"Far too often, we forget that our most important allies are not always the most powerful."
If the Skywalker family were the British royal family, Padmé Amidala would be the Queen Mother. Without her, Anakin would never have received any of the compassion a child needs. The two legendary children of the Skywalker bloodline would not have existed. After the end of the prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars television show, we were left wanting and needing more Padmé. Yes, we witnessed her independence, her fire, and passion; we needed more still. Thank the Maker that with the Disney era Canon we are finally getting that healthy dose of the resourceful and headstrong woman we’ve been waiting for.
While we can only anticipate more materials concerning Padmé to come, dive in to this list to expand on one of Star Wars most loved and fierce women.
What does one do after ruling an entire planet? For Padmé Amidala, that answer came easily: move on to even bigger things. However, transitioning from the throne on Naboo to a seat in the Galactic Senate is not without challenges, especially at such a young age. Uneasy alliances, ruthless media, and hidden agendas not only leave her wondering how she can possibly hope to instate positive change in the galaxy, but also how she can survive long enough to do it.
EK Johnston’s story bridges the gap between the Padmé fans see in The Phantom Menace and the one they see in Attack of the Clones. It largely expounds upon Naboo culture, including the fashion, government, and the role of the handmaidens.
Ten years have passed since Obi Wan Kenobi defeated the mysterious Sith warrior on Naboo. His apprentice, Anakin Skywalker, has grown into a young man with exceptional potential in the Force. However, as tensions in galactic politics reach a boiling point, Obi Wan must allow Anakin to undertake a mission on his own to protect Padmé Amidala from those seeking to assassinate her. He can only hope his young apprentice will continue to walk the path of a Jedi while out from under his tutelage…
RA Salvatore, celebrated science fiction/fantasy author, delivers a wonderful rendition of the second film in the Prequel Trilogy. With just enough small changes to keep even veteran fans of the saga on their toes, this novelization is an absolute must-read.
Throughout all Star Wars stories, you’d be hard-pressed to find two villains held in higher regard than Darth Vader and Grand Admiral Thrawn. Though they operate entirely differently, both are incredibly effective tools of the Emperor. When they’re sent to the planet Batuu on the same mission, they must find a way to work together. However, sparks fly as memories of a mission long past involving a younger Thrawn and Anakin Skywalker resurface…
Timothy Zahn weaves together the prequel era with the rebellion era in this novel that manages to pull together some of the biggest names that Star Wars has to offer. While attempting to balance the prowess of Vader with the intellect of Thrawn, it manages to offer a glimpse in the characters’ futures as well as their pasts.
Every Star Wars movie has an accompanying novelization, but none so impressive as Revenge of the Sith. While it expertly tells the story of the film, it also manages to add to it in unexpected ways. Not only is it the best novelization, it’s a fantastic work of fiction in and of itself.
Matthew Stover outdoes himself in this novelization by painting Obi Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi as glorified super heroes in the eyes of the common man in the Star Wars universe. Somehow, this raises the stakes of one of the most intense episodes of the saga and makes Anakin’s ultimate fate even more impactful.
Esteemed politician, Padme embarks on a secret solo mission to the neutral planet of Clarbon with her trusty handmaidens in tow. Of course trouble is waiting for the group upon arrival, but that doesn't stop Padme.
This short story is the perfect companion to E. K. Johnston's Queen's Shadow. Not only are we given more insight to Padme's loyal handmaidens, but we also get an appearance from Anakin Skywalker and a better peek into the dynamic of their secret marriage.