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Assassin's Creed: Revelations Paperback – November 29, 2011
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It is only about Ezio and Altiar and has nothing to do with with Desmond, the game goes back and forth between all three.
I found the story very intruiging and unable to put the book down.I would recommend to anyone wanting to reading this, to read the two other books with Ezio first. (AC renassiance, and AC brotherhood)
The only negative is Ezio's story has concluded.
Even though Revelations takes place primarily in the sights and sounds of Istanbul, I found that the framework was surprisingly lacking. The book takes place in a location that, even today, sparks the imagination with culture and wonder. In the game, I felt as if Istanbul itself was a living, breathing character around Ezio, unique and all its own. The book, conversely, spent very little time on the setting, which surprised me. I was also surprised by the utter lack of new story or even narrative flow in this book. It felt almost mechanical at times. In my head, rather than picturing the events taking place in the book I was reading, I was picturing the author playing the game, pressing pause, and writing down what he'd just done on the screen. The effect is that events and dialogue feel choppy in a lot of places where central story should have flown easily. Because of the choppy narrative, Ezio suffers as a character too. Book Ezio never seems to have that certain charisma that the in-game character had in excess.
The bottom line is that the book was a good way for me to pass a long wait in an airport, but if you've played the game, this book will not add any story elements or intriguing new thoughts to the Assassin's Creed universe.
My only criticism is that I am sad to see the end of Ezio Auditore! Well written squire!
The book is separated into three acts and they generally follow: Act I, how Ezio gets to the new city and who he meets; Act II, the adventure; Act III, the epilogue. Act I is a little more than 40% of the book and, from where I was sitting, the most boring story I have ever read. It read like the author was watching someone play the game and writing what he saw. Not just the scenes, but I could envision the player's tutorial for the new weapons and moves because I was reading it. Reading "executed a Leap of Faith" takes all of the excitement out of the act for me.
I paid $10 for the Kindle version, which means I have to finish the book, so I kept reading. Act II was a lot of fun! This was the book I was hoping for, but the story was almost half over. The pacing was good, the action and scenery descriptive, and the dialog very true to the game's setup. It was simply too late.
Act III is the wrap-up of Ezio's career as an Assassin. I thought the story was going to end after each chapter, but it just kept dragging on. Ugh, they introduce the character for a potential sequel, as well they should, but it's like pulling teeth getting to that part.
Play the game, don't read the game. You'll get more out of it! This was a terribly arranged and often poorly written book.
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More than just a book about a video game. It is a book that peers deep into a man's heart and forces one to search for truth.Published 2 days ago by zachary nail
This was a great completion of Ezio's story. This game took me a while to get into but I was so glad I did, I really enjoy this story. I love the final line too.Published 25 days ago by Jason Skinner
Great book! After playing the games it was great to read some of the backstory behind the Ezio saga. Buy it, you won't be disappointed.Published 14 months ago by William J Hubbell