Leia, Princess of Alderaan will be the second book in a row I’ve reviewed from author Claudia Gray. Her ability to connect events in her other books, namely Lost Stars and Bloodlines, to each other is nothing short of inspiring, and I really can’t wait for her next one.
The story takes place around 3 years before the events of A New Hope. A 16 year old Leia must participate in 3 challenges, of the mind, body, and heart to prove herself worthy to one day take the throne of Alderaan. During the challenges, she befriends Amilyn Holdo, who you may remember as Vice Admiral Holdo from The Last Jedi. She also meets a strapping, young lad named Kier Domadi, with whom she promptly falls for. Leia also discovers that her parents, Queen Breha and Viceroy Bail Organa, are secretly forming an alliance to one day fight against the Empire. The book is littered with appearances from some established characters such as C-3PO, Grand Moff Tarkin, Mon Mothma, an unnamed Imperial officer dressed in all white and only referred to “Director” *cough* Krennic *cough*, and even Quarsh Panaka, who makes his first major canon appearance since The Phantom Menace. We also get to see Leia’s first encounter with a certain blue and white astromech unit. A major part of this book for me was getting see what Queen Breha was actually like. Previously, we only had a short story from the book “From a Certain Point of View” and her roughly 25 seconds of screen time in Revenge of the Sith. Seeing how the Queen of Alderaan served her people and the relationship she had with her daughter was truly heartwarming.
Leia, Princess of Alderaan isn’t high on action, but it relies on personal relationship will keep you invested and most definitely catch you right in the feels, and I loved it. Please check it out, as well as anything and everything else Claudia Gray has written.
I love me my @starwars @delreystarwars books. Ive picked up most of the books except for preteen/children’s books since 1991 when Heir to the Empire came out when I was in High School. I read through each book in a matter of days. There have been some bad ones but still I am compelled to read them and immerse myself in the Star Wars galaxy and stay in the loop of continuity. However, this book and it’s author are the biggest steaming pile of hot garbage ever associated with Star Wars. I just realized this book is over 2 years old and I still haven’t finished this dreck, and really have no desire to do so. I’ve read one of her other Star Wars offerings, it was equally as bad, a Romeo and Juliet in space ripoff called #LostStars , but I read it because I was hungry for new material with the new movies and @disney take over. I also have #princessofalderaan but haven’t even cracked that one because her first 2 were so bad but I had preordered it and honestly forgot to cancel. The worst part is she’s still getting more work with Star Wars properties. I can defend or find redeeming qualities in just about any Star Wars offering but this author is just flat out bad. #starwars#bloodlines#claudiagray#princessleia#starwarsbooks#starwarsexpandeduniverse#starwarseu#scifi#sciencefiction