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Assassin's Creed: Renaissance

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Author: Oliver Bowden

Published: November 11th 2009 by Ace (first published November 1st 2009)

Format: Paperback , 516 pages

Isbn: 9780718156022

Language: English


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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.

30 review for Assassin's Creed: Renaissance

  1. 5 out of 5

    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 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 "Apple of Eden", a relic which can control human minds. Both groups also seek a vault in Italy, which contains the knowledge and technology of an ancient, technologically superior civilization. تاریخ نخستین خوانش از روز یازدهم تا روز چهاردهم ماه می سال 2014میلادی عنوان: فرقه اسسین ها: کتاب اول - رنسانس ؛ نویسنده الیور بودن؛ گروه مترجمها امیر قربان؛ فرزین لازمی زاده، خشایار خلیلیان؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1391؛ شابک دوره 9786006225258؛ شابک کتاب یک 9786006225265؛ موضوع داستانهای رنسانس در ایتالیا - از نویسندگان انگلیسی - سده 21م فهرست کتابهای سری فرقه اسسین ها؛ کتاب نخست: رنسانس؛ کتاب دوم: پیمان برادری؛ مترجمین: امیر قربان‌، فرزین لازمی‌ زاده، کیانا حاج‌ دولت؛ کتاب سوم نهضت مخفی؛ مترجم بهنام حاجی‌زاده؛ کتاب چهارم مکاشفات؛ مترجم بهنام حاجی‌زاده؛ کتاب پنجم جدا شده؛ مترجم بهنام حاجی‌زاده؛ کتاب ششم پرچم سیاه؛ مترجم محمدرضا قاسمی؛ کتاب هفتم اتحاد؛ مترجم بهزاد ناصرفلاح؛ نقل 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 سوراخهایی 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؛ روی هر تابوت نام یکی از خدایان باستانی رومی نوشته و به سختی مهر و موم شده بود؛ در حال حرکت در طول راهرو، معماری و چینش اطرافش را ناآشنا یافت؛ بنظر میآمد آمیزه ای عجیب از گذشته های دور و نزدیک و زمان حال باشد؛ اشکال و مصنوعاتی غریب و ناآشنا هم آنجا دید که نمیشناخت؛ اما چیزی از درونشان میگفت «اینها متعلق یه آینده اند»؛ بر روی دیوارها حکاکی هایی نه تنها از اتفاقات گذشته بشریت، بلکه از نیروهایی که انسانها را به سمت آن سوق داده بودند وجود داشت؛ بسیاری از اشکال به چشم اتزیو، انسان میآمدند؛ گرچه نمیتوانست لباسها یا ظاهرشان را تشخیص دهد؛ و بقیه ی اشکال را که دید، نمیتوانست درک کند آنها حجاری هستند یا نقاشی یا اجسامی واقعی؛ – جنگلی در حال غرق شدن در دریا، میمونها، سیبها، عصاهای اسقفی، مردان و زنان، یک کفن، یک شمشیر، اهرام و کلوسوها (مجسمه ای عظیم و باستانی از زئوس)، زیگوراتها و سلاخ خانه ها، کشتی ای که زیر آب حرکت میکرد، صفحه هایی درخشان که بنظر میرسید تمام اطلاعات هستی را در خود دارند، تمام ارتباطات ...؛ اتزیو نه تنها سیب و عصا را، بلکه شمشیر بزرگ و کفن مسیح را نیز بازشناخت؛ آنها توسط پیکرهایی که به نظر انسان میرسیدند ولی از طرفی هم انسان نبودند، حمل میشدند؛ او شمایی از تمدنهای اولیه را درک میکرد؛ در نهایت در اعماق سرداب تابوت گرانیتی بزرگی دید؛ اتزیو به آن نزدیک شد و تابوت با نوری خوشامدگویانه شروع به درخشش کرد؛ اتزیو در سنگین تابوت را لمس کرد، گویی پر کاهی را تکان میدهد، آن را جابجا کرد؛ از درون مقبره ی سنگی، نور زرد رنگ خارق العاده ای تابیدن گرفت؛ – گرم و بارور کننده همچون خورشید – اتزیو دستانش را برای محافظت از نور زیاد برابر دیدگانش سایبان کرد؛ سپس از درون تابوت پیکری برخاست، اتزیو میدانست به یک بانو مینگرد اما با این حال نمیتوانست جزییات او را تشخیص دهد؛ او با چشمانی متغیر و آتشین به اتزیو نگاه کرد و بعد صدایی برخاست؛ صدایی که در ابتدا به آواز پرندگان میمانست، اما بعد تبدیل به نوایی قابل فهم شد)؛ پایان نقل؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    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 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 the fun here (unlike other books that tried this and for some reason drove me up the wall). I mean Leonardo da Vinci would quite likely have been like the picture we get here. The historical events in the book happened largely as presented...if what went on behind the scenes and what precipitated them may be a bit, as I said creatively imagined. Yes this reads a lot like a video game. I have never played Assassin's Creed, but the action in the book takes place in a series of "missions". There are other video game touches (view spoiler)[ Ezio keeps finding pages from an ancient codex which he takes to Leonardo who uses them to make progressively "better" weapons for example. (hide spoiler)] . But as I said, the book isn't meant to be great literature. It's an action romp, based on an action game. It has silly parts, a laughable ending and on the whole just charges along giving us action and adventure. So, I'd say pick it up for what it is and enjoy. Had we a half star system of rating I'd probably go 3.5 but I really can't go 4 as there are books I love that got 4 stars and this is simply a rest stop. A place to go where you won't work your mind overly hard (if at all) and where you can relax and enjoy the action...like a lot of movies out there. For that I can recommend it...have fun, don't approach is so "up tight" (as my generation said) enjoy, go kill something and release some pent up stress. It's as I said based on and a lot like a video game.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shaikha Alahmad

    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 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 really, is how well does Bowden translate the video game into a five-hundred page novel? The plot’s nice and well drawn together. Ezio is a likeable character, and there are even some bonus bits that we don’t get to see in the novel brought into the game. The novel draws upon many aspects of Renaissance-era Italy, just like the video game itself. I’m not going to give Bowden credit here for the plot as it’s been already created by the team at Ubisoft (the ones behind the Assassin’s Creed video game franchise), but it’s worth pointing out that the historical characters such as Leonardo Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli, as well as indeed – the Renaissance-era itself, is tied neatly into the fictional elements and I didn’t catch any errors in the historical side of things, although there might have been a few that I’ve missed. Renaissance itself is unlikely to draw in newcomers to the Assassin’s Creed franchise though. In fact, I’d say that it might put them off getting the game altogether. The writing doesn’t match up to quality that George RR Martin fans will be familiar with. But then, Bowden isn’t trying to create a novel that will be the next fantasy epic, the game’s there for that. A whole host of back-story is created for Ezio, such as his love for Cristina, which we only touched upon in the video game (And explored more about in Brotherhood flashbacks), and this provides a whole new level of depth for Ezio as a character even though there was a huge lack of emotion in most of the scenes. This novel covers a large amount of Ezio’s life, stretching from him as an eighteen-year old to being forty-four by the end of the book. The time-jumps are confusing though, and you have to pay attention to details or you’ll be wondering why Ezio’s hopped from one part of Italy to another suddenly. There’s a problem that I had with Renaissance though, and that is character development. Sure, it starts off looking as though Ezio will develop as a character, but once we get out of his early life, it’s fast revealed that Ezio doesn’t develop at all. Sure, he may be slightly more mature at the end of the novel, slightly more skilled in battles, but apart from that… nothing. It ends there. And don’t expect any other characters to be developed, either. So, all said and done, I believe that it’s fairly safe to say that whilst Renaissance isn’t going to win any awards any time soon, it certainly is an enjoyable, ‘comfort’ read that will give fans of the series a nice break from the standard fantasy fare. Even though the game outclasses the novel in every possible way, the novel is still worth a try, just don’t go in with high expectations.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Bcvs

    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.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    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 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 homosexuality, which wasn't even alluded to in the game (or if it was, I missed it) - that were fun to read about. Overall it's solidly written, and I have to say that considering the amount of both climbing and fight scenes he had to cover, the author did a really good job with this, and apparently had fun with it too (the Machiavelli jokes are a bit silly, but *I* loved them!). I can imagine parts of the story are a bit harder to follow for people who haven't played the game, and I wish the book had covered the parts involving the present tense as well, but as it is I really enjoyed it. Especially because Ezio spends a ridiculous amount of time thinking about Leonardo ;)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms (Book.Enchantress)

    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 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 'mentioned' in 1 line or 2, not the whole scene repeated with just different characters on the other side, & it didn't take long to read. (for me) or maybe if you play & like its game, it still sounds good to you. I didn't, so It wasn't. I liked Ezio. & the ending was wonderful & unexpected. & the writing style, as in environmental descriptions, it was brilliant & beautiful. in action parts, it was too much. & in some parts, it was too little, which made it too fast pace. (for example, there was a competition, & without any dialogues or how the protagonist felt during that or anything else, it was like: 'it was a running race & "X" won.' just in one & a half line.) Also that too less explanations was a few more in like 'escaping' or 'rescuing' missions, I wanted to see how they escaped, but there was no details, that was a disappointment. the world was awesome, Italy during Renaissance. I like historical fictions. in here, the descriptions was enough & beautiful. characters were the strong part of the story. & we met some famous real people too, I was so happy when I saw them. :)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mimi

    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 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 II already know this story and how it ends, but if you're a fan of Ezio and feel like revisiting the journey, this book is a more detailed substitute to the game. Review moved to http://covers2covers.wordpress.com/20...

  8. 4 out of 5

    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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    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 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 around. So why did I pick this even up? If there ever was a chance for me to be curious about a video game at all, or movies for that matter, it has to have the following components to garner my attention: Historical elements and stunning visuals; both of these are present in the Assassin's Creed video games. So much so, that my liking for graphic novels and appreciation of the arts has sparked to bridge the gap for me in this instance and I ordered the set of 7 books all at once. What is the storyline all about? The overall premise focuses on the war between two secret organizations, the Assassin's Brotherhood and the Templar's Order, who have been combating each other for centuries to secure a relic that controls human minds called the 'Apple of Eden'. In the first novel, Renaissance, very suitable since it takes place during the renaissance in Italy, we meet the main protagonist of the story, Ezio Auditore da Firenze who, together with his brother, helps run a business with his father. At his tender age of 17, he is all boy filled with ambition but little attention, since all his reserves are spent on chasing girls and getting in trouble. He's also a big brother and won't take a heartbreak done to his sister lightly, creating trouble and turning a cog of wheels that will propel events dramatically. Ezio becomes forced to witness the hanging of his father and brother for 'treason' and slowly learns of his father's secret rank in the 'Assassin's Brotherhood' from his caring uncle. Trained in the cause of revenge and the retrieval of the relic the story eludes too, he learns to climb and jump from walls and rooftops swiftly and landing unscathed on his feet. While his adventure takes him through major Italian cities, many famous people of history become woven into the events. So, it is that Ezio becomes friends with Leonardo Da Vinci, trying out the first flying contraption ever invented, or learns to admire Leo's artistic and scientific methods. Between money laundering schemes and other famous persons as the Medici family financiers, there isn't a stone left unturned between the missions Ezio goes on to destroy the Order of the Templar and the backstabbery of or new, emerging developments. It almost sounds too good to be true with all the right stuff to make for an amazing plot, and I enjoyed this but therein still lies a problem: The story is formulated after a video game. So, even if I can agree with some unnatural superpowers etc, what I didn't love overall, was that event after event after event kept occurring like in a Rube Goldberg contraption. Though Ezio kept in touch with his sister and his old love interest, the transitions in between the different times in which things happened weren't so clear. The whole story started when Ezio was 17 but he ended up being much older and I am not sure, how those years were filled or added up? With that being my gripe, it is not enough to garner a complete dislike for the series. I just have to remember where it's all coming from. A video game! On the other hand, I did enjoy the historical references made, around the age of Leonardo Da Vinci and his inventions, art, and the Sistine Chapel. Other figures and events included Christopher Columbus's voyage, Michaeldeangelo's completion of the wooden crucifix, Pope elections, the Ming Dynasty, Copernicus...and many more to name a few. How is it all possible? Again, something to experience in a video game. If you take it with a grain of salt, this novel is at least entertaining and imbues a little historical nostalgia. I can't say I am in love with the novel, but I also cannot stop staring at the other six books in the series because I want to submerge myself into the world of the past and know how Ezio's journey continues. Most likely, those who play or have played this will tell me that the game is so much better and I admit, I can see how that would be a tempting bonus in this historical adventure. So for once, I think the game wins over the novel, but I plan to continue reading it, for now. Happy Reading / Gaming :) More of my reviews here: Through Novel Time & Distance

  10. 5 out of 5

    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 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 a whole new level, seeking vengeance from those who took blood from the ones he loved. Ezio becomes an Assassin, as lethal and skillful as one can possibly get. When I start reading a book in which the main character is an assassin, I immediately wonder if he's evil. I bet almost everyone cringed upon the words "I am an Assassin..." that's written in the back of Assassin's Creed. I know I did. So you can only guess how satisfied I was when I found out Ezio's not evil at all. He's what I would call fierce, in every single way. He loves his family and would do anything for them. At the same time, he kills without a drop of mercy, but only when he has to. I loved that. He's the kind of guy that I would be proud of, if I were his sister. That said, I enjoyed his relationship - if multiple, and brief, encounters over the years can be called a relationship - with Cristina. I didn't expect him to be in love, and I certainly didn't expect for him to be so caring and ... cute... with Cristina. His love life was very, very different from the game, and by that, I was disappointed. But really, since I never played Assassin's Creed, my disappointment was short-lived. To say Renaissance was a fast-paced book would be the understatement of the year. Ezio's 17 (if I'm not mistaken) when his story as an Assassin begins. At the end of the book, he's 44 years old. No, I didn't type that wrong. He's 44 years old. This means basically half of Ezio's life is described in 500 pages. I both love and hate that. I understand that the author wanted to show us what it means to be an Assassin. It's tiring and bloody. Ezio would spend years trying to find a guy, and months figuring out how to kill him. It makes the Order of the Assassins look way tougher than it sounds. However - and that's the negative part of my review - it leaves no space whatsoever for character development. Sure, Ezio is more mature on the last chapters than he was on the first ones, but still, to write someone else's whole life, you have to describe their experiences, how they changed over each blow that life had landed upon them... and none of this happened with Ezio. It was so fast paced I was confused sometimes. The narrator would say that Ezio spent a long time searching for someone. I thought this "long time" would be weeks, months, or even a couple of years. And then I found out this "long time" was actually 8 years. How can you describe what happened to someone as special and broken as Ezio in 8 years with less than 3 pages? If the author keeps this pace up, how old will Ezio be on the third book? 89 years old? Now, the ending itself. I liked it, but it was definitely not what I had expected. Really, it blew me away. I never thought Ezio's mission would be so important. I won't give anything away, but if I was playing the game, I'd have to pause to just absorb the ending for a moment. Just... what the hell? Assassin's Creed is an excellent book for those who played, and enjoyed, the games. If you never played it - like me - you can read it anyway. It's a good way of learning Ezio Auditore's story, and reading an action-packed book. Note: This review can also be found on my blog.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dorin

    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 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 still shocked that someone can sell such a thing in the book format. So, you have this amazing character, Ezio Auditore. You have other amazing characters that really make the game a very fun one to play - to watch the story to. None of this transpires into the book - Ezio becomes bland and boring, just like everyone else. Everyone says something, performs a task or another, solve quests. The collection of the codex doesn't make sense - as a game quest it makes perfect sense, the search for the codex is a grinding task that will help you make some in-game currency and make you explore the universe. However, in the retelling of Bowden it's just that. „Here's a codex page! Awesome! Let's have Leonardo decipher that!”. How did they know it's a codex page? It could be any other page from any other book, why do they all know it's an important thing but they scatter it around the world? As I said, some things that make more or less sense in-game don't in the book. You have things like: „And he picked up 5 more feathers by the end of the day” which is plain stupid, or, if you want to see character development, you have somewhere at the end of the book a chapter that starts with: „Ezio, now a man in his forties, blablabla”. Now, seriously, this is utter crap - it's the franchise owners beating money out of the dead horse. And, funny enough, the horse is not dead. I bet this is worse than even the worse fan-fiction imaginable. It's a ten-year-old's view on the game he just played. And it sucks. Big time.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Leo .

    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🐯👍

  13. 4 out of 5

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    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 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 of the series. In the end, the book gets a little... Hasty? It seems as if the author didn't have enough time to finish writing the book properly. He doesn't skip events but he doesn't go into detail about them. It doesn't go along with the rest of the book in my opinion. Otherwise I find this book really good just because it is based on the game and that it doesn't stray from the story. I like how he described the surroundings, the killings an the people and since I'm such a fan of the game I really appreciate how dedicated Bowden was to study and analyze the game just to write this book. The book only get three stars from me since it kinda bothered me about the rushed ending and that is my favorite part of the story, otherwise the book was fantastic!

  15. 4 out of 5

    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 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 hardcovers more than anything). Why bother, when it's usually so much more satisfying to play the original video game, especially in the case of the action/adventure-oriented AC series? When I read video game tie-in novels, I expect more than just a rehash of events; I expect additions to the lore or the setting, even if they have to focus on other characters. Think the Mass Effect series or the Dragon Age series. Otherwise, this book was relatively well-written. Oliver Bowden does a good job bringing the story to life with words, though the pacing felt a bit off. However, I can't fault the author much for story or plot decisions, as I'm guessing he had to stay as faithful as he could to game (another downside of direct novelizations), not to mention likely deal with a multitude of restrictions from Ubisoft. My opinion? Skip this if you've played the game. Though, I have to say after reading this, I've gained a deeper appreciation for video-game storytelling. The industry has certainly come a long way in this regard, when the events of a game can actually be adapted into a realistic, legitimate and more than acceptable full-length novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    JF

    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 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 was all. Having not known it was a game adaptation I probably wouldn't have made this reflection. The ending wasn't really what I expected. Thinking about it... I don't know what I expected! But it wasn't that. It seemed a little bit rushed too. But it's not enough to ruin it. It's still quite alright. Just not great. It's worth noting that I was impressed with the number of characters that actually existed in real life! I love learning things when I read and this earns its place on my historical-fiction shelf. Do I want to read the next in line of the series? Yes! Absolutely :-)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roxana Chirilă

    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 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 would say, "He drew a woman. Behind her, he made a few green swirls. A yellow brushstroke represented for a road. The woman's hair was a bit curly. He called it 'Mona Lisa'." The games give you the impression that they're really well-researched. The setting and atmosphere are pretty damned amazing, for one, and the characters are fun; however, the book decided that it doesn't give a damn about the Renaissance, even if that's the literal title of the volume, so all descriptions, insights, details and atmosphere are nearly non-existent. Instead, they're replaced with endless action sequences which sound exciting at first and then become repetitive, endless, and boring as hell. I'm very happy I played Assassin's Creed II, so that when my eyes lost their focus from sheer boredom, my brain could supply the details anyway, since I already knew every single detail in the story. This sad abuse of a good story dragged on over 500 pages of blows, running about, then more blows and more running about, which sounded like someone describing what they saw the characters do on the screen while somebody else played a video game. Unfortunately, it's less exciting to watch someone play a game than to play it yourself - and it's a lot less exciting to hear them *talk* about it. Which is what Bowden does, with little input of his own. Final verdict: hellishly boring.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    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 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 much better fashion when you have the visuals but this book, dude, this book was so bad I gave up immediately. To my surprise, the plot of the movie wasn’t quite as deviated from the book as I had thought. The Assassin’s vs Templars conflict and search for the Apple of Eden parts are there. The difference lies in the characters and the purpose of the Apple which is equally stupid and utterly ridiculous in both the film and the book. Like I said, it’s a very strong tie. About the prose, imagine a beautiful and poignant verse being summarized/translated/simplified by someone who understands the surface but fails to go into the depth of its meaning. Imagine that simplification/explanation/summarization being read by a robot. It’ll still sound better than how this book is narrated. It’s 500 frickin’ pages long and from the very beginning to the very end, it is sentence after sentence of bland, toneless droning. It’s all tell no show, all emotionless description that is so incredibly tedious it bores you to tears. Things like “killing with deadly accuracy” and “moving in the shadows like a silent wraith” and “he quickly dispatched his enemies”. GIMME A FLIPPIN’ BREAK. And don’t get me started on how this godforsaken prose is made a hundred times more insufferable by the dumbass-ness of the plot. It’s based on a game and it shows. Our Assassin conquers every obstacle in his path, learns all skills possible, kills every enemy he’s faced with, just happens to overhear all important conversations that reveal all important things and whenever he murders his foes he sneaks a peek into their wallets and finds the missing pages of the Codex his Creed is trying to put together. Yeah, they just happen to keep the most critical piece of information both Assassin’s and Templars are after, in their wallets. ALL of them. It’s damn MADDENING how convenient and simple everything is for him. And when you impose that on a videogame, it makes sense. That’s exactly how games work but translated into a book? It was not pretty. I also took issue with the time passage in this book. Years and years pass, our main character goes from 17 to 44 and yet you wouldn’t know it until muuuch later when someone casually mentions it. I was always taken aback by that. Here I was, thinking that he was 19, when in fact he was 27. For me, there was no difference between Ezio Auditore, the Assassin, and a guy who was killed in an attack in some city, for all the thought put into him. The book spans more than two decades and you still see no development. 17 year old Ezio and 44 year old Ezio are exactly alike. Perfect specimens, physically, psychologically and in terms of skill. Near the end, when the Order of Assassins comes together to decode those incredibly complex Codex pages (it takes them exactly two seconds), they decide that after fighting for them for 20+ years of his life, making Ezio an official member of the Assassins isn’t such a bad idea. Woah, woah, slow down there, tigers. Why such hurry? There is an Italian Glossary at the back of the book, 70% of which comprises of cuss words. So this didn’t entirely go to waste, as I can say, very confidently: MA CHE CAZZO!!!!!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Klinta

    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 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 honesty Ezio didn't know much of his father's work or what he protected and was supposedly be motivated by vengeance. But it didn't seem strong enough driving force to make sense and explain all the years he spent chasing something that didn't seem to be driving him. Also I thought that the last part of the book was a nightmare, it ruined the whole thing. I think it should have ended in Forli. But, obviously, the game doesn't, so the author couldn't just remove that bit. The addition of the 'magic' was also a bit bleh. Surprisingly though I didn't feel like the book was too bad, it was a quick read and well, I did enjoy the descriptions of Italy in times of Renaissance... And I will definitely look forward to my trip to Venice and Florence to see all the buildings Ezio climbed and ran through.

  20. 4 out of 5

    lucie

    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. 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. Few things I didn't like: - So many italian words! It really pissed me off. - So many people and names! Maybe it's just my problem, but I didn't follow the characters - who they are, what they did, why they died? - I would appreciate detailed description of surrounding. Sometimes I couln't visualize it in my head. Even if the story is not strong, I will surely read it again.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Marie

    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 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-through bits vs the cut scenes from the game. Excited for the next book, and the movie!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Ana Lelis

    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 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 know if I want to continue the book series, even though I've heard the author's writing improve over time.

  23. 5 out of 5

    LittleRedRidingHood

    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 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 that's it. From the beginning to the end nothing really changes. Characters are still one dimensional, writing dull and clumsy, what consequently comes out as superficial and emotionless. Not knowing the author and due to the enthusiasm that there is a book about Assassins Creed, I got carried away. I literally expected Simon Scarrow meets renaissance Italy, because there is a lot of potential and material to work with, that wasn't fully realised. If you played the game a long time ago like me, it may bring the memories back. Take it lightly as it is light fiction read or even better, play the game. It's much more satisfying. [SLO] Prevod ima hecno postavitev slovarja italijanskih in latinskih izrazov. Glede na pogostost pojavljanja le-teh v besedilu, bi bilo veliko boljše, če bi jih urednik uvrstil v nogo lista, namesto na konec knjige. Duhomorno listanje vsakih par minut ubije še tisto malo zanimanja, ki ga knjiga ponuja. Poleg tega je na koncu knjige povsem zgrešeno uvrščen še seznam oseb.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Liegh

    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 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 i think he wanted to do was make us read The Secret Crusade (after Assassins Creed Brotherhood), before Revelations so it wouldn't confuse the reader. Reading Altair's story first was a bit confusing so I put it off. After finally reading Renaissance, which ezio learns a bit of altair and gets his amor (don't rave, i have read brotherhood as well), it sort of makes sense to learn about Altair in the third book, since he is key in the 4th book. Sorry fellow reviews I needed to get that off my chest, because a lot of people seemed confused in the comments. Renaissance goes well with the video game in my opinion, so I give a 5 out of 5. Please don't rant because I didn't get "every detail" in the game to make me not like this book like the other people out there today. However Bowden does a good job so I'll continue to read his series. BOOK FANTASTIC

  25. 5 out of 5

    Paige Bookdragon

    Bah. 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...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Hauck

    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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Maud

    3.5 stars 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 l 3.5 stars 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 like she does in the game. I was a bit sad about this, I really like Claudia but you get to see less of her as the strong woman that she is (in the game) in the book (where she is mostly mentioned and not seen). One complaint that I do have is that sometimes the book feels a bit choppy. The author clearly had a list of the missions that Ezio had to undertake and it sometimes felt a bit like he was just ticking them off as Ezio went through them. The writing style isn't amazing but it is very straightforward. I think this makes the action scenes easy to follow but it doesn't help when you want to visualise the world. I do believe that people who normally don't read as much might find this book easy to read because of the writing style. I think that if you enjoy the game you will probably enjoy this book too. I'm not too sure if people who haven't played the game will like this book that much. As I have said, the writing style is pretty straightforward so I think that, if you really want to get a feel for the world and the look of things, you should play the game. On to the next game and book!

  28. 5 out of 5

    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 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 leaves little space for character development. I would have liked this more if Ezio wasn't such an A-class assassin that Bowden made him. I would have liked to see his failures more, his trials, everything that he would have done to collect those pieces of the Codex. This could have even been three books instead of one. If you like books written this way, then go ahead. I for one did not like it much at all. It was so close to being a Did-not-finish. If I wanted a story written this way I would have just played the game. That way I would have both the action and feel of being an assassin.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kyla

    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, 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, and one of my favorite characters, Leonardo Da Vinci. My heart warmed at their close friendship. I felt a very close connection to Ezio, the main character, for every word that describes his life you feel sympathy or courage. There were some things in here however that I didn't quite agree with and a few misspelled errors, but it wasn't very troubling at all. I'm always a grammar person, and when a book is as good as this it just doesn't really matter. This story is truly remarkable, and it was very touching. And at times, I felt my eyes sting with tears. This is a great book, and I highly recommend it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    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.

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