New Star Wars Novel The Princess and the Villain (Exclusive)

Romance is in the air in our favorite legendary galaxy, far, far away.

Cupid’s Arrow teamed up with the unlikely pair of Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa in the sequel to “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.” Of course, we all know that the two lovebirds got married and eventually have a wayward son named Ben who becomes the power maniac Kylo Ren, but how did it all happen?

Landing August 16, 2022 from Random House Worlds and written by author Beth Revis, “The Princess and the Villain” (opens in a new tab) takes place as the Ewok victory celebration at Endor fades and the Empire crumbles.

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It’s a new beginning for the galaxy and the Rebel Alliance that have so valiantly fought against Imperial control and tyranny. It’s a brave new world for Han and Leia and a bright future of freedom that they hoped to explore together, for better or for worse.

Here’s the official synopsis for “The Princess and the Villain:”

“The Death Star is destroyed. Darth Vader is dead. The Empire is sorry. But on the forest moon of Endor, amidst the chaos of a shifting galaxy, time has stood still for a princess and her villain.

After being frozen in carbonite and then risking everything for the Rebellion, Han can’t wait to stop living his life for others. 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 that he has a good feeling about it. For Leia, a life of fighting doesn’t really seem to be over. There is still work to be done, penance to pay for the dark secret she now knows is running through her veins. Her brother, Luke, offers her that chance – the one that comes with family and the promise of the Force. But when Han asks her to marry him, Leia immediately finds her answer on her lips… Yes.

Yet happily ever after does not come easily. As soon as Han and Leia leave their idyllic ceremony for their honeymoon, they find themselves on the grandest and most glamorous stage of all: the Halcyon, a luxury ship on a very public voyage to the most wondrous worlds of the galaxy. Their marriage, and the peace and prosperity it represents, is a lightning rod for all, including Imperial remnants still clinging to power.

Facing their most desperate hour, the soldiers of the Empire have scattered across the galaxy, entrenching themselves on isolated planets vulnerable to their influence. As the Halcyon travels from one world to another, one thing becomes abundantly clear: the war is not over. But as danger draws closer, Han and Leia find they are fighting their best battles not alone, but as husband and wife.”

Han and Leia share an Endor moment in Return of the Jedi (Image credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

Space.com has connected with best-selling author Beth Revis to learn more about this starry-eyed “Star Wars” wedding and adventurous honeymoon, why opposites attract and what wedding gifts might be appropriate. ! Save us from the wedding cake!

Space.com: Can you give us a quick tour of this love-fueled plot and why this tale should appeal to “Star Wars” fans?

Beth Revis: The smoke from the fires at the party after the Battle of Endor has yet to clear when Han and Leia decide to seize the moment of peace to celebrate love. While they are both fully aware that the war against the Empire is not yet over, they claim joy and get married. Leia may falter in politics even on her own honeymoon and Han finds trouble wherever he goes, but they learn they’re better off together, especially when they find Imperials who don’t believe in war. is over. It’s definitely a book of kisses – but there’s also a space battle, new ships to explore, plenty of explosions, and even more banter.

Author Beth Revis (Image credit: Random House World)

Space.com: What do you think makes Han and Leia such a fitting couple?

Revision : I love that they’re not perfect – they’re real. The films make it clear that they each have positive and negative attributes, but they bring out the best in each other and make an impossible love story real.

Space.com: If you were invited to Han and Leia’s wedding, what gift would you bring?

Revision : I don’t think Leia cares too much about material things, but she loves her home, so I would collect holo recordings of Alderaan survivors and refugees as they recount their favorite memories of the planet. Sounds sad for a wedding, but I think she would appreciate it. If I could go to the wedding with all the knowledge of all the Star Wars movies, I’d also bring her something from Naboo – maybe fabric from one of Padme’s dresses – and trust that she would understand her meaning over time.

As for Han…I’d give Chewie credits to get the Millennium Falcon fixed and then we’d all pretend I didn’t because everyone knows the Falcon is perfect and never needs repairs .

Star Wars: The Princess and the Villain

Cover of ‘Star Wars: The Princess and the Villain’ (Image credit: Random House World)

Space.com: What was the most fun about writing this romantic “Star Wars” novel?

Revision : The banter! What made this story so fun to write was reading lines out loud with my husband, having him play Han while I read for Leia, and testing all the dialogue to make sure they sounded good. I loved every word of this book, however, truly. “Return of the Jedi” is my favorite movie, so go to Endor?

Writing the Halcyon was a lot of fun, especially imagining scenes that took place out of the audience’s reach, which made the ship feel real. And invent my own world to explore for Han and Leia, a contrast to Hoth as well as a celebration of art? This book is my dream come true!

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“Star Wars: The Princess and the Villain” (opens in a new tab) arrives August 16, 2022.

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Irene B. Bowles