Assassin’s Creed: Unity
Assassin’s Creed #7
By Oliver Bowden
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt
An original novel based on the multiplatinum video game from UBISOFT.
“I have been beaten, deceived and betrayed. They murdered my father – and I will have my revenge at whatever cost!”
1789: the magnificent city of Paris sees the dawn of the French Revolution. The cobblestone streets run red with blood as the people rise against the oppressive aristocracy. But revolutionary justice comes at a high price…….
At a time when the divide between the rich and the poor is at its most extreme, and a nation is tearing itself apart, a young man and woman fight to avenge all they have lost.
Soon Arno and Elise are drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars – a world with dangers more deadly than they could ever have imagined.
Well let me first say I had no idea this book was based on a video game when I decided to read it. I was interested in the story itself and the time period. I am not a gamer, nor do I have any idea about this popular game. I was pleasantly surprised after I got over my shock. I started reading worrying it would be so tied into the game that I would be lost. However it is definitely a stand alone book. Assassin’s Creed Unity is fast paced, action packed, and a thoroughly enjoyable historical fiction novel.
The main characters, Elise and Arno, are thoroughly developed and pull the reader in. The story is told through diary entries from both of them. It is very well done and keeps the reader entertained. The story is not so complicated that you get lost, nor so simple it drags. With the background story of the French Revolution, the fight scenes are interesting without being over done. The intrigue is entertaining and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat (ok bed in my case).
As Elise is told of her destiny as a Templar, she starts her training. Her mother’s death is very hard for her and her father, even harder than the long decline she had in her illness. Her life is not well lived after that tragedy. However, Elise’s ascension into the world of the Templars has to begin a bit earlier than planned when her father is assassinated. Arno also learns he has a destiny of his own, he is an Assassin. Their worlds are pulled together as Elise tries to get revenge for her father’s death.
I really enjoyed Assassin’s Creed: Unity even though I was sure I would not. I am sure those familiar with the games would love this book. It gives those readers a look at characters behind the scenes of the popular game. I would recommend this to readers that enjoy historical novels set during the French Revolution as well. It is definitely a stand alone book, even though this is the seventh in the series Assassin’s Creed: Unity was a pleasant surprise.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review as part of their ongoing blog tour*