“From one snag to another do we fly” William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge


Cover for Tragedy of the Sith's RevengeWilliam Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge brings Shakespeare’s Star Wars to a close, for now at least. I have enjoyed the puns, wordplay, and wit Doescher brings to the story. They have managed to be both Shakespearean in nature and delightful to read. The same capable poetry and mix of pop-culture and play references found in the rest of the series are brought to play here to good result. It also has the best cover in an array of impressive covers.

Like the others in the series, The Tragedy of the Sith’s Revenge is well worth reading and enjoying. There are the eloquent soliloquies, the fervent asides from unexpected beings, and a play-within-a-play wherein Sidious catches the conscience of a Jedi. The vulture droids have quick, simple rhymes. R2-D2 provides wise asides to the audience. Padme and Anakin have some beautiful speeches. Padme tells Anakin early on that

If thou wert poor, my tears would be the alms
Wherewith I’d give the wealth. Thou tak’st my breath,
For seeing thee doth make me rich again,
Yet leaves me empty of all else, save thee.

All the while, rumor watches and comments on what is to come.

In addition to outdoing himself on the cover, Nicolas Delort continues to illustrate the interior with his precise black and white scratchwork. General Grievous has the most detailed armor. Fight scenes are often dark.

Reading Shakespeare’s Star Wars is a way to see the series in a new light. Reading and then watching—or the other way around—is a great way to spend the weekend.

Edit: Ian Doescher reflects on the Shakespeare’s Star Wars books.

William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of the Sith comes out by Ian Doescher comes out September 8, 2015. Look for it on Amazon


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