and Dathomir! I only really know about them from reading Wookipedia and what I'd read made me love them. I got to learn about both of the places I love and I got to experience one of them. I want to see more of Hapes and Dathomir. I hope we get to see th ...more
Eric Farr
Apr 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 17, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Sep 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
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
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just want everyone to know that I checked this book out of the library every other month and all I wanted from life was the wedding dress Leia is wearing on the cover.

Annie (Putt)
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
Is this the absolute best Star Wars book in existence? No, but it's pretty darn good. After reading all of the other EU and coming back to this for the first time in years, I suddenly realize Dave Wolverton was before his time--he created the fact of the Unifying Force that became such a prevelent ideaology in the NJO and beyond.

The Isolder/Han/Leia/Luke/Teneniel Djo love pentagon is both the stupidest and most amazing thing ever. No YA book has anything better than this. They have their love tr
Jessamyn Leigh
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
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.
Brecht Denijs
Five stars is a high rating. Now, can I honestly, objectively say that this book has no flaws? No I can't and I'll get back to that in just a second. However, what book does? There is no such thing as a perfect book and I do want to give my five stars somewhere and honestly this book was so much fun. I got so much enjoyment out of this that I actually miss reading it now that I'm done and it gives me that old Star Wars joy that the new stuff just doesn't bring these days. Plus it has Han Solo te ...more
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, completed
Super inventive and not as cornball romancey as I figured it would be... not my favorite, but still super fun and adorable and SQUEEEE!! THE ONLY THING I LOVE MORE THAN I LOVE HAN SOLO IS CHEWBACCA LAUGHING AT HAN SOLO!
Jun 23, 2007 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
A General Reader
I did not enjoy this book, it has its moments but Han and Leia are written terribly in this, the prince is just a blank slate of pretty boy archetype, plotlines that seem to be something important are dropped after they are introduced. The concept of a better story is there, some parts of the book have some merit once it gets somewhat going, but it doesn't last long. And the only other thing I enjoyed was c3po's song about Han Solo.

There's probably worst Star Wars Legends novels out there, I mi
Apr 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
A DNF for me. I couldn't stand it. I had to quit. It was just full of stuff I dislike. To compensate for the fact that I couldn't finish but marking it complete, I'm bumping my reading challenge goal up by one. ...more
Herdis Marie
I was considering awarding this 2,5 stars, but I changed my mind. Two stars is quite enough.

While this book introduces some interesting new species and cultures, it fails completely with regard to the romance angle. This seems to be a trend with thise books so far, though this is the first one where romance is such an important plot point.


So, in this story, the New Republic is visited by a humanoid alien race called the Hapans, who are willing to offer an alliance in exchange for a marital contr
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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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