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Queen Amidala (Star Wars Episode 1, Journal #2) Paperback – May 3, 1999
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Second, the sheer beauty of the book must be noted. For only $1 more than the Jedi Apprentice novels, we get a book with ornate page designs on slick glossy paper, filled with pictures of Amidala in her various outfits/disguises. Just the *appearance* of the book is pleasing.
I really loved the background that we learn about Amidala. She is the daughter of farmers, who was educated in Theed while living with her paternal grandmother Winama, a weaver, who always told her "Fate is a tangle. Follow one thread."
We learn the signficance of many of the court traditions of Naboo, and of Amidala's best friend, Sabe. We learn, unsurprisingly, that Amidala feels that her and Anakin's fates are entwined. Also, there seems to be a strong bond between Amidala/Padme and Shmi. At one point, Amidala remarks that Shmi looks at her as if she is entrusting her son to Amidala's keeping, which confuses her. Amidala looking at Shmi sitting in the starlight, worrying over her son, and Amidala realizing that in this universe a woman can't even keep her child safe is rather haunting as foreshadowing.
But by far, the best and most interesting passages are about Amidala's thoughts on Qui-Gon Jinn: "He's a man who gives off an aura of deep calm. Yet his is the most alert presence I've ever experienced. I feel safe with him." (32)
Of course, she and Qui-Gon get into disagreements when he dismisses her as merely a spoiled handmaiden.Read more ›
**** Not as magnificent as Princess Leia's journal, but just as enlightening! In the movie, Queen Amidala had to keep her face blank so her adversaries could not read her. In this book, we see all the thoughts, fears, and strategies that went on behind the royal mask. In fact, this book made Amidala's character more impressive than the movie did. It can also be used as a quick refresher before you flock to see "Episode II: Attack of the Clones" in the Summer of 2002! Very good reading! ****
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i read this book as a kid all the time in the library and now they don't have it but i do :-)Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
One in a series of Star Wars books. Purchased for my grandson for Christmas and he loves them.
My 9 yr old son loves this series. This is another fun installment.Published 22 months ago by Molly Murdoch
This book is a nice journal about the events of Episode l through Padme's (a queen in disguise) eyes. The book keeps you interested from beginning to end and! Read morePublished on May 10, 2008 by Helen Beemon
Queen Amidala is a brave young lady who must rise up to an evil Phantom to save her people, in this book it has pictures of most of her costumes and lots of fun reading for... Read morePublished on April 25, 2001 by Aqua Rose
I wasn't quite sure what to expect when I first bought this book. I can say now that reading it was a most pleasurable experience. Read morePublished on December 13, 2000
Since in the original Star Wars trilogy there was a great connection between Luke and his "father", I found Queen Amidala's presence in the phantom Menace, Leia's... Read morePublished on August 2, 2000
Whereas Anakin's journal was kind of lacking any depth and was really just another novelization of the movie, this book really gets into Amidala's character, her motivations, and... Read morePublished on April 30, 2000 by Nathan