Books & Writing

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge by Ian Doescher: Book Review

William Shakespeare's Tragedy of the Sith's Revenge (William Shakespeare's Star Wars, #3)

Obtained: Quirk Books, ARC
Pages: 168
Publish date: September 8, 2015
Rating: ★★★★

As you may remember, I was a big fan of the fifth installment in this series (The Clone Army Attackethwhen Quirk Books gave me an ARC to review. So, as you can imagine, I went back and read what I’d missed. Only read the first book, so far, but I still loved it, so I had to request a copy of the newest one! Honestly, I was scared that after the initial awesomeness of this series, I was going to run into the problem of the jokes getting tedious and repetitive, or the amazement value wearing down. But Doescher adds in some new tricks so the readers aren’t disappointed!

(This review contains Star Wars spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movies, stop reading now. Like right now. There’s a spoiler in the first sentence after this).

Everyone knows that Revenge of the Sith is about Anakin’s fall to the dark side and the story of how he became Darth Vader . But as I stated in my other review of a book in this series, parodies are about taking a story that people love and making it over. And that’s why I love the William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series so much.

A lot of what happens in this story is very similar to a plot one might find in a typical Shakespearean tragedy: character falls from their height in society because of a tragic flaw and loses everything they care about. Just like Anakin is tempted by the dark side, trying to protect the ones he loves, and ends up losing Padme anyway. So I find the story just lends itself quite naturally to this sort of parody.

Structurally, I mentioned before how I loved the fact that Doescher stays so true to the Bard’s writing style, but this time around, I was most impressed with the fact that Yoda spoke only in haikus. That’s right. Imagine Yoda’s speech pattern. In Shakespearean style. Limited to haikus. And at one point he ends off the scene with a rhyming couplet in two of those three lines. That took a lot of talent, I imagine, and was very impressed by it.

I continue to love this series, and really need to go back and finish Part the Fifth, Sixth, and First!

Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge is available online at Chapters Indigo, Book Depository, and Kobo.

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