Assassin's Creed (book series)

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Assassin's Creed
Renaissance
Brotherhood
The Secret Crusade
Revelations
Forsaken
Black Flag
Author Oliver Bowden
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy, historical fiction
Publisher Penguin Books
Media type Print (Paperback)

The Assassin's Creed series, by Oliver Bowden, is a collection of novels set within the Assassin's Creed video game universe. The books follow various assassins who become involved in the war between the Assassins and the Knights Templar.

Renaissance[edit]

The first novel of this collection, Renaissance, was published in 2009. The novel features Ezio Auditore da Firenze; a man (Ezio) who seeks revenge for the murder of his family. Ezio begins to train himself as an assassin and becomes drawn into a war between the Assassin Order and the Knights Templar. The two secret brotherhoods have been combating each other for centuries to secure an ancient technology, called the "Apple", which can alter human minds. Both groups also seek a vault in Italy, which contains the knowledge and technology of an ancient, technologically-superior civilization .[1]

Brotherhood[edit]

Brotherhood-the second novel in the series- was released in 2010. It's a novelized version of the popular game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Just like its previous book, Assassin's Creed: Renaissance, it does not contain any of the game's present-day events including Desmond; only a reference to a "phantom" by Ezio. Unlike the events of the game which start in 1499, this version of the story starts in 1503. Ezio Auditore struggles to free the city of Rome from the tyranny of Cesare Borgia (despite the book being fiction Cesare Borgia was real and was the Duke at the time) who seeks to take over Italy.

The Secret Crusade[edit]

The Secret Crusade follows Altaïr as told by Niccolo Polo. It details the life of Altaïr, an Assassin, beginning with the death of his father. Altaïr watches his father be executed for the unintended death of a noble. Some time later, he also watches one of his father's fellow Assassins kill himself out of guilt over the death of Altaïr's father. Altaïr soon begins to train under Al Mualim, leader of the Assassin Order. Al Mualim instructs him not to tell his fellow Assassin Abbas of his father's suicide. Despite this warning Altaïr tells Abbas, who receives the news poorly. The news that Abbas' father killed himself causes problems between himself and Altaïr.

The Secret Crusade then progresses to many years later where an older Altaïr with his wife, Maria, and their son, Darim, are returning to Masyaf Altaïr's home after successfully assassinating Genghis Khan. In their absence, Abbas has proclaimed himself "Master of the Assassins" and taken over Masyaf, ruling the people through fear and violence. Altaïr is met with cold indifference. He discovers that: despite being told that his son Sef had traveled to Alamut, his son was actually murdered by Malik. Malik has been imprisoned but claims his innocence. Altaïr breaks him out of jail planning to confront Abbas and reclaim his place as Master Assassin. These plans are thwarted when Abbas has Malik killed and frames Altaïr for his death. Out of anger, Altaïr uses the Apple of Eden to kill the man responsible for Sef's death but also inadvertently causes Maria's death. Devastated by the loss of his son and his wife, Altaïr flees Masyaf.

Years later a merchant named Muhklis is saved from desert bandits by Altaïr, now an old man in his seventies. Muhklis takes an injured Altaïr back to his home in Masyaf and agrees to help him reclaim his place. They hope to take back Masyaf with as little bloodshed as possible. They are joined by a few young men who are against Abbas and are training in the traditional ways of the Assassins, which have been ignored during Abbas' reign. They, along with the people of Masyaf, storm the castle fighting through Abbas' men but only killing if absolutely necessary. Altaïr faces Abbas for the last time, killing him with his pistol shot weapon. With the death of their leader, Abbas' men lay down their arms and Altaïr is proclaimed the leader of the Assassins. The final chapter shows that Ezio Auditore da Firenze (Da Firenze simply meaning "from Firenze/Florence") is the reader and he is on a boat arriving in Constantinople, in the second sequence of events in Revelations.Unlike the book, the game "Assassins Creed" featuring Altair was made before the games featuring Ezio.

Revelations[edit]

Revelations once again follows Ezio Auditore as he leaves his life behind in search of the truth about the Assassin Order and "Those who came before". The resulting journey leads him to Constantinople where a growing army of Knights Templar threatens the region. It was released on 24 November 2011 in the United Kingdom and on 29 November 2011 in the United States.

Forsaken[edit]

Set in 1735 Forsaken primarily takes on the form of Haytham Kenway’s personal journal and tracks his life from his early childhood in England through to his rise up the Templar ranks. Unlike Revelations it is written in the first person and follows Haytham Kenway only. Forsaken was released on 4 December 2012.

Black Flag[edit]

Black Flag follows Edward Kenway, Haytham Kenway's father and Connor Kenway's grandfather. Edward Kenway is a young privateer who sets out to become the world's deadliest pirate, only to be drawn into the centuries old war between the Assassins and the Knights Templar. Black Flag was released on 26 November 2013.

Unity[edit]

Unity follows Arno Dorian, a French-Austrian Assassin. It takes place during the time of the French Revolution (1789 to 1799). It is based on Assassin's Creed Unity and will be released on November 24 2014.

Bibliography[edit]

  1. Renaissance (November 20, 2009)[2]
  2. Brotherhood (November 25, 2010)
  3. The Secret Crusade (June 23, 2011)
  4. Revelations (November 24, 2011)
  5. Forsaken (December 4, 2012)
  6. Black Flag (November 26, 2013)
  7. Unity (Coming soon)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Review: Renaissance". London: Guardian. 6 April 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Assassin’s Creed Novel Coming Later This Month". Kotaku. Retrieved 19 December 2012.