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Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (Star Wars: Novelizations #3)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  10,631 Ratings  ·  583 Reviews
The turning point for the entire Star Wars saga is at hand.

After years of civil war, the Separatists have battered the already faltering republic nearly to the point of collapse. On Coruscant, the Senate watches anxiously as Supreme Chancellor Palatine aggressively strips away more and more constitutional liberties in the name of safeguarding the Republic. Yoda, Mace Windu
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Published April 2nd 2005 by Random House Audio (first published January 1st 2004)
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Alex
Nov 01, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Stover is a greater talent than Charles Dickens, Henry James and Proust all rolled into one. Ok, perhaps not. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith may not be *quite* as good as A Tale of Two Cities but it surely takes some kind of genius to take a Lucas prequel screenplay and turn it into a 5-star worthy novel; Lucas' movie, Revenge of the Sith is, afterall a laughable mockery of what originally made Star Wars so great. It's easy to write-off a terrible movie as badly written when one sees the ...more
Crystal Starr Light
"Even stars die"
Palpatine has been abducted from Coruscant in a daring attack from General Grievous of the Separatists. Anakin and Obi-Wan head off to rescue the Chancellor. Thus begins the end of the Republic...and the rise of the Empire.

I Liked:
THIS is what the prequels should have been. THIS is what the movie should have been. This is the pinnacle of Star Wars novelizations, the best showcase of characters, of story, of background, of setting, of action, of dialogue, of everything that reader
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Victoria
Mar 22, 2017 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
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.

Anyway. 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,
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Eleai
Nov 15, 2011 Eleai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, bibles
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
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Ron
Feb 28, 2009 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Greek tragedy, that's what it is...or is supposed to be.

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.

(fade to theme music.)
Annie
Padme deserved better.
Nienke
Jan 06, 2016 Nienke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
“The dark is generous, and it is patient, and it always wins. It always wins because it is everywhere. It is in the wood that burns in your hearth, and in the kettle on the fire; it is under your chair and under your table and under the sheets of your bed. Walk in the midday sun and the dark is with you, attached to the soles of your feet. The brightest light casts the darkest shadow.”

Palpatine has been abducted from Coruscant and it's Anakin's and Obi-Wan's mission to free the Supreme Chance
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Kimmie
Apr 26, 2012 Kimmie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed-books
This book really was a little gem to find and read.

I remember buying this just before the movie came back in 2005, 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. You really get to see the pressures that all the characters were under during the war and the even
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Katelyn Patterson
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
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Marisa
Dec 24, 2016 Marisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereads, 2016-reads
This is probably my fifth or sixth reread, so I'm definitely not objective. But I would say that the depth of character shown here more than makes up for what was an exciting yet somewhat disappointing film.
Reese Copeland
Dec 27, 2015 Reese Copeland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the book because it gave a lot more detail into the story than what was on the screen.
pamsreading
Updates 23.06.16
Yoda, please shove your pompous ass somewhere in a place where the sun doesn't shine. I'm also looking at you, Mundi and Windu.

Updates 14.06.16
One of the most poetic and disturbing books within the realm popular fiction ever. 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
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Anthony
Nov 20, 2016 Anthony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recently I've come to the opinion that Revenge of the Sith would be the best Star Wars film were it not written and directed by George Lucas. Given to a filmmaker/s with more talent, we could have had a much better film which is the turning point of the whole franchise.

This is a very good novelisation of the film. It goes a lot more into things which are only touched on briefly in the film (while at the same time cutting stuff out, like the lightsaber fights aren't as good but they're more visu
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Elizabeth
This book was a disappointment.

The story was interesting--compelling, even--but it was so badly written that the prose itself was often distracting. Certainly, many authors have used short, choppy sentences (or even sentence fragments) for dramatic effect, but Stover does it so often that it loses its dramatic appeal and almost degenerates into a parody of itself. Parts of the book read like deliberate emotional manipulation, which is strange, because the story itself IS moving. Combined with St
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Nicole
Aug 13, 2007 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: julia Andersen, Paul Bennett
Recommended to Nicole by: Cilghal2
Not your typical novelisation of a film. It reads more like something the film could've been based on--more complex, more detailed, really gets into the characters' heads.
TheBookHunter
Jun 12, 2017 TheBookHunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Once more the Sith will rule the galaxy!"

Matthew Stover presents the novelization of the third and final chapter in the Star Wars prequels. 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...of the Sith.

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
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S. M. Metzler
Jan 29, 2016 S. M. Metzler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars-canon
I actually give this book six stars.

Here’s my defense for the Prequels in a nutshell: Revenge of the Sith.

Just Revenge of the Sith.


I’ve never really been a fan of books written off movies as much as I am vice versa. 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
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Herdis Marie
This is a fantastic novelisation of "Revenge of the Sith". Like many other reviewers have expressed, this novelisation is basically what we wish the film could be.

It explores the characters and their motivations much more thoroughly than the film could, or allowed itself time to do. This is particularly important with regard to Anakin's development.

In the film, his turn to the dark side seems more or less like the work of a few dramatic moments. Knowing his history, and his desperation to hold o
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Blamp Head
Dec 14, 2015 Blamp Head rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So, I liked this book so much that I thought I'd ask some of the characters for their thoughts.

Contains spoilers

Matthew Stover: The perfect biographer of my rise to the top job. Forget about those previous two books; paltry attempts to display my magnificence. You really get a sense in this one of just how much effort I went to. Really quite a lot. You know, one war down, the Jedi dispensed with... A bit more epic detail than in my movie, and a great deal more word craft. Of course, now I've got
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Richard
Jul 30, 2011 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: star-wars
Having enjoyed Traitor and Shatterpoint I was pleased to hear that Matthew Stover had been commissioned to write the novelisation of the third prequel because I thought that he could handle the dark subject matter with some finesse. I was not displeased. He has managed to capture the grandeur and scale of the movie perfectly, evident from the opening action sequence which I thought was long in the film, in the book it runs at over a hundred pages. But also he manages with some delicacy to allow ...more
Jessica
Apr 15, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Matthew Stover wrote my favorite Star Wars book, Traitor, the story of Jacen Solo's philosophical meanderings under torture, and made Jacen Solo my favorite New Jedi Order Star Wars character.

Obi-wan's complex personality really shone through in Revenge of the Sith, as well as the complexities of Yoda, Mace Windu, and Palpatine's plot. The movie has its place. The actions scenes in the movie are far superior, though it is probably half due to John Williams. The political plots and the characters
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Luis F.
Dec 08, 2015 Luis F. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Una de esas novelizaciones que van un poco más allá de ser un producto de mercadotecnia para promocionar la película. De hecho, me atrevería a decir que la novela es superior a la pelícúla original de George Lucas, La Venganza del Sith (aunque seguro que habrá malvados que dirán que eso no era dificil). En todo caso, si el Episodio III de Star Wars tiene fama de ser la entrega más potable de la nueva trilogía, la novelización la mejora sensiblemente, profundizando en la caracterización, tanto de ...more
Michael Atkinson
Jul 16, 2012 Michael Atkinson rated it it was amazing
I just finished listening (or rather, re-listening) to the audiobook of this, masterfully narrated by Jonathan Davis. As movie novelizations go, this is definitely one of the great ones. It's better than the movie in many ways. The novel goes inside Anakin's head and Dooku's head and pretty much everybody's head, far more than the movie does or can, and so you really understand why and how Anakin turned to the Dark Side. You understand how much of a turning point his murder of Dooku was. (You al ...more
Maythavee
Dec 29, 2015 Maythavee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was everything that the movie should have been. Don't get me wrong, I loved the movie but it was lacking character development and motivations. Stover did a brilliant job in capturing Anakin's struggles and made me understand why ultimately he fell to the Dark side. I cried while reading Anakin and Obi-Wan's confrontation scenes (which I never did when watching the movie). I look forward to reading more of Stover's works especially in the Star Wars Universe!
J.M.
This isn't one of my favorites, probably because I'm not a Skywalker fan (neither Anakin nor Luke do anything for me). But I did enjoy the bit more insight the novelization provides into Obi-Wan Kenobi's character as well as Padme/Amidala's. I also liked the little bit more of Zam Wesell the book gives, though admittedly it wasn't much.

Overall, better than Episode II but IMHO not as good as Episode I. What can I say? I prefer Obi-Wan's story to Anakin's.
Brianna
Mar 02, 2016 Brianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, spaaaace
Well that just took my heart and shattered it into a million pieces in the most beautiful, most gut-wrenching, and surprising way possible. I'd heard a lot about this novelisation but I was even more blown away than I expected to be. Wonderful and superbly written- it was everything I wanted it to be and more!
coeurnoble
Dec 09, 2015 coeurnoble rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, fave
I've read that one a thousand time, the best.
Lance Shadow
Sep 15, 2015 Lance Shadow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After finding a hard copy of Matthew Stover's Revenge of the Sith at a used bookstore in Eastsound, WA, I eagerly opened it up to read it again. And now, it's time to update my review once again. My thoughts are about the same, so why bother rewriting it? I mean, sure some details are refreshed, but really, I just love to talk about Star Wars, and I love to talk about the books and comics. So screw it, here's my new review!

The novelization of Revenge of the Sith is one of my favorite books of al
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Jacob
Apr 10, 2017 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a Star Wars prequel apologist for the longest time. Then I took on the opposite extreme. Now I've taken on a happy opinion in the middle (I hope) and acknowledge that while there's a good story at the core of George Lucas's prequel movies, they were so poorly executed as to be unwatchable.

Then, 10 years after I saw the film in theaters, I hear about the Star Wars Episode III novelization by Matthew Stover. It is so, so much, and I loved it.

Stover's prose is so over the top that it matches
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Blue Crane
May 29, 2017 Blue Crane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zuerst zum Cover: Was ich bei den Vorgängerbänden super finde, habe ich auch dieses Mal nicht zu bemänglen. Da die dritte Episode meine Lieblingsepisode ist, bin ich umso glücklicher, dass das Buch meine Lieblingsfarbe, Blau, bekommen hat. Als Icon haben wir dieses Mal eine Karitkatur von General Grievous, was auch sehr zum Buch passt.
Nun zum Inhalt: Unabhängig von der Buchreihe, finde ich es super, dass alle Bücher von verschiedenen Autoren geschrieben werden. So kann man immer wieder unterschi
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Matthew Woodring Stover is an American fantasy and science fiction author. He is perhaps best known for his Star Wars novels -- Traitor, Shatterpoint, Revenge of the Sith and Luke Skywalker and the Shadows of Mindor. He has also published several pieces of original work, such as Heroes Die, which Stover described as 'a piece of violent entertainment that is a meditation on violent entertainment'. ...more
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