Between the release of Return of the Jedi and The Phantom Menace there is a period known as ‘The Dark Times’. There were not many novels with new Star Wars stories available, and most of them were of poor quality
Then Timothy Zahn came along with his ‘Heir to the Empire- Thrawn Trilogy’ and it all changed! For a while at least. The Thrawn Trilogy closely followed by The Jedi Academy Trilogy and a few others were a fine addition to the universe. Many people believe that the Thrawn Trilogy should have been made into a film.
Sadly, the quality of stories took a nose die again as publishers seemed to prefer the quantity of stories over the quality. So I stopped reading them.
After The Force Awakens the Star Wars Expanded Universe got a much-needed boost. So much so that we were getting new, quality stories.
I pre-ordered Leia, Princess of Alderaan by claudia Gray on Amazon so that I received it on day of release and I was glad I did!
It tells the story of a 16 year old Leia living on Alderaan. Training to be a politician, Leia organises a humanitarian relief trip to Wobani (Last seen in Rogue One) where she manages to rescue a group of refugees.
As part of her training Leia takes another class that brings her into contact with Amilyn Holdo (Later to be Vice Admiral Holdo) and on a trip to the planet Crait.
What follows is an adventure that brings Leia into contact with established characters such as Saw Gerrera, Mon Mothma, Wilhuff Tarkin and more and tells us of Leia’s introduction to the Rebel Alliance.
This is a story not to be missed especially if you are a fan of Leia. There are nods to other aspects of the Star Wars universe and in my opinion the author has really captured the essence of the Leia we all know and love!