The third entry in the Padme Amidala trilogy, following Queen’s Shadow and Queen’s Peril, Queen’s Hope looks at Padme as she navigates the winding corridors of the Senate, all the while keeping her secret relationship with Anakin Skywalker a secret and author E. K Johnston talks about the book with StarWars.com.

StarWars.com: This is your third time revisiting Padmé! How has your process evolved as you prepare to sit down and write this character again?

E.K. Johnston: Coming back to Padmé for a third time was like three more times than I ever thought I was going to get. Every time I come in to write a Padmé novel it’s exciting, it’s a little bit terrifying, and this one was the most daunting because it’s the war book. It’s the book where things start to fall apart. Up until this point it’s been kind of the upswing of her story, but as soon as Attack of the Clones happens, as soon as Attack of the Clones ends, you start to get into the actual tragedy part and I…I didn’t know how I was going to feel about that. Like, am I still allowed to make jokes if it’s going to be horribly sad? This is the start of the downward arc and I was a little bit nervous approaching it. But there’s still a lot of really good things to get into in this part of Padmé’s story. She’s kind of established herself as her own powerful senator… as someone who has power and someone who is good at it. And then, of course, in her personal life things are getting rather complicated.

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  • Hardcover Book
  • Scott, Cavan (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 416 Pages - 06/29/2021 (Publication Date) - Del Rey (Publisher)