Word Count: ~166,200, Pairing: None as of yet
Read the Fic Here: https://archiveofourown.org/works/23462644
My Thoughts: Alright, so I’m not officially half way through The Queen Does Not Need to Know, at least according to the archive of our own chapter list, and so far I really like it. As is usual with Apples’ fics, the best thing about this story is the characters. This is, in my opinion, easily the single best interpretation of Rey out there, and I’m very much including canon when I say that. She has an arc, she learns shit, but she’s also still insanely powerful and strong with the force, and does awesome, fun, badass jedi things on a fairly regular basis. In my opinion, the strongest action/adventure sequence is easily the chapter set on Kashyyk with the Mandalorians, because it did a lot for both Rey’s character development and also provided some really interesting sequences. I also thought that Rey and the Mandalorians played off each other really well, and this all led to some very interesting interactions and conversations. I’m a big fan of the mutual respect they developed for each other. Another really interesting character in this fic is Maul. I’ve really enjoyed his arc so far, and I’m curious to see where it’ll go in the future. I do think that the plot’s a bit slow, but I can’t say that I mind too much, considering how much I enjoy the character development. Darth Plagueis is a really intimidating villain, and his relationships both with Sidious and now with Maul are very interesting to read about. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are both really interesting to read about as well. Their relationships both with each other and now with Rey are really compelling, and are essentially the heart of the story. If I were to offer some criticism, it feels like some of Jedi, like Sifo-Dyas, Ventress, and Ventress’ master whose name I can’t remember, are a bit underdeveloped so far, but who knows? Maybe that will change in the second half. I’ll also just say that this fic is much more mechanically accurate than the other Apples fics I’ve read so far. If this level of quality keeps up for the second half, I’m thinking somewhere in the mid 8/10 range. High Great Tier or low Top Tier, somewhere in there.