Assassin's Creed: Renaissance
…moreYes, of this series. It's the first one.
There was a book "The Invisible Imam (Assassin's Creed #1) " - but it was cancelled, so it's not to be published. So those don't actually count. It was supposed to be a trilogy but never happened.
More about that here: http://assassinscreed.wikia.com/wiki/...
So as it is, this book is book 1. (less)
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 ...more
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 ...more
”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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
The thing I thought was strange with this book is that this actually is the second game, but it is the first book ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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...more
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 ...more
I find Leonardo da Vinci quite interesting and I hope, there will be more scenes with him in other books. ...more
I still think the Italians words should have been translated, but they weren't that frequent.
I don't ...more
I read the book while at the same time playing the game with my boyfriend. Almost every night we would play for an hour or 2 and I would catch up with the book right before bed. I had such a fun time reading like this because the book follows the exact same story but you get to see more of the thoughts and feelings of Ezio behind his actions and the events that take place. There are some minor changes compared to the game, like Claudia considering being a nun and not working for Mario ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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, ...more
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.