Almost two years ago I started playing Assassin’s Creed, and I was hooked! The story is exciting, the characters intriguing and the world amazing. There are so many stories to be told about the Assassins and the Templars and no restrictions to certain time periods. It’s a universe to be explored.
But this post isn’t about the game or the upcoming movie, but about books. Books I’d recommend to fans of Assassin’s Creed, or to people who likes the idea of badass assassins as the main characters.
Shadowdance, by David Dalglish
This is a six book series about one of the characters in Dalglish’s the Half-Orcs series, the Watcher. It tells about his beginning and wow, what a beginning.
I haven’t read the Half-Orcs series but I had no problems reading the first books in the Shadowdance series (I’m only halfway through it). The story is complete, fast paced and I love the characters. David Dalglish is the best action writer I’ve read. You can’t stop reading the fighting scenes.
Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but this book, this series… It is the best YA fantasy out there at the moment. Four book and a novella collection on over 400 pages are out at the moment, number five is to be released in September this year. I can’t wait!
This follows the story of Celaena Sardothien, master assassin, after her betrayal and year in the salt mines. The first book tells about her release and the competition she’s forced to enter in order to survive. A competition to chose the king’s champion – his personal assassin.
When I compare the first book to the fourth, I can’t believe how the story’s developed. So much has happened. So much has changed. But Celaena remains one of the best female characters in YA.
His Fair Assassin – Robin LaFevers
A bit more historical than I usually read, but I think I read this book in two days, so that is saying something.
Escaping a marriage and a life of beatings, Ismae ends up in a monastery. But the convent is devoted to one of the old gods, and she seems to be blessed by him – by Death. At the convent she’s trained to be an assassin and soon she’s given missions. But her first real mission tests her in completely new ways.
I’ve only read the first book in the series and the longer it’s been since I’ve read it, the more I like it. Kind of strange. Every book in the series is about a different character, which means every book completes its story.
Assassin’s Creed – Oliver Bowden
I can’t make a recommended reads based on Assassin’s Creed without naming the official AC books. There are eight out at the moment and I haven’t read one of them… They are on my to-read list!
But I have read two of the graphic novels, The Fall and The Chain. They are the first graphic novels I’ve read and it took me some time getting used to it not looking like manga. Once I got over my “not-manga” stage I really enjoyed them. Still, I do not think I’d recommend them to anyone not familiar with the AC universe, since the explanations are so rushed or skipped (like what an animus is and the whole bleeding effect).
Those were my assassin themed recommendations. Do you have any assassin book recommendations? Please leave them in the comments.
If you haven’t seen the Assassin’s Creed Movie trailer yet, watch it (and ignore the music, it’s awful).