This book has become an absolute favorite for me. I am seriously thinking of re-reading it, even though I read it already less than a month ago. I grew up with the first episodes of Star Wars and Padmé Amidala is a definite favorite character of mine. Many people will say Princess Leia is better, but I gravitate more towards Padmé because of her queenly bearing. To have an expansion of this character and her universe in novel form is a gift to all Padmé fans.
I am eagerly awaiting the second installment.