Where The Princess and the Scoundrel fits in the Star Wars timeline

Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel. Image courtesy StarWars.com
Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel. Image courtesy StarWars.com /

The Princess and the Scoundrel, the next Star Wars novel to release from Del Rey Books, tells the story of Han Solo and Leia Organa’s love in the weeks following the destruction of the second Death Star. To date, it is the canon book that takes place the closest to the final Original Trilogy film.

The book actually picks up right where Return of the Jedi ends — Luke is even described as still smelling like the smoke from Vader’s funeral pyre within the first few chapters. In the immediate aftermath of the Emperor’s death and the rebellion’s successful takedown of the second Death Star, everyone is struggling to balance celebration with a growing urgency to snuff out what remains of the Empire before it can strike back … again.

It’s no secret — and not a spoiler, thanks to previously released excerpts and the book’s stellar marketing — that Han’s marriage proposal to Leia quickly leads to a wedding they won’t soon forget. Quickly followed, of course, by a starcruiser honeymoon. Mon Mothma insists on it. Leia could use a vacation.

The novel ends shortly before the events of the Shattered Empire comic miniseries by Greg Rucka (writer) and artists Marco Checchetto and Andres Mossa.

With every new Star Wars story, more of the gaps between previous installments are filled with characters and information that only enriches the franchise. With so few stories set between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens compared to other eras, Revis’ book is a truly special addition to a galaxy far, far away.

The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis releases on August 16, 2022, and is available for pre-order now wherever you get your Star Wars books.

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