E.K. Johnston, you have done it again. Constantly raising the bar for us all and doing it flawlessly. My Review for Queen's Peril.
One thing you all should know about me is I'm a huge E.K. Johnston fangirl. She could write a book about paint drying and make it riveting. Needless to say, she's one of my favorite authors. I immediately bought the first book, Queen's Peril when I discovered they existed. I'm a huge fan of Star Wars books and media so getting Queen's Peril was a no-brainer.
Her Ahsoka book was a hit in my household. My 21 year old brother, a huge Star Wars fan and not a fan of YA, loved Johnston's Ahsoka novel. He was actually the one who introduced me to Johnston and her Padme trilogy.
The 3 things I love the most have been combined into Queen’s Peril. Sci-fi, YA, and Star Wars. Mix in a character I’ve always loved and desperately wanted to know more about and you’ve got yourself a book that could potentially land in my favorites of all time.
It’s safe to say, this book delivers the high hopes I had for it and much more.
The handmaiden's intentionally similar names were a tad tricky to get used to when I first began the novel, but the novel does such a great job at differentiating them, it didn’t take me long to get up to speed with who was who. Quickly, the five handmaidens and their characterizatoin got me attached to them. I was just as attached to them as I was to Padme and the book does a great job at making them likible, but having their own flaws. Which, in my opinoin, makes them more likible.
Again, I absolutely love the characterization of the handmaidens. The interactions between the handmaidens and Padme are realistic and really drive the point that yes, they have a big role in society but they are teenage girls. They have their quiffs and difficulties that anyone who was or is a teenage girl can relate to. The realism in their interactions and the bond they form really moved me.
Overall, the journey this book took me on was amazing. I felt it did an excellent job of capturing what sisterhood is like between young women.
However, this is a YA book. If YA isn’t the type of genre of books you enjoy, I would skip this book. As a lover of YA novels, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially with the added sci-fi and Star Wars elements!
FINAL THOUGHTS AND RATING
In conclusion, I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Star Wars, YA, or Sci-Fi. The YA element might be a dealbreaker for fans of other Star Wars novels but I would certainly give it a try if you’re interested in Padme and the handmaiden's story.
Thank you, E.K. Johnston for giving us amazing Star Wars YA novels and doing it flawlessly.
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