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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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Throughout the story, you can "see" the change experienced by Haytham in his life. His story is told through a series of journal entries; dating from when he was a young boy, and eventually through almost his entire adult life. Taken over by his thirst for revenge, Haytham starts an epic quest for retribution, which eventually gets him involved with the centuries-old battle of Assasin's and Templar's. Two secret organizations dating back centuries of conflicts for Peace; but the nature of their work is often dangerous, and must be kept secret.
Significant thought was put into this book, as it gives a great overall detailed description of the setting, and characters. Haytham's change in character can be described as a more ruthless and dangerous personality. Although he is the protagonist of the story, and is a relatively good person, his induction to the Templar Order, and his quest for peace through control of the people, is presented as the book goes on. Being a huge devoter of his "black and white" perspective, he is often clouded by his personal vendetta for his father's murder. All in all, a great book detailing an important character from Assasin's Creed 3; greatly recommended.
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.