Star Wars A Queen’s Peril

by: E.K. Johnston

A fun four star read. It answers a question I’ve always had: How did Padme become Amidala? Well, as it turns out, not alone. She won the election on Naboo and from the beginning instituted changes that would have greatly aided Naboo had the Trade Federation and Darth Sideous not been part of the equation. 

One of the best things about it is the way we get to know her entire retinew of handmaids and the way they work. Each girl is as distinct as the skills she brings to the group. Their relationships are complicated and real. And the almost overbearing guard Captain Panaka is tossed into the deep end when it comes to dealing with a group of teenage girls;  when he thinks he’s in control, he’s usually not. 

I’ll keep this spoiler free: it’s a really fun read. We learn more about Naboo, young Padme and everything and it took to make Amidala the queen she was. It wraps up with the invasion of Naboo, the appearance of the Jedi and Jar Jar Binks, nothing that isn’t already familiar to anyone who will read this book. Those well known events aren’t the only point. How the girls deal with it, with the fall out of the invasion and what it costs them and their people are the things we never would have had a chance to see otherwise. 

I’d recommend this book to any Star Wars fan. 

Author:

Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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