Review: Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden

Posted February 13, 2017 in review / 0 Comments

Review: Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance by Oliver BowdenAssassin's Creed: Renaissance (Assassin's Creed, #1) by Oliver Bowden
Published by Ace on November 11th 2009
Genres: Game Fiction, Historical, Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 516
Source: Gifted
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Betrayed by the ruling families of Italy, a young man embarks upon an epic quest for vengeance. To eradicate corruption and restore his family's honour, he will learn the art of the assassins. To his allies, Ezio will become a force for change, fighting for freedom and justice. To his enemies, he will become a threat.

Firstly, this book is based off a video game, so you probably should not expect much in terms of writing, because that’s what I did, and I was sorely disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I loooove the story plot, it was really interesting, bringing us back to Italy 1472. But that writing though. I mean, damn, I’ve seen better writings in high school.

But let’s talk about the good parts of it first. I really do like the story plot, even though it was a little bit too fast for me. This book is REALLY fast paced. Like it definitely jumps from months to years and I was a little bit confused at some point during reading that I had to reread certain paragraphs. I was like WHAT HE’S OLD ALREADY EXCUSE ME? Ezio Auditore was actually one of my favorite characters in this book. Even though the writing made him seem really crappy, his character was well-developed throughout the book.

In comparison with the game, the story plot was pretty similar. The conversations are exactly the same in certain scenes and the scenes were described with startling similarity. It was really nice to be back in the Assassin’s world and reading it in detail from Ezio’s perspective was a bonus too. Btw, even though this book is the first in the series, it actually follows the story plot of the second Assassin’s Creed game. I’m not quite sure why, but I guess they’re going to tell Altair’s story in some other way, since his name was mentioned a few times in this book.

The two things that I did not like about this book were the writing (it was really bad, y’all. Too simple and colloquial, it felt like I was reading a kid’s composition) and that very rushed ending. It was like the author wanted to quickly wrap the whole book up, that probably explains all the time jumps in this book.

All in all, it was a good story but there was much room for improvements. I’m still giving the next few books in this series a try because I really liked the story and I want to see how the story came out in comparison with the book.

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