Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken by Oliver Bowden

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Assassin’s Creed 3 is definitely one of my favorites when it comes to the games, and so it’s not really that big of a surprise that I was gonna end up reading this book.

Publication: December 4th 2012

Synopsis: ‘I am an expert swordsman. And I am skilled in the business of death. I take no pleasure in my skill. Simply, I am good at it.’

1735 – London. Haytham Kenway has been taught to use a sword from the age he was able to hold one. When his family’s house is attacked – his father murdered and his sister taken by armed men – Haytham defends his home the only way he can: he kills.

With no family, he is taken in by a mysterious tutor who trains him to become a deadly killer. Consumed by his thirst for revenge Haytham begins a quest for retribution, trusting no one and questioning everything he has ever known.

Conspiracy and betrayal surround him as he is drawn into the centuries old battle between the Assassins and the Templars.

Review/Thoughts: When I found out this book was written from Haytham’s perspective I was all the more eager to read it. I truly was curious about his side of the tale all through storyline of AC3. We got to see a bit of his side in the beginning and we got to see him through Connor’s eyes whenever their paths crossed, but outside of those times I was truly curious as to what Haytham did in that time. This book went into that and more. It literally told Haytham’s story.

The book starts in the year 1735 and Haytham is nine years old. Young Haytham! We get to see his life before the Order. We get to see him with his father Edward, his mother and his half sister. We also get to see how Edward died. Something I was very curious about as I wasn’t sure what happened to him, I mean I figured he was dead but I didn’t know how he died with this book I got to see that and I got a glimpse of the relationship that him and Haytham had. I only wished it had lasted longer, it could have amounted to something truly special in my eyes.

I enjoyed seeing Haytham grow up, and take the path that was set before him, sure it changed as he got older but reading about it was still interesting for me. Haytham’s hidden blade was a subject I always found puzzling. It never occurred to me that he ripped it off an Assassin’s arm. In my mind I guess I figured he was an Assassin and then left the Brotherhood for the Templars and their Order, and upon leaving the Brotherhood he kept the blade. Turns out I was wrong. He stole it. Technically it’s not even his.

Haytham interacting between Ziio and Connor was pretty much game accurate there was very few things that differed. That being said, I didn’t mind that it was like that. I kinda enjoyed it to be honest, some things they didn’t elaborate that much on because it was already in the game but I liked how well they made it line up with the game. I could keep the events in the book, in my mind, all line up with Connor’s side of the story.

This is the first video game tie-in book I’ve read for the Assassin’s Creed franchise and I was pretty impressed with it. I found it neat that the book was written so it felt like as the reader, you were reading from Haytham’s journal. I kinda wish this was just written in 1st person view, but again, that feel like I was reading from Haytham’s journal was a nice touch. The only real issue I had was the fact that it mentioned snow and such in the month of July. Pretty sure it’s not cold enough to snow in July, in the American colonies. And can someone explain why Jenny doesn’t have dark hair in Black Flag instead of blonde? I can’t envision her with black hair, it’s blonde in my minds eye. I also think it would have been really cool to see her and Connor meet each other.

~Till the next Chapter~

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