Historical fiction (fantasy)

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations

Hello !

Revelations is the fourth instalment in the Assassin’s Creed series written by Oliver Bowden and inspired from the video games Assassin’s Creed developed by Ubisoft. This is the last novel featuring Ezio Auditore. The Florentine assassin leaves Rome where he re-established the assassin’s guilde and goes on a quest to Masyaf to reveal one of the last secrets of Altaïr. His quest will lead him to Constantinople or Byzantium or Istambul, your pick!

Um, there isn’t much to say about this book without spoiling anything, and even then. What I’d like to say hovewer is that there is too much fighting and not enough character development. Even if the novel is very close to the game, let’s not forget it’s a NOVEL. You can get as many fights as you want in the game, it would be nice to have more novelistic aspects in the novel. Ezio is in serious questioning but the problem stays unsolved until he dies. He is questioning his life commitment to the creed as opposed to having a personal life; and although he makes a choice, I think that he is not happy with it. Had he made the other choice, the problem would have been the same.

There is also the matter of the Ancient Civilisation which remains unsolved and which is barely touched upon in this novel. The dialogues are also too flat. They’re okay for games but not plausible in novels. They lack something like ease and spontaneity. People wouldn’t talk like that, even in the 16th century. AND it should be good to really proofread the text and see that everything in foreign language gets translated. And maybe put fewer foreign terms because it’s annoying to got the end of the novel every two pages.

Next ‘criticism’ rejoins the characters development problem. The bad guys are bad and the good guys are good and trust each other very easily. There is no mark besides the secret blade (which could have been easily replicated by the Templars for a long time, I mean come on!) and then there is this stranger who comes from nowhere and it is “here come in, this is our secret lair!” Um…. Only one character defied this and it was not very well exploited, to my taste.

Otherwise, it is a good distraction, and it was nice to relive the game. But againt it was too much game-ish than novelisitic.

I rated this novel 2.5*/5

Cheers, -A.



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