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Literature / Leia, Princess of Alderaan

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away... There was a princess who became a legend.

Leia, Princess of Alderaan is a young adult novel in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, written by Claudia Gray, who had previously written Lost Stars and Bloodline. It was released as a part of the multimedia promotional project, Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The story delves into Leia Organa's life and relationship to her adoptive family, House Organa, as she grows into a leader of what will soon become the Rebellion.

It was released on September 1st, 2017, along with Phasma, as a part of that year's synchronized release of Star Wars merchandise known as Force Friday.

On May 4th, 2018, it received a manga adaptation on the LINE app, like Lost Stars before it.


Tropes in this book include:

  • Call-Back:
    • Onoam is a moon of Naboo where spice miners work in poor conditions, as mentioned back in Attack of the Clones, when Mace theorized that the assassination attempt on Padmé's life could've been by disgruntled spice miners from there. And as Rebels mentions, it's not fun to mine for spice for a number of reasons.
    • The jubilation dress that Leia borrows from Dalné is the same kind of dress that her mother wore at the celebration at the end of The Phantom Menace, which likely helped Moff Panaka see the family resemblance.
    • While conversing with Leia, Tarkin talks about how he hopes the Empire can bring perfect peace and rule to worlds such as Paucris, Lothal, and Rattatak. He is obviously referring to the events of Rebels when he specifically brings up Lothal as an example, having personally seen the situation himself. As for Rattatak, a few years before the Clone Wars, it got raided by Weequay pirates and got engulfed in a gang war until Ventress personally killed all of the warlords (though it probably didn't get any better when she left to join Dooku).
  • Call-Forward:
    • Promotional material for The Last Jedi mentioned that Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo is an old friend of Leia's. Sure enough, Amilyn appears as a major character and they befriend each other in this book.
    • Similarly, Crait is visited, having been mentioned in promotional material for The Last Jedi as being home to an old Rebel base.
    • Senator Tyrnna Pamlo appears as an ally of House Organa in regards to the Rebellion.
    • Wobani is under strict Imperial rule. Apparently, Palpatine set up a "Commodities Enhancement Program" galaxy-wide, and this took an impact on Wobani as the local workers had impossible quotas to fill (which became harder as there were fewer and fewer farmers) and were thus punished by being fined, with the farmland being given to Imperial officers who would put it under better management (in other words, profit from it themselves) while everyone else starves in poverty. By Rogue One, it becomes home to prisoner camps.
    • Leia would later return to Naboo while on a mission to help Alderaanian refugees and to save it from Operation: Cinder.
    • Saw Gerrera and his partisans are mentioned as causing the usual trouble, further causing more Jurisdiction Friction between them and the rebel leaders. And then one of their bombings get Panaka killed, costing the rebels a possible ally.
    • Towards the middle of the novel, 2V puts Leia's hair in her iconic two side buns.
    • Bail and Breha are careful about keeping Leia's true parentage under wraps. In regards to being the daughter of Padmé, it gives her some brownie points as we see later in Bloodline and possibly won over Panaka's loyalty just before he was killed.
    • The lock of hair Leia has in Bloodline is Kier's, her Lost Lenore.
  • The Cameo: Some of these are confirmed by invokedWord of God.
    • During a pathfinding class on Pamarthe, Leia and Amilyn see an unnamed Orson Krennic buying quadanium from a two-timing rebel senator.
    • While Leia is looking for transportation at the Coruscant docks, she sees a beat-up YT-model freighter, which she approaches thinking that the pilot could need her money for repairs before it takes off. Sound familiar?
    • From Lost Stars, the Moa and one of its crew members, Methwat Tann (though unnamed), make a brief appearance, nearly hired by Chassellon Stevis before Leia arrives in need of transportation to Pamarthe.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Amilyn's interest in astrology is initially another signifier of her cloudcuckoolander status. At the climax, after their escape from Paucris Major, Amilyn uses this knowledge to avoid being captured by an Imperial vessel by a) being able to quickly identify another star system with a sun with almost identical ionization levels as that of Paucris and claim that's where they came from, and b) using said astrological knowledge to seem like a kook to the Imperial officer over the coms so they are swiftly allowed to pass.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The story begins on Leia's sixteenth birthday and chronicles how she joined the Rebellion now, meaning it takes place before "Bounty of Trouble" and "A Princess on Lothal".
    • Queen Soruna is not the current Queen of Naboo, but rather Queen Dalné, who is likely her predecessor (under the assumption her term as queen ended before Shattered Empire).
    • As said in his titular book, Tarkin likes designing Imperial uniforms.
    • A type of Alderaanian wine, Toniray, first appeared in Bloodline and later in Inferno Squad.
    • Mahranee from Dark Disciple is mentioned and implied to have recovered from the massacre.
    • Pamarthe (the homeworld of Resistance pilot of Greer Sonnel) from Bloodline is visited and mentioned as being home to a feisty population. As Bloodline and Scorched explained, their behavior is why a great many of them initially joined the Imperial military, but then switched to the rebels after Alderaan gets destroyed, seeing the Empire destroying it as cowardly.
    • Gatalenta from Bloodline is revealed to be the homeworld of Amilyn Holdo, adding in some more information about Gatalentan culture.
    • Lonera and Riosa from Bloodline are mentioned, as they would later be represented in the New Republic Senate by Senator Varish Vicly and Senator Ransolm Casterfo respectively.
    • Harloff Minor, which debuted in Bloodline, is also mentioned.
    • Dinwa Prime is mentioned. In Adventures in Wild Space, Milo and Lina listen to a broadcast from Mira Bridger about it, and later on in Lost Stars, Thane lists it as one of the Empire's atrocities.
  • Cultural Rebel: Gatalentans are known for valuing simplicity and plainness, which Amilyn finds boring, so she dresses more flamboyantly and dyes her hair.
  • Death by Secret Identity: Moff Panaka, upon meeting Leia, deduces that she's Padmé Amidala's daughter. He is assassinated by the Partisans just after Leia and Queen Dalné leave, preventing him from revealing this. This is an unusual example in that the person with the secret identity is unaware of the fact.
  • Debt Detester: The Chalhuddans refuse to take vaccines from Leia unless she admits that they'll owe her a favor in future. That favor turns out to be aiding the Rebellion.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: Could be the book's subtitle. Leia's mother (who appeared for two seconds at the end of Revenge of the Sith), her father (who's had only slightly more of a presence in the films), and Alderaan are given much more depth and characterization. Of course, we all know how this ends.
  • Did They or Didn't They?: The narrative is deliberately ambiguous about whether or Kier and Leia slept together the night they visited the Coruscant garden.
  • Die or Fly: Leia unwittingly calls on the Force for the first time to save herself and Kier from falling off a mountain. Lacking context, she just puts it down to a weird feeling and a burst of adrenaline.
  • Doomed by Canon: Kier, Leia's first romance, is just so perfect for her you know he ain't making it to the end of the book.
  • Dramatic Drop: Narrowly averted when Moff Panaka meets Leia. He's so shocked by her resemblance to Padmé that he nearly drops his teacup and saucer, but manages to recover after only splashing tea on himself.
  • Dramatic Irony:
  • Everyone Knew Already: It's an open secret that Leia was adopted. Panaka takes interest when he sees her uncanny resemblance to Padmé.
  • Fatal Flaw: Panaka has always listened to his superiors, from Padmé to the Emperor, even when he disagrees with them. It puts him in an extremely vulnerable position when the Emperor rewards him with a governorship, and makes him a target for assassins.
  • The Ghost: Saw and his Partisans are mentioned as causing the usual trouble. They end up affecting the plot of the book by planting a bomb to assassinate Moff Panaka.
  • G-Rated Sex: Taking down one's braids on Alderaan is considered very intimate. Kier takes down Leia's braids when they're alone on Coruscant right before the Did They or Didn't They? moment.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Moff Panaka is killed before we can find out if the Rebellion could have recruited him.
  • Hope Spot:
    • For Panaka, after meeting Leia, he realizes that Padmé's baby is alive. He had known about the secret marriage between Anakin and Padmé, and had told Palpatine about it. We can assume that he mourned Padmé, who was once his queen, when she passed, but it seems that a part of Amidala survived. Then before he can tell anyone, either the Emperor or the rebels, he gets killed and the secret dies with him.
    • When the Rebels by sheer luck find one of the few Imperial Officers who is a Reasonable Authority Figure, they hope they can get him to switch sides. He then gets assassinated.
  • Intimate Hair Brushing: Kier undoing Leia's braids and brushing her hair is seen as an intimate act, and is the first step towards a closer relationship. This is also intimate in the sense that it happens right before the Did They or Didn't They? scene in the gardens.
  • Law of Inverse Fertility: Like in Legends, Breha is infertile. Unlike in Legends, it's due to her injury on Appenza Peak (which was severe enough to require her heart and lungs being replaced) making it very unsafe for her to bear children, so she chose to adopt instead.
  • Let Them Die Happy: Leia reassures Kier as he dies that she'll turn in the rebellion to save Alderaan, having absolutely no intentions of doing so and destroying the evidence he gathered once he died.
  • Loophole Abuse: If you are an Imperial official and you care at all about people, you will need to do this a lot. Mon Mothma admits to being rather good at it already, and Leia quickly learns to do he same.
  • Mythology Gag: There is a place on Eriadu, Tarkin's homeworld, named Rivoche Ranges. Rivoche was the name of Tarkin's niece from Legends.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: On her mercy mission to Wobani, Leia tries to evacuate some of the refugees, but the governor refuses her. She hires a hundred people on as crew, getting around the restriction. She gets home and learns that her father and others in the Senate have been negotiating the evacuation of the refugees for months, and Leia's actions destroyed the negotiations.
  • Non-Human Non-Binary: Chalhuddans have five genders and change them according to an elaborate set of customs and individual preference, with 3PO saying their native pronouns involve two or three past genders and possibly their future gender as well as the gender they currently are. For the sake of convenience with "drylanders", they all go by the gender-neutral "they".
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Breha after Leia tells her about how Panaka was surprised to see her, as she realizes he's recognized Leia as Padmé's child.
    • Leia, when Tarkin namedrops Paucris as being a world at unrest to get a reaction out of her.
    • Leia does it again during the evacuation of Paucris Major when she realizes that Kier has arrived in the system just as the orbital platforms are preparing to self-destruct.
  • Orphan's Ordeal: Sort of. All of Alderaan already knows Leia is adopted (as The High Queen was having problems having bearing children) and she hardly ever saw it as a big deal, having always seen Bail and Breha as her loving parents. She's a little weirded out by Panaka asking about it.
  • Overprotective Parents: The Organas think that leaving Leia out of the Rebellion and later actively preventing her from helping it will keep her safe from possible reprisals by the Empire. It takes a long while for them to come around.
  • Pet the Dog: Considering how much of a Bad Boss the Emperor is, he did reward Panaka for his loyalty with a governorship.
  • Playing Both Sides: During one of their pathfinding classes, Leia and Amilyn discover by chance that Chandrilan Senator Winmey Lenz, a member of Bail and Mon's group of rebel Senators, is also selling quadanium steel to the Empire. After informing Mon Mothma, the rebel Senators plan to phase Lenz out of their group by making him think there's been a disagreement between several factions.
  • Protagonist Title: Leia, Princess of Alderaan, not to be mistaken for the Princess Leia comics that take place after A New Hope.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure:
    • Mon Mothma quickly recognizes that trying to keep Leia out of the Rebellion is not only almost impossible, but would be a waste of her talents. She draws the line at keeping the Organas unaware of their daughter's activities, though.
    • According to Queen Dalné, Panaka is not corrupt, just willingly blind to corruption under his watch. The moment he recognizes Leia as Padmé's daughter, he decides to finally step in and rein in the corruption as a favor to her. Too bad he gets killed mere minutes after taking that decision.
  • Sadistic Choice: Leia quickly learns that many of the bills sent to the Apprentice Legislature feel like this to her, mirroring how the adult Rebel senators feel about the actual legislature. This leads to her learning to become good at Loophole Abuse.
  • Shout-Out: One of the senators allied with the Rebellion is Senator Cinderon Malpe of Derella. Whatever this holds for him is unclear.
  • The Unreveal: Panaka learns Leia is Padmé's daughter, but he is killed in an assassination by the Partisans before anyone can do anything about it. It is unknown if Panaka would have told Palpatine about this, and even if he didn't, it's unknown if he would've taken up the Rebellion's offer to serve as a spy for them, especially since the Alliance High Council is made up of his former queen's friends.