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During Thanksgiving, my sister found an old copy of Kathy Tyers's Firebird trilogy, and skimmed through it. Being the good sister that I am, every time she put it down, I'd pick it up just to annoy her. In the process, I re-skimmed the books myself.

Some context: In middle school, I LOVED this trilogy. I read the general market version of the first one many many times, then the Christian market version of the second one a few times (which was very confusing--not only have names been changed and altered, but entire plot points as well). In seventh grade, I bought the third one the week it came out, because I really wanted to know how it would all end.

I loved the first book so much, I basically plagiarized it in my very first novel--Rebellion--written during sixth and seventh grade English class. It was 130 pages long, filled two notebooks, and contained kickass girls with weird names, a sci-fi version of Excalibur, and an assassination attempt involving a bomb in a toaster oven.

Back in 1999 and 2000, I lived and breathed these books (in-between spurts of SW fannishness). So how do they hold up? )
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[First in an occasional series of reviews, in which I revisit the Bantam Star Wars novels of the 1990's.]

INTRODUCTION
I'll start out with some The Courtship of Princess Leia trivia, courtesy of the Star Wars wiki: Dave Wolverton was originally contracted to write a trilogy, which was canceled. Because of the numerous plot threads running through this novel, it's been suggested that CoPL is the conglomeration of that trilogy. The paperback cover was also changed--from the original one, featuring wedding dress Leia, Blade Runner Han, and Fabio-esque Isolder, to a more action-orientated cover with rancors and the trio in Endor garb. The reason? Sales for the hardback book were lower than expected, possibly because the first cover made it look like a romance novel.

Now, the term "romance novel" has come to acquire many negative connotations, probably because readers new to the genre are more familiar with infamously horrible examples than anything else. But essentially, any novel that focuses on "the relationship and romantic love between two people" could be categorized as a romance novel. (The "happily ever after" is usually required, but sometimes optional.)

I'll break it down:
--Does CoPL focus on the relationship between Leia & Han?
Yes.
--Is there a HEA?
Yes, I guess.
--Is it a romance novel, then?
Yes, to some extent. There are many plot threads, but Leia and Han are often the main focus.
--Is it a good romance novel?
HELL NO.

LEIA: I like some things about you. I like the way your pants fit. )

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It is always remarkable when someone sees your soul to a better degree than you see it yourself. You could count the people who see your soul on one hand. Others might know you but they would forget; their knowledge of you was like a weak and undisciplined thing. But that wasn’t so with him. He didn’t forget. It stuck in his mind. He had seen a kindred soul. He had seen it long ago. She only saw it now. But she was stricken with it. Suddenly she had identified him. There was the man she loved. As a result, she proceeded dementedly to behave as if the opposite were true.

–Nancy Lemann, The Fiery Pantheon

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