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Queen's Shadow

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  3,306 ratings  ·  677 reviews
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
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400 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Khurram
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Permcreat. This is the perfect metaphor for this book as far as I am concerned. It fills in the gaps in the Star Wars universe but it is not the most exciting thing.

The writhing is good but for me the book is way too slow. An example there is not battle or blaster bolts fired till page 320 out of 345.

In fairness this book takes place is probably the dullest era of Star Wars. In between the Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. Also as the book is mostly from Padme's perspective (who would not
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Jena
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it


I really don't think it's too controversial to say that, even amidst a throng of other characters that got the short end of the stick, Padmé got the shortest short end of the stick in the prequels.

The Clone Wars cartoon did give Padmé a bit more focus, but this is the first real canon material entirely about Padmé.

And it came at the perfect time.

Queen's Shadow is not an action-packed book. There are no fight scenes and only a few scenes that could be stretched into resembling mortal peril.
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rachael ♡
Y'ALLLLLLLLL I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS, I CAN'T BREATHE.

FROM QUEEN TO SENATOR? AKA A SOLO PADMÉ STORY WITH THE HANDMAIDENS AND POLITICS AND INTROSPECTION AND BADASSERY?

SIGN. ME. UP. I AM READY!!!

Also, E.K. Johnston has owned me ever since she wrote Ahsoka and ruined my life.

I am ready to be hurt again.
Megan
I'm actually crying. This is EXACTLY the book I wanted, this is EXACTLY the book that every girl who first met Padme when they were 8, 10, 12 years old NEEDS because this book is EXACTLY what every girl who wanted to believe she belonged in Star Wars deserves. I was 6 when I saw aNH for the first time & asked my mom why Leia wasn't the main character. I was 10 when Padme walked on screen, into my heart because she WAS the main character, even when she wasn't. It was always about her. ...more
Ben Brown
It’s hard not to read “Queen’s Shadow” and wonder how awesome it might have been had Claudia Gray written it instead.

It’s not that “Queen’s Shadow” is a bad book – it’s fine. The characters are mildly interesting, the story – thin as it is – is moderately compelling and rarely boring, and the tie-ins to the broader “Star Wars” universe are satisfying, even occasionally inspired. But whether it be because of the on-the-nose nature of her prose, the formulaic direction that Johnston seems intent
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Bria
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the book I’ve been waiting twenty years for and I’m so happy with every page.
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
Jul 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: star-wars
Disney: alright we let you write a book about Ahsoka now write one that's about someone from the original trilogy like Leia or-
EKJ: did you ever hear the tragedy of Padmé Amidala and her handmaidens?
Disney: . . .
EKJ: it's not a tale Disney would tell
Disney: . . .
Disney: it's treason then
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2019/03/21/...

I had high hopes for this first Star Wars new canon novel focusing entirely on Padmé/Queen Amidala, but unfortunately I was left a bit disappointed. On some level though, I think I had anticipated the issues, because from the moment I learned that Queen’s Shadow was to take place in the transitional time between the end of her reign as Naboo’s queen and the start of her career as a senator, I’d wondered whether there would
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Jessica
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I still have the paper dolls, uncut of course. I still stop to admire anyone dressed as Padme or one of her handmaidens at any con I go to. I don't care if you don't like the "prequels," I love them, and 90% of that love is because of Padme. The clothes! The hair! The intelligence and quiet strength! That is absolutely my jam. The sheer STYLE of those movies, and . . . I'm sorry, I know there's clickbait articles all across the internet about "co-stars without chemistry" or "who couldn't stand ...more
Scott Korin
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Handmaidens. Antislavery. Feminist. Same sex relationships. Real thought and detail about the functionality of Padme's wardrobe. Political intrigue. And only a little sprinkle of Jedi.

I loved everything about this book.

More Sabe, please. A sequel, maybe?
Jordan Anderson
Saying Queen’s Shadow is boring would be the ultimate understatement of the year. Saying Queen’s Shadow is a good book that represents everything Padme fans have wanted for the last 20 years is a blatant lie.

Yes, I hated this book. Take all the bad parts of the prequel trilogy (and there a lot of them), throw in a contrived plot in which nothing happens, make every single handmaiden confusing with names like Sabe, Sache, and Verse, give them no distinguishing characteristics, and then have
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DiscoSpacePanther
Anyone who has read my reviews of other Star Wars related media probably knows that I really enjoy The Phantom Menace, it is my favourite of the Prequel Trilogy and I rate it higher than Return of the Jedi. With that in mind, I was really stoked when I heard about this novel - I wanted to hear more about some of the characters that we had only seen briefly on screen, and E.K. Johnston did great character work with Ahsoka.

Therefore, I really thought I would like this book more than I did.

First,
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Katherine Locke
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
SO GOOD. HOLY CRAP. I HAVE SO MANY FEELINGS.
Jerry
May 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Queen Amidala/Padmé is not among my favorite Star Wars characters, and this book did nothing to improve my opinion of her. Seriously, if you want a strong female in "a galaxy far, far away," take a look at Princess Leia, Rey, Jaina Solo, or Mara Jade Skywalker. Unfortunately, since the original Expanded Universe has been relegated to "legends" status, we're bound to get more dreck like this.
Kaitlan Faith
Jul 22, 2018 is currently reading it
Shelves: star-wars-own
A BOOK ABOUT PADMÉ?! PADMÉ FINALLY GETTING THE RECOGNITION SHE DESERVES?! I! CANT! WAIT! YES! FINALLY!
Holly (The Grimdragon)
“They'll stall you," Organa said. "I know it's a horrifying situation, but you can't fight every evil in the galaxy."

"Evil? " Padmé said. "I've fought evil and it was easy: I shot it. It's apathy I can't stand.”


Finally we have a book dedicated to Padmé Amidala Naberrie. It's been 84 years..

E.K. Johnstonalso wrote Ahsoka, one of the best books in the new canon. Ahsoka is for sure a top favorite character for me and I was overwhelmingly happy to have more of her story. The Clone Wars did a great
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Lata
This is the book I really wanted of the intelligent, clever, canny, caring and generally awesome Padmé Amidala and her equally amazing handmaidens. The woman presented within these pages is everything I knew she must have been, rather than the weepy, increasingly dimwitted creature whose brains leaked out her ears once she got together with Mannequin, and became only worse once pregnant (as if a pregnant woman can't function or think!) But then, movie Padme really just existed to support ...more
turniip
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sophie
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up!

I really enjoyed getting a deeper look into the handmaidens and Padme, as well as seeing Padme meet and become close to characters like Bail (and Breha!) Organa and Mon Mothma. Padme's interactions with the handmaiden's and the whole way the clothing is used as weaponry and used to manipulate people's expectations so that they can spy was so fascinating. I also thought it was great that Padme's guilt over leaving Shmi was addressed as was her desire to do something about
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Sam
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: star-wars
I love Padme Amidala with my whole heart
kenzie ⎊
Jul 20, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: need-to-read
Uh, how about yes freaking please
Neil R. Coulter
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
This is kind of like the prequel trilogy, but without any of the interesting bits. People walk down corridors together having stilted conversations about sort-of politics. And there are a lot of descriptions of fashion and hairstyles. I believe that there is much room in Star Wars for books that don't rely on lightsabers and space battles; the absence of all that in this book wasn't the problem for me. It's that the politics feels rather simplistic and juvenile (a problem in most SW books; I ...more
Nana Spark
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Star Wars politics
Recommended to Nana by: My impulsive head ass in B&N
Book Details
Title: Queen’s Shadow
Author: E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press
Source/ Format: Barnes and Noble/ Hardcover (9781368024259)
Release Date: March 5, 2019
My Rating: .5

"We are brave, Your Highness."

E.K. Johston really knows her Star Wars shit! She basically nailed what the prequels were trying but ultimately failed to do: add more depth to Padme: Queen & Senator of Naboo, wife of Anankin Skywalker, and expand the political universe of Star Wars as a whole.

Interestingly
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Nicis
2.5

I wanted to really like this book so bad! Because is Padmé! FINALLY! But EKJ did not delivered for me.

I read a lot of early reviews of ARC that said that people cried and laughed and never did i felt any of that in the 350ish pages of Queen's Shadow.

Now, I'm not saying it's a bad book, it reads really fast and Padme always manage to keep the reader atention just by being herself. But plot wise there's almost nothing. There's never any danger, there's little emotion about the politics, the
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Vicki Crosson
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-physical
I wept when I finished this book, not because it was particularly sad at the end (we all know what happens to Padme in the long run), but because 9 year old me didn't have it to read.

When I was a child, right after The Phantom Menace came out, I probably read the novelization from Queen Amidala's POV a hundred times, because I wanted to know more about my hero, Padme. I wanted to know more about her life and struggles, history and future.

This book is everything I ever wanted. Once again,
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Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. This was fantastic. I have such a soft spot for Padmé and always thought she deserved better than Anakin and everything that happened to her. This was a very interesting read, it is on the slower side but if you're a big Star Wars fan, I think you'll enjoy it and the look into the character. The writing is fantastic and Johnston's interpretation of Padmé is great. It was a fun read with great side characters and an intriguing story with lots of politics. I'm glad that Padmé got her time ...more
Laura
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
This idea had so much potential, but I think it tried to do too much and not enough. At first I really liked shifting back and forth between Padme and Sabe, but then it felt like that meant doing neither of their stories justice. And the ending felt very abrupt....all this build-up and then a super fast ending that wasn’t satisfying. Now that I’ve finished, I kind of wish they had each gotten their own books so we could go more in depth with both women rather than not getting quite enough of ...more
Olivia
Jun 23, 2019 marked it as dnf
Shelves: fantasy
It's not that I disliked this, but I wasn't loving it and it needs to go back to the library, so. Realistically, I doubt I'll be picking this up in the future to finish it.

But, for the record, Padme Amidala has my vote and always will. <3
Meaghan
I accidentally read this in one sitting...

I meant to take my time and savour it but I devoured it whole...

This is exactly the Padme book I needed.
Carrie
Nov 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow.

I want to write a whole big review because this book was wonderful, but it gave me so many feelings that I'm overwhelmed and just...can't. Padmé is one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe (outranked only by Rey, of course), and while I understand that the films aren't truly her story because the Skywalkers are the main focus, she was really an influential character for me. And that's why even though there are arguably too many Star Wars universe books coming out--too many
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E.K. Johnston had several jobs and one vocation before she became a published writer. If she’s learned anything, it’s that things turn out weird sometimes, and there’s not a lot you can do about it. Well, that and how to muscle through awkward fanfic because it’s about a pairing she likes.

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“They'll stall you," Organa said. "I know it's a horrifying situation, but you can't fight every evil in the galaxy."
"Evil? " Padmé said. "I've fought evil and it was easy: I shot it. It's apathy I can't stand.”
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“You are an idealist," Bonteri said. "That's not a bad thing."
"I know," Padmé said. "I have worked very hard at it.”
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