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A prequel to the New York Times best-selling novel Queen's Shadow, further exploring the life of the iconic Padmé Amidala!

When 14-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 unite them as a group. When Naboo is invaded by forces of the Trade Federation, Queen Amidala and her handmaidens will face the greatest test - of themselves and of each other.

©2020 E.K. Johnston (P)2020 Listening Library

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An excellent prequel for Ep 1.

Love how the new cannon is expanding so much on the prequels, ginving emotional depth, and development to so many characters. This one is no exception. Narration and style of writing both are excellent.

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The interludes are great.....

Good Star Wars audio performance. I very much enjoyed the interludes with Qui Gon, Obi Won, Maul, and others. Honestly, that was the best part of the book. The character development was slow and frustrating. It felt I was reading about about a bunch of girls on student council rather than running a planet.

If you're a canon junkie, you can justify the read (aka listen) but if you're looking for an fun Star Wars read this is something you can skip.

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Meh

boring but cute.... I've not been impressed with EKs otherworks (Althought I powered through because I love Ahsoka and Padme) but this story did not have much substance nor was it very exciting

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What just happened?!

We were going along with a wonderful story and then they decided to cut massive chunks out of the timeline in efforts to what??? end the book?
Then I have no idea what happened after about 2/3 into it. So disappointed for someone trying to follow the timeline from book one to the very end.

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Incredibly Terrible; do not purchase!

Where is the character development? The conflict? this is a terribly written book. Padme is a beloved character and the mother of two of the strongest people in the galaxy, but this book makes her superficial and complacent. I still love the character, but this book has turned me away from ever purchasing another by this author.

Please buy a different book to explore these characters, as this is not it...

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Great for Padmé fans!

I absolutely love that we got to know the handmaidens! The narrator is amazing. The whole production is great.

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SUCH A GREAT AUDIOBOOK

love the narrator and the story! Such a great time to be alive! if you are a clone wars saga lover and star wars nerd you HAVE to read this book and the sequels. E.K. Johnston did a marvelous job bringing Padme's story to a reality. Growing up I wanted to hear, read, and see more of Padme since she is my favorite star wars character! woohoo! Thank you!

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Excellent Premise, Choppy Finish

There's a lot about this book that I like, but a lot that doesn't work.

I really appreciate the effort put into expanding all of the Handmaidens. They are characters I've been fascinated with since I was a kid. The way they are all given unique backstories and skills was fantastic. It was great to see how each of them was recruited and how each of them contributed to the team with their skills. The set up is truly amazing. I wish it had gone in a better direction.

What weakens the positive things Johnston does with the characters is her handling of the characters, especially Padme and Quarsh Panaka. He's almost treated as a villain even though he's just doing his job and he turns out to be right in the end. Padme acts as though he is her overbearing father who is stifling her instead of the head of her security. This weakens Padme's character considerably. She goes from being a strong politician to being bratty and incompetent. The unprofessional way she and the handmaidens behave with Panaka undercuts all the effort put into establishing their abilities. A situation where Padme wants to go to a concert and sneaks out is a glaring example of her being to immature and childish. I get that she's 14, but this is a planet where people mature early and are able to be elected to political office. The Padme presented here is not capable of running for student council, let alone governing a planet. A simple solution would have been to tell Panaka that she's going to the concert and working with him to make it happen as securely as possible, which is his job. Instead, this supposed politician snuck out like a little kid breaking curfew.

These issues wouldn't be so bad if Padme was depicted as wrong in her immature moments and allowed to grow from them. But, as was the problem with Queen's Shadow, Padme is never allowed to be wrong. The narrative always treats her as right and anyone who doesn't completely agree with her is framed as wrong, like Panaka, even though the end of the story should have proved that he had been right in all of his precautions. He was responsible for getting those guns into the throne, making it possible for them to turn the tables on the Trade Federation, despite Padme's groundless complaints.

The worst part of the book is the end where it overlaps with The Phantom Menace. This is where the story goes from being a quality, detailed narrative to being choppy and barely intelligible. It ends up as a series of scenes with nothing to connect them. More than a few times, I had to rewind and relisten to understand what was going on. Two more hours, at least, should have been added to flesh out the portion overlapping with TPM so there could have been a cohesive story. The way the story randomly jumped to A New Hope with Leia at the end was strange. If the book had shifted back and forth between Padme and Leia all throughout, it would have made more sense to book end the story with similar descriptions

Overall, this is a series I WANT to like so much, but it's difficult. I do enjoy the prose and the emphasis on personal relationships between the characters.

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Best background added to any Star Wars

Reading this is like reading a Harry Potter book after seeing the movies. It provides additional depth and context to the stories but never feels like a rehash of what one already knew from Ep 1. Greatly appreciated the added complexity to these previously background characters.

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A must read for all Padme fans!

I was drawn to this audiobook bc Padme is one of my fav Star Wars characters and I love Catherine Taber from the Clone Wars series. The only way this could have been any better is if it were longer and narrated by Natalie Portman herself. But Taber did an amazing job as Padme and the other voices as well. Especially The Queen’s voice.

I am a huge fan of the prequels so I knew I would love further insight into Padme and her world. I was thrilled that this book is written in not only third person perspective, but multiple povs. Those are my fav types of books. The scene and pov switches were a little hard to follow at times in audiobook form but I was able to catch on after a few sentences. I never expected to see inside Palpatine’s mind, that was very well done and exciting. I think the writer captured Padme perfectly and only enhanced the qualities that we already love about her.

(Spoilers) I loved the relationships that formed between Padme and all of her handmaidens. I never knew that Amidala was not her true last name or that no one on Naboo knew her true identity when she was elected queen. I assumed she’d come from a royal line too. This story cleared up a lot of questions. I also enjoyed Panaka’s recruitment of each girl and the reasons why he did it. The story has humor balanced nicely with serious elements.

My only critique is I wish the book was longer. I would have enjoyed more scenes and shenanigans with Padme and her handmaidens. I found the conflict interesting between Padme and Sabe, I wish they all would have had more interactions. The book is very descriptive regarding scenery and clothing. Has a very regal feel to it.

I thoroughly enjoyed the music that played throughout the story as well as the multitude of sound effects. I’ve never listened to an audiobook that incorporated sound effects and I wish that more would. It really helped enhance the story. There is one very upsetting scene where a handmaiden is being tortured and lets out blood curdling, guttural screams for a good minute or so. It is very powerful and the voice work is incredible but this part really worked me up, especially while driving. It made me very jittery and uncomfortable so fair warning there.

Overall, I highly recommend this book to any Star Wars fan, especially those who love Padme and the prequels. I will def purchase the other two by this same author! 💫

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Perfect Performance, Great Story

Really enjoyed this. Background music and sound effects .Real passion from the narrator. An understanding of the plot to Phantom Menace is needed to make sense of the latter half of the story.

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Great

Really great audiobook, I highly recommend it! Excellent performance and plot with many familiar Star Wars characters from the Prequel trilogy.

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Girl power!

This was a very enjoyable story. The female characters are strong and soft, feminine and tough. The plot was interesting and it was a great addition for fleshing out the Star Wars universe and the familiar characters.

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  • 05-24-22

Another fantastic book by E. K. Johnston

After purchasing the E. K. Johnston book, Ashoka, I was keen to try anything else she had written, so used my credit to buy this. Was well worth it!!!!! Thoroughly enjoyed the story and the presentation, finished it in record time for me, which says a lot too!