Assassin’s creed: The secret crusade

Assassin’s Creed: The Secret Crusade

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Author: Oliver Bowden
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adventure
Category: Series [ 9 Books]
Number of pages: 453

Started: 06/09/2018 – Finished: 16/09/2018
Rating: ****½/5

Description [Goodreads]:
NICCOLO POLO, FATHER OF MARCO, WILL FINALLY REVEAL THE STORY HE HAS KEPT SECRET ALL HIS LIFE – THE STORY OF ALTAIR, ONE OF THE BROTHERHOOD’S MOST EXTRAORDINARY ASSASSINS.

Altair embarks on a formidable mission – one that takes him throughout the Holy Land and shows him the true meaning of the Assassin’s Creed. To demonstrate his commitment, Altair must defeat nine deadly enemies, including Templar leader, Robert de Sable. 
Altair’s life story is told here for the first time: a journey that will change the course of history; his ongoing battle with the Templar conspiracy; a family life that is as tragic as it is shocking; and the ultimate betrayal of an old friend.

Review:
This book is based on the first Assassin’s creed game that tells the story of the master assassin Altair Ibn la Ahad.
Altair is send on an important mission to retrieve an artifact, joined by two other assassins. Due to his arrogance he fails the mission, not only loosing the artifact but also getting one of his comrades killed and causing the other to lose an arm. Because of his actions he is stripped of his rank and title and forced to reclaim them by successfully  assassinating 9 targets. On his journey he mends his relationships with members of the creed, discovers a betrayal by a close friend and realizes what it truly means to be an assassin.
I am a huge fan of the assassin’s creed games. The plot has always been a driving factor; I love the story of the creed and I love the story of each individual assassin. Altair is the first assassin you could play with and a lot of people [including me] consider him a favorite. The journey of him going from arrogant brat to master assassin is quite an interesting one and the story always managed to keep me on my toes , waiting for what’s going to happen next.
Now i’ve seen people talk about how the cover says ‘The untold story..’ but in reality everything that happens in the book ,happens in the game as well. I do agree with that. Pretty much everything is the same from the dialogs to the way he assassinates his victims but for me that wasn’t that big of an issue. I enjoyed reliving his story.
Even if chronologically this should be the first book you should read, there are two books that were released prior to this one. And in my opinion you should read them first. At the time I was reading this one I felt that if I hadn’t played the games I wouldn’t have understood a lot of stuff. So maybe reading the two books – Renaissance and Brotherhood – will help you understand things better.

 

These two tell the story of a different assassin, years after Altair’s story, but they do a good job at explaining the actions of the creed.
10/10 would recommend this book. I’m not a big fan of historical/historical fiction novels but hands down this series and the games are amazing.

Favorite quote:
” I wish I could say I’m sorry. But I tend to get what I want.”

Have you read the books or played the games? What did you think?

Yours:
A Traveler

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