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Product Details

  • Series: Assassin's Creed (Book 5)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Ace (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780425261514
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425261514
  • ASIN: 0425261514
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oliver Bowden is a pseudonym for an acclaimed novelist.

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Too much jump in time in between vignettes.
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Even if you have not played the games or are a newbie to the series, I guarantee you will enjoy the book.
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It was a great tale, told from an interesting perspective.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Customer on December 7, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was anticipating this book mostly because it focused on Haytham since he is now among my favorite fictional characters. Obviously, I read this after beating the game.

The book starts out well enough. We learn about his childhood and the ordeals he went through, complete with a few plot twists (all in first person POV). Many of the events in the book are rehashes of events in the game, often combining two events into one scene. What I really enjoyed was that while reading it, it sounded like the character I had gotten to know from the game. However, around page 300, it starts to fall apart.

For example, Haytham and a comrade are fighting guards and the fight gets intense. His comrade urges him to leave to which Haytham responds, "No way." (page 317) Even if I had not played the game before reading the book, I cannot imagine Haytham saying this line, it is just too out of character.

After this point, the rest of the book reads like a summary of the game which is understandable. After all, it says on the cover that it's based on the game. Yet, I was surprised to see how drastically altered Haytham's character was compared to the game. In the game and beginning of the book, we meet a dedicated individual that beleives in mercy and uses force only when necessary. Later in the game, his tactics change and he becomes ruthless because he so desperately wants to see his cause succeed. But, in the book, he just does not care anymore and has serious doubts about what it is he is doing. It (or I should say He) clearly states this point. The reason why I bring this up is because when taking this into account, his conversations/interactions with Connor make no sense. What business has he to criticize Connor's view of the Templars when Haytham himself does not care anymore?

So, long story short, fans of the game should not be expecting this book to add anything worthwhile to AC3 and be prepared to see a heavily altered version of Haytham.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beth L. on January 18, 2013
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Assassin's Creed 3 had it all: great characters set in an interesting time period, with fun controls and stunning visuals and sound. I wasn't ready to leave the Animus when I finished the game. Assassin's Creed: Forsaken let me live in the world a little longer, while offering me a deeper look into it. I enjoyed getting to know the enigmatic Haytham Kenway in his own words. It was fun to watch his side of the story unfold, revealing the deep roots of treachery and betrayal that created Connor's antagonist. My only critique of the book it that I wanted a little more. Without spoiling anything, let me simply say that I wanted more Connor! I understand that the game was Connor's story, but his words felt almost like an afterthought to me and after getting to know Haytham so intricately, I would have loved more time spent with Connor's perspective. Oliver Bowden commands these characters and manages to capture the intense action of the games. Action sequences are sharp, beautifully written - even if brutal - allowing the reader to visualize the flow of combat. I'm confident that any fan of the game will find something more than worthwhile in this book. If this is your first Assassin's Creed novel (it was mine), don't be afraid of getting lost. As long as you are finished with the game's main story, it will act as a companion to the setting and characters within this world, while providing insight and a refreshing glimpse at the other side. I highly recommend this book for any fan of the game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian on October 28, 2013
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I'm currently reading this novel. I must say, I'm very satisfied with it so far. The author really knows how to bring Haytham Kenway out as a real person. "Assassin's Creed: Forsaken" is written in the style of a journal. It's so great how the author pays attention to the details of the Assassin's Creed 4 storyline and he also pays attention to historical accuracies of the 18th Century and doesn't romanticize anything, unlike Hollywood does. When you're reading this novel you can actually hear Haytham's very English voice telling you the story from page-to-page.

Haytham Kenway is by far my favorite character in the Assassin's Creed franchise, (even though I haven't played but only the first and the fourth games altogether.) For those of you who enjoy reading a great quality game novelization, I STRONGLY recommend this novel to you. Also, if you haven't checked out the game that this book is based on, get you a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jen Trinanes on August 13, 2013
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The item arrived earlier than I expected. After reading the novel, now I understand the true motives of the Templars, at least in AC3. Haytham Kenway's life is sad and tragic, and had it turned out differently if Connor knew his own father.

My only disappointment with the novel is that the author didn't mention how the Templars wiped all the colonial Assassins.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mel on June 8, 2013
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This book is a must read for those who want to understand the basics of this game. I love how the author combines the game with real historical facts from this time period. I really enjoyed the haythem character and now respect him even more after reading the book. Fun reading!
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By LYRIC on June 14, 2014
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He is a big fan so Great all around.
Getting him to read other things other than video game magazines so awesome.
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if you are a fan of the saga, this book is a must read. Even if you have never played the games, this series of books are amazing.
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