Adult Novel

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Matthew Stover
Apr 2, 2005
Artwork by
Narrated by
Jonathan Davis
Takes place in
19 BBY
In the
Reign of the Empire
A near-perfect adaptations that enhances the story in almost every conceivable way.
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Every Star Wars movie has an accompanying novelization, but none so impressive as Revenge of the Sith. While it expertly tells the story of the film, it also manages to add to it in unexpected ways. Not only is it the best novelization, it’s a fantastic work of fiction in and of itself.

Matthew Stover outdoes himself in this novelization by painting Obi Wan, Anakin, and the rest of the Jedi as glorified super heroes in the eyes of the common man in the Star Wars universe. Somehow, this raises the stakes of one of the most intense episodes of the saga and makes Anakin’s ultimate fate even more impactful.

Publisher's Summary

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 Windu, and their fellow Masters grapple with the Chancellor’ s disturbing move to assume control of the Jedi Council. And Anakin Skywalker, the prophesied Chosen One, destined to bring balance to the Force, is increasingly consumed by his fear that his secret love, Senator Padmé Amidala, will die.

As the combat escalates across the galaxy, the stage is set for an explosive endgame: Obi-Wan undertakes a perilous mission to destroy the dreaded Separatist military leader General Grievous. Palpatine, eager to secure even greater control, subtly influences public opinion to turn against the Jedi. And a conflicted Anakin–tormented by unspeakable visions– edges dangerously closer to the brink of a galaxy-shaping decision. It remains only for Darth Sidious, whose shadow looms ever larger, to strike the final staggering blow against the Republic . . . and to ordain a fearsome new Sith Lord: Darth Vader.

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A near-perfect adaptations that enhances the story in almost every conceivable way.

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Heather Goldman - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Adult Novel
Heather Goldman
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If any novel adaptation is to be considered essential, it would be the _Revenge of the Sith_ novelization. I guess that’s why it stands prominently amongst our Foundational Five! For those who may have felt that the film was a tad rushed thus making Anakin’s turn to the dark side not as impactful, I highly recommend this version of the story. Matthew Stover takes his time in retelling the tragic tale through extended and rich dialogue that I now deem a necessary addition to the original story. I would watch an eight-hour version of the film if it meant getting every single detail from the book on screen. I personally experienced this in audiobook format and although I’m not a regular audiobook listener I was blown away by this production. The voice acting, sound effects, and perfectly-timed music were a real treat for my little ears. All of these factors really played a heavy role in the story’s overall impact. While I had already thought the _Revenge of the Sith_ film to be emotionally taxing, listening to the novel had me crying all over again.
Eric Eilersen - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Adult Novel
Eric Eilersen
This is the best Star Wars book. I'm not sure how much more emphatically I can state that. Matthew Stover elevates Revenge of the Sith far past what exists on the screen to a tale of brutal heartbreak and emotional distress with the best prose that the Star Wars universe has ever seen. This is what a novelization should be. This is what a Star Wars book should be.
Nathan Emery - Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith - Adult Novel
Nathan Emery
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Revenge of the Sith is one of those rare Star Wars film novelizations that takes the story of the film and adds to it, rather than just recounting the events of the movie. I was surprised by how well-written and emotional the book was and, even though I've seen the movie numerous times, still found myself engrossed by the book. If you've been avoiding the movie novelizations since you've already watched the movies, don't skip over this one.

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