Star Wars: The Courtship of Princess Leia
author Dave Wolverton
Book Review by Nathan Neuharth
This is another novel I was resistant in reading because the title was not aesthetically appealing to me. The title sounded boring. I was very wrong in making that assumption. We are introduced to many new characters and places that place larger roles in the Star Wars Expanded Universe. In this novel we are introduced to the planet Dathomir (home to the witches of Dathomir and the Nightsisters). We meet Prince Isolder of the Hapan System and their similar but much more advanced matriarchal culture. Hapan Battle Dragons are war ships that can go toe to toe with Star Destroyers.
Isolder proposes marriage to Princess Leia. She seriously considers it. I don’t like Isolder at first but in the end he proves to be a pretty cool hero who ends up marrying the Dathomir witch Teneniel of the Singing Mountain Clan (Luke offers to train their future child as a Jedi). Han actually kidnaps Leia to prevent her from marrying Isolder and takes her to Dathomir (he won the planet gambling, he gives the deed to the witch Augwynne in the end). We see Isolder mature as a character. This novel is filled with true heroics concerning all the protagonists.
Luke spends time searching for lost Jedi records and finds some at the end of the story. The massive battle between Imperials, our small group of heroes, and the Nightsisters is epic. For the first time I get to experience the threat I've often heard, Chewbacca the Wookie rips someone’s arm off!
Prince Isolder has become one of my favorite non-movie characters (along with Kyp Durron, Corran Horn, Callista, Fenn Shysa, and the witches of Dathomir).
Luke shows off his skills and there is no doubt by this point that he is a Jedi Knight, he is a warrior, fighting with both lightsaber and blaster. By this time his Jedi skills are becoming more refined and remarkable. It is clear he is one of the greatest Jedi of all time.
We briefly meet the witch Kirana Ti who will one day join Luke’s Jedi Academy, or Jedi Praexium. I definitely recommend this novel to Star Wars fans.