The Queen’s Amulet by Julianne Balman is a beautiful little story about Amidala losing and then finding her amulet. The amulet is important because of its sentimental value; it was made for her by her father.
The art by Matilda Harrison was my favorite aspect of the book; it was innocently nostalgic and colourful. The most enjoyable part of the story was page 2, and Harrison’s picturesque scene with the Queen and Sabe leaving Theed while the two make their way through a grassy field. They are heading to the place where the Queen last had her amulet. Flying above the maidens are two giant Peko Peko birds, and tucked into the corner of the page are some strange looking lizard-birds spying on the two girls. The city of Theed is in the distance with the sun rising above them. It’s a beautiful bit of art.
The Queen finds her amulet just before the Trade Federation lands their invasion force. The story ends with Padme and Sabe switching roles, and the rest we’re very familiar with.
For my next post I’m going to look at another adaptation of The Phantom Menace, Patricia C. Wrede’s scholastic version. Until then my friends, may the Force be with you.