My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I’m big fan of Assassin’s Creed, I played all the games, currently having fun with the Black Flag episode. Best. Game. Ever. Full of action, secrets to uncover and prizes to collect. So I had high expectations of the book.
It left me with mixed feelings. The story is a nice summary of the main mission. The game itself is quite complex, you can spend a lot of time with side-actions or just being a pirate sinking and plundering ships. It’s easy to loose the main thread. This book lead me through the main story. I also learned a lot about Edward Kenway, the main character, his background, his motives, his feelings, which the game doesn’t really show.
However, the writing was not that impressive. Most of the time there was telling instead of showing, which cannot draw you into the story deeply enough. The dialogs could have been better, the characters talked almost the same way. It didn’t spark, if you know what I mean.
The story was inconsistent in places, there were holes between chapters. Also, there were missing bits in action scenes. (For example the hero fell on the ground and the author forgot to tell that he got up, so I found the sword fight awkward until I realized he was on his feet already.)
I don’t know if I’m just looking at the book through gamer eyes, but I expected more.