Monday, June 26, 2017

Teen review: Assassin's Creed

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag
by Oliver Bowden (aka Anton Gill)
473 pages
Historical fiction
Part of a series (book 6)
Best for grades 10-12

Reviewed by Ravindu Gunasinghe, Grade 11


Get ready for an epic journey, because this book is about take you all the way back to a time when pirates ruled the world. As the sixth book of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, this book takes you through an emotional, epic journey of a young pirate, Edward Kenway. The story kicks off with young Edward leaving his wife and daughter behind to become a pirate so he can give them a better future. As the story goes on, Edward gets involved in a fight with Templars, which puts him in a situation of life and death.

Oliver Bowden leads the reader through a number of plot twists as Edward makes progress in the story. Meanwhile, Edward teams up a group of pirates with whom he works to overpower the Templars. After a couple of chapters, the author reveals the unpredictable fates of some of the characters, which may come as a shocking to some readers. The fates of some of the most loveable characters can take you through an emotional ride. Would Edward be able to conquer the Templars? What would happen to his family? The book will answer all the questions. The story will portray how the world can overcome a man. The book will take you through an intense ride.

Black Flag was written as an adaptation of the Ubisoft’s video game Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag. The book is credited for its authentic plot and storyline. The narrative style of the book makes the story intense and interesting at the same time. The book caused some controversy due to its explicit content, so it is recommended for teens above sixteen years. The book will inspire the reader to stand against injustice and to fight for what’s right. Even though the book is connected to its prequels and sequels, it can be read as a stand-alone, which means you don’t have to read any other books of the franchise to understand the story,

Overall I would give a rating of 4/5 due to its explicit content limiting it to a certain age group. But it is a pretty enjoyable book and you will find a lot of relatable characters which will make it almost impossible not to fall in love with this piece of art.

Editor's note: Burbank Public Library doesn't own this title.




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