Novels,  Prequel Trilogy,  The Phantom Menace

‘Leia’ author says bringing back Panaka offered one of her favorite twists



” […] Princess Leia takes center stage in a new young adult novel, Leia, Princess of Alderaan, which came out on Force Friday II from Disney-Lucasfilm Press as part of the Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi publishing program. Claudia Gray, whose previous Star Wars works include Lost Stars and the Leia-centric novel Bloodline, returns to show how a young Leia first gets involved in the Rebel Alliance. Now that there’s been some time for readers to enjoy the story, has asked Claudia Gray via e-mail to share some of the secrets of Leia, Princess of Alderaan. […]

Another familiar face in Leia, Princess of Alderaan, is Quarsh Panaka, former security chief to Queen Amidala. “Panaka! Originally I thought of having him be a part of the Rebellion,” shares Gray, “but then Pablo Hidalgo reminded me that in Legends, Quarsh Panaka became a moff loyal to Emperor Palpatine. That was too great a detail not to bring into canon, too. Plus once I really started thinking about that, and the potential inherent in having someone from Padmé’s life show up in Leia’s too…well, it offered one of my favorite turns in the entire story. Of course, Leia has no idea why anyone from Naboo would be connected to her, but her parents are all too aware.”

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