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[A Long Time Ago In A Galaxy Far, Far Away...]
Events that occur approximately 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope.

[Revenge of the Sith]

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Comic Book series
Adapted by Henry Gilroy et al.
Published March thru April 2005 as Revenge of the Sith #1,2 3 & 4 by Dark Horse Comics:

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Graphic Novel
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Episode III: Revenge of the Sith:

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Hardback Graphic Novel
Published 2016 by Marvel as
Episode III: Revenge of the Sith:

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e-Comic Book
First published 2011 by Dark Horse Digital.

Audio Book
Read by Jonathan Davis.
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Adapted by Patricia C. Wrede.
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Revenge of the Sith
aka Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Matthew Stover (Novel);
Henry Gilroy (Comic Book adaptation);
Patricia C. Wrede (Junior Novelisation adaptation)
Novelisation first published by Del Rey
Comic Book adaptation first published by Dark Horse Comics
Story published as:
Hardback Novel (2005)
Comic Book Series (2005)
Junior Novelisation (2005)
Audio Book (2005, 2007)
Paperback Novel (2006)
Graphic Novel (2005)
Photo Comic Book (2005, 2007)
e-Book (2011)
e-Comic Book (2011)
Hardback Graphic Novel (2016)

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War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count Dooku. There are heroes on both sides. Evil is everywhere.
In a stunning move, the fiendish droid leader, General Grievous, has swept into the Republic capital and kidnapped Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate.
As the Separatist Droid Army attempts to flee the besieged capital with their valuable hostage, two Jedi Knights lead a desperate mission to rescue the captive Chancellor...

The Galactic Republic is in the midst of an epic war, the Clone Wars, with the Confederacy of Independent Systems under the leadership of the Sith Lord, Count Dooku. The Confederacy's cyborg military leader, General Grievous of the Separatist Droid Army has infiltrated Coruscant and captured Supreme Chancellor Palpatine, leader of the Galactic Senate.
As the Droid Army attempts to escape Coruscant, a massive space battle erupts, into which race Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, leading a mission to rescue the Chancellor. The two Jedi crash land into the hangar of the Trade Federation Cruiser Invisible Hand, the Separatist flagship. Anakin and Obi-Wan make their way through the flagship, fighting through an army of droids. The Jedi reach the General's Quarters, finding the captive Chancellor Palpatine. They are confronted by Dooku himself, and a lightsaber battle ensues. During the battle, Obi-Wan is rendered unconscious when Dooku uses the Force to hold him in mid-air before hurling him against a railing.
Anakin continues the battle, winning the duel by giving in to his anger, cutting off Dooku's hands and taking the Sith Lord's lightsaber. With Dooku on his knees, Anakin scissors the lightsabers to Dooku's neck, and, with encouragement from Palpatine, beheads the helpless Count.
An explosion occurs deep in the ship, brought on by the attacks of the Republic battle cruisers, causing the Invisible Hand to begin an uncontrolled descent into Coruscant. Despite Palpatine's persuasions that he should leave him, Anakin carries the unconscious Obi-Wan on his back, and manoeuvres through the ship with the Chancellor. Obi-Wan later regains consciousness.
After Grievous has the bridge crew regain control of his flagship, he makes certain the two Jedi and their ward are captured. Having fallen foul of a ray shield trap, the three are brought to the bridge under custody, but R2 successfully creates a distraction, allowing the Jedi to retrieve their lightsabers and break free. The Jedi close in on Grievous, though the wily General smashes a window and is swept outside. Using an escape pod, Grievous speeds for the safety of a Trade Federation battleship. Once again, the Invisible Hand begins to descend in a free-fall into Coruscant, but Anakin takes the controls and pilots the ship into a hard landing on Coruscant.
On Coruscant Anakin meets secretly with his wife Padmé Amidala and they share a kiss in the shadows of the Republic Executive Building, keeping their love secret. She reveals to him that she is pregnant with their child. Later, Anakin awakens in a panic, covered in sweat. He reveals to Padmé that he has been dreaming about her dying in childbirth, and he vows not to let this dream come true.
The Senate has granted Chancellor Palpatine further emergency powers, giving him direct control of the Jedi High Council. Palpatine confides in Anakin his fear, distrust, and contempt of the Masters. He appoints Anakin to be his personal representative on the Council. The High Council begrudgingly accepts Anakin's appointment, but does not grant him the rank of Master. Anakin reacts angrily at this perceived slight. Ignoring his outburst, the Council goes on to discuss matters concerning the war. It is decided that Anakin will be assigned to protect the Chancellor, and Yoda will take a battalion of clones to reinforce the Wookiees on Kashyyyk. Anakin is angry and disappointed. Obi-Wan later tells Anakin that the Council wants Anakin to report on all the Chancellor's dealings, essentially spying on him. Anakin is confused and upset, feeling torn between two friends and loyalties. Obi-Wan himself is unhappy with the situation.
Later, Anakin joins Palpatine and is told that their Clone Intelligence units have located General Grievous and that he's hiding in the Utapau system. Anakin is excited that they may finally be able to capture Grievous and end the war. Palpatine tells Anakin that he'd question the competence of the Jedi Council if they don't send him for the mission. Palpatine continues to seduce Anakin to the dark side, making him mistrust the Jedi by telling him that the Order wishes to overthrow the Republic and that if he has suspected it, Anakin must surely have sensed it. Anakin confirms that the Jedi don't trust him, a fact that Palpatine expands to include the Senate, the Republic and democracy as a whole. Anakin tells Palpatine that his trust in the Jedi has been shaken and Palpatine deduces that the Council wants Anakin to spy on him and that it makes Anakin feel dishonest. Palpatine takes Anakin back to some of the early political lessons Palpatine tried to teach him, about how all those who gain power are afraid to lose it and that includes the Jedi. But Anakin tries to defend the Jedi by saying they use their powers for good. But according to Palpatine good is only a point of view, noting that in almost every conceivable manner, including a quest for greater power, the Sith and the Jedi are exactly alike. Anakin compares them by saying that the Sith depend on their passions for their strength and they only think of themselves whereas the Jedi are selfless, thinking only of others. Palpatine asks if Anakin has ever heard the tragedy of Darth Plagueis The Wise and Anakin says he hasn't. Palpatine describes how Darth Plagueis was so powerful and wise that he could use the Force to influence the midi-chlorians to create life, having such power and knowledge of the dark side that he could use it to save people he cared about from death. When Anakin asks if it is possible to learn the power to stop death, Palpatine simply replies, "Not from a Jedi," further alienating Anakin from the Jedi Order.
Obi-Wan is sent with a clone task force to Utapau to capture Grievous and after a fierce fight between droids and clonetroopers and droid leader and Jedi, Grievous is killed.
On Coruscant, Anakin tells Palpatine that General Grievous has been killed on Utapau. But their conversation shifts to Palpatine's knowledge of the Force, and it is revealed that he is the Sith Lord, Darth Sidious. Upon realizing this, Anakin ignites his lightsaber and threatens to kill Palpatine, but then decides to expose him to the Jedi Council. He is still concerned with saving his wife, and believes only Palpatine's knowledge, learned from the late Darth Plagueis, will ensure this.
Anakin returns to the Jedi Temple and informs Mace Windu that Palpatine is the Sith Lord whereupon Mace and three Jedi Masters attempt to arrest Palpatine. In the ensuing conflict Sidious kills all but Mace and just as Mace is about to strike down Sidious, Anakin makes his choice between the Jedi Order or saving Padmé, and kills Mace.
Anakin is horrified by his actions, yet he knows now there is no turning back. He pledges allegiance to Palpatine, in return for the Dark Lord's power. Palpatine takes Anakin as his Sith apprentice, bestowing upon him the Sith name Darth Vader. Palpatine sends Vader to launch an assault on the Jedi Temple, ensuring the so-called Jedi Rebellion is squashed. Palpatine broadcasts Order 66 to all clone commanders: the Jedi must be killed immediately.
Across the galaxy, clone troopers turn against their Jedi Generals. On Utapau and Kashyyyk both Obi-Wan and Yoda survive their assassination attempts, but are forced into hiding from the clone troopers. Witnessing the slaughter of Jedi Padawans at the Jedi Temple, Senator Bail Organa departs Coruscant onboard Tantive IV in an attempt to make contact with any surviving Jedi. Organa picks up both Yoda and Obi-Wan and returns to Coruscant and the remains of the Jedi Temple in order to switch off a Jedi beacon. There they learn the truth of both Palpatine's and Anakin's betrayals. Yoda decides to confront Palpatine, now Emperor of the first Galactic Empire, while Obi-Wan follows Padmé and Vader to Mustafar where Vader is to kill the remaining Separatist leaders.
Unfortunately, Yoda is unable to defeat the Sith Lord and is forced to retreat. On Mustafar Vader kills the Separatist leaders but when he learns that Padmé has followed him, along with Obi-Wan, he believes she has betrayed him to Obi-Wan and he unleashes his anger upon her with a Force strangle that nearly kills her. Obi-Wan intervenes to protect Padmé and the two friends now fight each other. After a dramatic struggle Obi-Wan finally overpowers Vader and slices through his legs and arms. Leaving Vader to die in the lava pools, Obi-Wan collects the dying Padmé and leaves Mustafar. Meanwhile, Palpatine senses Vader's pain and recovers Vader's body from the lava.
Regrouping on the isolated asteroid Polis Massa Obi-Wan, Bail Organa and Yoda witness Padmé giving birth to twins, Luke and Leia, before she dies. Elsewhere Vader is encased in his armoured black life-support suit. Bail Organa agrees to take Leia as his own daughter while Obi-Wan is to take Luke to Tatooine and his aunt and uncle, and to watch over him. During their exile both Yoda and Obi-Wan are to learn a new Force skill from Obi-Wan's previous master, Qui-Gon Jinn, that of immortality in the Force.

This story occurs approximately 19 years before Episode IV: A New Hope.
NB: This story's novelisations and adaptations form part of the Star Wars Saga* only in so far as events depicted within the story match those seen on screen, the rest of the story is considered Legends.

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Review by Pedro, England, 2009:
This book benefits from being adapted from a brilliant film, that has a good storyline/plot, that is then transferred, and made better, into this book. The book also benefits hugely from having a great author.
In this book we see that unlike so many other Star Wars authors, especially some of the earlier ones, that Matthew Stover fully understands the Star Wars universe and more importantly, the Force. He understands the scope of the Force and what it enables the Sith and Jedi to do. Also, Matt is not afraid to experiment with the Force, he puts in ideas that have not been used before, or extends other ideas, to use them in creating his story.
Including things that weren't in the films, and in times changing things that happen in the film, such as the fight between Sidious and the Jedi, help in making this book into more than the typical tie-in novels we've seen with some of the other films.
By explaining it in more detail and including things like the "dragon", Matt helps us fully understand Anakin's turn to the dark side.
An excellent book that should not be overlooked by the fact that it is a film tie-in. I am very glad that Matthew Stover was chosen for the author, as I have read Shatterpoint, and saw how skilled Matt was reading that, and I now look forward to reading his newer book. Matt has transformed the story of the film into something even better.
5 / 5

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