I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.William Shakespeare's The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher
Series: William Shakespeare's Star Wars #6
Published by Quirk Books on July 1st, 2014
Genres: Media Tie-In, Retelling, Science Fiction
Hot on the heels of the New York Times best seller William Shakespeare’s Star Wars comes the next two installments of the original trilogy: William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back and William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return. Return to the star-crossed galaxy far, far away as the brooding young hero, a power-mad emperor, and their jesting droids match wits, struggle for power, and soliloquize in elegant and impeccable iambic pentameter. Illustrated with beautiful black-and-white Elizabethan-style artwork, these two plays offer essential reading for all ages. Something Wookiee this way comes!
I have conquered another series! The William Shakespeare’s Star Wars series by Ian Doescher promises a consistent level of quality and fun that is sure to amuse any Star Wars fans. Like it’s prequels, William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return offers impressive writing and a brilliant presentation of a story I already loved.
For those who have yet to read anything about this series, please check out my reviews of book 1 and book 2. The fact of the matter is that these books are so constant in their quality, that by now I have little more to add. This is of course only aided because I knew exactly how the story would go. I love the plot of this one – with Han’s rescue from Jabba, the return of his witticisms and romance with Leia, Luke really becoming a master Jedi, and the final showdown with Darth Vader and the Emperor.
I felt like Doescher skillfully shed more light on the role of these villains. Their soliloquies showed even better what a skilled manipulator the Emperor is and that he really only cares for himself, while Vader is actually struggling with what his relationship with Luke means and whether there is some good left in him. Often in stories, the roles of the villains get understated or brushed off, and I could argue that Doescher does this better than the movies did. Though everyone who has watched Episodes I – III knows about Annakin’s heartbreaking character arc, in the later episodes you see much less from his perspective. So I really liked that this played a bigger role in the book.
My favorite addition to this installment has to be Doescher’s take on the Ewok language. He really does invent a language, and this time it’s not unintelligible like Jabba’s. With fun rhymes and primitive words that can phonetically be read as English, he totally captured the cuteness of the Ewoks that I totally adore. It’s super impressive to me the way that Doescher incorporates all these techniques and writing styles to combine Shakespeare and the Star Wars universe: from iambic pentameter, to prose, to alien languages, to haikus, to rhyming quatrains, to the Ewok language — Doescher shows he is extremely skilled. I tip my hat to you sir.
I also felt like there were more illustrations in this book than the previous two installments. That might be totally in my head, but I just loved the illustrations so much this time around, and I felt like they were definitely more impressive than before. Maybe it’s that more characters were shown or maybe it’s because the scenes were more vivid and action-packed. I dunno, but I loved it. Particularly Admiral Ackbar’s appearance made me go, “WOW.”