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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2012
Assassin's Creed Forsaken is the fifth novel to be written by Oliver Bowden that tie's into the Ubisoft video game series of the same name.

Unlike previous books which were the game in written form this one is half and half. Told through a series of personal journal entries,reflections and traditional prose it tells the story of Haytham Kenway from his early life upto when we meet him within the Assassins Creed III game and through the game to it's conclusion.

The book is as with all of Oliver Bowden's previous books well written, the story is entertaining and is a nice accompanyment to the game.

If you're a fan of the game series then this is definetely worthing putting on the shelf

***Spoiler Warning***

Read after playing Assassin's Creed 3
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 30 December 2012
I have to preface this with the fact that I do love all of Oliver Bowden's Assassin's Creed books and am a huge fan of the games so I am biased.

However unlike others have that have said this book is not as good as it does not follow as closely to the game plot; I disagree to me this makes the book better and the mythos of the games so much deeper. Which is why I enjoyed it so much that I found it hard to put down, it didn't hurt that I also really liked Haytham in the game; even if he was a Templar.

The story follows Connor understanding his father through his journals from a boy to the Grand Master Templar of the Americas. The underlying theme of the game from Connor's perspective and the books from Haytham's is why can't they all get along? That although the Templars and the Assassins go about things in different ways at the heart of it all they want the same thing. Peace everlasting. As naive as that simple want is.

I liked the idea that Bowden took with this book that he didn't centre it on the main character of the game, but instead explored his roots and the roots of his father further, because as much as it is explained in the game it is never truly given much depth and this book managed to show a "what if" side to the ending chapter of the games.

Some have said that Haytham was constantly going between being in a sticky situation on one page and the next being out of it, but how is that any different to the other plot lines? This is the sort of book you do not read for realism, but for the sheer joy of escapism in to a beautifully rendered and described landscape, where one moment you are in the High Society of London the next The Frontier and then The Middle East saving your long lost sister.

Through the journal entries you become engrossed in a characters life that was fully lived, if not always happily. Which is just like real life and even with some of the seemingly unrealistic plotting; gives the reader something to relate to.

I would recommend this book to anyone that appreciates Bowden's writing and the games in general, or anyone that wants an action filled piece of escapism. However I learnt the hard way being at memory sequence 9 when the book came out and reading it in a matter of days that it would have been better to read Forsaken after finishing the game.

If you are easily moved to tears like I am, you will need a few tissues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 January 2013
I have read all of the Assassin's Creed books so far, I'm a big fan of the game series and the books are well written too. This book is basically journal extracts from the whole of Haytham Kenway's life. I liked Kenway a lot in the game and was sad to see he played such a comparatively small part to Connor. If you feel the same, I highly recommend this.
His character comes across as well in the book as it does in the game, and the book shines a lot of light about what was actually going through his head throughout the game. The section of the book in which he is dealing with Connor is relatively small, with the majority being pre-connor and a lot being while Connor is alive but completely unrelated to him.

Out of all of the books, this and the one about Altair (The Secret Crusade) are the best.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 April 2013
Great book gives you more of an insight into Haythams life definitely would recommend to any other fans of the game series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 December 2012
Forsaken tells the tale of connors english dad and his adevntures with the templars. It was an intresting read seeing what the templars thought of the assassins and how they still hadn't succeded in getting a hidden blade. The story is set in england mainland europe and america. ---SPOILER ALERT---The main story line is haytham climbgin up the templar ransk and trying to find his kidnapped sister.

It was a rather interesting story although I found it at times to be quite a bore, there was to much talking and no enough doing.

overall I'd give this a rating of 3.5 out of 5. read it if you must but be prepared for it to fall short of your expectations of a good assassins creed book.
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on 7 January 2013
I always read these novels from cover to cover, they're great fun to read. The author this time has chosen to include a lot of backstory not shown in the game and it explains so much more of the storyline, it covers Haytham Kenways childhood, from the tragedy that results in him having to abandon his house and be taken under the wing of Reginald Birch, to all the events of the videogame, and yet more backstory in the years in between where the game jumped ahead 4 years or more at a time. It gives you a richer understanding of the complete events of the game, and also it portrays Haythams character in a very human light the whole way through, which wasn't the case in the game. It follows Haytham through the story from start to finish, there's barely any mention of his son Connor, and it's a better read for it, I much prefer Haytham over Connor, even if it is only the accent that does it. If you've bought the other Assassins Creed novels, this one is the best by far because there's a ton of original writing for once, the previous novels were more or less ripped word for word from the game, this time that does still happen in some places but overall there's a wealth of new content here. Highly recommended.
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on 15 February 2013
I have read all the other Assassins Creed books and played all the games and was hoping this one was as amazing as the rest. If you have read the books it helps you to play the games as you know what to do and understand the story line better. I got what i hoped for it was thrilling and followed the game which is always good. This Assassins Creed book is actully Haythams diary, so it is in first person instead of third person like the rest of the books. If there is one fault in this book then (with out giving to much away) it focuses more on the Templars plot instead of the Assassins plot. This book is based around real historical events like the rest. In this one you meet Edward Braddock and George Washington. I can not wait untill the next one comes out and will be preordering it if it does. Once again I think it is an excellent book. This is my rankins of the games.
1.AC2
2.Brotherhood
3.Assassins creed
4.AC3
5.AC revelatons

And now the books.
1.Revelations
2.Forsaken
3.The Secret crusade
4.Renaissance
5.Brotherhood
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 3 April 2013
i've read a lot of oliver bowden's ac books - they are easy to read, not masterpieces, but are enjoyable if you are into the ac games.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2012
Just love Oliver Bowden's writing he brings characters to life in front of your very eyes, more of the same Oliver. These books are easy reading, for those who might think reading is boring you will find that there is much more in Oliver's books and I hope that he will be consulted when Assassin's Creed goes to the BIG SCREEN.
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on 20 February 2013
This book is a great companion to the Assassin's Creed 3 console game, as it gives the character Haytham Kenway much more depth and really helps create an understanding behind his motives: it also covers events not included in the main game, so it works very well as a standalone historical fiction book.

Bowden's writing style is very dynamic and suits the Assassin's Creed series well: the attention to detail and atmosphere make it very easy to visualize the environments and characters, but not overly so that you lose too many pages on just descriptions.

The book's length at about 500 pages is not too long or short, and the chapters are broken down into perfect reading chunks if you are short on time. I personally really enjoyed the 'journal' perspective of the books, but this may not be to everyone's liking...

A great read if you loved the game, or even if you just love historical books in general!
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