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

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  6,032 ratings  ·  548 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
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Published February 23rd 2010 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published November 1st 2009)
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Mar 06, 2011 Logan rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Masochists
Recommended to Logan by: Sadists
Shelves: books-i-hate
I've never had faith in books (or movies) based on videogames, but since Assassin's Creed II is my favorite videogame of all time, I decided to risk this.

If you find my review incomprehensible, it's merely because this trash fried my brain cells to the point of blissful delirium.

Take the worst books you've ever read, burn them, mix the ashes with toad semen and the sweat of Dick Cheney, and you will alchemically create this book.

This book is so bad, even by "books-based-on-videogames" standards
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
Not bad, or rather notwhatI had beenexpecting. 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 gameand the author is knownfor penning newsstand pulp thrillers, I thoughtthe combination would turn out to besome kind of pulpy disaster, so I was pleasantly surprised to find a decent plot-driven, light historical fantasy storyaboutthe life and times of Ezio Auditore. Those who've played Assassin's Creed II alrea
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
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
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.
3.5 Stars

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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
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
Morgan Liegh
Jun 09, 2013 Morgan Liegh rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
Nɪɴᴀ {Words and Water}
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
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
Nishanth "Art is... an Explosion!"
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.
Kyla Hanson
How can I say that I REALLY REALLY want this??? Want it now!

My love for this book grew with every page. I am so glad that I read this, because I got a better understanding of the world of Assassin's Creed.
There were some things that I was struggling to comprehend, and this book said it all.
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, and one of my favorite characte
Structurally repetitive, predictable and, overall, dull. I couldn't even bring myself to finish it. Every 'chapter' is the same: Ezio faces adversity, but Ezio's allies think he isn't ready. They teach him some new assassin skills, which he learns in a few sentences of text then uses to – aside from a minor hitch or two – soundly trounce the bad guy, acquire a piece of the Codex and upgrade his weapons at Leonardo da Vinci's travelling weapons shop. They might as well print LEVEL COMPLETE at the ...more
Natasha GJ Nanny Nakia
Reseñado en mi blog Nanny Books:

Recomendadísimo por mi hermano y sus amigos, esperanzada de que sea igual que el juego, en menos de tres días me devoré esta novela. Ah, pero no todo salió como esperaba.

En Renaissance conoceremos la historia de Ezio, desde que es un adolescente hasta que se convierte en todo un hombre. Así, los hechos irán dándose despacio, ya que transcurrirán varias décadas entre que comienza y termina la novela.

La evolución del personaje será progresiva, la resolución de los m
Ahmad Sharabiani
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 وجود داشت و در هر دالان تابوتهایی منقش به طلسمهای باستانی. اتزیو در نهایت تعجب دریافت، میتواند نوشته ها را بخواند
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
Raymond Hu
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
I played the game and I enjoyed the story a lot so I decided to get the book hoping it would have more juice to the story. It didn't. It's mostly equal to the game with some minor changes and one or two details that don't really add much.

Since my native language is portuguese the words in italian didn't break the flow for me and were a really nice addition, I liked it the same way I liked it in the game (I played through the game all in italian because it added to the experience).

The game is a m
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
Jun 01, 2015 Roxana-Mălina Chirilă rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Insomniacs
Each artistic medium has its own specific ways of catching your attention, engaging you and transmitting its information. For video games, that's a lot of action. For books, it's the little details and insights.

Assassin's Creed: Renaissance is a blow-by-literal-blow retelling of AC II, the game. Which would be great, if it managed to act like a book, and not like a written video game. To explain the difference: if this novel were required to write about Leonardo da Vinci's painting sessions, it
3.5 stars.

As a fan of the Assassin's Creed franchise, I almost feel guilty for not really liking the book. The video game was way better than the book. I should not have expected too much from a video game-based book, but I couldn't help, despite the reviews of this book.
I've played Assassin's Creed II before, and the only enjoyments I had while reading this book were the happy feeling that I'm going to play this game again someday and that I gained more knowledge of both the Assassin's Creed an
Ardani Subagio
Novel pertama yang aku baca yang dasarnya dari video game. Lumayan bagus, aku cukup terhibut, walau di beberapa bagian ceritanya terasa agak terlalu dipadatkan. Mungkin untuk mengakomodasi gameplay gamenya yang tidak bisa sepenuhnya diterjemahkan ke bahasa novel.

Dan mungkin karena dari game juga, banyak hal yang sepertinya terjadi supaya tokoh utama bisa selamat, dan beberapa Deus rex Machina yang tak sempat terjelaskan. Itu tidak seberapa mengganggu, karena Deus ex Machina-nya tidak terjadi te
When you go and watch a movie based on a book there is always the hope it will be as good but you never kow if it really will be or a complete dissapointment. More and more pc games are finding there way to books, without losing the same question: 'will it be as good as the game?'. I have seen the first and second Assasins creed being played. The graphics are amazing, the story is great. I love watching the second game based in Italy as it shows places I know but in the 15th century. Just as whe ...more
Anzu The Great Destroyer
Oh yes, after reading that description you surely are drooling over this book. Well hold yer spit 'n lend me yer eyes 'cause thar are a some problems here (God, I love pirate talk!). One - a simple question. Did you play the game? If you didn’t know: yes this is a game, but not just any game. This game is a masterpiece, probably my favorite so far. Ok, so if you didn’t know this then shame on you. If you didn’t play the game then I say drop the idea of buying and reading this book. If you want t ...more
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Agata Salim
Woah, that was finally done. I am tired.
It was great--nothing was too stretched out--even the course of months and years passed in some words. Um. I have mixed feelings about that, because there really was nothing that Ezio did that affect the storyline, but the bluntness of it...! XDD I guess I'm just not used to that kind of effectiveness. I only have this knowing that Ezio can finish everything, without the deep trust and any bond to him. This kind of detached feeling is strange but not one
I can imagine this book being read by a teen who knows about the game but who can not play the game for some reason - for example, intelligent parents. While access to the video games rated M for "mature" (content may be suitable for those over 17 years of age) may be limited and rightfully so, the access to books is free, so this little thing will be a good substitute until the reader is old enough to not only read other books but also play the actual game.
It being a book based on a video gam
Anlatım ve çeviri hayal kırıklığı olsa da konuyu çok beğendim. Başka bir yazarın elinde muhteşem olabilirmiş. Her şey çok hızlı gelişiyor. Ölümler ardarda gerçekleşiyor ve hiç betimleme yok. Bir de olay çok kötü olsa bile Ezio üzerindeki etkisinin anlatımı iki cümleyi aşmıyor. 3 ya da 4 yıldız arasında gidip geldim ama kesinlikle 5 yıldızlık değildi. Devamını okuyacak mıyım? Evet, okuması eğlenceli bir seri.
Rhys kontze
I rated Assassins Creed: Renaissance by Oliver Bowden a four out of five.

This is a book that teaches people about another time in history.
It is about an eighteen year old boy whose father is a banker for his day job but when he isn't banking he is an assassin trying to stop the Templar's from taking over the world. He does not do this job alone their is a whole creed dedicated to this cause. Ezio Auditore (the 18 year old) does not know what his father did until his father and brothers are betra
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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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