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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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    • Daniel
    • 14/06/2020

    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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    • brian
    • 02/06/2020

    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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    • Holly
    • 26/06/2020

    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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    • Robert the great
    • 30/10/2020

    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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    • David
    • 11/06/2020

    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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    • CozyReverie
    • 03/06/2020

    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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    • Marie A.
    • 03/06/2020

    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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    • Mayra
    • 21/12/2021

    Good narration

    It was okay, but not my favorite SW audiobook so far. I enjoyed the sutil Satine reference.

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    • Kishan
    • 15/12/2021

    Simple but Enjoyable Star Wars Story for Padme Fans

    This book is really short compared to most other Star Wars novels which means that the story is very simple and centered almost entirely around Padme and her handmaidens. No crazy space battles here, just Padme and her friends getting to know eachother and navigate Naboo politics. I’m really glad I read this before Queens Shadow as it feels like a natural progression to move from Peril into Shadow. The last third of the story catches up to episode 1 which was fun to see the behind the scenes events that we didn’t get to see on screen. Overall a fun book for Padme fans and those who love galactic politics. Highly recommend!

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    • April
    • 14/09/2021

    This book could benefit from creativity

    I wanted to make this more constructive and less critical so I re-wrote my review. 

    Setting: The writer relies heavily on overused idioms for settings, sometimes they don't really fit the context. For example, there is a part when Panaka is talking to his wife and the book says "Panaka only had eyes for one woman", but in the context it feels forced, like the author wanted to convey a romantic feeling so she reached for the first idiom she could find, but they were alone in a tent, there were no other people to provide the context required of that idiom. That is one of many examples where the settings feels hapdash. Time as a setting is basically ignored by the author. There are a couple mentions of how much time has passed, mostly at the end, but the book is written like a bunch of skits thrown together and there is no way to know how much time has passed between each skit. Transitions between skits are also rare, so the settings are confusing at best. The engineer engineers "Dresses"? I really like this, its the idea that Padme's ornate gowns had a purpose other than just looking cool. The blood detection alarm was a really bad idea. Padme should have triggered the alarm earlier in the book when she was on her period. This whole skit either feels forced or like the author forgot that Padme already started her period earlier in the book. When Padme had the same symptoms as Sashe all the girls knew it was her period, but the thought never crossed their minds when it was Sashe? This was poor execution of a skit that took so much prep work. There were decent explanations of why technology isn't used more widely. Its mostly "tradition" which is very powerful and astute creative way to build the world without needing to have in depth knowledge of particulars. 

    Characters: So the good is that the characters are fleshed out, each with their own personalities. Its mostly about 6 girls, the youngest being 12 but all around the age of 14, and their guard. I really liked that there was a subtle hint of one of the girls being something other than heterosexual, it was very nicely done. The bad is that they all speak with the same voice throughout the book, even at the beginning when they are all supposed to be different working towards sameness. The Narrator did a poor job distinguishing them as well. Sometimes according to the book a character would have a voice that was "deep" and the narrator didn't pick up on that until later, which is funny because at that point they were supposed to have sounded the same. Padme is a pushover throughout the book, but if you believe the theory that Padme only rose to power because the chancellor chose her, not on her own merit then that does make sense. The dialogue is simple, but then the characters overreact, like when Pakana was talking to the "bad girl" and she asks something that isn't funny, but he belly laughs like he's never laughed before. However when one of the girl's love interest is runoff by Padme (even if it is on accident) I feel like the girl under-reacted. I noticed that the negative interactions were almost always under-reacted to and the positive interactions were over-reacted to, like the author was afraid to give the characters flaws. 

    Dialogue: This was the hardest part for me because there is so much dialogue in this book. The first half of the book its hard to know who is talking, but that happens all throughout the book. The book doesn't give each character's words enough personality. There is so much use of American idioms that none of the dialogue feels original or creative. "Won't know what hit them" "Slipped through her fingers", etc. All of the characters talk very matter of factly, without emotion. 

    Narration: After listening to the book on 1.25 speed I realized that the narrator probably is a large part of why the book doesn't work. I suspect that the the voices that the narrator uses for the girls are so similar that any writing that adds personality is lost in translation. This is especially important in the first half of the novel when the girls are learning to be similar to each other. All of them have the same cadence, pitch, inflection and tone. The book mentions that a couple of the handmaidens have very specific voices, but the narrator mostly ignores it. As a result we are left to rely on the name of the person speaking being told to us by the narrator in order to know who's talking and all 5 handmaidens choose similar names to Padme. Since the book is heavy in dialogue it makes for a miserable listening experience. Its a shame because this is a good idea for a story and on paper it fits the direction of Padme that we saw in the movies and shows. 

    Story: I love the idea of seeing the day to day of Queen Amidala. I also like how the different handmaidens were picked for different reasons. The first half of the book is a bit like the Babysitters club, so its not your normal Star Wars adventure, but I'm sure that some people will prefer this style. The story barely centers on Padme occasionally, but there is a lot going on with the other characters and it gets hectic and not all of the "conflicts" are resolved. Its almost comical how serious the handmaids take themselves. There is very little conflict at all but the conflict that does arise is abrupt and unnatural. For example, Sabe refused to share a room with Erte. That's it. The whole conflict arose, crescendo'ed and was solved in 3 sentences and wasn't brought up again. Something similar happens when Padme tells Captain Panaka "No". The whole thing happened in like 4 sentences. There is no motive or tension for these abrupt conflicts, you can tell they were added to spice up the story and build character, but it fails. During the summit Padme asks Sabe if the ore is really needed for instruments, this feels like satire. There was not enough world building to make instruments equally important as war ships. This whole interaction is silly. So much of the writing was like checking trope boxes. After the summit they go through the "royalty sneaks away" trope. I know that the Queen is a child, but she won her seat by being very mature, its hard to believe that she would do something so immature for what seems like no reason. I like how she sticks up to Panaka after the concert, that is very Padme. I wish that the writer would have let us know from the start that she wanted to go to the concert to give the girls one night of being normal, instead of mentioning it offhandedly at the very end of that skit. "Anakin Skywalker really liked flying" makes no sense at all in the context of the story. However, The scene were Panaka's wife talks Panaka and one of the other Handmaidens out of saving another handmaiden was great work. The idea of honoring the captive handmaiden's choice is amazing and I don't think I've seen or read this anywhere else. I was worried that it was going to be tropey, but it wasn't.