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Title:
Queen's shadow
ISBN:
9781368024259
Edition:
1st ed.
Physical Description:
345 pages ; 22 cm.
Summary:
When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow. --
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Written by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Ahsoka ! When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.


Author Notes

E. K. Johnston is a Canadian author and a forensic archeologist. Her books include The Story of Owen, Prairie Fire, A Thousand Nights, Spindle, That Inevitable Victorian Thing, and Exit, Pursued By a Bear.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

Gr 6-10-Johnston offers readers a plot-driven science fiction tale chronicling Padmé Amidala Naberrie's transformation from the Queen of Naboo to its representative in the Republic. Set after the events of Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace, this title follows Padmé as she takes on her role as Senator while navigating the perilous reality of politics in the glistening cosmopolitan capital of Coruscant. After an attempt is made on her life, she works together with her royal handmaiden, Sabé, to discover the culprit while being thrust into the spotlight during the start of her senatorial duties. Through diplomacy and courage, Padmé forges a new identity as a heroine beyond the queen's shadow. Young adults will find an iconic "Star Wars" novel that follows Padmé's rise within the Galactic Senate. Padmé discovers through wit and cunning that she can grapple with everyday responsibilities while overcoming personal and professional obstacles. Though the ending is a bit too convenient, this volume bridges the characters and elements of the prequels in a well-written adventure that fans of Johnston's previous titles will applaud. VERDICT A fascinating perspective into the backstory of a beloved and well-known character within the "Star Wars" universe, this is a must-have for reluctant readers or for fans of the franchise.-Angelina Bair, Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library, OH © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A former queen plays politics to guide the galaxy's future in this Star Wars novel.After four years as Naboo's Queen Amidala, Padm Amidala Naberrie retiresto become a senator of the galactic Republic. Accompanied by new handmaidensbodyguards/body doublesto Coruscant, she tries to fight slavery (and find young Anakin Skywalker), avoid assassination, restore her public image, and retain her idealism. Tasked with reviving a main character from the often critically and popularly reviled prequels, Johnston (That Inevitable Victorian Thing, 2017, etc.) explores the diverse settings, delights in the alien cultures, and even expands the romantic possibilities to include same-sex relationships. Padm and her handmaidens are assumed white; other humanoids' races are only noted when not white. The various species of Star Wars appear here but only as background characters. Readers without encyclopedic Star Wars knowledge receive name-dropping and cross-referencing rather than character development, while critics of Episodes I through III may still reject this interlude's earnest explanations for the cinematic sources' flaws, which are reproduced heretoo much politicking, not enough passion. Padm is a potent symbol but remains a flat character, restricted by her political role, her ornate, excessively described costuming, and her circumscribed cinematic fate. Sab, her former but steadfast handmaid, has more depth but regrettably fewer chapters. Less a bold rebellion, more a boring bureaucracy, albeit with a strong, doomed female protagonist. (Science fiction. 12-18) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

Four years ago, Queen Padmé Amidala and her fearless handmaidens defeated the invasion of Naboo. Now Naboo has elected a new ruler, and the time has come for the former queen and her loyal friends to fulfill a more personal purpose. Padmé agrees to serve in the Galactic Senate, while Sabé, Padmé's mirror double and most trusted friend, sets out to free enslaved beings and find Shmi Skywalker. But on the capital world of Coruscant, Padmé is being targeted. Chancellor Palpatine is keeping her at a distance, and Senator Bail Organa isn't fooled by the ruse Padmé and her handmaidens have perfected. Can Padmé adapt to galactic politics and beat her enemies as herself, queen no longer? Set after the events of The Phantom Menace, this Star Wars story assumes familiarity with the films. Savvy Padmé wields wit and loyalty as deftly as a Jedi wielding a lightsaber, and her handmaidens are fiercely skilled in themselves. While the low stakes of the plot disappoint, seeing teenage girls routinely outwit the galaxy's finest is sheer pleasure.--Carolyn Kelly Copyright 2019 Booklist