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Assassin's Creed: Underworld

(Assassin's Creed #8)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  1,141 ratings  ·  81 reviews

*Brand new tie in book to the new Assassin's Creed: Syndicate*

A disgraced Assassin. A deep-cover agent. A quest for redemption.

1862, and with London in the grip of the Industrial Revolution, the world's first underground railway is under construction. When a body is discovered at the dig, it sparks the beginning of the latest deadly chapter in the centuries-old batt

Kindle Edition, 448 pages
Published November 5th 2015 by Penguin
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Nick Green Yes, Heather is right.

But 'Underworld' covers the events that lead up to Syndicate, and the Book, from halfway onwards, covers that events that…more
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Well, that was emotional.

As a huge fan of the Assassin's Creed and Victorian London, I HAD to buy this book. After finishing the game a month or so ago, I needed to fill the hole that it had left in my heart.

The book is essentially split into three halves, starting before the events of the game and focusing on the character of Henry Green (or Jayadeep Mir/The Ghost/Bharat Singh) and how he became an Assassin. It later focuses on the Frye twins and follows the story of the game exactly.

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When I first got this title my initial exited was tempered by the fact I'd not before seen such a mess of an ARC. There were random numbers everywhere and broken lines. I contacted Netgalley and a little bit jokingly asked them if AC releases their ARCs like their games, half finished and full of glitches. It however turned out that it was not easy to solve this problem, but since I really wanted to read it at that time, and my
Jul 05, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was difficult for me to rate because I liked the characters a lot and the story was interesting, but it was written poorly. There was very little detail, and this made it difficult to properly follow what was happening. There were a lot of gaps and jumps in detail and story, and a lot of it felt more like a summary from a bystander than a story about the people experiencing it.
Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 01, 2016 marked it as to-read
Assassin's Creed: Underworld (Assassin's Creed, #8), Oliver Bowden
Emily G
I enjoyed the first part of the book with Jayadeep becoming the Ghost and his relationship with Maggie. I wish that she had featured more, as she was an interesting character who had obviously survived a life full of experiences, good and bad.

The second part where the Ghost becomes Henry and meets the latest Assassins, Evie and Jacob Frye, children of Ethan, he loses his confidence in his amazing abilities, which is a shame. Mainly because if his father had listened to Ethan at the beginning, He
Carleen Hyatte
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
finished this and loved it 5 stars. Assassin creed books always pull me in and this was no exception.
Feb 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, paranormal
I feel like I owe Mr. Bowden an apology. I went in with very low expectations, expecting pulp fiction. I didn’t get that. Not at all. I’m actually quite happy to be proven wrong. So, thank you, Mr. Bowden.

I’m going to give you a little bit of backstory about me before continuing on with this review. It’s not necessarily needed, but it may help knowing where I’m coming from after I read this.

I played Assassin’s Creed: Unity and that’s about it. I don’t recall much of the plot and the characters
ضحى الحداد
3.5 stars
This book is the finale of the Oliver Bowden series, I still have two more books to go in this universe :)

So in this book we go to London during the great depression years and we are introduced to The Ghost ( aka Henry ) and the famous twins Jacob and Evie .. I loved those twins so much and they are such a good team, I liked this book and it had a certain charm to it, the ending was so adorable, I wish if we can get a book for Syndicate I think it will be epic :)
Feb 11, 2016 rated it liked it
3/5 stars

Assassin's Creed: Underworld is the companion novel for Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, the latest (and my favourite) Assassin's Creed game.

I guess I'll start off with the big negative with this one that brought it down the two stars, and that's the editing. There is a big problem with repetitiveness- at one point an entire section was repeated, as well as small phrases being used within paragraphs of each other. There were a lot of grammar mistakes and some sentences were written as if
Agnieszka "Aeth" Jędrzejczyk
Jan 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: game-tie-in
As weird as this sounds: 5 stars for the first 70%, 3 for the last 30%. This was a really engaging story that enriches both the character of Henry Green and the Assassin's Creed mythology, which was a real pleasure to read at that, but only up to the point when it turns into a quick and messy recap of the events from the game. I've played the game and I loved the game - and I loved that the book did not, at least at the beginning, try to become a summary of the game's events and instead attempte ...more
Ai Xiao
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
I read AC 2, 1, 3, 4, then 8. They're all written by Bowden, and I am disappointed to come to my own conclusion that he had either decided to inject some British flavour (of the no-flavour kind), or he has tired from writing so many AC novels. Where he used to write with such depth as to the environment, he no longer does. Subtle details to draw the reader into the cultural setting, quite none. Where he does attempt to elaborate something, it sounds just like that - an attempt.
Plot-wise, the bu
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: physical-books
Give me a medal, I finished this in 1 year and 2 months omg....
It was not that I didn't like the book subject, the happenings and stories.. It's just written in a way that just didn't capture me at all.

I am a huge Assassin's Creed fan and especially Syndicate which may be my favorite game of all time. It's so interesting to see the back story from some of the characters and because of that it makes a lot more sense the way they act in the game. It also just confirms that I want the imagination
If Evie isn't the most inept Assassin, she's very close. Her brother does all the work while she devotes all her time to looking for artifacts she never gets anyway, and she doesn't seem to care at all that in the meantime, people are suffering under the Templars' rule - she's all words, no do, but she scoffs at her brother who actually makes a mark, and accuses him of doing nothing but killing. Funny how throughout the book he's the only one who actually achieves something, all the others - Geo ...more
Jan 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded off to 4.

I enjoyed three quarters of the book which focused more as a prequel to the game. It was lovely that the author chose to focus on Henry, who remained enigmatic throughout Syndicate. To my dismay, however, the transition from Henry to the Frye twins brought about a major change of pace (although understandable given the circumstance of cramming everything into 400+ pages, I still ruminate on the possibilities) and my only major complaint is that more effort could have b
Roman Egorov
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story, very well put together. Until the last part, where the game supposedly begins... I love the game, but it's a lousy story. Everything before that though, absolutely amazing.
Сибин Майналовски
Ако си мислите, че играта е тъпа, трябва да прочетете тази книга. След което игричката ще ви се стори като шекспиров театър. Но за феновете на Гей(м) ъв Троунс, както и за всички останали, дето бъркат фентъзи с исторически романи и дето получават множествени оргазми само при споменаване на нещо средновековно, това ще е като чаша греяна ракия по време на сурова русенска зима.
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy-etc
After such a great gameplay, this book was disappointing. The emotions fell flat, and the romantic part made me cringe so hard. While enjoy the learning more about Henry Green in the beginning of the book, there were so many holes in the part that were covered in the game. Perhaps it's intentional?
Oct 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
OK so I love Assassins Creed. I've played the games, read all the books, am looking forward to the movie.

This book however was brilliant. It gave a.backstory to the game that was so interesting and something knew to me.

The AC books have always been written as if they are in the same world as the games but from a different perspective, Oliver Bowden has written all the tie in books and has always done a brilliant job. This time however he has excelled himself. This book was outstanding.

The writin
Dec 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Overall I really enjoy the Assassin's Creed books, however this one took an interesting turn.

It was all going very nicely until 100 pages from the end when the Frye twins turned up as adults. At this point the detailed explanations that have surrounded events seem to disappear and large periods of time are jumped over. Additionally, conclusions are reached without explanation - one can make assumptions about why they occurred but it leaves the reader feeling unsatisfied. Unlike the first 3/4 of
Nov 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
This is the first book in the series that I have read. The characters and setting really leapt off the pages, and at times I couldn't put the book down. haven't played Syndicate, the game this book is based upon, yet. I'm looking forward to seeing how or if the story lines overlap. The book felt a little long but other than that, it was enjoyable. When I have time I want to read the previous seven.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair and honest
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
What I really liked about this book was the historical background, and the facts about the construction of London Underground are really interesting. The Assassins vs Templars theme was boring, inconsistent and mostly unimportant. I think, the more recent the period of history they choose, the duller would be all the chases and secret weapons and stuff... Who would need those, when everyone has a gun? At least, the author of this book failed to answer that.
Aug 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It's a 2.5 not a full 3 mainly because of the last part of the book that was rather rushed. Let's be real, the vault scene was pretty terrible. I liked the first two, the story of the Ghost and Fred Abberline, but I would have liked more focus on the twins. They could have been great, but Evie came out as an obsessive little girl and Jacob appears just a couple of time while he's talking with his sister and nothing more.
Laura Kinch
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
First two parts of this book? Yeah, pretty good. I enjoyed them. Part 3, I don't know what happened. It was like the editor quit or something. Part 3 read like a draft copy. This would've been good if I'd stopped reading after part 2, but I'm going to assume the content of part 3 had something to do with marketing the game. If so, it really didn't work.
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books
Being one of my favorite Assassin's Creed games, I was excited to get to the retelling part of it in the book, but surprisingly I found much more interesting the first part, the "prequel" part of the book. The retelling seems almost written by someone else. Overall I really enjoyed being in the world of ACS again and loved to know more of Jayadeep and Ethan's story. The ending was really cute <3
Mrs Nicola Robertson
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
love this series so close to the game yet a very detailed back story to the characters within the game. can actually be read as a stand alone series game play is not essential. I love this series
Julius Butcher
Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Someone tell the author about "show, don't tell", please...
LJ Maccers
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a really solid book up until the point where it turned into a mediocre retelling of the game.
That sounds really negative, but I actually quite liked it. The first two thirds or so really added depth to the character of Henry Green, and built up the events leading to the story in ways that changed my perspective on things and added to my enjoyment of the game. Even the few chapters from younger Evie's perspective were cute and I felt like they complemented and added to her characterizat
The Cats Mother
This came from my Book Club friend, not our typical fare, and she didn't like it either, but I like to at least try different genres. I'm not into video games of any kind, had only heard of AC because I saw a movie trailer, and had no idea what it's about. I got 120 pages in to this before realising I really didn't care, and am none the wiser for it. A young Indian boy, trained since childhood to be an assassin, but who failed his first kill, is sent to London to work undercover for an establish ...more
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little bit disappointed in this one, I know that from reading the description it was centred on another character in the game, but I think I was hoping for more set during the game itself.

I was hoping there would be more of the story from the game, since the Black Flag novel was more so like that. I found it dragged a little, and I got lost a few times with characters and subplots jumping up seemingly out of nowhere.

I felt a little disappointed, my favourite parts were ones which the tw
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As duas primeiras metades do livros contam a história pregressa ao jogo, é fácil notar q o autor com mais liberdade é capaz de tecer um enredo mais interessante. O terceiro e ultimo trecho do livro retrata os eventos do jogo de maneira corrida e sem inspiração. Parece q Oliver Bowden está apenas escrevendo por obrigação. Seguimos a vida do jovem assassino indiano Ajaay, que de personagem secundário no jogo, toma as vestes de personagem principal na maior parte do livro. Também é apresentado o pa ...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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