We learned during today’s episode of The Star Wars Show that author E.K. Johnston is penning a brand new novel titled Star Wars: Queen’s Peril. The novel serves as a prequel to her earlier book Queen’s Shadow (read our Jedi News review right here) and focuses on Padme Amidala’s beginnings as elected Queen of Naboo leading right into the events of The Phantom Menace.
When fourteen-year-old Padmé Naberrie wins the election for Queen of Naboo, she adopts the name Amidala and leaves her family to the rule from the royal palace. To keep her safe and secure, she’ll need a group of skilled handmaidens who can be her assistants, confidantes, defenders, and decoys. Each girl is selected for her particular talents, but it will be up to Padmé to unite them as a group. When Naboo is invaded by forces of the Trade Federation, Queen Amidala and her handmaidens will face the greatest test–of themselves, and of each other.
The Disney Books publication is scheduled to be released on May 5, 2020 and is available for pre-order now at this link. Head on over to StarWars.com for an interview they conducted with Johnston and check out the front and back covers selected for the novel designed by Tara Phillips below (click each image for a larger view).