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Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance

By Oliver Bowden

Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance

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Started reading:
2011-12-24 09:27:22
Finished reading:
2011-12-30 07:44:34

Review

Rating: 4

The Pazzi family destroyed young Ezio’s family, sending him traveling across Renaissance Italy in search of revenge as he learns the art of the assassin. As he does, he comes to learn of the Assassin’s Creed and the legacy of a predecessor, Altair, from hundreds of years earlier and of a prophecy that his enemies, the Templars, are also seeking. Along the way, he encounters historical figures like Rodrigo Borgia, Lorenzo de Medici, Catherine Sforza, Leonardo da Vinci and many others. While some of the set pieces are well-described and engaging, the book as a whole suffers from uneven pacing, too much exposition and a very abbreviated climactic fight, which is disappointing because the underlying plot and ideas are quite engaging. Overall, the book suffers from trying to follow the video game too closely and making the time between encounters too static (“…while in city X, Ezio spent several years training/killing people/waiting/carrying on with person X…”) and telling rather than showing. Some of the secondary characters drop out of the action entirely and are never mentioned again or only in passing despite the author introducing them as extremely meaningful, close or significant (especially true in the case of the thief Rosa and the inventor Leonardo da Vinci, the latter having his place somewhat unconvincingly subsumed by Machiavelli).

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