Assassin’s Creed: Last Descendants by Matthew J. Kirby

Last June my siblings managed to lure me into playing the Assassin’s Creed games. Needless to say, I now have several games and once I found out there was books…well, I was sold in a heartbeat! I love this franchise.

Publication: August 30th 2016

Synopsis: Nothing in Owen’s life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn’t commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father’s name by letting him use an Animus—a device that lets users explore the genetic memories buried within their own DNA. The experience brings Owen more than he bargained for. During a simulation, Owen uncovers the existence of an ancient and powerful relic long considered legend—the Trident of Eden. Now two secret organizations will stop at nothing to take possession of this artifact—the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. It soon becomes clear to Owen that the only way to save himself is to find the Trident first.

Under the guidance of Monroe, Owen and a group of other teenagers go into a memory they all share within their DNA: the 1863 Draft Riots in New York City. Owen and his companions will find themselves tested on the gritty streets of New York, and their experiences in the past will have far-reaching consequences in the present.

Review/Thoughts: Where to begin with this book. I loved it so much! I respect how much research went into this book. This doesn’t follow any of the games, it’s a separate story all by itself, that being said I adored every little tie in that was added. The stubble hints, mentions and connections to the games themselves. The mentions of Altaïr, Ezio, Connor and all the rest was mind blowing. I never expected them to get mentioned. And the fact that they did was awesome! I seriously hope they add subtle hints to the games in the other books.

Going into the Animus and explaining the process was wonderfully done. Along with ‘living’ their ancestor’s lives, how that was explained and how that worked was also amazing. I liked the fact that the kids couldn’t randomly explore the city in which their ancestors lived. I liked the concept of  ‘It already happened. You can’t changed it. You can’t differ from the course.’  In the games, you can explore, take a break from the story and run around if you want, in here the kids couldn’t. And I liked that. How can you change what happened when it already did and it’s now fixed? It made sense that if you change what happened you would desynchronize from Animus. And I will always refer to that loading screen within the game as the “Memory Corridor” I don’t know if that’s what it’s always been know as, and I just didn’t know but it will now forever be that to me. The whole time I read I also wondered if there was going to be any Bleeding Effects or at the very least if the possibly was going to be explained, I was quite pleased when the subject was addressed, and that the kids did in fact experience some of the Bleeding Effect.

I loved Owen, and he has some pretty cool ancestors in my eyes. The mystery surrounding his dad is something I look forward to finding out. I need to know. I feel kinda cheated that we will never get to play Owen’s assassin ancestor, Varius. That guy grew on me, and I know I would have enjoyed playing him, but I’m thrilled he was created for this story.  I was ecstatic when Varius used Eagle Vision. As an Assassin of course he has this! In the games you always see it being used, but now that skill has to be put into words. How do you explain a skill like that and how the Assassin’s use it? What triggers it? I think it was done very nicely and it still felt like Eagle Vision to me.

I loved Javier’s ancestor too! I’m not one for the Cormac family. (Yes, I side with the Assassin’s. Sue me!) But I loved the fact that Shay ain’t the only one we ever see hunt down the Brotherhood. That wasn’t a one time thing, and his skill/job carried on to the next generation and so forth. Having Cudgel as part of the story, and having him be able to match Varius’s skill was brilliant. If you have an Assassin in the story then it almost a guarantee you’ll get Templars too, but having a Cormac thrown into the mix as well, that was something I didn’t expect. It was quite touch.

I don’t get Monroe. I just don’t. He doesn’t side with the Templars, but also thinks the Assassins are wrong. Being mutual is a nice idea, but would it last? Eventually wouldn’t one’s actions align with a side? And who’s to say a Piece of Eden would be safe in his hands. (He seems a little deranged..?) And that phone call he made. Who was on the other end? You couldn’t have given us a name at least?

This book felt very Assassin’s Creed to me. I loved every page and the story was very interesting. I say it’s quite the addition to this world. And with the ending of this book, I’m rather curious who will end up siding with the Templars and who will side with the Assassins in the very end.

 ~Till the next Chapter~

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