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Tatooine Ghost

(Star Wars Universe)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  4,980 ratings  ·  152 reviews
SPECIAL BONUS INSIDE—the exclusive story "A Forest Apart," previously available in e-book format only!

Han and Leia struggle to keep the Empire at bay as stunning revelations from the past threaten to eclipse the future of the New Republic. . . .

The deaths of Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine by no means spelled the end of the Empire. In the aftermath, the New Republic has
Paperback, 480 pages
Published December 30th 2003 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2003)
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Elizabeth Waschak
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Crystal Starr Light
Mr. and Mrs. Solo on Tatooine...
This novel, I tried to start some years ago but couldn’t quite get in the mood for. Now, hearing from many how good it was, I thought I’d find out for myself.

Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo, recently married, travel to Tatooine with Chewbacca and C-3PO to recover Killik Twilight, an Alderaanian painting that contains the Shadowcast code. This code has been used to contact undercover agents for years and if found by the Imperials will spell doom for many agents.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I love, love, love this book! It’s so nice to see the Solos in their happier times. You know, before the New Jedi Order and the Legacy of the Force series. I feel so bad for them; they were carefree (as much as they can be anyway) in this book. They have no idea what’s in store for them in the future… Now that I think of it, I really wish Luke, Han and Leia would get their happy ending. It seems that as the series continues, their lives gets worse every time : (

Anyway, I love Han and Leia! They
Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I had heard about this book back in 2005 when I was in the first throes of my Star Wars obsession. After I tried and failed to read Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, I stayed away from the EU and other science fiction books.

Fast forward five years or so, I realized that the books that I just couldn't deal with at the tender age of fifteen now make more sense to me. So I figured why not try the EU again? The first book I read was Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia and while I enjoyed it. I
Dec 19, 2015 rated it liked it
With a book featuring Han Solo & Princess Leia it's a little surprising that the best parts of the book are when Leia discovers the secret past of her father Darth Vader when he was still a Skywalker. A holo-diary, force visions and just occupying the same Tatooine space give her glimpses into the past that really have good emotional pull. Denning also has fun with some of the non-human species notably the Jawas and the Squibs. Listening to this on audio brought the alien languages to life - ...more
Ian Robinson
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most enjoyable Star Wars novels i've read. It goes to show that somehow, the desert world of Tatooine has a magical connection to the Star Wars mythos. Taking the macguffin of an Alderaan painting being auctioned on Tatooine after the fall of the Empire, the story allows for Leia (accompanied by Han, Chewie and Threepio) to discover the backstory of her father before he became Vader - the young boy Anakin Skywalker. She encounters characters seen in Episode 1 and their fond ...more
May 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I initially sat down and began to read this, I was a little excited. I’d been avoiding the book for years because it had a NJO cover and I didn’t think it was canon. Later, when I found out when it was set, I knew I had to read it to establish its canoncity or non-canoncity, as the case might be. So I was kind of excited to sit down and read a new Star Wars novel, and one about Han and Leia, too! Han is a pretty difficult character to write; most authors cope with him by having him repeat ...more
Well, well, well... Tatooine Ghost was good. I loved the characterization, the setting on Tatooine and the way we got to see more of the past while going forward.
I'd say my friend Jess was more than right to recommend it to me ;) Thanks!

Now, the bad is that I only wanted to read the "new canon" (at least for now) and now I kinda want to read more of the old one. Especially because it features more of Luke, Leia and Han, compared to what we have now and I'm curious (about the kids, how Luke
Maybe a 3.4. All the iconic characters in a classic site (Tatooine) with a twist on the attitudes and behaviors of the Imperials, of all people.

Most of the story ping pongs between Han and Leia's point of view. It works.

Flunked high school physics dept.: (page 19-20) "The quad laser cannons fired in diametric sequence . . . . The Falcon was still at maximum range, and the bolts took an eternity to reach their destination." Even allowing that "an eternity" is hyperbole, laser bolts travel at the
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really liked this. More then I thought I would. This other does a great job of writing Leia and Han (which, I was shocked because most SW published books massacre them!) and other known characters in addition to introducing new ones and I like how we got a chance to delve into the backstory of Leia's father and grandmother. It did a really good job of tying in the prequels with the original trilogy. I think this book helped diminished my SW need for the moment but if I ever feel the need to read ...more
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
I'm a complete sucker for anything that connects the prequels with the original trilogy, especially with major characters like Luke and Leia finding out more about their parents. It's the only thing that make the Dark Nest series worth wading through for me. This one has Leia 'interacting' with Shmi via Shmi's diary, and it's pretty good. Grand Admiral Thrawn puts in a very brief, vague appearance, and Leia learns a lot about herself and her heritage. I enjoyed this one.
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
The premise of this book had so much potential. And every time Leia started going on about how she couldn't bear to bring children into the world that might turn into Darth Vader I went "GAAAAHDOENSBDISNDKFO THE FEEEEEEEELS." T_T

And then the ending was like - what? That's it? That doesn't even answer questions! Long story short, I was really disappointed. :(
Mark Kaye
Mar 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Awesome tie in to the legacy of the force series, when Leia has a vision of the future.
This one was great! Lots of Han/Leia.

And lots of connection the prequels, though I don't remember them much at all, so I have no idea what parts are "real" and which were "made up."
Mark Oppenlander
There are a couple of options for creating Star Wars fiction. You can take existing characters and extend their stories, you can fill in backstory only hinted at in the films, you can create entirely new characters and drop them into the existing narrative somewhere or even create new characters and situations in the same reality but unrelated to the canonical story arc. With the development of the prequel movies, another option became possible: to make connections between one era of Star Wars ...more
Katrin von Martin
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Saimi Korhonen
Nov 26, 2018 rated it liked it
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Tatooine Ghost was a weird one for me. I really liked some parts of it but other parts I didn't really care too much about.

Tatooine Ghost a story told almost solely from Leia's point of view and it's about her going on a mission to Tatooine to retrieve a painting that has something vital to the New Republic hidden in it and being faced with her heritage. That was definitely my favorite aspect of the novel. I loved reading about how her view of her father developed and changed, and how she
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
EU #2

4/5 stars

I was really excited to read this book because it explores the relationship between Leia and her father; and also brings back some of the characters from the Boonta Classic.
This book was one of the first to link the Prequel and Original trilogies. Takes place just before Heir to the Empire and even has a cameo from Thrawn.
The most interesting parts of this book were Leia listening to her grandmother; Shmi's journal. It provided a look into what Anakin's mother did between Anakin
Taylor Barrett
Nov 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I adore Tatooine Ghost—this may be my favourite Star Wars expanded universe book.

I love Tatooine Ghost for the same reasons I love Razor's Edge—it reads like fanfiction in the absolute best way. It combines personal growth, romance, and a legit adventure in one amazing package. This book takes us on a journey through Leia exploring her Tatooine roots and learning more about her father's heritage. Throughout the book, she comes to grips with who he was as a person and the legacy he left behind.

Janine Treannie
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I actually never would have thought to pick this up at the local library until my husband said something. I had originally seen many Star Wars based books at the local library but never took one out until this one.

I actually really enjoyed this book. It takes place sometime after Darth Vader has been killed along with the Sith Master who was controlling Vader and we find that Han and Leia are now married.

The whole book takes place on the planet where Aniken Skywalker (Darth Vader) lived as a
Ben Briles
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Arlene Kellas
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Daniel Kukwa
Jun 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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It's a bit over-long, and the ending is very abrupt...but everything else in this novel combines to create a wonderful tale. It sets itself a number of tasks: follow-on from "The Courtship of Princess Leia" and show the honeymoon-that-isn't, create a link to Leia and two other past stories (the film "The Phantom Menace" and the novel "The Truce at Bakura"), and create an exciting adventure story on Tatooine that doesn't involve Hutts, bounty hunters, and gangsters. Troy Denning does all of this ...more
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
For a book I only bought because my dad pointed out to me that Han Solo is on the front, it's pretty good.
The plot is not really note-worthy, as it could be better and more thought through. I'm a nostalgia fan, and Tatooine Ghost wasn't short on giving me all those feels.
It's a good read, full of hints towards the movies as Leia discovers her family's past and digs deeper into it - and banters with her precious husband.
It's definitely worth a read when you're a fan of Han and Leia and enjoy the
Nicholas Cordes
Dec 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This book tied the prequels to Leia and the original trilogy really well! It also has cute Han and Leia moments. The Squibs were kind of annoying, and the climax seemed a little anticlimactic. The pacing was good, I think, but the action was honestly never really that intense. It did explain a lot of how Leia felt about all the revelations about her family after ROTJ, though, and how she reached a point where she was ready to have children. A good explanation/filler book. (Note: No longer
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Han and Leia Solos are on their way to recover a very important painting.
They wouldn't be themselves if everything did not go totally wrong...
Humorous, with witty dialogues, full of dewbacks, banthas, squibs, jawas, tuskens and... ghosts from Leia's past.
Knowing the films, it is very nice to join Leia in her struggles to discover and understand Anakin and Shmi Skywalkers' past.
One constantly appearing quote would be "we're in trouble!" (Han)
Arran Bedford
Slow & Steady

Not a bad read, if not a little bit lagging in parts. The nods to the prequel trilogy I found enjoyable and were probably the best part of the story. Leia returning to Tatooine was a great way to integrate all aspects of the present and the past and for me it was what kept me reading.
The story itself has great potential but as previously mentioned: The story lags and plods to a crescendo I know longer cared about.
Give it a blast - It's an 'okay' read IMO
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Even though not technically a part of Star Wars canon anymore, "Tatooine Ghost" does an excellent job of connecting the original trilogy with the prequels. Focusing on Leia, her force potential, and her view of her father, I found this book very interesting. With a healthy portion of Han and Chewie, I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't hate the prequels and wants to see them tied into the original trilogy well.
Book Nerd
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, star-wars
This book is about Leia visiting Tattooine, learning more about her father's past and coming to terms with her anger at him while she and Han chase a rebel code and a lost piece of art. It was written right after Episode III and makes a lot of references to the prequels.
It's an interesting story because not a lot of the books focus this much on Leia. And I really love the squibs. They're great characters.
It seemed to drag a little in the middle but the ending was really exciting.
Daniel DallaValle
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: star-wars
I think he did a pretty good job with the characters. They felt very much like the Leia and Han from the movies. The story was solid; a mission to retrieve sensitive information with a link to Leia's childhood. What I found most interesting was Leia's discovery of her father's past on Tatooine. Provides a nice tie in with Episode I.
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