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Assassin's Creed: Renaissance

(Assassin's Creed #1)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  14,602 ratings  ·  1,230 reviews
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. ...more
Paperback, 516 pages
Published November 11th 2009 by Ace (first published November 1st 2009)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Assassin's Creed: Renaissance (Assassin's Creed, #1), Oliver Bowden

The first novel of this collection, Renaissance, was published on November 20, 2009.

The novel features Ezio Auditore da Firenze, a man 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's Brotherhood and the Templar Order.

The two secret organizations have been combating each other for centuries to secure an ancient technology, called the
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
Shaikha Alahmad
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
I’m a huge fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. I’ve played all of the games and really enjoyed playing them, so – naturally, I thought I’d give the novels a try. Now, I know video-game adaptations aren’t normally top quality literature, and Renaissance certainly isn’t.

”I will seek Vengeance upon those who betrayed my family. I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze. I am an Assassin…”

Assassin’s Creed 2 has probably the most epic video game story line ever, so the first thing that we’ve got to look at r
Feb 17, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  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.
Nov 15, 2010 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
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
3 Silver Stars

first 40% was interesting! Exciting! I loved it. I was obsessed! if the story had been continued that way, I would give it 4 stars.
but after that,
Not so much

after Ezio's vengeance, then the story fell into a repetitive process, that got boring.

It was all reminded me of:
*mysterious hoarse voice*
"You have failed this city!"
(Did you get the reference?
If not, It's an iconic quote from 'Green Arrow' series)

Nothing new happened (for a while)

it could be shorter, if some events just 'menti
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
If you like Assassin's Creed, the game series, don't even touch the books. Better yet, if you like to read, don't touch these books either. They are just the scenarios of the AC games, with absolutely no input nor creativity, nor depth from the author.

And don't get me wrong, I love the game it is written after. AC2 is one of the best AC games out there (the best being AC2 Brotherhood) - and I expected that a book would contain something other than a boring transcript of the game content. I'm sti
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
Hasham Rasool
I am really enjoyed reading this book. Alhamdulillah.

I really like the main character, Ezio Auditore da Firenze. He is my favourite character.

I don't know what to write. I actually find difficult to write to express my view and opinions of this book.

All I can say is I think the worldbuilding is wonderful and the storyline is very interesting.

Ezio is very likeable character.
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 stars.

The novels of Assassin's Creed are based on a series of video games that began emerging around 2007 and subsequently added more and more games over the last decade. It is rare for me to pick a book up as such because I am not a gamer at all and it is even rarer for me to pick up a book that is based on or came to be after a movie or game or otherwise. I am a big proponent of 'The book is always better' and therefore, it should be the base of the entertainment and not the other way arou
Beatriz  Lins
Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Leo .
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love these books. I like the games too. Maybe one day my book Kandor The Warrior might become a game. Lol!
I did watch the film and I really like Michael Fasbender but, I was disappointed. Then again the books are always better than the films🐯👍
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. ...more
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
Nov 28, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.75 stars to be more precise

I enjoyed reading this book. I read it from the perspective of someone who didn't play the game or seen the movie. It reads quite like any fantasy book(without magic or strange beasts). There *is* a little redundancy but the repetition isn't that exaggerated, I think. It's pretty well spread out but I did think, "Ahh, I can see how this was adapted from a video game." as the setting of another one of Ezio's tasks/missions was similar to another one earlier. But that
Roxana Chirilă
Jun 01, 2015 rated it did not like it
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
Sara Saif
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok

Take it away, Lily!

For the first time in my life I was left to wonder which was worse: the book or the film? I didn’t have to wonder too long, though. They’re both sucktacular. So absolutely, underwhelmingly, astoundingly awful. I’ve never read anything so monotonous and FLAT in my entire existence.

The video game exists in a different medium, you’re probably too awed by the graphics and busy in fight sequences too worry or care about the story behind it. Or maybe it just all comes together in a

Morgan Liegh
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
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
May 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-czech, 2016
I wanted to read Assassin's Creed just because there will be a movie and I am really excited to see it. However I expected something little different (probably a good assassin who will not kill innocent people, haha), I still liked it. A lot actually. At the beginning I had a little bit problem to get into the story, but after few pages was easy to read the book and I enjoyed Ezio's journey.

I find Leonardo da Vinci quite interesting and I hope, there will be more scenes with him in other books.
Ashley Marie
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
God, did it seriously take me over a month to finish this? Eh... Such is life. It was a bit clunky in places and got bogged down in its own detail and descriptions from time to time, but for being a book based on a video game this was very good. I loved the historical setting and the people Ezio met, from da Vinci to Lorenzo Medici to Borgia. And the fictional characters were wonderful as well - Teodora and Paola were two of my favorites :) It was fun trying to pick out which were the play-throu ...more
Ana  Lelis
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It fun was because I could revive the scenes of the game while I was reading it. The plot wasn't particularly surprising, but since I like the story a lot it was enjoyable. The book sometimes can be kinda dull, but Ezio is a great character so you just wanna keep on going. Leonardo is my second favorite and we discovered a little about his sexuality in the book (not even mentioned in the game).
I still think the Italians words should have been translated, but they weren't that frequent.
I don't k
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, adventure
After witnessing father's and brothers execution, Enzio Auditore escapes from Firenze and joins his uncle in secret Order of Assassins, that is trying to beat Templar Knights to Piece of Eden, the powerful ancient artefact.

The novel is based on a video game Assassins Creed II. And that is exactly as the book feels, like you stepped into the game. It's literally Enzio went there, Enzio did that, which doesn't translate good into a book. Bowden does a fairly good job in filling the blanks, but th
Paige  Bookdragon
Jul 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: meh, dnf, 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...
Michelle Hauck
Dec 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
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.
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
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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,
Dec 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ended up liking this book more than I thought that I would. It reminds me of the Starz series, da Vinci's Demons. I enjoyed the historical characters especially Leonardo da Vinci with his inventions. ...more
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
*2.5 stars*
It's really sad. I was loving this in the beginning but I just couldn't get into it after a while. The beginning dragged and then I took a long break and I just lost interest in the story. Picking it back up, I never got the same enjoyment out of it as I did in the beginning. It's a really exciting story and I love the actual plot. I think it's just one you shouldn't take a break from, if you easily lose motivation. Still recommend this to history fans.
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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 Assa ...more

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