"The Courtship of Princess Leia," by Dave Wolverton [Bantam, 1994]

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"The Courtship of Princess Leia," by Dave Wolverton [Bantam, 1994]

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10 (Excellent) 45 vote(s) 26.9%
9 21 vote(s) 12.6%
8 26 vote(s) 15.6%
7 21 vote(s) 12.6%
6 (Average) 6 vote(s) 3.6%
5 (Average) 15 vote(s) 9.0%
4 3 vote(s) 1.8%
3 6 vote(s) 3.6%
2 3 vote(s) 1.8%
1 (Poor) 21 vote(s) 12.6%
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  1. 4LOM Jedi Knight

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    Jan 9, 2004
    star 3
    Genghis, how did the Marvel comics delay the Dark Empire comics? The Marvel comic line ended in 1984! Dark Empire came out in the early nineties, if I'm not mistaken. That's a HUGE gap between the two projects. After the Marvel line ended, there was a long drought of SW material until West End Games released the Star Wars roleplaying game.
  2. JEDI-SOLO Force Ghost

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    Feb 12, 2002
    star 5
    I think that this is the best stand alone SW novel PERIOD.
  3. Thrawn1786 Force Ghost

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    Feb 8, 2004
    star 5
    I gave it a 9 because the part where Gethzerion breaks all of Han's bones and teeth always bugged me. Yuck. I like how it's different from all the other books in that it focuses on the heroes-there's no seeing things from the villian's point of view. Highlights for me were Threepio's serenade, the dialogue when Leia wakes up on the Falcon("I've come to kill Han, and this is the only way I could get on board. What do you think, Han kidnapped me!"), the rancor ride where Han and Isolder try to outdo each other, and the wedding(I'm a sucker for weddings until a soprano who can't sing shows up). One of my favorites.
  4. cleveland1000 Jedi Knight

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    Mar 15, 2004
    star 2
    this was the first star wars book i read and d@mn i loved it i was hooked form the second chapter till the end. and also laughed quite a few time such as hans comment to luke about tenial i think it was somehting like if i were you i would be asking her to ride my rancor. and also loved the part where the head nightsister nearly killed luke. well i gave this book a 10.
  5. JediSolo13 Jedi Master

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    Mar 13, 2004
    star 2
    I thought this book was really good. Especially since it shows Han desperate to win Leia :D
  6. DarthShona Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 29, 2003
    star 5
    10

    This book is awesome! It's probably THE most interesting one I've read (SW or not).
  7. LukeSkiwalker Jedi Knight

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    Apr 3, 2004
    star 2
    10 10 10 this is an awesome book one of the best, I had all my friends read it even though they don't really love star wars like me, it is an excellent book.
  8. darthmaul3162 Jedi Master

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    Mar 24, 2004
    star 1
    This book kicks Butt man what can i say a 10x10. Solid read even for the not so Star wars Freaks. I have to say it again if you could only read one Star wars book This would be it.
  9. skywalkerfreak2000 Jedi Padawan

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    Jul 15, 2003
    Hey everyone,
    The Courtship of Princess Leia was a good book, that is until I read some of the others. After that the book was low on the list. I hated Leia in that book, dumping Han, come on Leia. I know she thought she was doing the New Republic good, but come on people. Would Leia really do that? Although Leia was a little wacko, I thought Han was in perfect character. Of course he would kidnap her. Even if he let her marry Isolder, he wouldn't let things end like that. But you know, I must admit it was cool when Luke was manning the guns on the Falcon. But contrary to other people posting, I hated the witches, what a stupid aspect to put in Star Wars. The story could have been better. The concept was good, but the story could have been better. I rate it a three.
  10. andre Jedi Knight

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    Jul 11, 1999
    I finished reading this novel about a week ago. The first portion of it felt like some sort of crazy experiment crossing a soap opera with a space opera. Then things got a little mysterious, and then alittle bit adventuré.

    Now that I'm recalling it, the novel doesn't leave a standing impact. With the exception of a few of the moments with the Witches.

    If you haven't read the novel, give it a go. But if I was just getting started with EU this wouldn't be recommended.

    I'm not saying I'm disapointed, one of the last passages recognized one of my favourite characters in the book, I forget her name, but the old witch gets confused with the past, present, and future; creating an interesting dianamic.

    If I had to give it a # I'd say something like 60%. I'm sure others agree. I've not read alot of the EU, but I'm hoping it only gets better with the next novel I try out.
  11. Yzerman_the_Jedi Jedi Knight

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    Jun 2, 2004
    I loved this book Woverlton writes a lot of emotion
    but i read this book 6 years ago so i forgot a lot
  12. Kristyne_Skywalker Jedi Padawan

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    Feb 18, 2004
    Yeah this book was great! I couldn't put it down! Read it within 2 days
  13. EBSaints Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    May 29, 2002
    star 6
    I just finished reading this book a couple days ago...overall I liked it and felt it was a good story. There were points of it that weren't as good and if it were written today some things would probably be told differently. But overall it was a good read and a good addition to Star Wars.
  14. WWE_jedi Jedi Knight

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    Jun 22, 2004
    star 1
    The courtship of princess leia was the first and the best star wears book i have ever read. It added emotion and spirt. Wolverton should have wrote more star wars books. The idea of training rancors is awesome. Zahn and wolveron should write a book. it would be the best star wars book ever.
  15. sabrecmc Force Ghost

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    Feb 18, 2002
    star 1
    Count me in with the "didn't like it" camp. I guess I just have a different idea of romance than a lot of people obviously do. I always felt the whole kidnapping thing was ridiculous. This from the guy who was willing to step aside at the end of Jedi to let Leia and Luke be together? I don't know, maybe that's part of his "rogue" character or whatever, but it didn't quite ring true to me. I also can't imagine Leia deciding to take one for the team or whatever her deal was with the Prince, but then again, after some guy kidnaps me, I'm not choosing him either.

    It wasn't horrible writing or anything, but it just didn't work for me. I think I had such high expectations, so maybe that's why.
  16. Jbrewster1012 Jedi Knight

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    May 9, 2003
    star 1
    I gave this book an 8.

    I didn't really believe that Leia could just turn her back on Han and want to marry Isolder, even if it was for the Republic. Even if she would, I doubt she would do it so willingly. I enjoyed the villians, the force 'witches.' They were truly bad. And they weren't the normal Imperial warlord. And I thought the trained Rancors took the nasty edge off of them that they(it) had in ROTJ. And the ending seemed a little of a let down. I thought there would be more about the wedding that just the last page.
  17. annakin13 Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jan 25, 2003
    star 1
    it took me forever to read this one, i thought it was going to be some stupid romance. i probably read 10 Star Wars books before i finally read it, and it became my favorite as soon as i did. since then, i've probably read twice as many Star Wars books and this one is still my favorite.
  18. CanaceErinn Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Jul 16, 2004
    star 1
    9. It would have been a ten, except the scene with "Han the Heroic Whuffa Grabber" didn't seem to make sense. Why grab a worm? Will it save your life? The rest was great. I liked how it was a love story since those are few and far between in the EU.
  19. The Gatherer Jedi Youngling

    Member Since:
    Aug 2, 1999
    star 6
    The Whuffa's kicked ass! ;)



    Ah, callous, but true! ;)
  20. Jort Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Aug 2, 2004
    star 4
    9


    An excellent book, Luke was finally written as it should, the new characters are very interesting and I wanted to know more about them. Great characterizations, good plot.
  21. Zinergy Jedi Youngling

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    Aug 22, 2004
    star 2
    I voted this novel a 7. I really liked how Han Solo followed his heart, and chased the woman he loved.
  22. TraxxasJedi Jedi Master

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    Jun 9, 2004
    star 1
    Well the book was okay. It went on over and over with Han and Isolder trying to steal Leah from each other though. But it was funny to see how threepio messed up with Han being royalty.
  23. Leia_Noodle Jedi Padawan

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    Feb 17, 2005
    i really liked this book.....its a guilty pleasure book for me.
    The idea of Han handling Leia in a rough fashion isn't all that out of the ordinary. Remember when Han grabs Leia and forces her to leave the rebel base on Hoth before the imperials gained complete control of the base. Plus, getting to see Han and Leia get married. I rated the book a 10.
  24. JediPadmeLightside Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Mar 16, 2005
    star 1
    I liked it. Very romantic and Han & Leia get married too. It was an enjoyable read.
  25. Reverend_Duck Jedi Knight

    Member Since:
    Feb 20, 2005
    star 2
    I rated the book 3.

    There was nothing wrong with the writing; I just didn't like the story. The dueling between Han and Isolder about Leia was okay, but I never really enjoyed all the fantasy elements in the book, like rancors being used as mounts and witches casting "spells." I read Yoda: Dark Rendezvous before reading this book, and I really cared about the characters in that novel. The Courtship of Princess Leia didn't really make me care for Teneniel or the other new characters. I also didn't like Threepio singing.

    The last 50 pages or so of the book picked up the pace a whole lot, though, and made it much more interesting. The "Kiss my Wookiee!" remark by Han was just great!

    I think I had expected something different from this book--something more light-hearted involving only Han and Leia, with occasional comic relief by Threepio and Chewie, so it's possible that my expectations can have affected my enjoyment of the book. I don't know.

    Regardless, I rate it 3.
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