Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow — a Padmé Amidala tale — arrives in bookstores today


Star Wars: Queen’s Shadow hits book stores today. It follows the path of Padmé Amidala as she transitions from queen to senator

Padmé Amidala is finally getting her due. The Star Wars character has had an important role in the Skywalker Saga, but we haven’t gotten too much of her solo story until now.

Today marks the release of E.K. Johnston’s Queen’s Shadow, which follows Padmé as she steps down as Queen of Naboo and is enlisted to become a senator, a role she reluctantly takes.

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What’s great about this story is that is Padme’s story. This isn’t about Anakin or their relationship. This isn’t about how Anakin has anger or control issues, especially when it comes to his wife. No, this is the story about a strong, empowering woman who has to navigate her way through a new world.

Based on early reviews, it seems many are enjoying Queen’s Shadow.

We pre-ordered our copy and received it today so we will be devouring the book to get a review up in due time.

Queen’s Shadow takes place in the timeline between The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones. There was a lot of time between those two movies, so plenty had happened. But even though plenty had happened in that time, none of them were she and Anakin getting married.

I know I keep harping on the fact that this book is about Padmé and not their relationship, but I think that aspect is important. We saw more of Padmé in The Clone Wars, but she was still Anakin’s wife the whole time.

This time we get Padmé as she is, surrounded by her friends and handmaidens, and her family. We get to experience Padmé the way many girls who watched the prequel trilogies imagined her life to be.

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Queen’s Shadow is in stores now. Head to your local book shop or pick up the ebook right now if you can’t wait.