I recently read E.K. Johnston's gorgeous take on Padmé Amidala, Queen's Shadow, and loved it. So, naturally, when I saw its follow up, Queen's Peril, on Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to read it. Big thanks to them and Disney books for the copy!
|Pub Date: 6-2-20|
YA - Sci-Fi
Padmé Naberrie is fourteen-years old and the new Queen of Naboo. After she wins the election, she takes on the name Amidala and leaves her family and her old life behind in order to rule from the royal palace. As another means of protection, Padmé and her advisors devise a plan to recruit a group of girls who slightly resemble the new Queen to serve as handmaidens, personal guards, and if the occasion calls for it, decoys.
Each girl brings their own special set of skills to the table, and have a particular talent that Padmé could benefit from. Whether that is lock picking, engineering, or breathing tactics that hide her true feelings. Though the girls were brought together as separate entities, it'll be up to Padmé to unite them as one. While trust is slowly building within the group, Naboo is invaded by forces from the Trade Federation. Queen Amidala and her handmaidens have no choice but to face the attack head on, or else let Naboo fall.
If you're a fan of the prequels, namely The Phantom Menace, than this is a book for you. Although, this came out after Queen's Shadow, the events in this one actually happen before that. Queen's Peril highlights how Padmé came into her power and the formation of her handmaiden security detail. You really get a feel for how much love Padmé has for her people and world in this. I loved seeing the backstory for all the handmaids, and how they got recruited to Padmé's cause. Every single one is so strong on their own, but when you put them together it takes it to a whole other level. I also liked all the little foreshadowing sprinkled throughout in regards to Palpatine. I loved seeing the events of TPM play out through Padmé/the handmaid's perspectives. I did get slightly confused at times with the different perspectives, but other than that I thought this was very solid.