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Star Wars: Leia, Princess Of Alderaan Book Review


Claudia Gray continues to impress with “Star Wars: Leia, Princess Of Alderaan.”

Having previously penned two of the best “Star Wars” novels with “Lost Stars” and “Bloodlines,” author Claudia Gray returns to a galaxy far, far away with a new novel titled “Star Wars: Leia, Princess Of Alderaan.” The story focuses on a young Leia Organa (a 16 year old Leia to be exact) who is on the verge of being a crown Princess and the future Queen of Alderaan. There’s a lot going on in this story that I don’t want to spoil for readers, but I will say the plot involves her parents (Bail and Breha Organa), her time as an apprentice legislator, a romance with a fellow Alderaan citizen (Kier), her growth as a person as well as how she learns about (and becomes involved with) the Rebellion. Vague, I know, but the less said the better.

While we know some of Luke’s youth, Leia’s past prior to “A New Hope” isn’t something that has been explored in much depth. Luckily, “Leia, Princess Of Alderaan” fills in some of those gaps. We definitely learn more about her family dynamic, her royal lifestyle as well as how she essentially was forced to grow up fast to become the person we know she becomes in “A New Hope” and on. Again, there’s more going on with her character here than just what I mentioned, but I can’t get into that here. Suffice to say, there’s no shortage of characterization here which will undoubtedly please fans of Leia and “Star Wars” in general.

Characterization aside, there’s also a lot of other great story material here. First and foremost, the book has strong ties to existing films such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” the original trilogy, and “Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace.” As a fan who loves references to the entire saga, I deeply appreciated the appearance of everything from familiar planets to characters we have seen before. I would like to say more, but not knowing who shows up is part of what makes this novel so rewarding.

Secondly, I admired the fact that Claudia Gray didn’t shy away from giving the novel a sad, dark and foreboding tone given what we know happens to the galaxy, Alderaan and a lot of these characters. It’s very much a “calm before the storm” type of story.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this novel is that there appears to be some ties to the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” More specifically, a new planet and a new character that will appear in that film play a vital role in this novel.

If I had one criticism it’s that I could have done without the pathfinding exercises. I know it was used as a plot device to showcase Leia’s characteristics as well as develop the other legislators featured in the story, but every time it came into play it felt a bit intrusive and forced (especially since there’s so much more appealing events happening in the story). Basically, it all felt a bit too convenient plotting wise.

Overall Thoughts: Claudia Gray has firmly established herself as one of the best “Star Wars” authors ever. Buy this book.

September 6, 2017 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. It has been some time since I have read Star Wars fiction, but I may just have to dive back in after reading this review. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Comment by The Past Due Book Review | September 7, 2017 | Reply

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