Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Ambush at Corellia (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy, #1)” as Want to Read:
Ambush at Corellia (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Ambush at Corellia

(Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  8,442 ratings  ·  124 reviews
A trade summit on Corellia brings Han Solo back to the home world he left many years before.  Arriving on the distant planet with Leia, their children and Chewbacca, Han finds Corellia overrun with agents of the New Republic Intelligence and finds himself part of a deceptive plan whose aim not even he understands. One thing is clear: the five inhabited worlds of the sector ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 2nd 1995 by Del Rey Books (first published February 1995)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Ambush at Corellia, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Ambush at Corellia

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 3.57  · 
Rating details
 ·  8,442 ratings  ·  124 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of Ambush at Corellia (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy, #1)
Jun 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Scott Rhee
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
So far, of the Star Wars Expanded Universe post-Episode VI books that I have read since Timothy Zahn's "Thrawn" trilogy, Roger MacBride Allen's "Corellian Trilogy" comes closest to the fun and excitement of the original trilogy. Of course, I have only just read the first in the series, "Ambush at Corellia", but if it can maintain the momentum in the next two books that makes this first book so riveting, then Allen has a winner.

The story centers around Han Solo in this one, as he prepares for a f
Mar 19, 2010 rated it liked it
Better than average SW novel, but with a hokey set up: no government would let it's Head of State "vacation" in a remote, recluse system where all recent agents of that government have disappeared. Okay, it's Star Wars. Our heroes try to do stupid stuff all the time, but the set up is as unreal as the star-destroying gravity wave projectors. (Shouldn't have mentioned that.)

Too many typographical errors. Someone didn't read the proofs.
May 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An engaging start to the trilogy, with a surprising ending.
Marcus Coffey
Jan 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Star Wars: Ambush at Corellia immerses you into the smuggler-type lifestyle of former Captain Han Solo and his Wookie pal Chewbacca. Taking place 14 years after the fall of the Empire, Captain Solo and his sidekick Chewbacca are informed by New Republic Intelligence Agent Belindi Kalenda that there is an unknown situation on Solo’s home planet of Corellia. Solo and his family had planned a visit to Corellia for the last couple of months, and once they heard the news, they did not take a rainchec ...more
Caleb Dillinger
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars-books
Maybe I've just been away from reading Expanded Universe books for too long, but this was amazing. The focus is primarily on Han and Leia and Chewie and their three kids, and secondarily on Lando and Luke. But guest appearances of Mara Jade and Mon Mothma are also well done (although Mon Mothma did not feel like how I normally imagine her character). The action was intermittent, but nicely done. The multiple plots were well woven to create a conflict that will be expounded in book 2. All in all ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Jul 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
The time has come for Han Solo to go home to his homeworld of Corellia. He along with Leia, Chewie, and his children go for an important trade summit. But a New Republic Intelligence agent, Belindi Kalenda warns him of the unknown situation on Corellia. Once there, the situation escalates, as none of the major species (human, Drall, and Selonian) can stand each other.
Meanwhile, Lando (with the aid of Luke) has a different mission in that could make him comfortably rich for the rest of
For 2020, I decided to reread (in publication order) all the Bantam-era Star Wars books that were released between 1991 and 1999; that shakes out to 38 adult novels and 5 anthologies of short stories & novellas.

This week’s focus: Ambush at Corellia by Roger MacBride Allen.


Despite my personal opinion of the Jedi Academy trilogy, it was clearly a success, and Bantam had stumbled on a winning formula. 1995 saw the release of two hardcover novels--one in the spring and one in the fall--
Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Actually, this would be 3.5 stars. *sigh*

I think one of the strongest things about this book is not the delving into the politics of Corellia or even the ways that Allen sets up some great commentary on how utterly unhelpful prejudice is (although that's really good), but rather showing the quartet of Han, Leia, Luke, and Chewie as family people. It's freaking adorable to watch Han be a dad and to see the way that that Han and Leia's kids interact with Uncle Luke and Chewie the hardcore nanny. T
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Han Solo and Leia Organa go for a trade summit in the politically contested system of Corellia while Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker head off to go wife hunting in Star Wars: Ambush at Corellia.

In an apparent era of peace, a trade summit is being called on Corellia to facilitate ties between the isolationist Corellian system and the New Republic and naturally, Leia Organa is heading the meeting. Except she goes there without any help from New Republic security. None. Whatsoever. The chief of
Steven Strothman
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
A good beginning to this series. It is interesting to read these Star Wars books now that this vision of the Star Wars galaxy has been rewritten. Yet, with that being said, it is still fun to read about the characters you know and love. This book got off to a slow start, but really started to pick up some steam about halfway through. The last part of the book moved fast and easily kept my attention. Looking forward to the second book in this trilogy.
Daniel Kukwa
May 18, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: star-wars
I couldn't get through it...and believe me, I tried. I found the writing style dull, and the story completely unengaging. The main characters were bland wallpaper, compared to their depiction in other novels in the series. A great pity, as I would have enjoyed a more thorough exploration of Han Solo's home planet.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
The Corellian Trilogy is set 14 years after Return of the Jedi. It consists of:
Ambush at Corellia
Assault on Selonia
Showdown at Centerpoint

Plot ***Spoilers***

Ambush at Corellia
Eighteen years after the Battle of Yavin. This story was centered around the Corellian system, consisting of a group of habitable planets known as the Five Brothers: Corellia, Selonia, Drall, Talus, and Tralus. Because the system was known for possessing an inward-looking political structure, and was not recipient to any of
Colin McEvoy
Nov 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
"Something was going to blow. Something. Things could not hold together under all this pressure for long." This was a thought by Han Solo in amid rising tensions on his home planet of Corellia, building up to a seemingly inevitable civil war among the various planets and species living within the sector. As correct as this sentiment might be, however, there was little in the way of action in Ambush at Corellia, but rather a lot of scene-setting for future events in the upcoming books. That's som ...more
Daniel Millard
Mar 09, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: star-wars
I thought I had read this trilogy previously, but I very much do not remember most of this book. Most notably, I think I would have remembered this very lukewarmly rather than fondly (the latter is the case for many New Republic-era novels).

Ambush at Corellia is a bizarre start for a trilogy. Han and Leia take a vacation with their family to Han's home system, while nefarious forces therein are at work to disrupt the peace and secede from the New Republic. Meanwhile, Lando has hatched an idiot g
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I own this book.

This book takes place 18 years after A New Hope and when it opens, we find Han and Chewie doing what they do best...Making sure the Millennium Falcon will live to see another day. They are planning a trip to Han's homeworld of Corellia, bringing Leia, Han, their three children and Chewie too. As if going home isn't daunting enough, Han is approached by a New Republic agent who asks him to draw attention in Corellia in an effort to highlight whatever secrets the government of C
May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
It has been years since the defeat of the Empire, and The New Republic is still trying to bring new members under the umbrella of its new government. Corellia, Han Solo’s home world, has always been a seclusionist society. Corellia was also once great trade market, so Leia, Han and the kids travel to the Correllian Sector for a family vacation, and while there, Leia intends to participate in a trade summit in which she ultimately hopes to convince Correllia to become members of the new Republic ...more
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
After I bought this book, it sat on my shelf for 5 years, went into a box for 10, then came back out for 5 more. I decided I was either going to read it or let it go—shelf space is valuable! But first, I needed to read the Brian Daley trilogy I bought 5 years before this one. Those were pretty bad. Full of action—yes. And the way Daley portrayed Han Solo was great. But the writing was awful. Just atrocious. And the stories weren't much better. Allen's “Ambush” is leaps and bounds better in terms ...more
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was pretty great. The Solo family. I just love how much Han loves being a family man. And the kids definitely show their heritage. They’re a mess. 😂 Though it makes me sad to see how close they are when I know what happens to them later. Lando’s looking for a wife like he’s looking for a business partner and Luke is accompanying him and getting WAY too much amusement out of the whole thing. Something weird is going on on Corellia, and no one knows what it is, so for most of the book, y ...more
Ambush at Corellia is all set up on the side of Han Solo and Leia Organa's part of the narrative. The book sets up the social and environmental aspects of Han's "hometown system", and an antagonist straight out of a daytime soap: His Black Sheep of a cousin Somethingsomething Sal-Solo. Nothing about the segments with the Organa-Solo family are bad per-se, but are the least interesting parts of the book.

Lando Calrissian and Luke Skywalker's part of the story, on the other hand, a pretty light and
Kim Boulware
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the escape, and this is by far my favorite post Battle of Endor series. It would make a great movie. Han, Leia and their kids travel to his home world during civil unrest and the adventure begins including all the cast of Star Wars favorites and a planet destroying weapon.

I like to keep notes of the plot to reference later. My rough book notes with plot highlights with Spoilers following.
(view spoiler)
Lewis Clark
Solid little novel even if it feels a little inconsequential. Very clearly the first part of a larger story. It makes me wonder if the trilogy was written as one big book and split into 3 as a marketing decision. It’s a decent enough story all the same, characterisation is pretty robust and established characters don’t do anything you wouldn’t expect. The best drama all happens on Corellia with Han, Leia and the family and thankfully this is the main focus on the book. There’s a side plot involv ...more
Feb 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
To be fair one I found this one of the best of the expanded universe books that I have so far much so I actually will seek out the second book in this trilogy fairly soon.
I maybe found it better as it does try to do more than tell the tale of a battered but resurgent empire trying to back a Grand Moff or admiral ..gain a super weapon a d strike back fact this book presents a new fascist organisation...the synth pop sounding....human fact unfortunate name aside I did
May 11, 2019 rated it liked it
One thing that I consider positive about Allen's book is that he seems to have a pretty good grasp of how to write the main characters (often a criticism of mine). The characters and speak and act the way that I imagine they would in these situations. One area in need of improvement is with the Solo kids. The kids sound and speak much younger than they are supposed to be, plus I think they would sound older than their age considering their heritage and knowledge.

This first book was fine, but n
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book more than I expected. After a terrific start with the Thrawn Trilogy, many of the 90s Bantam books quickly descended into the mediocre. This is certainly not up there with Timothy Zahn, but it's an enjoyable, relatively fun read. The established characters all feel right, and the kids really begin to get fleshed out personalities for the first time which are suitably distinctive.

The book certainly has problems; it's quite slow and extremely light on action, and certain secti
Sir Blue
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Hands solo is married to princess lia
There on corellia
The home of the wookies I believe
They go as far as to say
Han solo was raised with chewie on.
Which han was born on elderon
Or cornelia from episode 2
Chewie was a slave freed by jaba the hut
Still not very clear on han solo and chewie
There origins
Still There on corellia
An endor moon
Then go god go from south parks happenin
The super best friends league is after them
The beavers
Chefs gone nanners
They excape but lia is trapped
By the king beaver
One of
Jesse Gardner
Aug 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ok for some reason I skipped this trilogy and there was never enough time to get to it. (I am honestly not sure why). So today is my 39th birthday and I bought it and This book is so much fun. Also very bitter sweet knowing Chewbacca’s heroic fate in Vector Prime. And harder still is seeing sweet little Jacen, Jaina, and Anakin. Their interactions as siblings is so perfect it’s heartbreaking (knowing all their fates). I’m off to book two, the fate the Corellian System is now in the u ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-english
Call it my unhealthy obsession with Han Solo, or original trilogy in general, but I actually enjoyed this book. Getting to know our beloved scoundrel's hometown and also having a view of the Solo family was really fun. As much as I enjoyed the story, the journey of Luke and Lando seemed a bit boring, not gonna lie. I squeaked at Mara Jade parts and I do not regret it. Also, the ending was really entertaining and exciting. It made me expect more of action on the second book which I think will be ...more
Patrick Lum
Man you can just really tear through these old pulp sci fi novels eh? This was fine, not quite as artful as a Zahn or even a Stackpole but far better than the bulk of the various Star Wars spinoff novels from the late 20th century. The kids are a joy to follow around as they get into kid-safe adventures while Luke, Leia and Han worry about the big picture stuff. I've always admired the way these trilogy novels end almost perfectly on a cliffhanger instead of even pretending to bother trying to r ...more
Ronald Kelland
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Entertains, but kind of sparse. I think that the narrative is being stretched a bit to make sure this is a trilogy. Also, while I know that considerable attention was given to making the Extended Universe books flow and to be consistent with each other, the descriptions of Corellia in this book does not really jive with that of the system offered in other EU books, such as the X-wing series. We'll see how the next two go. ...more
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • Before the Storm
  • Specter of the Past (Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn Duology, #1)
  • Jedi Search (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, #1)
  • Children of the Jedi (Star Wars: The Callista Trilogy, #1)
  • Dark Apprentice (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, #2)
  • Champions of the Force (Star Wars: The Jedi Academy Trilogy, #3)
  • Tyrant's Test (Star Wars : Black Fleet Crisis, #3)
  • Shield of Lies (Star Wars : Black Fleet Crisis, #2)
  • The New Rebellion (Star Wars)
  • Star Wars: Darksaber (Star Wars: The Callista Trilogy, #2)
  • Star Wars: The Crystal Star
  • Vision of the Future (Star Wars: The Hand of Thrawn Duology, #2)
  • The Courtship of Princess Leia (Star Wars)
  • Rogue Squadron (Star Wars: X-Wing, #1)
  • I, Jedi (Star Wars)
  • Dark Tide I: Onslaught (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #2)
  • Vector Prime (Star Wars: The New Jedi Order, #1)
  • Planet of Twilight (Star Wars: The Callista Trilogy, #3)
See similar books…
Roger MacBride Allen is a US science fiction author of the Corellian Trilogy, consisting of Ambush at Corellia, Assault at Selonia, and Showdown at Centerpoint. He was born on September 26, 1957 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from Boston University in 1979. The author of a dozen science-fiction novels, he lived in Washington D.C., for many years. In July 19 ...more

Other books in the series

Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy (3 books)
  • Assault at Selonia (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy, #2)
  • Showdown at Centerpoint (Star Wars: The Corellian Trilogy, #3)

News & Interviews

Need another excuse to treat yourself to a new book this week? We've got you covered with the buzziest new releases of the day. To create our...
29 likes · 11 comments