This is the best book of the Star Wars prequel trilogy by far. It might be because the story itself in the “Revenge of the Sith” movie was pretty good; the movie was just ruined overall by copious shots of a brooding Anakin.
“Revenge of the Sith” starts with a daring rescue of Chancellor Palpatine from the grips of General Grievous - a notorious Jedi killer. It then follows Anakin as the depth of the Sith plot is revealed and the democracy that lasted a millennium is ended.
The book added a lot of context to the events in the movie. For example, the book talks a lot about how poorly the Clone War is going for the Republic. It also reveals that Anakin now deals with a worshipful galaxy-wide fan club.
The reader gains insight into the internal struggle of Anakin in a way that Hayden Christensen could never convey with his one-note facial expression.
Reading this book was the first time I believed that the Anakin we see pod-racing in “The Phantom Menace” could become Darth Vader. Palpatine's manipulation of Anakin is brilliant, using his fierce loyalty to his friends to eventually turn on the Jedi.
I recommend this book to all Star Wars fans. While the other books in the trilogy don’t offer much, this one is worth the read. I actually left the book with an appreciation for what George Lucas was trying to do.