Queen’s Shadow by E. K. Johnston
Star Rating: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars
Format: library eaudiobook
Summary: Padmé Amidala Naberrie is about to step down after her second term as Queen of Naboo, leaving her unsure of what she will do now that she is no longer queen.
Review: It’s no secret that I love the women of the Star Wars universe, and Padmé is no exception. I mean, her wardrobe alone is just amazing– I wasn’t sure how that would translate to a novel but I think it was pretty successful. I could picture her beautiful outfits pretty well, and not in a YA fantasy type way where it’s just annoying and too much. Her outfits ended up becoming a crucial aspect, as she’s trying to find her place in the Senate and trying not to other herself by looking too tied to Naboo and therefore too tied to her own planet.
Her Handmaids play a pretty big role in this book, and I really love how their personalities are explored. We get to see what her Handmaids from when she was queen go on to do after their obligations as a handmaid are up. There’s a lot about Naboo that we learn as well. I didn’t realize that the Handmaids take new names that pair with Padmé’s name. I didn’t know that they did that, and that her Handmaids when she’s a senator did the same. I knew a bit about Naboo but i learned a bunch from this book, I also learned more about Alderaan as well.
I was disappointed that Padmé shut down the senator that seems romantically interested in her. I know she ends up with Anakin now this is pod racing Skywalker but that doesn’t mean she couldn’t have any sort of past. Especially after the Solo movie like okay so Han Solo can have a girlfriend before Leia but Padmé can’t have a boyfriend? Hm. Okay.
I loved that the one thing Padmé had for an idea of what to do after her time as Queen was to help to free slaves on Tattooine. She does everything that she can, though she’s frequently blocked by Palpatine.
It was such a good book, I love Padmé and I think she deserves so much more. I also love that someone in this book was like it doesn’t make sense that she died. I want to know what happens to Sabé after Padmé’s death, it left it open I felt to continue her story. I really hope they do because besides Padmé she was my favorite part of the book.
Recommendation: I have yet to run into a Star Wars book that I don’t want to recommend. I’m sure the day I do it will be an Event, because I will be too bitter to ever let it go.
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