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Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel

By: Beth Revis
Narrated by: Marc Thompson,Saskia Maarleveld
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You are cordially invited to the wedding of Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo.

The Death Star is destroyed. Darth Vader is dead. The Empire is desolated. But on the forest moon of Endor, amongst the chaos of a changing galaxy, time stands still for a princess and her scoundrel.

After being frozen in carbonite, then risking everything for the Rebellion, Han is eager to stop living his life for other people. He and Leia have earned their future together, a thousand times over. And when he proposes to Leia, it's the first time in a long time he's had a good feeling about this. For Leia, a lifetime of fighting doesn't truly seem over. There is work still to do, penance to pay for the dark secret she now knows runs through her veins. Her brother, Luke, is offering her that chance - one that comes with family and the promise of the Force. But when Han asks her to marry him, Leia finds her answer immediately on her lips.... Yes.

But happily ever after doesn't come easily. As soon as Han and Leia depart their idyllic ceremony on Endor for their honeymoon, they find themselves on the grandest and most glamorous stage of all: the Halcyon, a luxury vessel on a very public journey to the most wondrous worlds in the galaxy. Their marriage, and the peace and prosperity it represents, is a lightning rod for everyone in the galaxy—including Imperial remnants still clinging to power.

Facing their most desperate hour, the soldiers of the Empire have dispersed across the galaxy, retrenching on isolated worlds vulnerable to their influence. As the Halcyon travels from world to world, one thing becomes abundantly clear: the war is not over. But as danger draws closer, Han and Leia find that they fight their best battles not alone but as husband and wife.

©2022 Beth Revis (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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Slow beginning and strange production choices

This was not really the Star Wars story I was hoping for. A very slow beginning, it really doesn't get started for a few hours.

I also found the production choice of switching narrators each chapter a little jarring. Sure, have the main narration done by whom ever is the focus of the chapter, but keep set characters speech to the set narrator. Strange for the main characters, let alone the side characters, whose voices change from one chapter to the next. No fault of Thompson and Maarleveld, who were fine.

Just my personal opinion, but for me this is one of the worst new Canon books I've listened to so far.

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awesome

Really good story following on from the ROTJ and the split narrations between Leia & Han was a nice change.
Now listening to a Saskia narrated book is good however when your narrating alongside Marc hes a hard act to follow with the amount of voices he nails.
all in all this is narrated really well and I'd gladly listen to it over again.

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Unworthy

A story unworthy of the characters and time. It's getting as bad as the clone wars now how many stories are they going to shove in 1 year between Endor and Jakku. As always F Disney

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Shameful plugs to bulk out a great 3rd act

This is a book of 3 pieces. A cracking and romantic first act that literally picks up where the return of the Jedi finishes, A very poor middle act on the Halcyon (more on that in a sec), and a cracking third act.

With regards to the middle section of this novel; I have a huge problem with the shameful plugs for the Star Wars cruise at Disney World. Unlike Galaxy's Edge: Black Spire by Deliah S Dawson, Princess, and the scoundrel tries to repeat the success and fails miserably (in my opinion). The fantastic thing about Black Spire was that Dawson made the sights and places of Batu feel lived-in and the town became a character within the book. In Black Spire, places were revisited and added to the plot and tension of the story. This book doesn't do that. It name-checks all the places you can visit on the Halcyon, so we visit the bar, the bridge, the engineering section, the brig, etc, but we never return to an area and the middle portion of the book feels like its padding out the story to encompass a brief set by Disney/Lucasfilm to make sure every reader knows all the areas they can visit for themselves. This part of the book feels like a very badly disguised marketing book.

Where this book excels is once Han and Leia land on the planet of Madurs. This is the part of the book where the story soars. Some really nice twists and turns and some genuine edge-of-your-seat set pieces, with some fantastic politics about subjugated peoples.

This is only the 2nd-star wars book I have marked as low as I have to date.

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Princess and Han

loved it.
Another bit of the galaxy filled in.
we always wondered what Leia's wedding dress was like.

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A good story

A good story especially showing Leih's first use of the force. A great buy.