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Queen's Shadow

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,524 ratings  ·  369 reviews
The end of her reign is just the beginning...

When Padmé Amidala steps down from her position as Queen of Naboo, she is ready to set aside her title and return to life outside of the spotlight. But to her surprise, the new queen asks Padmé to continue serving their people—this time in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about the new role but cannot turn down the request,
Hardcover, 345 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Ana O
Nov 02, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Me: I desperately need an ARC.

The publisher: NetGalley will decide your fate.

Me: I am NetGalley.


Padme deserved so much better than Anakin's punk ass. I can’t believe I’m saying it but it’s very, very true. How you gon force choke your pregnant wife.


Give me that sweet, sweet space drama goodness. I need it like a crackhead needs coke.

I foresee:

Political drama

Outlandish, fluffy dresses

A choreographed tour through the beauties of
Mar 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
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
rachael ♡



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

I am ready to be hurt again.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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. It'
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I’ve been waiting twenty years for and I’m so happy with every page.
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. Everyth ...more
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon
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

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
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 o
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?
May 16, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 liter
Kaitlan Faith
Jul 22, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars-own
Katherine Locke
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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. Johnston also 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
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 sl
Credo che il franchise di Star Wars stia attraversando un periodo di crisi e che per questo ai piani alti stiano cercando di ingraziarsi i fan di vecchia data: quest'anno uscirà l'ultima stagione di Clone Wars, un libro su Obi-Wan Kenobi e Qui Gon Jin, ed è appunto uscito un libro su Padmé.
Padmé, perlopiù ignorata dal canon, spesso considerata un'appendice di Anakin, un personaggio la cui unica funzione era mettere al mondo Luke e Leia, al punto che le scene dove faceva altro sono state tagliate
kenzie may (hiatus, mostly)
Uh, how about yes freaking please
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 Mannequ ...more
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
I love Padme Amidala with my whole heart
Vicki Crosson
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, Padme
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 eit ...more
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

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 fir
Neil R. Coulter
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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 don ...more
Abby Gleason
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the book I have been waiting decades for. The story is so beautiful. My heart is so full.
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.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Padmé Amidala was completely still. The brown halo of her hair spread out around her, softened here and there by white blossoms that had blown through the air to find their rest amongst her curls. Her skin was pale and perfect. Her face was peaceful. Her eyes were closed and her hands were clasped across her stomach as she floated. Naboo carried on without her.

Even now, at the end, she was watched.

I want to go back in time and give this book to George Lucas and everyone who worked at the prequel
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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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“You are an idealist," Bonteri said. "That's not a bad thing."
"I know," Padmé said. "I have worked very hard at it.”
“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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