Dork Side Book Review: Leia: Princess of Alderaan

Our spoiler-free initial thoughts on the Star Wars novel Leia: Princess of Alderaan…

Force Friday II launched the events of the Journey to The Last Jedi, featuring two highly anticipated novels in Star Wars: Phasma and Leia: Princess of Alderaan.

With the passing of the late Carrie Fisher, anything Leia related is going to bring us them feels. The Leia novel is no different, with Claudia Gray once again delivering the goods on the Princess who hails from Alderaan, which she did initially in the Bloodlines novel.

The novel is set about three years before the events of A New Hope, where we meet Leia just after her 16th birthday.

Sweet 16 birthday celebrations are normally off the hook, but imagine the kind of birthday bash one would through for a queen in waiting? It’s not like you might think, where the Princess must prove herself worthy of the future crown she will inherit, with a serious of extensive trials called The Day of Demand.

Leia had not yet joined the cause of the Rebellion or was not even aware of her parents’ heavy involvement within it, but that all changes in this story.

You get to see Lea’s strength on full display and her willingness to even disobey authority figures to do what is right for the greater good of the galaxy.

For you Star Wars canon junkies, there are a heavy load of Easter Eggs, going back all the way to The Phantom Menace, and as recent as the events of Rogue One. There was a certain Episode I reveal that literally made me gasp and get teary-eyed.

Photo credit: Lucasfilm

In A New Hope, Darth Vader mentions Leia’s “mercy missions”, which has a whole new meaning, where we get to see her embark to a wide variety of planets, where she provides relief, support, and kindness across the galaxy.

Claudia Gray is an incredibly talented writer, who knows the character of Leia like the back of her hand, but also adding even more depth to the wonderful Princess. She is even able to connect the dots between Leia and Bloodlines, which are set about 40 years apart in the Star Wars canon timeline.

Leia is a must read for any Star Wars fan, which will give you them nostalgic feels, so be prepared to be overwhelmed while reading this novel.

You can order Leia here and I also recommend picking up Bloodline by Claudia Gray, as well. Stay tuned to Dork Side of the Force for a full-spoiler review of Leia: Princess of Alderaan, coming soon.

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