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In the brilliant new novel, Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, discover the story of The book generally is really good as a story, but until part four (4) it feels like it's. The recently announced Assassin's Creed® IV Black FlagTM sees a sea change for the game franchise with a harsh new setting in the Golden. Edward Kenway sets out to become a pirate and finds himself drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars in this novel based. .

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Assassin's Creed: Black Flag is a novel written by Oliver Bowden, released in the UK on 7 4- Bernard Kenway scolded his son for fighting the Cobleighs. Assassin's Creed: Black Flag and millions of other books are available for .. great appeal for this book is that it starts sometime before the events of AC IV, goes. "Ubisoft has definitely set the bar high for artistic design in their games and Titan Books should be the standard that any game related artbook strives towards.

The novel focuses on the events of the game of the same name. Contents [ show ] Blurb "I was spellbound by the hooded man at work. Mesmerized by this agent of death, who had ignored the carnage around him by biding his time and waiting to strike. Edward Kenway—the brash young son of a wool merchant —dreams of gold and cannot resist the lure of a life of glory on the high seas. When his family homestead is attacked, there seems like no better time to escape, and Kenway soon establishes himself as one of the deadliest privateers of his day. But greed, ambition and betrayal follow closely in his wake.

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Furthermore, Oliver Bowden adds a completely unnecessary revenge element to Edward Kenway's backstory. This version of Black Flag's protagonist is opposed to the Templars before he even knows what one is.

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Finally, I felt the game's unromanticized and surprisingly real relationship between him and Caroline Scott was made needlessly sentimental. Really, the book comes at Edward Kenway's life with an apologetic tone. It treats the protagonist of the game, which is unflinching about the fact he's a complete bastard, with a series of excuses and half-measures.

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Edward Kenway, who practically jumped at the chance to become a privateer, is forced into it at literal swordpointin the book. Given Edward Kenway is on a road to redemption, it undermines his story arc by making it so there's very little for him to atone for. There's some decent parts to the novel, particularly in the relationship of Edward Kenway to Mary Read and Anne Bonny but I can't say any other characters benefited.

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Edward's relationship to Ben Horningold is undermined and his partnership with Blackbeard is altered, making the protagonist more of a subordinate. It just doesn't feel like the game and that's tragic when the game was awesome. I won't spoil the novelization's ending but I actually had to stop myself from throwing the book against a wall. Oliver Bowden undermines Edward Kenway's final decision in the game and ties the novelization with Forsaken in an extremely heavy-handed way.

For those who are fans of both the video game and Forsaken, this is the worst of both worlds.

About Oliver Bowden Oliver Bowden is the pen-name of an acclaimed novelist. Product Details.

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