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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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amazing

The story is a bit slow and doesn’t really start to move fast (almost too fast) till the last two hours of the book. I loved it though. It was really cool to see how Padmé met her handmaidens. Beware of the torture scene near the end though, it wouldn’t be that bad but they have a screaming sound effect in the background that made me quite uncomfortable. Just a heads up for anyone that’s sensitive with those kind of things.

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  • brian
  • 2020-06-02

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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  • Daniel
  • 2020-06-14

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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  • Holly
  • 2020-06-26

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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  • David
  • 2020-06-11

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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  • Robert the great
  • 2020-10-30

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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  • Hilarity246
  • 2020-06-03

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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  • colin joyce
  • 2020-11-24

sound effects

the sound effects were too much. I couldn't even focus on the story. there is a point in the book where there is a female's scream in the background... it goes on for way too long. but it's still a good book. I would recommend just reading it rather than listening.

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  • Can't Spell
  • 2020-11-22

Must listen

Didn’t expect it but emotions were felt. Its really cool to get a perspective we haven’t really gotten before.

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  • Peter Mackie
  • 2020-11-21

Okay.

I found the book to be enjoyable, particularly through the last section, while the beggining seemed not to be particularly focused or interesting in places. In terms of tone some parts just weren't for me. E.K. Johnson did do some great work here giving the decoys and Padme much more character than the Phantom Menace ever allowed, to the point where I actually found myself caring about them for the first time in about twenty one years. Catherine Taber's performance was outstanding. I'd say give it a try but don't expect deep lore additions or pulse pounding sequences.

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  • Jose
  • 2020-11-12

Its okay if you are bored

Though it was interesting to see how each of Padme's handmaidens were chosen it doesnt get much more interesting than that. There isnt really a conflict until the trade federation invades then its just episode 1 from the handmaidens point of views. Padme is more interesting in the clone wars becuause she uses her wit and strengths to outsmart her adversarys. Shes kinda just a jerk to Panaka the whole time and he could have been more pf a character than the naghing dad type. The whole period thing is just rediculous as well. Its a good listen if you are bored and into the pre clone wars but it could have been much more.