First Quarter (pg 1 – 123)
The first quarter of Assassin’s Creed – Renaissance moved along at a very fast pace, quickly escalating from the main character Ezio’s carefree everyday life, albeit filled with fighting, to the capture and execution of half of his family. The abrupt inclusion of major conflict was shocking but exhilarating, immediately pulling me into the story. Although there is a huge lack of background information in the beginning, the book fills the reader in later on.
Upon reading, I found the novel is clearly meant for mature audiences as it frequently depicts gory scenes of death, as well as having numerous sexual references. Also, the author’s use of vocabulary is quite extensive. However, throughout the story, I occasionally had points of disagreement Bowden’s style. This was mostly in sentence size, as they sometimes felt too long and chunky. Furthermore, sometimes the author would summarize a sequence of events in an extremely brief manner. Although these shortened descriptions were of admittedly trivial scenes, personally, it gave me a sense that the author was rushed as if he needed to fit the whole story into a book of a certain size. However upon thinking this makes complete sense as this book was based on the video game: Assassin’s Creed.
I have always thought of Assassin’s Creed only as a simple fighting video game, filled with the meaningless slaughter of “bad guys” with little background information whatsoever. As someone who has never actually played the game and has only seen a few ads and clips of gameplay, this was the assumption I made. However by making the story behind the game into a book, Bowden is allowing readers like me to connect with Ezio and the reasoning behind the way he has chosen to live.
The story thus far has already been filled to the brim with action, and the foreshadowing of a revolution is compelling me to read the remainder of the novel. In fact, I might go and do just that right now. 🙂