The fictional wedding of the century will take place later this year. That’s right, it’s time to attend the nuptials of Han Solo and Leia Organa. The upcoming novel Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis will take readers to the galactic event that takes place just after Return of the Jedi. Lucasfilm announced the book on Valentine’s Day, and now, StarWars.com has shared The Princess and the Scoundrel cover. The gorgeous art shows Han and Leia’s wedding against a dreamy background.
Oliver Cuthbertson created the fully painted cover. We see Han and Leia in their wedding attire and flowers in Leia’s hair. And behind them, we can spot some of the book’s locations. Author Beth Revis said in her newsletter that The Princess and the Scoundrel has three main settings. The book will visit the Ewok moon of Endor, the Halcyon, and an ice crystal moon. Revis invented the latter location for the book. Han and Leia’s wedding takes place on Endor. Then the honeymoon happens on the Halcyon, a.k.a. the ship from Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser.
The Princess and the Scoundrel’s synopsis offers more details:
The Death Star is destroyed. Darth Vader is dead. The Empire is desolate. But on the forest moon of Endor, among 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 seem truly over. There is work still to do, penance to pay for the dark secret that 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.
Yet happily ever after doesn’t come easily. As soon as Han and Leia depart their idyllic ceremony 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, are a lightning rod for all—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 planets 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.
We cannot wait to read this book. And I also really hope they sell a poster of the cover art.
Star Wars: The Princess and the Scoundrel will arrive on shelves on August 16, 2022. You can place a pre-order now.