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Star Wars: Queen’s Hope Book Review

“Star Wars: Queen’s Hope” is too slight.

Written by E.K. Johnston, “Star Wars: Queen’s Hope” is the third Padmé centric novel following “Queen’s Shadow” and “Queen’s Peril.” This one is actually a sequel to “Queen’s Shadow” and is set after the Battle of Geonosis and before and after Anakin and Padmé’s wedding (did you get all that?). 

The novel is more of a check-in with characters than anything else after the Clone War has broken out. While Anakin and Padmé’s romance is touched upon, readers can expect plots about Sabé and Tonra’s mission to free slaves on Tatooine, Padmé embarking on a mission to Planet Nooroyo to save the Naboo Queen’s sister, Saché and her aide Tepoh on a diplomatic mission to Karlinus about an old bill, and the central plot of Sabé posing as Senator Padmé while the actual Padmé and Typho go on a secret planned mission which winds up involving a Neimoidian group (no spoilers as to what that means). 

Johnston’s 2 previous Padmé novels are must reads (especially for fellow prequel era lovers), but “Star Wars: Queen’s Hope” is strangely lacking in substance. Perhaps the book was rushed out in time for the 20th anniversary of “Star Wars: Episode 2: Attack Of The Clones” or perhaps Johnston was hamstrung by the story she could tell. Whatever the case may be, there’s just not enough here to even warrant a novel. What we do get feels unfocused as there are random cutaways to characters like Yoda and Palpatine alongside cameos by other characters like Jar Jar Binks and Barriss Offee. Even the central plot feels like a light sidequest. There are moments that work ala the rift between Padmé and Sabé and a further exploration of Padmé and Anakin’s romance, but those moments aren’t enough to keep the book afloat.

Another puzzling aspect here is the dialogue which is sometimes clumsy with lines like “I thought our biggest problem was going to be dealing with Artoo getting overexcited about flowers or something” and “I am hyper-lagged.” Yes, these are actual lines.

April 8, 2022 - Posted by | Book review | , , , ,

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