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

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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 Palpatine aggressively strips away more and more constitutional liberties in the name of safeguarding the Republic. Yoda, Mace Wind
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Mass Market Paperback, 480 pages
Published October 25th 2005 by Del Rey/Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Alex
Nov 06, 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and turn it into a 5-star worthy novel; Lucas' movie, Revenge of the Sith is, afterall a laughable mockery of what originally made Star Wars so great.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.

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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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Emily Duncan
This is the heart wrenching story the movie tried to be but simply stumbled too many times to ever successfully accomplish.

I started this book and from the beginning felt just incredibly sad. I finished this book flat out sobbing.

Every time someone asked me what I was reading, I had to finish my sentence with: it's such a good book! Because, mostly, novelizations are pale shadows to their original movie counterparts. This one, however, this one takes a story about love and pain and anger and
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Eleai
Nov 22, 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
Mar 04, 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.)
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.
Nienke
Apr 29, 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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Annie
Padme deserved better.
Matt
Apr 20, 2016 Matt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Revenge of the Sith, is one of the most amazing books.. I've ever read! Imagine one day you woke up, and a full invasion of your nation happened. Well that is what happens in this book. It starts when Anakin Skywalker a Jedi Knight, grows anger and revenge on the Jedi Council. He builds up his rage, then becomes a full pledged Sith Lord. First, after seeing the Death of Mace Windu, a Jedi Master of the Council. Then, Anakin (A.K.A) Darth Vader) travels to Mustafar where the Separatist Leader ...more
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.
Blamp Head
Jan 20, 2016 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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Luis F.
Jan 06, 2016 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
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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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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Richard
May 28, 2016 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
Michael Atkinson
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 30, 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!
Mason
Sep 14, 2015 Mason rated it it was amazing
Apparently the rule that the book is better than the movie rings true even for books that were originally screenplays and the novelization was tacked on as a part of the marketing for the film.

There's is SO much that was left out of the movie that could've resolved SO much that was left in the dark. Really, Lucas just should've put Stover in charge of the screenplay and asked him what cuts to make where he found them appropriate. I love Revenge of the Sith, it's my second or third favorite Star
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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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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.
Bloodymaggie
May 31, 2016 Bloodymaggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mi filosofía siempre ha sido que una buena pelicula siempre será superada por un libro aún mejor. Y, aunque posiblemente la novela fue posterior a la pelicula, o saliesen a la par, éste es un claro ejemplo de lo que digo.
No soy una gran purista del mundo de SW, y por eso puede que no tenga ningun reparo en decir que me gustan las seis peliculas, casi todas por igual, ya que mi favorita es ésta. Aunque la pelicula tiene sus pequeños peros y conflictos emocionales básicos para entender el porqué d
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Sonia
Jan 09, 2016 Sonia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-onward
I'll be upfront & say that my rating for this one is entirely subjective & not related to the actual quality of the writing so much as the intensity of my feels for these characters.

Writing-wise, this is a very pulpy read, true to the time it was written. Seemingly unable to pick a single metaphor for every scene, he unloads bucketfuls of them on the reader's head, to the point where it's hard to tell sometimes what's going on and who's doing what (especially during fight scenes; often
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Emily (BellaGrace)
Dec 15, 2015 Emily (BellaGrace) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I saw this book on a list of "best sci-fi books" and I thought, "really, a SW book on this list"? So I gave it a shot. It was a good book - much better than the movie and I like the author's writing style. I have read several SW novels and enjoyed them, however -I wouldn't say this is one (or any of them) would be among the best sci-fi novels I've read.

PS - I just realized the author of this book writes the Acts of Cain series that has been on my TR list forever!
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.
Brian
Mar 03, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a Star Wars novel, for a novelization of a movie, for a novelization of a shit movie, this was a very good book.

This novel has about 5 epic lightsaber duels, described brilliantly, and after reading each, I took to YouTube to watch the movie version. All this did was solidify my feeling that the prequel movies were trash. This book is so good in comparison.

I was a major Star Wars fan growing up and, while in college, Lucas started releasing the digital "upgrades" of the original trilogy whic
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Jordan
Mar 05, 2016 Jordan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars fans
Recommended to Jordan by: Emma Osborne-Smith
I am lost for words. That was the most surprising read I will ever come across. I didn't expect it to be so good, so in-depth and so emotional. It was the perfect book. Who said novelisations were bad? Because this one blew me away.

After watching the movie so many times, I was utterly surprised at how much I learned about the Star Wars universe. Matthew Woodring Stover went into so much depth and description about things I have never even heard of before, like the different fighting styles, for
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Kaye
While the novelizations have their flaws (though this is the best of the three prequels), I made the mistake of watching Episode 3 while listening to this book. The movie had been my favorite of the prequels (which isn't saying much), but I hadn't watched it for years. Pretty much, Ewan McGregor was the saving grace of that film for me (oh, and Jimmy Smits as Bail Organa). But rewatching it this time completely ruined the movie for me because I could so easily compare it to the far superior audi ...more
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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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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