"She may not look like much of a princess, but she sure shoots like one."
The Princess who didn't need a white knight to rescue her, or impersonated stormtroopers for that matter, went on to become a General in the rebellion against the putrid Empire. A woman of strong mind and determination with top-notch political training, we could only be referencing Leia Organa Solo. As much as we learn about her on-screen, we can vastly expand (pun intended) on that knowledge and really see what and who shaped her into the profound woman she turned out to be. The books in this guide highlight her highs and lows, her sacrifices as a wife and mother, and her perseverance as an individual.
In keeping with Alderaanian tradition, Princess Leia undergoes her Day of Demand, where she claims her right as heir to the throne and sets forth how she will prove herself worthy. Yet things have been tense between her and her adopted parents, Queen Breha and Viceroy Bail Organa. As Leia - also a member of the Empire's Apprentice Legislature - undertakes her challenges of the Body, Mind, and Spirit, she learns more about her adoptive parents than she ever suspected and begins her own journey that will forever change the galaxy.
Claudia Gray excels at taking on the challenge of portraying one of the most important and beloved characters in the entire Star Wars mythos, and along the way treats us to compelling depictions of other on-screen characters as diverse as the former Captain Panaka, the future Vice Admiral Holdo, and Bail Organa. This book presents the not-to-be-missed backstory of how Leia became the fearless rebel we meet, and love, in the films.
After their victory in the Battle of Yavin, the Rebel Alliance make plans to set up a new base on the planet Hoth. Han and Leia set off to gather supplies for the base, but Leia is troubled when she encounters a group of Alderaanians who survived their planet’s destruction but had resorted to living as pirates. Razor’s Edge is a great Leia-centered story leading up to The Empire Strikes Back.
The would-be second volume of the Empire and Rebellion trilogy (Kevin Hearne's Heir to the Jedi was originally intended to be the third book, but was made canon after Disney's purchase of Lucasfilm) Honor Among Thieves is a thrilling caper written by James S. A. Corey (The Expanse) set during the time shortly after Star Wars: A New Hope. We find the rebellion on the hunt for a new world to serve as a base for their fight against the Empire.
While Leia sets about negotiations to secure a new home for the rebellion, she sends Han Solo on a rescue mission. Scarlet Hark, a deep cover rebel agent has signaled extraction from a core world that also serves as a stronghold for the empire.
Han Solo is the man for the job, and he and Chewie oblige Leia's request, and as it often goes for our lovable rogue, Han finds himself in scrape after scrape, and escape after narrow escape as the plot becomes more complicated, and greater dangers are revealed.
Scarlet Hark, a new character created by Corey, makes a strong impression, and Honor Among Thieves is one of only two appearances of the character, the other being in a short story that appeared originally in Star Wars Insider #148, Silver and Scarlet. Of particular note, Honor Among Thieves is the last novel published in the original EU, now referred to as Legends.
A suspenseful and essential Legends story, The Truce at Bakura centers around an impending alien invasion, while the Imperials are not even aware of the Emperor's demise. The story is set directly after the events of ROJ with the Rebels intercepting an imperial distress call. Luke volunteers to lead a force in defense of Bakura in place of the Empire. Accompanied by Han and Chewie, Leia attempts to secure a truce between Bakura and the Rebels.
Luke is recovering from his battle with Palpatine and facing his own internal struggles, while Leia struggles to come to terms with being the daughter of Darth Vader.
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?
Newly married Han and Leia Solo travel to Tatooine to recover an Alderaanian painting known as Killik Twilight. This legendary painting holds a top-secret Rebel code that if the Empire were to recover would mean a disastrous ending for the Rebellion. However, the seemingly simple auction goes awry when the painting is stolen by Anakin Skywalker’s childhood friend. Leia and Han must quickly traverse the desert to ensure the painting doesn't fall into enemy hands.
Planet of Twilight takes place in the early New Republic. Leia is captured by a warlord that seeks to dismantle the New Republic, while Luke hears a message from Callista and seeks to help her, learning much about the Force in the process.
The novel is an exciting story about adventures in the Outer Rim, and is great for fans of Luke and Han. We recommend reading Children of the Jedi beforehand, as Planet of Twilight has ties to Luke’s storyline in that book.
A steadily paced novel that explores our favorite characters in their adult and family lives, 14 years after the events of ROJ. A more relaxed Luke accompanies Lando on a trip to attempt to find a suitable wife, while the Solo family along with Chewbacca travels to Han's home planet of Corellia.
Han and Leia's children serve sizable roles in this adventure, while experiencing a "normal" childhood adventure before the threat of disaster inevitably comes for the Solo family.
As the first book in a three-part series, Ambush at Corellia draws you in, build son character relationships, and has the reader looking forward to the second installment.
As the fourth book in nine book series, this novel continues to build on the plot lines of books 1-3. Exile also brings back Wedge, Lando, and Booster to help aid the main characters and their plot points. The story is told from multiple character perspectives and is packed with steady action.
We begin with Han and Leia in exile, Jacen Solo continues to struggle, while the tensions between the Alliance and the Confederation are at an all time high, and Ben Skywalker embarks on a solo mission that seems key to his character's development.
Abyss succeeds in moving the series forward while maintaining roots and connections to the rest of the Star Wars galaxy. This installment is not to be missed, full of battle sequences that keep the reader on the edge of their seat, philosophical exploration of Force themes, and struggles against the Galactic Alliance while combating a low public opinion of the Jedi!
As the final novel in the Legends timeline, this story pits Luke, Leia, and Han against the highest stakes they've ever faced and, in more ways than one, concludes their adventures once and for all.
As the last Star Wars novel to fall into readers’ hands before Disney’s official canon reboot, it not only brought a close to a decades-long adventure in the Star Wars universe, but also provides closure to the fans who have become invested along the way.