The Courtship of Princess Leia has ratings and reviews. Alejandro said: One of the best Star Wars novels! BEGINNING THE PATH OF THE F. : Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia (Audible Audio Edition): Dave Wolverton, Anthony Heald, Random House Audio: Books. “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.

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Attention is requested to create new articles from these links. Click “[show]” in the ” Appearances leja section if any redlinks aren’t immediately visible. Please remove this message when finished. It continued the streak of New York Times Bestsellers that started with Heir to the Lleiaplacing courtdhip seven on the list for the weeks of April 24 [2] and May 1 Narration for the audio version was performed by Anthony Heald.

Now the tradition continues with the culmination of a love story that spans a war -torn galaxy …. Though Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead, the Empire lives on and a weakened Alliance must find powerful new help if it is to survive. The answer could lie in the Hapes consortiuma cluster of sixty-three high-tech worlds. There is only one catch: Han Solo reacts badly to the news. Tricking Leia, he flees with her to the beautiful but untamed planet of Dathomirwhere he hopes to change her mind – and win her heart.

Meanwhile, Luke Skywalker and Artoo form an unlikely partnership with the jilted prince to track down the runaways. But their mission is only 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.

Though the Battle of Endor resulted in the priincess of the Emperor and Darth Vaderalong with some of the best minds of the Imperial Starfleetthe remnants of the Empire are still a danger. One of the recently-formed New Republic’s direst foes is the splinter faction of the former Empire, led by Warlord Zsinj.

Zsinj is a cunning strategist whose skills have earned him the allegiance of almost pprincess full third of the entire galaxy. Both the Imperial Coyrtship and the New Republic have dedicated considerable forces to ending his reign.

But Zsinj has possession of one of the few Super Star Destroyers left, and courttship nearly cornered, slipped away to a secret stronghold where the SSD Iron Fist is repaired. At the opening of the novel, Han Solowho had been aboard the Mon Remonda continuing the search for this hidden fortress, is wearily returning to the recently captured Coruscant and expecting an end to the long separation from his beloved, Princess Leia, the head of the New Republic.

To his great surprise, when his vessel drops out of hyperspace and into the Coruscant system, he encounters a number of fearsome Imperial Star DestroyersHapan Battle Dragonscoutship a Nova -class battle courtzhip. Han soon lria that the Hapes Cluster has sent a delegation of some kind to the New Republic to meet with its representative. Upon entering the Imperial PalaceHan enlists the help of C-3PO courtshlp translate and comment on the formal diplomatic reception.

While observing the reception, Han watches as the Hapes delegation presents Leia with a number of stunning gifts from each world in the Hapes cluster, among them the dozen Star Destroyers Han had seen, a Hapan gun of commanda small plant resembling a bonsai which promotes longevity and intelligence and, most shockingly of all, the hand of Prince Isolderthe son of Ta’a Chume the current ruler of the Hapes clusterin marriage.

When Leia nearly accepts this startling proposal, Han is driven into a frenzy of fear and jealousy.


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Guided by his desperation, Han wanders into a dive of a cantina in the lower reaches of Coruscant, where he participates in a high-stakes sabacc game. During the game, one of Han’s opponents runs out of liquid financial instruments and instead proffers real estate in the form prjncess a deed to an entire habitable planet, Dathomir. Thinking he has found a gift which peincess prove his worthiness to Leia and compare favorably with the gifts of Isolder providing a place to resettle the expatriates of Alderaan to boothe immediately rushes to her side to present his winnings.

When Leia examines his gift and points out playfully that he has been conned since Dathomir is in the section of the galaxy controlled by ZsinjHan is devastated. To add insult to injury, Isolder denigrates the Falcon and offers Han a Nova battle cruiser if he abandons his quest to win Leia’s heart. This last slight is enough to drive Han over the edge; he abducts Leia using the Gun of Command, and flees with her and Chewbaccaaboard his recently refitted Millennium Falconto Dathomir.

Upon discovering the abduction, Prince Isolder pursues Han with his Hapan Battle Dragon and arrives at Dathomir shortly after Solo despite his head start. Isolder was able to track Han with the assistance of the Jedi Master Luke Skywalker who had returned from his mission to Toola having found only a despoiled Jedi archive.

Luke aided Isolder by using his Force leiw to courtsihp a shorter but still safe path through hyperspace, shaving time off other conventional routes.

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Arriving on Dathomir, Luke and Isolder discover that Zsinj had truly laid claim to Dathomir by establishing in the planet’s orbit the Iron Fista number of other capital ships, and the complete orbital shipyard Han had hunted for so long. By this time, the Millennium Falcon has been forced to land on Dathomir itself, where it is captured by the Imperial garrison Zsinj had marooned on the surface years ago.

Isolder immediately sets out in his Miy’til starfighter accompanied by Luke’s X-wing while the Hapan fleet provide cover fire before leaving to inform the New Republic, Imperial Remnant, and the Hapes Consortium of the whereabouts of Zsinj which had long been unknown. On the surface, Isolder and Luke discover the remnants of the star-borne Jedi training academy, the Chu’unthor. Luke remembers having seen recordings of Yoda and a number of other Jedi knights failing to retrieve the library of the Chu’unthor due to interference by the Witches of Dathomir.

Despite their intentions, the best the other Jedi had been able to do was seal the vessel thoroughly; so thoroughly that only centuries later the first intruder would need a lightsaber to break in. While attempting to gain access to the ship Luke is captured by a Dathomiri witch. Luke and Isolder, who was also captured only moments earlier, are taken back to her village. Meanwhile, Zsinj, who has also learned about Han Solo’s presence on the planet, offers both an ultimatum and exchange to the head of the NightsistersGethzerion.

If the sisters will release Han to him to torture and execute as he likes, he will reward them with a Imperial shuttle to leave the planet. If they do not comply, however, he will keep his ” nightcloak ” an interconnected network of geostationary satellites, which reflect all solar emissions back into space intact, which will slowly freeze Dathomir until no life can continue to survive.

Han and Leia soon infiltrate the Imperial garrison and steal the Falconpiloting it out into the ongoing Battle of Dathomir. Han purposely allows the Iron Fist to acquire the Falcon with a tractor beam ; once he is within the deflector shieldshe breaks free of the beam lock and pilots his ship over the superstructure of the gigantic vessel.


Once on the main bridge, he launches two concussion missiles which destroy the bridge, kill Zsinj, and knock out the ventral shields. With Iron Fist now completely exposed, the Hapan Battle Dragons move into position with their ion cannonsand disable the station. In the face of this catastrophic defeat, Zsinj’s empire soon crumbles. Shortly thereafter, Solo and Leia marry, having realized during their intrepid journey together that they do indeed love each other. Isolder also gets his happy ending as it is revealed that he has fallen in love with his captor, Teneniel Djoand asks her to marry him.

Dave Wolverton had signed on to do a Star Wars novel trilogy, but it has been speculated that the deal fell through and the proposed trilogy was compressed into this novel.

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This novel had two main covers. The reason for the second cover is that sales were not as elia as expected. It was thought this may have been due to a misconception that it was a romance novel, rather than action.

On this basis, a more action-oriented cover was made for the paperback release. The descriptions of the old Jedi Order from the early chapters contain several pieces of information that fit almost perfectly with the lf depictions of the Order from the prequel trilogynamely: Other than Redemptionmost other pre— The Phantom Menace depictions of the old Jedi Order made them largely decentralized and based on such outlying worlds as Dantooine and Ossus.

The Jedi headquarters on Coruscant contains the high master’s throne room and an archive with a Jedi Master assigned to oversee it, which would mesh with the High Council ChamberJedi Archivesand Jedi archivist. In the “final hours” of the Galactic Republicthe Jedi headquarters on Coruscant was attacked by “invading Imperials” with only a few Jedi managing to escape, which would equate with Order 66 and Operation: Knightfallas well as almost perfect timing concerning the Declaration of a New Order.

The Millennium Falcon seems more heavily armed than normal in this book, as it uses weapons not normally attributed to it.

For example, the Falcon fires ion cannons and proton torpedoes multiple times princes addition to the normal quad laser cannons and concussion missile launchers. Luke’s lightsaber blade is blue in this book, even though he lost his blue saber in The Empire Strikes Back. This book makes a reference to Jedi pupils being trained on a ship, despite the fact that they were fourtship trained at the Jedi Temple. It is most likely that Luke just didn’t know this.

Luke comments that sixteen was an age too young to be trained as a Jedi, despite the fact that it was later established that sixteen was too old. However, since Emperor Palpatine destroyed most records of the Jedi, it would have been impossible for Luke to know this.

Though Han’s stalkerish behavior and his willingness to kidnap Leia received criticism from readers, Dave Wolverton, in an interview with Jedi Council Forums member Doug McCausland, described Han’s behavior as him regressing to his scoundrel spice-smuggling days under heavy stress, reversion being a psychological defense mechanism Wolverton saw in his own children at the time. Sign In Don’t have an account? Perhaps the archives are incomplete.

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