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William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge

(William Shakespeare's Star Wars #3)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  759 ratings  ·  108 reviews
To thine own Sith be true. Lend us your ears and comlinks for a Shakespearean retelling of Star Wars Episode III! A once-heroic knight becomes the darkest of villains. The Jedi suffer slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. The Republic falls, an Empire rises, and so begins the long wait for a New Hope.

Something is rotten in the state of Coruscant! Don’t miss this
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published September 8th 2015 by Quirk Books
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Blamp Head
24 hours ago...

O, pray, but listen to mine small story,
A book hath now arrived, kindl'ng my will
To race, abandon my post, my duty
And gaze upon words most tragic and sad.

Woe doth visit upon those who cannot...
To read e'en now the tragedy most sad
The Tragedy of the Revenge of Sith
But, fear ye not, dear Youngling, thy time comes!

Thou canst, verily, read this book and prize!
I do but shudder, soon poor Padme dies!

O, woe, most terrible, such deep anguish!
Mine book, thou art but fleeting, though
Caidyn (SEMI-HIATUS; BW Reviews; he/him/his)
In 2005, when this came out, I was nine. This is the only one I distinctly remember watching in theaters. My biggest memory is the beginning and the end. Throughout the movie, my eyes were open wide with wonder because, holy shit, was this one action packed. Even as a kid, I loved the subtle changes of allegiance and I keenly felt the pain Padme had. (Probably because I had the hugest crush on her.)

But, this one is my favorite of all the Star Wars movies. Hands down I love this one the best.
Aug 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: play, star-wars
I don't think it's exactly a controversial opinion to say that Revenge of the Sith is the best of the three prequel movies. Seriously, what's the competition? So I expected to like the Shakespeare version the best of all of the prequels, and I certainly did. And I think reading all of the Shakespeare prequels has given me new appreciation for the actual prequels. There's a decent overarching plot buried under terrible dialog and a weak first installment, and Palpatine's machinations get spun out ...more
Oct 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now I've said this before with The Clone Army Attacketh and I'll say it again here: the low enjoyment level of this book came from the awful writing of the film itself. Ian Doescher did the best with what he was given. He did a great job with the theatrics of Anakin becoming Vader and Padme's 'woe is me' attitude. This movie was begging to be a Shakespeare play.
Michelle Lynne
Sep 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Yoda speaks in haikus. Need I say more?
Lauren Hawkins
Mar 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a great ending to such a great series!
Jessamyn Leigh
Shakespeare and Revenge of the Sith are basically a match made in heaven.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Star Wars & Shakespeare Fans
Recommended to Jason by: I'm reading the series
Another triumph. All the melodrama that doesn't work in the prequel movies works fantastically in a Shakespearean tragedy. This was a three star book for a while, but the fifth act hauled it up to a four. The first act is also great with the action. I was tempted to go whole hog with all five stars, but two acts can't carry the whole book. The fault isn't Doescher's; it's the source material again. You have to slog through some painful love scenes, but they're mercifully fewer than in The Clone ...more
Once again, Doescher does a fabulous job, but the story of the movie is just bleah or blah for me (I am no longer ever sure which one to use because I didn't grow up with "blah"). Plus, of course, I had no desire to watch Anakim go down the dark path to becoming the dark one even knowing all along this would happen. Etc. Not as bad as the clone army one, but close.

Nevertheless, this would be quite fun in a dramatized audiobook.
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
I don't know if it's me that is not in the mood for it or if this book is indeed too slow for a funny's my favorite episode from the second trilogy. I'm kind of disappointed :(
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
really good, so much like a Shakespearean tragedy actually

VERDICT: In Shakespeare-style, Star Wars comes to a close with this dramatic last book in the series. Its revenge and tragic characters will make you rediscover both works with a new perspective. Masterful.

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May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, sci-fi
“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.”

Ian Doescher has achieved greatness with this Shakespeare Star Wars series. They are seriously some of the most brilliant books I’ve ever read.

I don’t know how he does it, because I hate whiny Anakin in the prequel trilogy, but Doescher manages to make him a sympathetic character. I could feel the conflict in him in a way that I was not able to feel in the movie. Padme dying for love was less pathetic than
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the sixth book in the series I've read, and I love them all. I'm so excited for The Force Doth Awaken to come out in a couple of months. I really want to see how a Kylo Ren temper tantrum is done via Shakespeare. <3
Sep 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The dark fate of Anakin Skywalker is realized in “William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge” by Ian Doescher. The final prequel film was witness to the end of love and the rise of empire with little hope at the end, of which Doescher brings out in fantastic Elizabethan language just as Shakespeare would of if he had written it.

The journey of Anakin into Darth Vader alongside the downfall of the Jedi and the Republic to a Sith-led Empire is the central arc of the entire book. Doescher’s
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These books are like Mystery Science Theater for someone who isn't a big Star Wars fan. Take something meh, make it awesome. I missed the aside from a random character that made me laugh in the other books, but I know he had a great deal to cram into this story. I enjoyed the callback to Shakespeare's play within a play, the subtlety of Palpatine's coercion, and the great coverage of Obi-wan and Anakin's big battle entirely in asides. That made a scene with little speaking both easy to follow ...more
I really enjoyed this play. Unlike the previous two instalments, it really felt like it fit into the Shakespeare format - allowing Doescher to use his awesome action writing and flawless character development skills to the the full. All the soliloquys he added really helped dig into what the characters were thinking (and cut out the scenes of sitting in silence, yay!) and the remodelling of Shakespeare quotes and scenes worked so well for me (Palpatine's parody of Hamlet's play-within-a-play in ...more
Jesse Booth
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Out of the entire series, I felt this book worked the best. The Revenge of the Sith really is a story based on tragedy, so that theme fits the Shakespearean mood. It was a solid end to the prequels, and the dialogue we hear from Palpatine as he reveals himself is simply awesome.

I hope Doescher continues on with books 7, 8, and 9.
Aug 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-books-read
I love any book that takes a classic or cult hit and puts a literary spin on it, and this book did exactly that. Hilarious to read Yoda speak with a Shakespearian twist. I think any Star Wars fan who appreciates literature will love this book.
Chris Greensmith
“O, let it go—fear not, but be at ease: The heat ne’er bother’d R2 anyway.”
Jon Barr
Sep 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Quite well done. This entire series is gold!
Garrett Rank
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as tragic and moving as the third movie in the prequel trilogy, TRAGEDY OF THE SITH'S REVENGE is an epic and accurate Shakespearean retelling on account of George Lucas's screenplay and direction from the 2005 finale. The characters, story, action, and heartfelt emotion and tragic fall of character is dark and saddening, as if the hope of the universe died in the Star Wars Universe. It did, quite literally and also metaphorically in a narrative and character point of reference.

From a
Ben Truong
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge is written by Ian Doescher and inspired by William Shakespeare and Star Wars: The Revenge of the Sith. It is the third chronologically or sixth published in the William Shakespeare's Star War series.

It is generally viewed that the prequels are rather dreadful compared to the original trilogy and the third film being the best of the three, and I would not disagree with that statement. However, I found loving this interpretation of Star Wars: The
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, humour, drama
The thrilling conclusion to the Prequel Trilogy is made even more thrilling here. What was already textbook shakespearean tragedy is taken to new heights thanks to Doescher’s expert translations into Shakespeare’s style and verse. The effect of wordplay and rhyming is even more evident here than it was in previous entries to this trilogy, most notably in the relationship between Anakin and Padme. Their rhyming couplets start off very tight, but when Anakin goes dark and Padme is confronted with ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading the William Shakespeare's Star Wars series has been delightful and fun. They aren't just "gimmick" books; they are well thought out and carefully crafted, and they contain many wonderful details. I do not much care for the Star Wars prequel films; but, written out in iambic pentameter, I have actually come to appreciate their stories better. I think there were a lot of great IDEAS in the Star Wars prequels; they were just lost in the midst of flat direction, stilted acting, and floods of ...more
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally got around to reading some of these, and decided to start with my guilty pleasure Star Wars movie. Full disclosure, I love Revenge of the Sith. This adaptation did nothing but expand that love. It was so fun, and honestly made me look at the film in a new way several times.

In particular, I loved the way they handled R2, with the asides, and also loved that they took the artistic license to expand and add things, such as Anakin wanting to appeal to Obi Wan in the fight.

One thing I didn’
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This next part, "William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge" is more of the same as the previous volumes, but in this case that's good. In this version it is not so clear whether Darth Plagueis really existed or not, because his story is played in a theater play by Anakin and Palpatine. I never thought in the past whether Palpatine could have made him up. I assumed he was real and Palpatine his apprentice, and my theory is actually that, as revenge for Palpatine killing him, Plagueis ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed this book.
It's a perfect combination of Shakespeare's use of language and writing style and the happenings of "Revenge of the Sith". Doescher stayed very close to the movie, which was great in my opinion, so you were able to recognize the actual lines the characters said in the film. There are a lot of hidden references too, some made me laugh out loud! It is fantastic how Doescher not only maintained Shakespeare's writing style, but also his great puns, his humour and his
Jane Irish Nelson
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I love this series! In this installment, the third of the prequels, we follow in the footsteps of the tragic Anikin Skywalker as Chancellor Palpatine plays on his emotions to lead him to the Dark Side, and become Darth Vader. More than any of the other movies this series is based on, this one most suits this format as it greatly resembles a classic tragedy of overweening hubris. Some very clever interpolations, using the "play within a play" format help move the story along. If you enjoy ...more
Jill booksandescape
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge by Ian Doescher is the third book in a series that tells the Star Wars saga inspired by William Shakepeare. This book tells the third episode, Revenge of the Sith. I enjoyed this one as much as the first two. I especially like how the author told the story of Darth Plagueis the Wise.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, star-wars
Concludes the saga with all the tidbits Doescher has picked up and honed in the other five books, and it's great. Sith is probably the best opportunity for a Shakespearean story out of the first six Star Wars movies, and Doescher nails it with the tragedy presented to him. Making Darth Plagueis's tale into a play-within-a-play is a stupendous nod to the Bard.
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Ian is the author of the William Shakespeare Star Wars series and the Pop Shakespeare series. He's a Portland native, and lives in Portland with his spouse and children.

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