Han Solo Has Competition
Dave Wolverton’s The Courtship Of Princess Leia (1994) is a novel in the Star Wars expanded universe. The story takes place after the Battle of Endor. Even though Darth Vader and the Emperor are dead, the empire remnant is still a threat to the fledgling new republic. They need all the allies they can get. While this is happening, Prince Isolder, a member of the Hapes cluster royal family proposes marriage to Leia. She almost agrees and this drives Han crazy. He wants to prove his worthiness to Leia and he decides to get her a gift. He plays a Sabacc hand and wins an entire planet. He comes to Leia with his gift, he wants to give her the planet so the Alderaan refugees can live on it. Isolder informs him that he has been conned. Dathomir lies in the part of the galaxy controlled by a warlord. Han snaps, kidnaps Leia and takes her to Dathomir. Isolder and Luke follow them there. They land in the planet and find more than they bargained for.
I had second thoughts about reading this book. I’m not much of a romance reader and I didn’t want to read a romance set in the Star Wars universe. When I finally decided to read it, I was surprised at how little romance there is in the book. I was blown away when the book introduced the inhabitants of Dathomir. It was such a revelation to learn how they relate to the force. I know I’m being vague, I just don’t want to have any spoilers.
Please do yourself a favor and go read this book. You’ll enjoy it as much as the movies.
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