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The Youtini Expanded Universe Ranking system is a 1-5 scale that ranks EU book quality, difficulty, and importance. Books closer to Level 1 are easier to read and understand, more important, and of higher quality.
You know those novels your mom always had by her bedside, the ones with half-shirtless Fabio embracing a dainty lady in a thin gown? Well this is kind of like that, but Star Wars style. Han finds out that Leia has arrangements to marry another man for political reasons, but he’s not having it. His plan? Kidnap Leia so she can’t get married to anyone else. That’s romantic, right?
Darth Vader and the emperor are dead, but the Empire lives on, and the Alliance must continue to struggle with dwindling supplies of cash and resources. Princess Leia, seeking new allies to bring into the Alliance and a new planet as home for the influential refugees of Alderaan, considers a proposal that could tip the balance of power against the evil Empire. The Hapes consortium, a cluster of 63 high-tech worlds, is ruled by the Queen Mother. She wants Leia to marry her son, the dashing and wealthy Prince Isolder.
When Han Solo hears the news of Leia's impending nuptials, he reacts with shock. Han has always dreamed of marrying Leia. Yet, in spite of his heroic exploits, he feels she sees him as nothing more than a rogue and a pirate, unworthy of her hand. Now he makes a desperate last gamble to win her back. Tricking Leia into accompanying him, Han flees with her to the beautiful and untamed planet Dathomir, where he hopes to win her heart.
Fearing the imperious queen's reaction to Han's rash move, Luke Skywalker forms an unlikely alliance with Prince Isolder to track down the runaways. Luke has been traveling the far reaches of the galaxy in search of the scattered lore of the Jedi Knights. But when he, Artoo, and Isolder set off to Dathomir, Luke does not suspect that he is beginning 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.
This is one of my favorite Star Wars books to date. Partially because it was my first EU novel, but also because the story is so rich and interesting. Wolverton gives just enough detail and background information while expertly navigates the characters to new places and with some intense scenes. It doesn't focus so much on "romance" as ideas of the Force, matriarchal worlds and tribes, as well as the state of parts of the Galaxy after Return of the Jedi.
Despite a whirlwind romance during the Original Trilogy, Han and Leia still haven’t tied the knot at this point in the Legends timeline. This is the story of how they finally get together. . . and it is a wild ride to happily ever after. The Courtship of Princess Leia is a significant story in the world building of the EU; all these years later we’re still seeing Dathomir with its rancors popping up in Jedi: Fallen Order! Many of the characters come into play later in the timeline and the events that transpire have permanent ramifications on the story. Even with its importance, it’s about as goofy as the Legends books have ever been. Han is extremely oafish, Leia is easily swept off her feet, Luke is extremely overpowered, and there are numerous baffling leaps in plot. Nevertheless, this book is a ton of fun to read, is a perfect time capsule of what made Legends both wonderful and weird.
Ah, the 90’s. Like shellsuits and Filofaxes, some things have stood the test of time and some.....not so much. This was the early days of the EU when every new author had a completely different take, and not all of them stuck. But I have to score this books highest for originality, and so much of the lore in this book has gone on to be integral parts of the Galaxy, even as recently as Fallen Order. Finally, I have to say that “Courtship...” is made so much better by reading the Wraith Squadron books first