“As a whole, I very much enjoyed reading the Assassin's Creed Renaissance. I'm a huge fan of fiction, action and adventure, and the Assassin's Creed contained all three of those. I was startled and pleased when the book began to tie in with real-life events, such as introducing Leonardo DaVinci...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“I love the idea and the characters, however I felt that there was a lot of back-story and it wasn't covered in much depth. It went from one kill to the next, which gave the book great pace, however it failed to explore any of the emotions of humanity of Ezio.”see full review » see other reviews »
“As a whole, I very much enjoyed reading the Assassin's Creed Renaissance. I'm a huge fan of fiction, action and adventure, and the Assassin's Creed contained all three of those. I was startled and pleased when the book began to tie in with real-life events, such as introducing Leonardo DaVinci into the story. I also believe that the story itself was very well written, although it skipped a large portions of the tale at times, such as when it briefly skimmed over 3 years of Ezio's life when he was staying with his uncle. I was also excited and amused by the fact that the story would constantly change and the outcome would be something different than what I expected (like at the end, but I won't give that away). It had me on my toes almost the entire way through the book, and therefore I was never bored with it. In conclusion, the story was simply exquisite, and I'm very glad that I read it. I look forward to reading more Oliver, Bowden stories in the future.”Brendan K wrote this review Friday, April 26, 2013. ( reply | view 1 replies | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I got into this straight away and really enjoyed it, although I got a little confused by the seemingly unordered way it jumped forward in time throughout Ezio's life. I got bored towards the end, which I don't think was helped by the massive numbers of characters and similar sounding names. 3*.”Mel wrote this review Monday, January 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Didn't love it. Maybe I expected too much. Teenagers would like the bokk I believe.”Vânia Arduino wrote this review Wednesday, January 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I hope it is good”Arturo M wrote this review Wednesday, November 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Poorly written and very slow”Kim *YA, Manga, Fantasy, Faeries, dragons and Rock music! <3 wrote this review Saturday, November 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“amazing book just like the game”nicolas vernali wrote this review Monday, August 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“i hope the book is as good as the game
“Assassin's Creed is easily one of my favorite games ever. As someone who has played the four main games in a row (aside from Bloodlines, Discovery and Altaïr's Chronicles), I thought that reading the books was essential for a full understanding of the game's story, regardless of all the reviews stating that the books suck. It happens that it isn't. Nevertheless, I didn't think it was THAT bad.
I have to agree with several comments saying that some important details have been grotesquely changed, like the fact that Ezio's Hidden Blade is used on the right arm rather than in the left arm (and indeed, there is a whole symbology behind this small detail). And I also have to admit that I expected much more of the story, specially regarding the historical facts. Instead, I found myself reading a book that is pretty much the game's script, which isn't completely bad since there were a couple of parts in the game I didn't fully understand and I thought that reading the book would be better than replaying the whole game all over again. Still, if I had to choose between replaying the game and reading this book, I would choose the first option. After playing the games, reading the book is a relatively dull experience. The action scenes' descriptions are not as epic as living the whole thing. Knowing a couple of Ezio's feelings is nice, but in the end the book doesn't give you a brand new experience of the Assassin's Creed's story. Moreover, the lack of the Animus parts does make the last part of the book senseless. I would say that people who have not played the game would feel lost.
One interesting aspect of the book is that the content that is originally on the game's downloadable contents (The Battle of Forlì) has been inserted into Renaissance. I didn't play the DLC, so it was nice to read about one of the best fights of lady Caterina Sforza. It's also worth mentioning that Cristina's memories, which only show in the game Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is present in this book, so you might want to finish the game before reading this book lest you want to be spoiled.
Assassin's Creed: Renaissance is, at least for the ones who have been following up with the games, an interesting book. But if you're looking for a solid book that guides you through the History of Italy and the influence of the Templars in it, then you might want to skip this one.”
“Not quite as descriptive or full-immersion as the game, but I deeply enjoyed reading it after I've played it. I learned so much about major cities in Italy through the game, and this book brings it all flooding back. It is nice to follow the story-line without all the in-between tasks as well.”Regina Lisak wrote this review Thursday, August 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No