Star Wars (not quite) concept art: Storyboards from A New Hope show a slightly different take on Princess Leia.
The Random House catalog has posted the blurb for Martha Well’s Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge:
Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.
But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire … if they find out her true identity.
Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive.
The novel, a hardcover, recently moved up to a September 24 release date.
Can we all just take a moment to recognize that both Yoda and Darth Vader used their dying breaths to talk about Leia?
Blurbs! Learn a little more about some of the most anticipated Star Wars novels: The first book of the forthcoming Rebels series, a Princess Leia novel by Martha Wells, plus John Jackson Miller’s Kenobi.
Carrie Fisher says she’s coming back as Princess Leia for Episode VII. Though Lucasfilm hasn’t confirmed anything, with Mark Hamill admitting talks and Harrison Ford reportedly in negotiations, chances are good we’ll see the original Star Wars stars show up in the new films.
UPDATE: Sure enough, Fisher’s rep told CNN that the actress was joking: “Nothing has been announced.” Still probably pretty likely, but anything but confirmed.