Second Quarter (pg 124 – 196)
The plot begins to move along at a steady, fast pace during the second quarter of Assassin’s Creed. Although the first quarter seemed to move quite fast, it was the mostly due to the sudden rush of background information and change of tone when Ezio’s family is executed. This was used by the author as a sort of “ramping up” in order to get the plot moving. As previously discussed, I believe this is because the major events of the story have already been set, by the first Assassin’s Creed videogame.
One notable thing about this quarter was the obvious increase of gory killing scenes. Sometimes I feel as if describing this in avid detail was quite unnecessary. Although one may argue that it is part of the experience Assassin’s Creed fans are looking for, some might just want to read the book for the story. Some concepts in the novel admittedly force it to be rated mature, but I honestly don’t think the author needs to write something like “he slashed it round and cut halfway through the guard’s neck before he could recover” or “Ezio slammed the heavy falchion down on the man’s skull and split it in two” just because he can.
Also, a darker side of Ezio is exposed during this quarter when he brutally kills Francesco and Vieri de Pazzi, mercilessly stabbing them multiple times and treating their corpses with disrespect. He later feels remorse and arranges proper burials with masses for them, but I thought the sudden change in character in the heat of battle shows the hate and rage buried within him. This is a very interesting bit of character development I noted while reading.
The story is proving to be quite interesting thus far and I am excited to keep reading!