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Queen's Shadow

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  5,164 ratings  ·  1,000 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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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
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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'
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. Everything ...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 o
rachael ♡



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

I am ready to be hurt again.
Alexandra Elend Wolf
“She hadn’t come all this way to be a line in the programming. She could do more than one thing, even if it meant going against the Chancellor’s implied wishes. She had, after all, only just begun.”

When I started this book I had a pretty clear idea of what I wanted to find in it. A lot of Padmé Amidala. It certainly delivered in that.

It was a fun enough story. It had it's moments that surprised me. Yet, there was a lot of little -and not so little - things that bothered me and made me not k
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.
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
Scott Korin
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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?
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
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 e ...more
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
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.

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Many thanks to Disney for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

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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
Moony MeowPoff
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some feel that Padme is young, annoying and naive. But i really think she's awesome and badass, i relate to her a great deal and i loved how i saw some character development and it felt like she trusted herself more and didn't rely too much on the handmaidens she'd had before. I can't wait til the next book about Padme comes out!
Katherine Locke
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Kaitlan Faith
Jul 22, 2018 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
It was time for Sabe of Naboo, bodyguard and handmaiden, to do her job, And she would, because that was what she had always chosen to do. Sabe turned to face her enemies as the queen of Naboo, and Padme all but disappeared into her shadow.

This wasn't bad, per se. This isn't "2-stars-I-hated-it." And I guess coming directly from the excellence that was Bloodline, I had expectations a tad too high. I will definitely be checking out Queen's Peril, though.

It is beyond amazing that the v
Neil R. Coulter
Apr 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
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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
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 20, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Uh, how about yes freaking please
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love Padme Amidala with my whole heart

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
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 on the prequel
Nana Spark
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes Star Wars politics
Recommended to Nana by: My impulsive head ass in B&N


(Prequel) Queen's Peril - ☆☆☆☆

"We are brave, Your Highness."

My Thoughts 💭
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 enough this book is set about four years after the Phantom Menace and focuses on Padme’s transition from Queen to Senator of Naboo.

One thi
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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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