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Queen's Peril

(Star Wars Disney Canon Novel)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  2,656 ratings  ·  525 reviews
When fourteen-year-old Padmé Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, she adopts the name Amidala and leaves her family to the rule from the royal palace. To keep her safe and secure, she’ll need a group of skilled handmaidens who can be her assistants, confidantes, defenders, and decoys. Each girl is selected for her particular talents, but it will be up to Padmé to ...more
Hardcover, 276 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Disney Lucasfilm Press
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Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Queen's Peril is a 2020-release within the Disney Star Wars Canon.

To put it in timeline perspective, the events in this novel take place after Master and Apprentice and just before the film, The Phantom Menace.

In fact, to my surprise, the last quarter of the book runs parallel to The Phantom Menace.

It is not a novelization of the events in that movie, however, more of an expansion of what we see on screen.

With that timeline info out of the way, let's get into this story, shall we?

At just 14-ye
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very good book. I enjoyed this book a lot more than I though I would. I have a natural prejudice against prequels and I did not enjoy Queen's Shadow or Eposide One, but my obsession to read all things Star Wars won out. I am very glad it did as this book is great.

One of the problems I had with the Queen's Shadow is it concentrated on Senator Amidala, and the handmaidens already seem to be established characters as they had been working together for years. This is where this book fills in the d
People who don't like The Phantom Menace are wrong and this book proves why.

It is a celebration of that movie and its characters so joyful and so full of heart that it is impossible to put down. Shifting the focus from Anakin and the Jedi to Padme and her handmaidens, the girls truly get what they deserve and we get a fresh point of view for a story that is much beloved and much beleaguered. But for those of us who fell in love with Star Wars again because of the Prequel Trilogy, this book is v
Eva B.
I'm not sure if this will be an unpopular opinion, but I liked this a lot more than Queen's Shadow. I loved the glimpses into the handmaidens, the deep look at Naboo and how Padme handled her queendom, and honestly I loved everything about this. ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, arc
I liked the concept of seeing Padme’s development from being Padme to figuring out how to be Queen Amidala and how to still be Padme in some aspects of her life. I enjoyed meeting all of the handmaidens, and seeing how they all get to know and become more comfortable with each other. Sadly, I ended up being disappointed with the book, and often felt like I was reading about a different character.

I question a lot of the choices made which did seem to be more about “look how badass these teenage
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Queen’s Peril is my entire fucking heart and the book I truly was waiting 21 years for and OH MY GOD
CF Dracarys
Jan 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved the woman-power in this book. Overall, this book was good and I really enjoyed it. Johnston really captured Padme's essence in my opinion and it really makes me appreciate her character that much more. I'm excited to see her handmaidens appear in future canon that I haven't explored (I'm looking at you, Darth Vader comics 2020).

This book was somewhat flat in that it's really just offering you glimpses between scenes depicted in the Phantom Menace. I appreciate that it was written, but I
Feb 13, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Padmé Amidala fans
E.K. Johnston’s Queen’s Shadow was a pleasant distraction when I read it last year, so when I felt like I needed another distraction, I knew just where to go. Queen’s Peril is a prequel, taking place during Padmé Amidala’s reign as the Queen of Naboo, whereas Queen’s Shadow covered her transition from Queen to Senator. Padmé is one of my favorite characters in the Star Wars universe and I love reading about her.

I didn’t enjoy Queen’s Peril as much as Queen’s Shadow. The first half, which takes p
Neil R. Coulter
Oct 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: fiction, star-wars
Would you believe it’s possible for a book to make The Phantom Menace even worse than it already is?

Behold: Queen’s Peril, by E. K. Johnston. (or: The Handmaidens Tale: A Star Wars Story)

The book itself is purple, which goes well with the prose contained therein. Johnston’s writing is at the level of mediocre fanfiction. Though she doesn’t approach the level of Chuck Wendig, she’s definitely in the bottom tier of current Star Wars writers. This is a book that turns Star Wars into pretty dresses,
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you're going to Rule, Rule with a Squad.

Image from Uzuri Art on Instagram

The author has been pretty forthcoming about the fact that this is the book she envisioned writing about Padmé before eventually writing Queen's Shadow and though I thoroughly enjoyed that book I am quite grateful she was granted the leeway to dial even further back into the timeline. This novel brings us the delightful details of how Quarsh Panaka assembled his unlikely team of tweenaged decoys and wardrobe specialists
Shannon McCarter
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
I didn’t enjoy Queen's Peril as much as Queen’s Shadow. It felt a little too scattered and like it was trying to do too much. Queen's Peril takes place a little before and during the events of The Phantom Menace; in which we see Padme be elected and then try to navigate Naboo’s political sphere. I did really enjoy learning more about the queens of Naboo, and seeing Padme’s relationships with her handmaidens develop. They are all just young, teenage girls underneath the hoods and the make-up and ...more
Frankie Lovely
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars

I received an arc of this book in exchange for an honest review

When given the opportunity to dive into the life of Queen Amidala from the Star Wars megaverse, I was very intrigued. This story follows Padma's life as she wins the title of Queen and begins her term serving Naboo.

What I liked

This story was a quick and easy read, though I will say it reads for a much younger audience than I was hoping. Somewhere around the age of 8-14 would be ideal. I deeply enjoyed the camaraderie of the wo
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Aw, YIS. This is the kind of Star Wars content I am on board for! I love Padme and her handmaidens, and here we have their story: How they were chosen, how they got together, and what they were doing in between scenes in Episode I!

Come for the fashions, stay for the girl power!
May 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I LOVE Star Wars, so I thought I would love this book, but alas, I did not. There was nothing remotely “bad” about it, but after finishing it, I feel like it was a very unnecessary read.

You see, Queen’s Peril tells the story of Padmé’s life as Queen of Naboo, BEFORE any of the events in The Phantom Menace take place… it’s a prequel of a prequel! But the problem is this: it doesn’t really add anything to Padmé’s story. I don’t know if it
Nana Spark
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like Star Wars lore and politics
Recommended to Nana by: My headass stalking the Disney Instagram for updates about this beauty


Queen's Shadow - ★★★★.5☆

My Thoughts 💭
As a prequel to Queen's Shadow, this book takes place just after Padme is elected Queen of Naboo. It went into detail about how General Panaka found each handmaiden and their lives before they were sworn into Queen Amidala's service.

This book also explored more of the personal relationships between the handmaidens that Queen's Shadow tried to go into but just didn’t have the time. I really like the camaraderie of all the girls and the funny sche
Jim C
Oct 03, 2020 rated it did not like it
This is a prequel to a book that was based on a character from the prequel movies in this universe. To clarify the previous statement this book is about Padme being elected queen and her first days of office.

For the life of me I don't understand why this book has so many positive reviews. I thought this book might be one of the worst books I read in this universe and that is including a bunch I read from the Legends timeline. There were so many issues with this novel. The first one was the conc
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Star Wars Queen's Peril by E.K. Johnston

ARC provided by Disney Publishing Worldwide and E.K. Johnston via NetGalley. All opinions are mine and freely given.

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"Whatever happened next, however it was recorded and remembered, she was entirely on her own."

06-03: 'Star Wars Queen's Peril' by E.K. Johnston is a story from the other side of Trade Federation's blockade of the planet Naboo during The Phantom Menace era.

We've already seen the ins and outs of the liberation of the Naboo pe
Jun 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
“I guarantee you that most people will hear that many ehs in a row and literally never be able to remember how many of us there are, let alone who is who.”

i love women!!!!!!1

i enjoyed this one a lot more than queen's shadow. I'm always a fan of origin stories and i adored seeing padmé and her handmaidens and how they met, began to work together and became such a tight-knit group.

the book does contain some brief pov's from other characters because in a way it's a semi-novelization of the phantom
Tait Sougstad
Jun 10, 2020 rated it did not like it


SEN. PALPATINE: My old friend! I was just checking in on how things are going. Getting along with the queen?

CAPT. PANAKA: She is obstinate and self-sufficient. I planted the idea that she may need a handmaiden, and let her think she was improving the idea by needing several of them. She spends nearly the whole novel in her quarters with them. I don’t know what they are doing in there, but she gives virtually no thought to ruling her people. All she has
Denise Morse
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Let me preface this by saying that I am a huge fan of E.K. Johnston and Queen's Shadow, however this one missed the mark a little. It had some very strong moments but there was definitely some weak points.

Queen's Peril takes place at the beginning of the reign of Padme Amidala and in flashbacks, the selection and early life of her handmaidens. These were the strongest chapters- how she crafted her persona, the talents of each of the handmaidens, and the political brilliance of Padme. However it
Camila Valenzuela
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Again, E.K Johnston makes me wish that the screenwriters hadn’t used Padmé to further Mannequin’s story, then summarily dumped her development like she was a piece of garbage. Here, Johnston shows how Padmé became Amidala, and how Captain Panaka found each girl (and double) for the new queen of Naboo, based on their skill set, attitude and intelligence, willingness to leave their old lives behind and how well they may work together as a team to protect Padmé. The last trait actually comes to bit ...more
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4,5 stars

I didn't expect much from this book but it, surprisingly enough, turned out to be one of my favorite Star Wars Disney canon novels. I liked how we learned so much more about Naboo, politics, and Padmé's life in general before the events of "The Phantom Menace". I enjoyed the complicated relationships between the queen and her handmaidens and their banter was a real joy to read. My only complaint were the little snippets from other characters' POVs that sometimes interrupted the flow of
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-star-wars
Let me just start by saying it brings me no joy writing this review. I truly hoped this book could have been more, but it simply wasn't.
I have multiple issues with this story. Mostly because it isn't a story at all but a weird scatterplot of scenes we either already know or could easily have imagined ourselves.
The POV switches way too much, sometimes even 3 times within 2 pages. Those POVs are intriguing at first but they don't really add anything new to the story. People's thoughts are interes
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
This was seriously as fantastic and amazing as Queen`s shadow. I really wished there were more, i did not want it to end. I loved that we got to read more about the handmaidens, that there were individual "information" how they were recruited and what reaction they have and how they support and affect Padme in their own individual way. Padme is still a favorite of mine, hands down. <3 ...more
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5⭐️This was so great. Especially since I have a newfound appreciation for The Phantom Menice! All the cameos—I literally lost count and the ending!! I really hope Johnston continues with the Star Wars love!
May 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unless you are a big Star Wars fan, Star Wars: Queen's Peril probably won't excite you.

I, unfortunately, was wholly disappointed. After reading Queen's Shadow last week, I had high hopes that the prequel would be even better.

It wasn't.

Most of the book is slow and uneventful. Captain Panaka's recruitment of Amidala's handmaidens peaks some interest, but it is largely addressed in a handful of pages. I was excited to explore rich backstories of, and interactions between, Eirtaé, Saché, Yané, Rabé
Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)
4 stars. I managed to blow through this book in a few hours, that’s how good it was. Also, it’s incredibly short so that helped too I guess. Where the first book was over 300 pages, this one is less than 300 and it goes by really quickly. It takes place after Padmé becomes Amidala, the Queen of Naboo and then it pretty much turns into Episode I: The Phantom Menace but from her p.o.v. obviously. We see Jar Jar Binks (ughhh), Qui-Gon Jin and a tiny little Anakin Skywalker but it was very well done ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it did not like it
I could not get into this. The writing was disjointed and jumped around between characters so often, and when it did, it was super confusing. I really wanted to learn more about Padmé but I couldn’t get through the writing, and I didn’t feel like sticking through to the end.
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