Thursday, January 20, 2011
Book Review: Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood by Oliver Bowden
Format: Paperback, 536 pages
Imprint: Michael Joseph
Publisher: Penguin UK
Origin: United Kingdom
'I WILL JOURNEY TO THE BLACK HEART OF A CORRUPT EMPIRE TO ROOT OUT MY FOES. BUT ROME WASN'T BUILT IN A DAY AND IT WON'T BE RESTORED BY A LONE ASSASSIN. I AM EZIO AUDITORE DA FIRENZE. THIS IS MY BROTHERHOOD.'
Rome, once mighty, lies in ruins. The city swarms with suffering and degradation, her citizens living in the shadow of the ruthless Borgia family. Only one man can free the people from the Borgia tyranny – Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin.
Ezio's quest will test him to his limits. Cesare Borgia, a man more villainous and dangerous than his father the Pope, will not rest until he has conquered Italy. And in such treacherous times, conspiracy is everywhere, even within the ranks of the brotherhood itself . . .
Based on Ubisoft's bestselling games, ASSASSIN'S CREED
I have not played the Ubisoft video game, nor did I really know anything about the storyline and plot of the game before picking this book up to read. The cover and blurb just sounded like it was going to be a great read, which it was.
Having no background knowledge of the first book in this series, I didn’t feel like I missed a lot as the novel was written in a manner that made it complete without having read the first book. I can just imagine how brilliant this second book would be if I’d read the first one if I enjoyed the second without it.
The story built up slowly, but was well written so it didn’t seem like it was dragged out and unnecessary to the overall story. I am extremely curious about the actual game now and wonder how well aligned the novel is to the storyline of the game. Without knowing this I can’t really say that a fan of the game would like it or dislike it. All I can say is it is a well written fantasy story that is not overly complicated or in the high fantasy genre.