Podcast Stardust #411: Queen’s Hope

by Podcast Stardust

We take on the final book in E.K. Johnston’s trilogy about Padmé Amidala with our review of Queen’s Hope as the former queen settles in as a senator after the beginning of the Clone Wars.

After the Battle of Geonosis, Padmé and Anakin retreated to Naboo. Star Wars fans know that they were secretly married, as seen in Attack of the Clones. The events of The Clone Wars follow, but there is a gap in the storytelling. E.K. Johnston fills in a little of the story by sharing with fans the details of Padmé and Anakin’s wedding before the two are forced to part to handle their respective duties in the Clone Wars. Along the way, Padmé undertakes a mission on behalf of the Senate, and her friend and former handmaiden, Sabé is recruited to act as her decoy in her absence. Things are changing for Padmé, and we discuss this novel in this episode of Podcast Stardust.

In this fully armed and operational episode, we discuss:

  • How this novel is more about relationships than any particular event,
  • Anakin and Padmé’s wedding and short honeymoon,
  • Why Sabé and Padmé grow apart through this novel,
  • Padmé’s secret mission on behalf of the Senate and Republic,
  • The brief side stories that feature other women of Star Wars, and
  • Sabé’s final decision came to be and her future.

Our reviews of Queen’s Peril can be found in episode 120 and our discussion of Queen’s Shadow is in episode 77.1 of Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels.

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Don’t forget to check out our discussion of Star Wars Celebration details in episode 410.

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Podcast Stardust is the fully armed and operational podcast inspired by the code name for the Death Star. Hosted by first-generation Star Wars fans, Dennis Keithly and Jay Krebs, Podcast Stardust endeavors to bring thought provoking discussion on recent Star Wars news on a weekly basis. Between news episodes, Dennis and Jay review the latest episodes from Star Wars television covering everything from ResistanceRebels, and The Clone Wars to The Mandalorian and other live action productions on Disney+. Of course, Podcast Stardust wouldn’t be complete without thematic discussions, top ten lists, and interviews on everything from Star Wars literature, comics, and the films themselves.

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