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.
Based on the screenplay of the eagerly anticipated final film in George Lucas’s epic saga, bestselling Star Wars author Matthew Stover’s novel crackles with action, captures the iconic characters in all their complexity, and brings a space opera masterpiece full circle in stunning style.
Features a bonus section following the novel that includes a primer on the Star Wars expanded universe, and over half a dozen excerpts from some of the most popular Star Wars books of the last thirty years!
Based on George Lucas's original screenplay and story, Stover's smart, efficient novelization isn't as humorous as the last of the Star Wars films, but it's packed full of stunning fight scenes, entertaining interludes with Obi-Wan Kenobi and delightful Yodaspeak ("Named must your fear be, before banish it you can"). Picking up where the movie left off, Stover (Star Wars: Shatterpoint) makes a heartfelt attempt at deepening the characterizations of Anakin Skywalker and his secret wife, Senator Padme Amidala. Haunted by his failed attempt to save his mother's life and having a premonition of Padme dying in childbirth, Skywalker chooses to serve Sidious, the Dark Lord of the Sith, in order to learn how to make his wife immortal. Sidious, who has been masquerading as the Republic's Supreme Chancellor Palpatine for many years, is determined, with the future Darth Vader's help, to destroy anyone who would defy him, including all Jedi and Separatists. Stover fills in the blanks regarding one of cinema's most fascinating villains with respect and relish, providing answers to such questions as why Vader looked so weird and how he became Luke's dad. This is the perfect companion to the blockbuster film.
Very Well Done
The official novelization of Star Wars Revenge Of The Sith is based on both the story and screenplay by George Lucas. Because of this fact, the book communicates the same story as the movie but with much extended scenes as well as some altered details such as dialog. The tale of Anakin Skywalker's fall to the dark side is nicely fleshed out in this novel and I have to say that once things get rolling the book is hard to put down.
If you plan on reading James Luceno's Labyrinth Of Evil, I suggest that you do so before reading this novel. Luceno's prequel is excellent, but once you have read Revenge Of The Sith there is really no need to go back in time and read Labyrinth Of Evil. Matthew Stover does a fine job of delivering this story in a fully understandable format, even if you haven't read any Star Wars novels from the expanded universe.
Over all, this novel is a good thick one with all the great stuff that you expect from Star Wars. Several references to events that occurred in previous expanded universe novels are scattered throughout this book but there aren't so many that you would get lost if you haven't read those novels. So, if you are a fan of all things Star Wars or if you haven't yet explored beyond the movies, I believe that you will enjoy this dramatic story.
I liked this book better than the movie. Anakin's turn to the dark side is more tragic and emotional.
I actually think that this is much better than the movie