Lucasfilm’s dandy Dan Brooks recently spent some time speaking with author E.K. Johnston who penned the upcoming Padme Amidala-centered novel Queen’s Shadow from Disney Books. The novel was officially revealed last month during the Lucasfilm Publishing panel at San Diego Comic-Con and features gorgeous cover artwork of actress Natalie Portman illustrated by Tara Phillips. Check out the intro to Brooks’ interview below and then take the supplied source link for the full read.

Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston is scheduled to be released on March 5, 2019 and can be pre-ordered right here.

Some of the biggest news to come out of the Lucasfilm publishing panel at San Diego Comic-Con was that we’re getting — finally — a Padmé Amidala novel: Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston, coming March 5, 2019. (And it did indeed receive a raucous ovation when announced.) Set after the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, the Young Adult novel follows the former queen’s transition to senator as she navigates the treacherous world of politics with the help of her loyal handmaidens. For the Padmé faithful, it promises to offer some previously unknown insight into her evolution between the films; plus, more Amidala, a modern Star Wars icon, is always a good thing. While details about Queen’s Shadow are still under wraps, StarWars.com had a quick chat with Johnston following the publishing panel about why she loves Padmé and what we can expect from the book.