- Series: Assassin's Creed (Book 5)
- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Ace (December 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425261514
- ISBN-13: 978-0425261514
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 1 x 7.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 122 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Assassin's Creed: Forsaken Paperback – December 4, 2012
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Oliver Bowden is a pseudonym for an acclaimed novelist. He is the author of the Assassin’s Creed tie-in novels.
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AC:3 is my favorite game in the series. This book made me love it more than I already did. Haytham was an interesting character in the game, but ultimately we were left rooting for Connor because he was the assassin after all. Haytham was a Templar no matter what. But the book really explores him as a person, shows his life from childhood and through the decades. It describes his inner struggle with the Order, his beliefs, his friends and enemies who were oftentimes both. And even though you go into the book already knowing the outcome, you wish it would be different. Haytham had love for Connor though he never admitted it. As soon as I finished the book, I immediately wanted to replay the game because I had a new understanding and appreciation of the characters, all of them including Charles, Chruch, etc. Who would have thought Charles could be a sympathetic character?? The game puts faces to the names in the book, and the book gives backstories to the faces in the game. Forsaken should be required reading for any AC:3 fan!
The ONLY negative thing I felt about the book, and this is nitpicking, is the epilogue chapter. The entire book was written as Haytham's journal, in his eloquent style of speaking with long sentences and fancy words. Connor was always portrayed as a short, to the point speaker (english is his second language) very different to Haytham. However the epilogue chapter is written as an excerpt from Connor's journal, and the style of writing is identical to the rest of the book. It was difficult to believe that Connor had written it, and I found myself forgetting that it was Connor speaking and not Haytham. I wish the author would have written that chapter in Connor's style of speech so it would feel more real.
So I am glad i purchased the book and once i started reading i could not put the book down. I'm not an avid reader and i rarely read books, but i couldn't put this book down for 2 days. As a matter of fact i went through 3/4 of the book in 1 night. You really come to understand Haytham and his struggle throughout his whole life. I finally realized why he was so cold Towards Connor (apparently) when he meets him in the prison and finally understood most of his actions during the game. Though I'm still conflicted with his last journal entry and how he acted during the final encounter with Connor which is different from the game (sparring likewise), but i did not mind and i think it really do him justice as a badass. **Spoilers if you haven't played the game**
Still i can't help but think that if Haytham hadn't withheld the information regarding Washington actually being the one who ordered the attack on Connor's village and had instead told him straight away then maybe things might've played differently.Then again in the game and book Washington never really admits nor says straight out that he was responsible for the burning of his village. Again i felt this was a huge mistake by Haytham and he did what Birch did to him, he withheld information. Haytham should've step in to clarify and press Washington into admitting that he ordered the burning of the village because Connor left without knowing that it was Washington and at that moment Haytham lost all chance he had at explaining that it wasn't Templars, but actually his hero Washington.***
Though I must say that if you played the game first then as you read the final 1/4 of the book that details Haytham as he arrived to America it gives you 2 different views on the events that unfold. Haytham's constant struggle between his Templar ideals and the fact that he now has a son, an assassin to make things worse and Connor's constant witness of how Haytham's close circle of Templars become corrupt with power.
Overall i think the book was a bit rushed when he arrives to Boston, but i felt that the length of the first 3/4 of the book were absolutely necessary and really gave much needed background to understand why Haytham is a templar and why he did not became an assassin and why he acted like he did at the end of the game.