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Assassin's Creed Renaissance (Assassin's Creed #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  8,726 Ratings  ·  786 Reviews
I will seek Vengeance upon those who betrayed my family. I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze. I am an Assassin 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. Along the way, Ezio will call upon the wisdom of such great minds as Leonardo ...more
ebook, 496 pages
Published February 23rd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published November 1st 2009)
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay up front, this is I admit a ludicrous book. I get that. However I don't get the angry reviews and the emphatic one star ratings. I mean, it's a book based on a computer/video game. What did you expect.

If you've read many of my reviews you've seen me use the term, "brain candy"...well this is brain cotton candy, as light as possible. But it's kind of fun. Just go into it expecting a book based on a video game!

The extensive "creatively handled" use of historical people and events is part of t
Nov 15, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I was genuinely surprised by how much I liked this book. I bought it mostly because I am somewhat obsessed with the game, and I wanted more Ezio, now please! I expected that at best it would be bearable to read because I don't tend to think too highly of novelizations of either movies or video games. But this was really good and fun.

Most of the story in the book is in the game as well, so the plot wasn't particularly surprising. But there were a few additional details - like, say, Leonardo's ho
Ahmad Sharabiani
Assassin's Creed: Renaissance (Assassin's Creed, #1) , Oliver Bowden
عنوان: فرقه اسسین ها: کتاب اول - رنسانس ؛
از کتاب - ورود اتزیو به سردابه
از رودریگو رو برگرداند و عصا در دست به سمت دیوار رفت. نوک آن را به طور متوالی به سوراخ هایی که سیب نشانش میداد میزد. همانطور که اتزیو به سوراخها ضربه میزد، کم کم شمایی از دری عظیم پدیدار گشت. وقتی اتزیو عصا را در آخرین حفره فرو کرد، درب عظیم گشوده شد. راهرو عریضی از شیشه، با تندیسهای زیبایی از جنس سنگ مرمر و برنز در اطرافش نمایان شد. درون راهرو دالانهایی وجو
Beatriz  Lins
I first heard about Assassin's Creed from my brother in-law. He loves the games, was constantly commenting how Ezio was badass, how his moves and kills were impressive, and how the graphics were fantastic. When the novel came out, I spent months craving it, only now having the courage to buy, and finally, read it.

Oliver Bowden transports us to Italy, 1472, where a young man is about the learn the power and secrets of his family. After a brutal attack and betrayal, Ezio takes the name Auditore to
Jun 04, 2014 Mimi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2014, adventure
Not bad, or rather not what I had been expecting. It's okay overall but could have been better. Hopefully the next book is an improvement.

Since this book (and series) is based on a video game and the author is known for penning newsstand pulp thrillers, I thought the combination would turn out to be some kind of pulpy disaster, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent plot-driven, light historical fantasy story about the life and times of Ezio Auditore. Those who've played Assassin's Creed
Λίνα Θωμάρεη
Ήταν καλό.... και θα το ξανά πω πως δεν το περίμενα.
Θα μου πείτε τι περίμενες?
Δεν ξέρω τι περίμενα, αλλά σίγουρα δεν περίμενα πως θα μου αρέσει.
Όσοι δεν το ξέρετε το βιβλίο είναι εμπνευσμένο από παιχνίδι... και να ο λόγος που πίστευα ότι δεν θα μου αρέσει.
Γραμμένο με απλή γραφή, χωρίς συγγραφική γραφή, η πλοκή ρέει ανάλαφρη και οι σκηνές δράσεις που έχει, και είναι πολλές, είναι δοσμένες έτσι ώστε μόνο θαυμασμό για τον κεντρικό χαρακτήρα σου αφήνουν.
Στο μόνο που με χάλασε ήταν ότι στην ουσία 15
Nov 28, 2011 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book just because I love the game. I was surprised to see that the book was true to the game. The conversations is almost the same and the environment is described just as you saw it in the game. Bowden did a good job in filling out the blanks that wasn't included in the game and it was fun to read more indepth of Ezio's thoughts and life, especially in his younger days.
The thing I thought was strange with this book is that this actually is the second game, but it is the first book
Feb 12, 2017 Majo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asesinos, videojuegos
Praiz Sophyronja
DNF. I was advised against this, really. And the reviews were shitty too, therefore low expectations is maybe why I couldn't get into it. But you know, curiosity is a bitch (and so is this book.) I didn't like it at all. Don't read this, play the game.
Feb 17, 2014 Bcvs rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-go
Written like the narration of a computer game quest mission.
He turned left, he saw someone, he turned right, he saw a door, he opened the door...
In my opinion there is no character growth, no emotional involvement and the various Italian words woven into the story are quite unnecessary.
Morgan Liegh
Jun 09, 2013 Morgan Liegh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who haven't played the game yet.
Even though I played the game, I found this book most entertaining. I have noticed that a lot of people have read The Secret Crusade as their first book. Which is totally understandable due to the fact that Altair was the first assassin in the game series. However The Secret Crusade is actually the third book in the series (still a bit shocked as you are)but I think I understand why Bowden did this. In the game Revelations, you go back learning about altiar's life, which is key of the game. What ...more
Paige  Bookdragon
Jul 15, 2015 Paige Bookdragon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, meh, waste-of-time

The title may be badass but I never liked the main character. Now, if someone would just write a book about Bookworm Adventures 2, then I might read it...
Jan 08, 2017 Klinta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to rate this book, because there are so many factors to consider.
I have never played or seen anyone play the game, my only meeting with the Assassin's Creed has been in the film I watched last week.

This book seemed like a mix of various things - sometimes it reminded me of the Three Musketeers, sometimes of the Da Vinci Code. The writing had its hiccups and made it visible where one quest ended and a new one started, but that was still fine, if we didn't look at the big picture. In h
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I'm sure I would have reviewed this differently if I hadn't played the games. As it is, the bulk of this book is simply a retelling of the events that happened in Assassin's Creed II and some of the memories in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and having played those, reading the book after the fact proved to be a vastly inferior experience.

This is why I don't usually read direct novelizations of movies or games, etc (with the exception of Star Wars: Ep. 1-6, but that's more about collecting the
Dec 10, 2014 Kyla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edited: 11, November 2016

My love for this book grew with every page. I'm very happy with the outcome of this book, it gave me an even more greater understanding of the world of Assassin's Creed.
There were some things within the story whilst playing the game that I was struggling to comprehend, and this book explained them for me.
This beautiful book is one great story of a young man who embarks on a journey to avenge his father and brothers who were killed by traitors.
He meets many new friends,
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I found this a tiresome read. The way it was written really irritated me. The character, Ezio, irritated me. But the setting-I liked.

First I will acknowledge that this is a book based on a game. It is wasn't I would compare this to the likes of Robin Hobb and Brent Weeks with little of a positive nature.

You don't need to have played the game, just various games, to understand that the style is very game-like. I think generally, that it does follow too much with a game like style. It certainly le
Michelle Hauck
Dec 24, 2016 Michelle Hauck rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
DNF after the first chapter. Writing was so bad and characters so shallow and lacking any personality or inner thoughts to make me sympathize with them.
When I read the description for this book, my first thought that it maybe similar to the TV show, DaVinci's Demons. There are certain aspects of the book that has similarities to the TV show. The books strength's for me are in its characters. How can you go wrong with guys like Ezio, Rodrigo, Leonardo, Niccolo and Mario? Sound a little bit like Ninja Turtles? Well, there are flavors of those guys in there too except no sewers.

The story starts out with Ezio as a teenager of an aristocratic family
May 22, 2016 Sandra rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Esto me va a doler mucho.
Los videojuegos me apasionaban, eran mis favoritos, me encantaba la historia, el personaje, la ambientación, todo. Con el libro no he podido. Siempre los veía en la librería y tenía la tentación de comprarlos peeeeerooo me daba miedo como estuviesen narrados y mis miedos se han cumplido. No me gusta darle 1 estrella a un libro, y no me gusta dejar libros sin acabar pero de verdad que no he podido. He sufrido con na rración. No se si el autor tendrá escritos más libros pe
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I'll just admit it up front: Assassin's Creed II is one of my favourite games. I mean, it completely had me at renaissance Italy.

This book is quite literally the game, but then written down. Even all the complete uses exercises/lessons in the game have somehow made it into the book. Remember a task where all you need to do is carry a crate? No? Trust me, that's a task and it's in the book as well. Oh, Ezio, could you not find m
Jan 08, 2013 Ninth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I am Ezio Auditore Da Firenze. And I am an Assassin - Ezio.

Live by the Creed.

wonderful book set in Renaissance Italy (1470-1510), with the lead protagonist as Ezio, whose family was betrayed by those they trusted.

Ezio sets out to find the culprits responsible for his Fathers and Brothers' death.

And he learns the art of the Assassin and discovers a conspiracy far greater than what he had in mind. He had to put an end it.

How does he do that?
read the book.

The book is far better than I had imagined.
Oct 29, 2016 TL is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Monthly Buddyread with Melissa :)
Jan 22, 2017 Vderevlean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Probabil foarte mișto pentru fanii jocului. Am jucat f puțin primul din serie, deci nu sunt în target. Narațiune rapidă, un singur fir narativ, un soi de roman istoric cu accente SF (unele un pic exagerate). Romanul începe bine, apoi treptat o ia pe repede-înainte de parcă autorul are doar număr fix de pagini și e nevoie în poveste și de asta și de asta și tot așa... ajungând ca pe final să mai pună într-un singur paragraf vreo 4/5 ani cu lupte și reconfigurări politice.

Nu prea te atașezi de pe
May 24, 2012 Cata rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblioteca, 2012
Adorei a sinopse do livro. A vingança é um dos temas que mais gosto na literatura, pois proporcionam ao leitor momentos de emoções fortes, traições e conspirações. Por isso, quando o encontrei na BibliotecaPública Regional da Madeira não resisti a trazê-lo comigo.

O facto de ser baseado num jogo é algo que “nem me aquece, nem me arrefece”, uma vez que jogos de playstation/PC/ outras consolas não me interessam particularmente, por isso não vos posso dizer até que ponto o livro é fiel ao jogo.

A h
Francesca Tripiedi
Sep 05, 2015 Francesca Tripiedi rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
L’idea era prepararsi all’uscita del film di Assassin’s Creed, con protagonista Michael Fassbender, che uscirà nelle sale nel 2016. Essendo più una lettrice che una giocatrice di videogiochi (decisamente), non mi è sembrata una scelta troppo ardua quella di leggere i libri di Oliver Bowden, piuttosto che approfittare della Xbox del mio migliore amico.
Sfortunatamente, ho veramente poche cose carine da dire in merito. Una necessaria premessa è dichiarare di non averlo finito di leggere (niente sm
Martina Urbanová
Túto knihu som čítala veľmi dlho a nielen preto, že som medzitým čítala aj iné knihy. Nech som sa snažila akokoľvek, od určitého momentu som sa nedokázala prinútiť dočítať ju.
Z každého slova a predovšetkým z dialógov bolo jasne cítiť, že autor je buď nováčik alebo potrebuje skutočne dobrého poradcu, ktorý by sa nebál byť k nemu úprimný. (Čo ma dosť desí, keďže autor údajne píše už viac ako tridsať rokov.) Neviem nakoľko mal voľnú ruku pri písaní, ale táto kniha je presne ako hra. Každá kapitola
Abeer A.
This book was a very interesting read. I have never played the Assassin's Creed games but I did recently go to see the film; that was what attracted me to the book. It was a very easy read; nothing too heavy or difficult.

The main character is Ezio; a young man in Italy 1472 about to learn the secrets of a guild of assassins. He is a pretty badass character who shows some pretty good development through the book. Setting off an adventure and finding out that a whole chain of events has been set
I have just discovered this series, so have come a little late to the table, but am looking forward to reading more of Oliver Bowden's take on the Assassin's Creeds games (of which I have played the vast majority). Having played the games, I already had a general sense of the story line and characters, so I knew that the time period (1476 - 1503) and plot (Templars vs Assassins, intrigue, secrecy, stealth and mystery) appealed to me already.

I enjoy the mesh of history - and there's a lot of nam
Raymond Hu
Jun 05, 2011 Raymond Hu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a really cool book which interest me a lot. This book caught my eye and i read the whole thing mostly because it was a popular game turned into a book and i also wanted to read that action felt in the games.The book was confusing at first the first time i read it because of the setting switches and characters switches but after reading it the 2nd time i got that the storyline. I felt bad for the main character because he went throught a lot and lost a lot of people close to him. Al ...more
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Anton Gill (aka Oliver Bowden) has been a full-time professional writer since 1984, and in the course of the last 27 years he has published 35 books. Gill was born in Ilford, Essex, the son of a German father and an English mother, and grew up in London. He is an acclaimed novelist and Renaissance historian currently living in Paris, France. Bowden has written novelizations of several of the Assas ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Assassin's Creed (9 books)
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (Assassin's Creed, #2)
  • Assassin's Creed: The Secret Crusade (Assassin's Creed, #3)
  • Assassin's Creed: Revelations (Assassin's Creed, #4)
  • Assassin's Creed: Forsaken (Assassin's Creed, #5)
  • Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (Assassin's Creed, #6)
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity (Assassin's Creed, #7)
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