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Star Wars: the Courtship of Princess Leia (Star Wars (Random House Paperback)) [Mass Market Paperback]

Dave Wolverton
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1 Sep 1995
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 always dreamed of  marrying Leia himself, and now he makes a desperate  last gamble to win her back. Soon he, Isolder,  Luke Skywalker and Artoo will be at the center of an  adventure leading to an awesome treasure, a group  of Force-trained "witches," and a  showdown with an invincible foe.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam USA (1 Sep 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553569376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553569377
  • Product Dimensions: 17.7 x 10.6 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 198,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead, but the Empire lives on and the Alliance must continue the struggle with dwindling supplies of cash and resources. Princess Leia, seeking rich, powerful allies to bring into the Alliance and a new planet as a home for the influential refugees of Alderaan, considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire.

The Hapes consortium, a cluster of sixty-three high-tech worlds, is ruled by the Queen Mother, who wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder. When Han Solo hears the news of Leia's impending nuptials, he reacts with shock. Han always dreamed of marrying Leia himself, but in spite of his heroic exploits he feels she sees him as nothing more than a shiftless rogue and pirate, unworthy of her hand. Now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Tricking Leia into accompanying him, Han flees with her to the beautiful and untamed planet Dathomir, where he hopes to win her heart.

Fearing the imperious queen's reaction to Han's rash move, Luke Skywalker forms an unlikely alliance with Prince Isolder to track down the runaways. But as he, Artoo, and Isolder set off to Dathomir, Luke little suspects that it is the beginning of an adventure that will lead to the discovery of an awesome treasure, a group of Force-trained 'witches'...and a showdown with an invincible foe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall, pretty good, but.... 27 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book I found to be enjoyable, it incorporates an element rarely seen in SW books: humor. I loved the scene where Luke is flying the Falcon in three positions using the Force, and his other uses of the Force in this novel... it's a shame you never see him do it later on! I loved all of those parts. The way the story on Dathomir was told was very good. We already knew pretty much how things would turn out, but nonetheless Wolverton managed to write a decent book anyway. This book felt like Star Wars.
But Leia and Han were both *remarkably* out of character at times. I found the whole idea of Leia falling for some other guy and giddy over him because he's hot and rich pretty lame, and all of a sudden she doesn't seem to care for Han, after all that happened in the movies? And Han resorting to kidnapping her? I don't think so, the Han Solo we knew would have found something better to win back his lady love. Of course if he hadn't done that we wouldn't have gone to Dathomir, and wouldn't have a story. And, I read the novel looking forward to seeing their wedding, and it only gets half a page. What? Wasn't that what the whole novel is supposed to lead up to? Now I've never really been much of a Han/Leia fan, I would rather have seen her end up with someone more like Luke. But weddings are rare in SW, and this is probably the most important (aside from Anakin and Amidala, obviously...), and it deserved a little more book time. These sound like big complaints, but they aren't as huge as this review makes them look.
But this is still a good novel, not on the level of Zahn, but anyway a good read, IMO.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good book but... 13 Aug 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a good book. I do have some problems with it though.
There must be hundreds of force strong people liveing on Dathomir. Why dont we hear about them before hand?
At the end of the book, Luke finds all those records. They were never mentioned again. Why?
Leia is NOT the kind of person who goes running away from the person she loves because her knight in shinig armor comes along. She never would have dumped Han because Isolder came along.
Aside from those things, the book is excellent. I would reccomend it to anyone who likes Star Wars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST STAR WARS BOOK 23 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Great job Wolverton!!!! Wolverton should be the only Star wars author. His charecters seem so real. they talk natural! they say "hi" "ok" and "yeah". Not "indeed" , "agreed" , or any of the other-unatural-slightly rehearsed lines other authors use (thanks to timothy zahn , ofcourse).charecters feel stress and act natural , they dont act cool and calculated all the time.Wolverton is also the only one to take everything on a large scale. hundreds of warships and massive space battles , not the "I have a star destroyer and i will conquer the galaxy" attitude of the other authors. The witches of Dathomir , whats wrong with them? people say the dont "fit" in the star wars galaxy. what? it's a group of primitive untamed force users. I wrote this reveiw years after i read the book. i ve read every star wars book , including the recent I,Jedi and Iron Fist , and wolverton's style is the only one i liked. TO A! LL STAR WARS FANS , TRUST ME ON THIS!!!!
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I've read about 10 of the Star Wars books, and the Courtship of Princess Leia is my favorite of all of them. Dave Wolverton gave the story a feel as if I was watching one of the movies.It has a lot of the romantic things between Han and Leia that you would see in one of the Star Wars movies. I liked all of the storylines in the book, and all were very intresting. There was never a boring storyline that you would want to skip over it. This is a great book. I can't wait to read the next Dave Wolverton book. I definitely recomend that you read this book if you like Star Wars at all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great read 20 May 2013
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great book for all lovers of star wars. Takes in more history of the main characters. good read and highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great book ! 4 Mar 2013
By E. Reay
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these are continuing tales following on from one another dating back all the way to the last film return of the jedi , a must read for any Star Wars fan !!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 5 April 2011
By Shard
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I enjoyed the story, but the characterizations seemed out of sync with what we know from the movies.
There are also some glaring flaws...

for instance, Luke uses a blue lightsaber, and TIE's shoot blue lasers -
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay 3 Jan 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this SW novel after being told it ended the zsinji saga, so when i started reading i was pretty shocked to find it was all about han copeting for leia and some force witches thrown in. The story itself is a great little miniplot in the SW galaxy to get lost in but it hardly mentions zsinji at all until the end.
Also there was quite a couple of plot fillers such as the massive armada of hapans and the archive that luke found that was only mentioned briefly. I was quite dissapointed with the very small inclusion and end of zsinji, although it was a good way for han to get him.
To conclude great little plot on dathomir but if your reading it as a follow on from the x-wing series don't expect anything special.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Courtship of Princess Leia
I nearly gave up on this novel very early on. I thought the beginning of the book set out a hard to believe plot basis regarding Leia and the Hapan. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2007 by Dr. Martin L. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars highly entertaining
I was a bit skeptical when i read the synopsis, however, I must admit, this is an highly entertaining book. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2006 by leathercharmer
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete trash!!
I've read most of the Starwars novels and this is one of the worst books ever written. The plot of this book is complete useless and I couldn't wait to reach the end of the book. Read more
Published on 13 April 2005 by Richard Sutherland
3.0 out of 5 stars Prince Isolder is sooooooo annoying
What started out as a promising book for the romantic in all Star Wars fans, rapidly degenerates as Wolverton overplays Isolder (Han's love rival). Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2003 by Mr. Simon P. Moulden
4.0 out of 5 stars Star Wars: the Courtship of Princess Leia (Star Wars).
Good read. I would recomend this book to any star wars fans.
The story is intriging with all the old and some good new characters, being introduced.
Published on 4 April 2003 by Majid Zak
5.0 out of 5 stars It`s GREAT
Han really loves Leia and shows it by kidnapping her. Luke is searching for Jedi relics. Leia gets an offer she is likely unable to deny, marrying a Prince (Isolder) to get an ally... Read more
Published on 13 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars It all started with a new alie. And then it got hot.
I really like this book. It is one of the best SW books I've been reading. It is very fast, and I like that Luke shows his strength that much. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars The greatest decission in Leia's life.
I really like this book. It's far over the normal. I really the battle on Dathomir. It's relly well written. Read more
Published on 1 Dec 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Can a women love two men?
Han is threatened for Leia's ahnd in marriage. A quick kidnapping later and they are stranded on a planet run by evil force-wielding witches. Can Luke save the day?
Published on 24 Sep 2000 by philt@benkenobi.co.uk
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