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Sixteen-year-old Princess Leia Organa faces the most challenging task of her life so far: proving herself in the areas of body, mind, and heart to be formally named heir to the throne of Alderaan. She's taking rigorous survival courses, practicing politics, and spearheading relief missions to worlds under Imperial control. But Leia has worries beyond her claim to the crown. Her parents, Breha and Bail, aren't acting like themselves lately; they are distant and preoccupied, seemingly more concerned with throwing dinner parties for their allies in the Senate than they are with their own daughter.

Determined to uncover her parents' secrets, Leia starts down an increasingly dangerous path that puts her right under the watchful eye of the Empire. And when Leia discovers what her parents and their allies are planning behind closed doors, she finds herself facing what seems like an impossible choice: dedicate herself to the people of Alderaan--including the man she loves--or to the galaxy at large, which is in desperate need of a rebel hero...

©2017 Claudia Gray (P)2017 Listening Library

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No one writes Leia like Claudia Grey

Claudia Grey has done it again. In my opinion no one else should be allowed to write Leia every again. The story is an exceptional character piece that drives into the mind set of a teenage Leia as she works through adolescence and her will to be a part of the early Rebellion. The emotional notes in this piece hit hard and help shape a deeper narrative into the Leia we know in a New Hope and beyond. The deeper meaning into Leia's relationship with her parents really drives the narrative along and give so much context into the larger Star Wars universe. Saskia Maareveld does a great job bringing Grey's exceptional work to life with great voice work and pioent emotion. Highly recommended

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Fantastic!

This was a fantastic followup to Claudia's Bloodline, piecing together bits and tie-ins that make both stories that much richer. Nice work and use of familiar characters without them seeming too forced...even a mention of a missed chance meeting for those who are familiar in the Star Wars lore (fandom nerd!). A pleasure to meet and get to know Breha and Bail Organa deeper than ever before, for sure. The pleasant introduction of new characters was nice and a few we got to see multi-dimensional arcs which was well done. I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of adventure, while still maintaining the much needed political influence the story needed to stick to.
Overall, a great way to learn about one of all of our favorite characters since we were introduced to the Star Wars universe and I can't wait to see what, if any nuggets from this story appear in The Last Jedi...or even the ninth Skywalker tale.

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  • David
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 09-30-17

Leia: A legend in the making

Saskia Maarleveld is a terrific narrator who brings Claudia Gray's fascinating book about Princess Leia to life! Dripping with suspense without actual wars among the stars. I don't care for our present politics, but found the politics in this book intriguing. You can sense the tension when Tarkin is involved. Love the easter eggs throughout. I will re listen to Gray's Bloodlines after this.

I fully recommend this coming of age story/tie-in to any Star Wars fan.

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Star Wars continues......and this is part of it...

The young adventures of Princess Leia......canon now of course.
Couldn't decide whether or not this was geared towards the teen, young adult or adult audience........
It was ok.......
Lately, the Star Wars stories have been lacking real substance, and I've returned a few of them......
But this one, wasn't a bad listen.....

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Not Written for Me, Loved it Anyway

I don't do many young adult books. My first movie theater, movie, was a New Hope... To approximate my years. Disney has ever been about princesses... Hopeful that my favorite one would some day be recognized... I was glad to come accross this story...
More than filler, this is an origin story. The emergence of a princess. A planet and its people comprising perhaps our 'better angles'. Worth the time to check this out.
-Side note on narration-
It's uncomfortable, albeit possibly unavoidable, to have a younger woman do adult male voices. While our narrator of this work was a great fit for a young Leia... Poor Moff Tarkin & Bale Organa. Good thing there was no attempt at a Vader Voice. All & all Excellent!

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It's Tantive, not Tantavive!

It was a fun read! Wanted a bit more in the 3rd act. Leia's character feels very true to form.
But now the important nerd stuff, all through the reading she calls Leia's ship the Tantavive. It's the Tantive! Oh the pain it caused to my nerd heart! ;P

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Wonderful!

If you're a Star Wars fan, you must have considered the severe differences in the upbringing of Luke and Leia. Perhaps, like me, you thought Luke really did get the shaft. While I'm unsure whether or not my feelings on that matte have changed, I can say that Leia: Princess of Alderaan made me rethink my assumptions of growing up as a princess. This story is well written, and wonderfully narrated. Questions and concerns are answered, even if you never knew they existed. These mysteries may or may not make up for the lack of "action", though if you appreciate the confusing state of affairs which the Star Wars universe calls politics, you will surely love this!

***Spoiler***ish

What happens when Leia encounters close former friends of Padme?! You'll find out!!!

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  • Ed
  • United States
  • 09-25-17

Significantly weakens Leia

I really enjoyed Claudia Gray's other work, Lost Stars, and had high hopes for this one. Although performed well as an audio book, I felt this story was unbecoming of Leia as a character. When we meet her in A New Hope, she is strong minded, in control, and willing Togo toe to toe with the imperials she meets. "Governor Tarkin, I should’ve expected to find you holding Vader’s leash. I recognized your foul stench when I was brought on board." The Leia that uttered these words is. Nowhere to be found in this work. What's more, it's really hard to imagine how she goes from the end of this book to the character she is in the original trilogy. You could say this is a younger her, yes, but it really is a stretch. It's unfortunate to see what was a very strong female character be reduced to a reactive, sensitive, reserved character. This is more a Disney princess story that a Star Wars story.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Profound!!!

I loved this book, could not stop listening to it. Finished it in 1 day. The book really allows you to comnect with Leia

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Give Claudia all the books!

Loved the book! Love all the subtle connections to all the movie timelines. I can’t wait for whatever else she has for us.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful