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 handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.
About the Author
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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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
In short, don't bother. A very vanilla book. It's not bad, it's just so... plain. After getting 2/3 of the way through the book, I'd had enough and just started skimming to the end. I liked Johnston's Ashoka novel, so I was looking forward to this, but was left disappointed. I think she was trying to balance between telling a story centered on Padme as well as her handmaidens, but in trying to balance that she accomplished neither. It was interesting learning more about the handmaidens and how they interacted, but there wasn't enough depth developed in any of them. Johnston spends entirely too much time on clothes and hair and settings. Quite honestly, the most interesting part of the book is the Epilogue--which takes places shortly after Revenge of the Sith. I think this book could have been very interesting if she would have started there and focused on telling Rabe's story with flashbacks to Padme to fill in and provite depth to Rabe.