Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith is a novelization of the film of the same name written by The plot of the book corresponds with that of the movie, beginning and. The Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith novelization was written by The book's plot corresponds almost exactly to that of the movie, though there are. Revenge of the Sith: Star Wars: Episode III and millions of other books are available for instant . Book 3 of 3 in the Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Series.
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Star Wars, Episode III - Revenge of the Sith [MATTHEW STOVER] on site. com. *FREE* shipping Book 3 of 3 in the Star Wars: The Prequel Trilogy Series . Revenge of the Sith book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Two New York Times bestselling novels have been packaged toget. Star Wars Episode III book. Read 39 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Award-winning author Patricia C. Wrede tells the final chapte.
Stover depicts Dooku as an evil man who has no conceptions of friendship or loyalty. It also reveals that he despises the galaxy 's non-human species , and plans to exterminate or enslave them once in power. He also expands on Dooku having trained General Grievous in lightsaber combat, something briefly mentioned in the film; in the novel, Dooku reflects that, while he considered Grievous a "revolting creature", the general had been "a delight to train".
During his fight with Anakin and Obi-Wan, Dooku uses the Force to throw chairs and other objects at the Jedi , which does not happen in the movie. In the movie, this fight is relatively short, especially after Obi-Wan is knocked to the floor. Before the fight itself, there is a short conversation between Palpatine and Dooku, revealing the plan Palpatine uses to lure Dooku into a confrontation with Anakin, his new candidate for Sith apprenticeship; Palpatine tells Dooku that the objective of the duel is to kill Obi-Wan and surrender to Anakin, thus creating the right public story to allow the three of them to take over the galaxy.
This is the first scene in the various Star Wars novelizations to confirm Palpatine and the Sith Lord Darth Sidious as one and the same. The novel makes it clear that Anakin wins the duel by giving in to his anger.
After Dooku is disarmed and Palpatine urges Anakin to kill him, Dooku realizes that he has been used as a means to an end , as the victim of Anakin Skywalker's first cold-blooded murder: "Treachery is the way of the Sith".
The Jedi Council ruling[ edit ] The novelization elaborates on the events of the Jedi Council's decision to use Anakin to spy on Palpatine that were originally only alluded to in the film. Specifically, the Council discusses the rare opportunity Palpatine has apparently unintentionally presented to them to have Anakin keep tabs on the Supreme Chancellor.
Obi-Wan is portrayed as explicitly being against the decision and going along with it only reluctantly, afterward expressing remorse for violating Anakin's trust. The scene also implies that the Council has other, less honorable motives; Mace Windu states that it is to the Jedi Order's advantage to have Anakin - their "Chosen One" - lose faith in Palpatine. The scene also portrays the Council as having become a quasi-political body since the outbreak of the Clone Wars, making tactical decisions about military and political strategy rather than simply communing with the Force and interpreting its will.
These scenes are not included in the novel. Palpatine tests Anakin's thirst for power[ edit ] This is a short dialogue not featured in the film, foreshadowing in metaphor Anakin's fall to the dark side due to his lust for power. During this exchange, Palpatine offers to give Anakin anything he wants. At first, Anakin wonders if the Chancellor is only playing a childish game with him, and says he wishes for a new speeder, to which Palpatine asks if this is all he wishes for.
The 'game' culminates when Anakin asks for Corellia ; Palpatine asks him if he wishes only for the planet or the entire system. Anakin then tells him that he desires the whole system. The point of this game is to further tempt Anakin towards the dark side and present Palpatine as the gateway to the power denied to Anakin by the Jedi. In the film, it is merely hinted at.
The arrest of the Chancellor[ edit ] In the novelization, Mace Windu contacts Yoda once more after learning the truth of Palpatine's identity, marking his upcoming decision and action as approved by the Grand Master of the Jedi Order. The novelization states that Palpatine can sense the approach of the four Jedi Masters, as well as Anakin's emotional conflict.
The novel also describes how Palpatine prepares for the upcoming duel in detail, including how he recovers his lightsaber and prepares an audio recording. Second to die is Agen Kolar, whom Palpatine stabs through the head.
Anakin rushes to the Chancellor's office past Shaak Ti , who stands in his way, trying to convince him not to go. Anakin brushes past her without a word. When Anakin arrives, he witnesses a small part of the battle between Kit Fisto , Windu and Palpatine. There, he finds Kolar's corpse and the severed heads of Tiin and Fisto. Anakin then watches the lightsaber duel between Windu and Palpatine for some time; in the film, he arrives just in time to see Windu knock Palpatine down.
Mace Windu can sense Anakin's presence through the Force before he breaks the office window. When the fight moves to the ledge, he senses Palpatine hesitate for a moment, and the Sith Lord slows down. Windu confesses then that his lightsaber combat style, Vaapad , cannot overpower the Sith Lord, and that it is in fact his ability to sense weaknesses, or " shatterpoints ", which allows him to gain the upper hand. Windu's ability is first mentioned in Stover's previous Expanded Universe novel, Shatterpoint.
During the fight, Windu realizes that Palpatine's shatterpoint is Anakin Skywalker himself. When Anakin approaches Windu, who is fighting against Palpatine's Force lightning, the Jedi Master senses that Palpatine does not fear Anakin at all, and would make no move to defend himself. He then concludes that this is the shatterpoint of the Sith, and the absolute shatterpoint of the dark side itself. In the novelization, Windu does not kick Palpatine in the jaw, and he slices the Sith's lightsaber in half instead of the Chancellor dropping his own weapon.
When Windu holds Palpatine at blade point, he tells his opponent why the Sith always lose: Palpatine counters by screaming, "Fool! Do you think the fear you feel is MINE? The scene also suggests that Palpatine's wizened, deformed appearance after the duel may be his true Sith appearance, and not simply the result of being hit with his own Force lightning: Palpatine says, "I shall miss the face of Palpatine, but the face of Sidious will serve.
Order 66 is described in a few short paragraphs, with no mention of any Jedi's death or any clone commander who executes the order by name. Only the scene in which Obi-Wan is attacked by clone troopers is the same as seen in the movie. When Anakin, newly renamed Darth Vader , arrives in the Jedi Temple with the clone troopers, the narration describes how he murders the Jedi inside, including the gatemaster Jurokk. In the film, the scene cuts away after he ignites his lightsaber in front of a youngling; the murders are implied.
Stover describes the Clone Wars as "the perfect Jedi trap". This is the first account of the full extent of Palpatine's intricate plotting. In the novel, Obi-Wan's grief upon learning of Anakin's betrayal is described in greater detail.
Among other things, he says that he should have died before Anakin was discovered by the Jedi so his apprentice could have had a Master strong enough to keep him from falling to the dark side. Stover also references dialogue from The Empire Strikes Back.
When Obi-Wan says he thinks he knows why Anakin joined the Sith, Yoda replies that "Why matters not; there is no why"; this is a reference to Yoda's admonitions to Luke Skywalker , "No, try not In the novel, it is implied that Darth Sidious is indeed superior to Yoda in lightsaber combat.
Yoda also realizes that the Jedi Order mistakenly focused on fighting the old Sith rather than the new, evolved Sith of Darth Bane 's order. Yoda realizes that "he had lost before he started. He had lost before he was born. In the novel, Yoda enters the Chancellor's holding office from a different direction, so the Royal Guards do not attempt to stop him. Yoda deflects Palpatine's Force lightning, blasting the Guards into unconsciousness ; in the film, the lightning blasts him across the office.
Yoda then knocks Palpatine to the floor with his physical body instead of a Force Push. At the end of the battle, the lightning energy ball does not explode. Palpatine safely leaps to a nearby podium, and Yoda follows. Palpatine turns around and blasts Yoda back against another podium, which falls down to the bottom of an energy shaft. Stover describes Palpatine after the duel as "a very old, very tired man.
The duel between Obi-Wan and Vader is mostly similar to, albeit shorter than, that of the movie. The narration focuses mostly on Anakin and Obi-Wan's respective innner monologues. There are slight variations, however: In the novel, Obi-Wan initially disarms Anakin, taking away his weapon and leveling both blades in front of Anakin. Anakin, however, manages to choke Obi-Wan with great velocity and strength, after which the latter releases himself by undoing the drivers in Anakin's mechanical arm.
In the movie, however, the part where Obi-Wan disarms Anakin is omitted so claims Lucas , and Obi-Wan releases himself by kicking Anakin in the back.
It reveals that he blames himself, and realizes that Darth Vader - the fearless warrior he imagined himself to be - does not really exist. Only he - Anakin Skywalker - is responsible for her death and his own fall from grace. The narrative also describes how it feels to be Darth Vader: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I loved Stover's other Star Wars entries. But I still was a little unsure. Could Stover pull it off? Now, I realize what a stupid question that is.
Stover has a masterful hand at writing, at writing a tortured character like Anakin, and writing a book as deep, as heavy, as ominous as Revenge of the Sith.
For the most part, Stover uses third person limited--except for his brilliant "This is As most readers and writers know, second person is rare in a novel and rarely well done. Stover sees that and laughs in its face. His "This is His grasp of the characters is excellent. From Anakin and Obi-Wan to Yoda and Bail, his characters are real, they are consistent with their on-screen presence, and they are sympathetic, most notably Anakin. At the core, Revenge of the Sith is Anakin's story, and it is vastly personal.
We learn why he wants to be a master because Jedi Masters have access into Restricted areas of the archives--areas that could contain information on how to save Padme , his friendship with Palpatine, his burden at being the Chosen One best line ever: Why did their problems have to be his problems?
I got so much more about Anakin from this book than I have from multiple viewings of the movie. Throughout the story, there are beautiful scenes were the characters show they are much more intelligent than their on-screen versions. Mace and Yoda recognize the risk of Sidious and the Dark Side and attempt to lay a trap Bail and Mon Mothma start the Loyalist committee, something that ended on the cutting room floor, but needed to be in the movie.
Even Padme comes out a much better character, being smart and cunning, yet tender and broken-hearted to the point where I could almost understand her dying of a broken heart.
And then, Stover shows he did his homework and acknowledges continuity. I love it when an author takes the time to reference other material. I Didn't Like: This is such an amazing book, finding flaws were nearly impossible. Also, do not expect a word by word transcript of the movie I think this is actually an asset.
Padme is pregnant. Where this book is notable is its violence. Stover doesn't hold back on battles, starfighting is there anything he can't write , and lightsaber duels particularly the last one is gruesome. This is a stunning work of art.
It blows all the other novelizations out of the water. This is a brilliant, heartfelt novel, a novel about a man's destruction, about the end of everything. There were times my heart ached along with the characters as they endured the pain, and that isn't an easy feat for an author to accomplish, even a good one.
Even if you have seen the movie, even if you are not a Star Wars fan, you need to read this book. Five stars. View all 34 comments. Mar 22, Victoria rated it it was amazing Shelves: I've always enjoyed the Prequels.
I find them intelligent and complex films despite their shortcomings, and I don't think people who hate on them understand that complexity. Maybe this novel will help, even though it's only the last one of the trilogy. It's stunning and phenomenal and amazing in every way possible. The writing style. Most other Star Wars novels I've attempted reading sound like cheesy, badly-written fanfiction. But Stover's prose is indescribable. It's rich and beautiful, I've always enjoyed the Prequels.
It's rich and beautiful, but not pretentious, overwhelming the story. If nothing else, the prose is the reason this book is a delight to read.
I didn't keep a a careful eye all the time, but a couple times it felt like Stover slightly shifts the writing style when the POV shifts, which I found masterfully done.
The development of the characters. As much as I love watching films, they do have their limitations when it comes to developing characters. The novel takes the reader deep into the emotions and struggles and effects of their past of many of the more minor characters, and the complexity is beautiful. I love the character of Mace Windu, his struggles, his inner connection with the dark. However overall, Obi-Wan will always be my favorite.
He's always been my favorite character of the Prequels, and this novel just continued forming and shaping what I knew of him. The novel offers a deep insight into his struggles and fears and makes him so much more compelling and relatable.
The themes. If not anything else, this.
You have your main themes in the film, but the novel digs deeper into them and others which are not explicit in the film. For example, the bondage of legalism, how the Jedi Order was largely at fault for what happened because they were blinded by their own irrelevant rules.
I don't want to spoil anything, but the book explores that deeper than the film does, which is fantastic. It might just have been me, but I did feel like the beginning was too drawn-out and elaborated, while the ending was rather rushed. For a climax it didn't have the length it should have. Also there were one or two scenes that could have used a better POV. There was one scene which was very heavily emotional for the other characters, but it was written from Threepio's perspective.
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It felt like lazy writing. Otherwise, this novel is perfect and there's so much more to it I didn't talk about. Even if you haven't seen the Star Wars films, read this. It's a phenomenal book on its own. View 2 comments. Nov 15, Eleai rated it it was amazing Shelves: This story is interesting in that George Lucas didn't really give Stover a lot to work with. From the movies, Lucas gave us a vague sense that Anakin was a cool person who was really friendly with Obi-Wan, and that he was supposedly the best Jedi and blah blah blah.
Plus, he makes the fall of Anakin Skywalker just about the lamest one ever. Going by that alone, there really is not that much of a story. Stover, however, is fantastic in his novelization of Revenge of the Sith. He manages to take s This story is interesting in that George Lucas didn't really give Stover a lot to work with. He manages to take slightly boring and even unlikable characters, and vapid and forced plot-line and even really bad dialog and produce something absolutely amazing.
Stover's prose in this story is absolutely beautiful--his juxtaposition of second and third person and his mix of viewpoint and perspective make this story wonderful.
We are put, quite literally, into the hearts and minds of main characters. We rise in their triumphs, fall with their defeats, and are left devastated in the wake of their destruction. This book is predictable--I mean, we all know how the story ends. And yet, even as it winds to its close, even as we grow ever closer to the birth of Darth Vader who is a favorite of mine , I found myself wishing there was a way to salvage the man who was Anakin Skywalker.
Stover is brilliant in his handling of the characters. The relationships and bonds he builds between them is powerful, believable and completely compelling. The relationship between Anakin and Obi-Wan is beautiful. Obi-Wan manages to simultaneously be a best friend, a father, a brother, a comrade in arms, a master, and a teacher, but Stover's execution is flawless. It is completely believable, this interconnection and dynamic, a natural product of the path they have been on for so long.
You can feel the ties between the two men, the absolute love and trust they have. But you can also see the cracks, the little pin pricks of uncertainty, of mistrust, of fear and even anger and resentment.
And those imperfect pieces are what really makes the relationship so real. Because no relationship is perfect, and no two people can be that close and not have those little issues that only make them stronger. But they also make it possible to break. Where Stover truly triumphs, however, is in the fall of Anakin. He moves the story along at a rapid and acceptable pace, but he still manages to completely build a character who is beautiful in his devastation. Anakin is a volatile person, and everything he feels, he feels strongly.
With Anakin, love is overwhelming, all consuming, and it severely tests the limits of his carefully created control. His love for his wife almost borders on obsessive, but it is tempered by her reaction to him and their obvious bond. His complete devotion to Obi-Wan and Palpatine make him vulnerable and fragile, and all of these relationships are what increase his potential to fall. He is a study of contradictions, a warrior whose bravery and skills are known throughout the galaxy, but he lives in fear, a constant, never abating sense of terror that he can never save them all, that he can not stop the inevitable loss of those he loves.
His mother's death gnaws at him, as do the deaths of friends and soldiers throughout the war. The unrelenting pressure, the desperate need to be a savior and too keep everyone safe--all of this builds to explain why he falls, and how quickly he does. Stover is a beautiful writer, and though I've read the book many times, I still get goosebumps, I still cry, and I am still left in awe of what he has created. This remains one of the most brilliant works I have ever read, and continues to be an inspiration to me in terms of writing and authorship.
I am gushing now, so I'll end this before it gets to be too much. But never has a book earned the five stars than this one.
Dec 08, Katelyn Patterson rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't normally go for novelizations, but Stover's telling of Episode III enhances the story and makes the characters more likeable and understandable.
This title fills in so many holes for me. You are able to feel Anakin's struggle. Jedi aren't the good guys. And my goodness, Padme isn't completely a whimpering sack of potatoes. I also highly recommend the audiobook version. Narrator Jonathan Davis does a fantastic job.
His Yoda and Obi-wan vocals are spot on. The production is great weaving J I don't normally go for novelizations, but Stover's telling of Episode III enhances the story and makes the characters more likeable and understandable. The production is great weaving John Williams' musical themes and sound effects throughout.
Not only do we hear Artoo's blips and beeps, but Stover also gives the little astromech droid a voice by providing us with translation. I was hesitant to check this out, but my husband kept insisting I would like it. Very glad I finally did! Feb 28, Ron rated it really liked it Shelves: A Greek tragedy, that's what it is Stover managed to expand the cinematic story of Episode Three into something richer and deeper than the movie.
With only minor plot expansions, he takes us into the thoughts, motives and emotions of the players. We despair as we witness doom's inexorable approach. But, like Pandora's Box, after all the evils escaped into the world--galaxy, the last spirit out was hope.
So be it. Mar 20, Annie rated it really liked it Shelves: Padme deserved better. Updates I'm also looking at you, Mundi and Windu. A must read if you wonder why sometimes a seemingly normal person with conscience goes batshit crazy, clinically mad. And why fallen individuals keep falling and do not put effort into resisting.
Suggestive passages and double entendre are highly crafty. The Updates The language woven is so beautiful I could cry, nonetheless it doesn't takeaway the disturbing parts, only enhances them. The only reason it's 4 is because imo ep. I and ep. II novelisations outdone this one. Nonetheless it's an excellent read within its field of Popular Fiction. Review "Love is more than a candle. Love can ignite the stars.
Definitely a girl. The last third is disturbingly about Oedipus complex though. Little did they know, in order for the son to reach the final goal, the father figure itself must be destroyed. It is known that Anakin thought of Obi-Wan as a father figure but paid no mind, however The repression and dynamics came into a full circle with the help of Palpatine's manipulation.
Jun 12, TheBookHunter rated it it was amazing Shelves: Revenge of the Sith is the tale of the final days of the chaotic Clone Wars, and with it, the fall of the Republic, destruction of the Jedi Order, rise of the Empire, and lastly the revenge I thoroughly enjoy Episode III the movie, and in an ongoing mission to collect and read through the books of the Star Wars universe, I had many recommendat "Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy!
I thoroughly enjoy Episode III the movie, and in an ongoing mission to collect and read through the books of the Star Wars universe, I had many recommendations to pick this up as some would argue it's the best of the prequel trilogy novelizations and I honestly see why. This book evoked many emotions from me, honestly more so than the actual movie did. Stover manages to take all of the drama written in the movie and amp it up, and write the characters so that you really feel for them.
An example being you understand Anakin Skywalker's motivations more so you can feel for him as he gradually sinks lower and lower into the Dark Side. Which that was the biggest fix to this story. It was intriguing to learn what drove them to do what they do.
This book just adds heaps more of great character moments that were ultimately cut from the movie simply because of the restraints of being a movie. Besides all the great scenes, Stover as I said takes the drama and raises it up. While I was reading there was just this sense of darkness looming throughout this story that just increases especially around the time that Mace Windu and the Jedi Masters confront Palpatine all the way to the end when Darth Vader is born.
It was written in a masterfully dreadful and foreboding way that emphasizes it being the darkest chapter in the Star Wars saga.
Find a copy of this book, you will have a greater appreciation for the movie after you read it! Apr 26, Kimmie rated it really liked it Shelves: This book really was a little gem to find and read. I remember downloading this just before the movie came back in , and was surprisingly shocked by how rich and well written it was.
For a movie based on a film. This book is by far better than the movie it is based upon, which you would think is strange considering the movie is more the 'source material' in this instance. But reading this was a joy.
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You really get to see the pressures that all the characters were under during the war and the even This book really was a little gem to find and read. You really get to see the pressures that all the characters were under during the war and the events around it. It's detailed, and as others have said, yes it's a tragedy of sorts.
From the strain of a relationship to the downfall of a man, to the death of many characters, this book has everything that the movie just doesn't get to show you.
One of my absolute favourite things about this book is that you get to see things happen that didn't happen in the movie, but when you read the book you think that it would logically fit in, and it would happen. Some moments I think were a shame not to include in the film, but that's why we have the book: Such a good read, I would recommend to any Star Wars fan, or just any person in general who wasn't completely satisfied with what the film had to offer.
Dec 27, Reese Copeland rated it it was amazing.
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Loved the book because it gave a lot more detail into the story than what was on the screen. Jan 29, S. Metzler rated it it was amazing Shelves: I actually give this book six stars. Revenge of the Sith. Just Revenge of the Sith. But just recently, Goody, a Star Wars nut and a fellow Constant Collectible contributor, brought the universe of Star Wars books to my awareness with his book reviews of several.
Star Wars books. That are written well. To put it simply, I was absolutely elated. I read The Phantom Men I actually give this book six stars. The universe of Star Wars had, after all, begun with the key character from Revenge of the Sith: What the movie had failed in, the book had succeeded, and excelled in everything else. I found the writing had grabbed me and thrust me into its magic. It was that good. The characterization was written so well, it was much more emotionally tugging, and the writing style only complemented it.
This made his actions believable and real. His problems generated sympathy. As for the other characters? I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, the author introduced each character so well I felt like I understood each of them way better than I would have even after watching the movie twenty times.
Each character, as they entered into the story, were given a brief one and half page-long introduction before the narrative continued. Sometimes past tense became present tense.
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However, one very interesting thing in the book was so unique and well written, it stuck in my mind the most: This was probably the most impressing thing to me as far as the writing skills go, possibly becuase I am as passionate a musician as I am a writer.
I also loved the personalization of the Dark side of the Force. In the beginning and end, and in between each Part, there is a paragraph about the Dark side, beautifully and hauntingly written. There was only one thing that disappointed me. Remember the scene from the movie when Anakin-now-Darth-Vader is leading an army of clones up the Jedi Temple also called March on the Jedi Temple, which is the name of the soundtrack for the scene?
This is, in my opinion, one of the key scenes in the story, to show how powerful Anakin has really become … and the music adds the perfect final touch. This scene is missing from the book. The most emotionally gut-wrenching and gruesome scene from the movie, where Anakin lies, limb-less, as the fire burns off his flesh, was a scene that was, thankfully, not over-written or unnecessarily elaborated. The dialog was the same.It was written in a masterfully dreadful and foreboding way that emphasizes it being the darkest chapter in the Star Wars saga.
In the novel, Obi-Wan initially disarms Anakin, taking away his weapon and leveling both blades in front of Anakin. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. Maybe this novel will help, even though it's only the last one of the trilogy. There, he found the dead body of Kolar and the heads of Saesee Tiin and Kit Fisto who was also only slashed in the movie. Star Wars, episode I: Not only do we hear Artoo's blips and beeps, but Stover also gives the little astromech droid a voice by providing us with translation.
After breaking the Jedi Code and marrying the love of his life, Padme, Anakin Skywalker faces t George Lucas wrote and directed the first six Star Wars films, which had a huge impact on not just my life, but many others. He is much more what a Jedi "should be".
Stover's work often emphasises moral ambiguity, psychological verisimilitude and bursts of intense violence.
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