As a fan of all things Star Wars, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. Set just a few years after the events of The Phantom Menace, Queen's Shadow follows Padmé Naberrie, the former Queen of Naboo, as she transitions from her role in planetary politics to broader, galactic affairs. Along with her loyal handmaidens, Padmé travels to Coruscant to begin her life in the Senate. Once there, she must learn to navigate this new, more complex political field, allying herself with other senators in order to fight for the causes she believes in. There's a warmth to this story that was refreshing, and though we're spared from the blaster fire and epic space battles of most Star Wars stories, the stakes are just as high! I could not put this book down.
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"A fascinating perspective into the backstory of a beloved and well-known character within the Star Wars universe, this is a must-have for reluctant readers or for fans of the franchise."—School Library Journal
"The Star Wars universe...is all the brighter for a thoughtful and sentimental story about the women of Naboo that never—unlike Chancellor Palpatine—underestimates them."—The Mary Sue
"Nearly 20 years after the theatrical release of The Phantom Menace, we’re finally getting a story worthy of Padmé and her handmaidens."—The Daily Dot