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It’s the Golden Age of Piracy — a time when greed, ambition, and corruption overcome all loyalties — and a brash young captain, Edward Kenway, is making his name known for being one of the greatest pirates of his time. In the brilliant new novel, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, discover the story of how Edward, a young privateer, became one of the world's most deadly pirates It’s the Golden Age of Piracy — a time when greed, ambition, and corruption overcome all loyalties — and a brash young captain, Edward Kenway, is making his name known for being one of the greatest pirates of his time. In the brilliant new novel, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, discover the story of how Edward, a young privateer, became one of the world's most deadly pirates and was drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Templars and the Assassins.


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It’s the Golden Age of Piracy — a time when greed, ambition, and corruption overcome all loyalties — and a brash young captain, Edward Kenway, is making his name known for being one of the greatest pirates of his time. In the brilliant new novel, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, discover the story of how Edward, a young privateer, became one of the world's most deadly pirates It’s the Golden Age of Piracy — a time when greed, ambition, and corruption overcome all loyalties — and a brash young captain, Edward Kenway, is making his name known for being one of the greatest pirates of his time. In the brilliant new novel, Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, discover the story of how Edward, a young privateer, became one of the world's most deadly pirates and was drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Templars and the Assassins.

30 review for Assassin's Creed: Black Flag

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (Assassin's Creed, #6), Oliver Bowden Black Flag follows the journal of Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor Kenway. Edward Kenway is a young privateer who sets out to become the world's deadliest pirate, only to be drawn into the centuries-old war between the Assassins and the Templars. Black Flag was released on 26 November 2013 and is based on the video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوازدهم ماه نوامبر Assassin's Creed: Black Flag (Assassin's Creed, #6), Oliver Bowden Black Flag follows the journal of Edward Kenway, the father of Haytham Kenway and grandfather of Connor Kenway. Edward Kenway is a young privateer who sets out to become the world's deadliest pirate, only to be drawn into the centuries-old war between the Assassins and the Templars. Black Flag was released on 26 November 2013 and is based on the video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز دوازدهم ماه نوامبر سال 2017 میلادی عنوان: فرقه اسسین ها: کتاب ششم - پرچم سیاه، مترجم: محمدرضا قاسمی؛ تهران، آذرباد، 1395؛ 9786006225876؛ در 460 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی - سده 21 م کتاب نخست: رنسانس؛ کتاب دوم: پیمان برادری، مترجمین: امیر قربان‌، فرزین لازمی‌زاده، کیانا حاج‌دولت، خشایار خلیلیان؛ کتاب سوم: نهضت مخفی، ترجمه بهنام حاجی‌زاده؛ کتاب چهار: مکاشفات؛ ترجمه بهنام حاجی‌زاده؛ کتاب پنج: جدا شده؛ ترجمه بهنام حاجی‌زاده؛ کتاب شش: پرچم سیاه، ترجمه محمدرضا قاسمی؛ کتاب هفت: اتحاد، ترجمه بهزاد ناصرفلاح؛ و کتاب هشتم ...؛ کتاب ششم از سری فرقه ی اسسین ها با عنوان «پرچم سیاه» به گستره رخدادهای زندگی «ادوارد کنوی» ادامه می‌دهد، همچنین زندگی پدرش «هیثم کنوی»؛ و پدر بزرگش «کانر کنوی» را نیز روایت می‌کند. «ادوارد کنوی» جوان در یک کشتی تجاری مسلح، مشغول به کار است، او با مرگ آور ترین دزدان دریایی جهان، همکاری می‌کند و پایش به جنگ‌های صد ساله ی «اسیسن‌ها و تمپلارها» باز می‌شود. کتاب «پرچم سیاه» نخستین بار در روز بیست و ششم ماه نوامبر سال 2013 و بر اساس بازی فرقه اسسین ها 4: پرچم سیاه منتشر شد. نقل نمونه ای از متن: صدای هیچ‌ چیزی بلندتر از انفجار یک توپ چرخدار نیست. به‌ ویژه آنگاه که نزدیک گوش شما بترکد. شبیه این است که به وسیله‌ ی هیچ‌ چیزی کتک خورده باشید. یک هیچ‌ چیز، که به‌ نظر می‌خواهد شما را خُرد کند، و شما مطمئن نیستید، که این خطای دید چشمان شماست، که به وسیله‌ ی انفجار شوکه و مات و مبهوت شده است؛ یا اینکه دنیا واقعاً در حال لرزیدن است. شاید اصلاً مهم هم نباشد. شاید هم هردوی گزینه‌ ها درست باشد. اما نکته آنجاست که در حال لرزیدن است. شلیک به جایی برخورد می‌کند و تخته‌ های قایق از هم جدا می‌شوند. مردانی که دست‌ها و پاهایشان کنده می‌شود، و مردانی که به پایین نگاه می‌کنند، و در چند ثانیه‌ ای که پیش از مُردن وقت دارند، می‌فهمند که نیمی از بدن‌هاشان بر اثر شلیک قطع شده، و شروع به فریاد کشیدن می‌کنند. تنها چیزی که در پیامد آن می‌شنوید، صدای خش‌ خش بدنه‌ ی کشتی، و جیغ و فریاد افرادی‌ست، که دارند جان می‌دهند. شما چطور تصمیم می‌گیرید که چگونه واکنش نشان دهید. نمی‌گویم که شما به صدای شلیک توپ چرخ‌دار عادت دارید، به طوری که خللی در ذهن شما ایجاد می‌کند اما نکته اینجاست که به‌ سرعت تجدید قوا می‌کنید، و سریع‌تر از دشمن اینکار را انجام می‌دهید. وقتی انگلیسی‌ها حمله کردند، ما در کرانه‌ ی «کیپ بوئنا ویستا» در کوبا روی یک کشتی‌ که ناخدایش مردی به نام «ناخدا براما»ی معروف بود، قرار داشتیم. ما به آن‌هایی که در بالای «بریگانتین» قرار داشتند، انگلیسی می‌گفتیم با اینکه انگلیسی‌ها هسته‌ ی خدمه‌ ی ما را تشکیل داده بودند، و من خودم هم اصالتاً انگلیسی بودم. این‌ها برای یک دزد دریایی ارزشی نداشت. ما دشمن اعلیحضرت بودیم (پادشاه «جورج»، ملکه «آن» را به همسری برگزیده بود.) دشمن «دربار» که ما را بدل به دشمن نیروی دریایی اعلیحضرت می‌کرد. پس وقتی نشان قرمز را در افق مشاهده کردیم، یک «پاسناو» که داشت به‌ سمت ما حرکت می‌کرد، و پیکرهایی روی عرشه‌ های آن به عقب و جلو می‌رفتند، چیزی که گفتیم این بود:«کشتی! انگلیسی‌ها دارن حمله می‌کنن! انگلیسی‌ها دارن حمله می‌کنن!» بدون آنکه به خود زحمت بدهیم که جزئیات ریز ملیت‌هایمان را مشخص کنیم. ما سرمان خیلی مشغول این بود که زنده بمانیم. پایان نقل. ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Markus

    Unpopular opinion apparently: Assassin's Creed: Black Flag is the worst game I've played in the series so far, and I found it so dreadfully tedious I decided to finish the story by reading the rest in the tie-in novel instead. I've owned a copy of this book since it came out after receiving it as a thoughtful gift from an old friend, and have since neglected it due to a loss of interest in the series dating back to those very days. And so, when I decided to return to Assassin's Creed after a near Unpopular opinion apparently: Assassin's Creed: Black Flag is the worst game I've played in the series so far, and I found it so dreadfully tedious I decided to finish the story by reading the rest in the tie-in novel instead. I've owned a copy of this book since it came out after receiving it as a thoughtful gift from an old friend, and have since neglected it due to a loss of interest in the series dating back to those very days. And so, when I decided to return to Assassin's Creed after a nearly 9-year absence, I started with Black Flag, having already bought the game years ago in a sale somewhere. Saying I lost interest in it would be inaccurate, as I never gained any in the first place. The book, although a noble attempt to salvage a clumsily told story while staying somewhat entertaining, falls unfortunately short of its goal. In neither media is Black Flag a particularly good Assassin's Creed story (those exist!). But the biggest reason I enjoyed neither the game nor the book is not Assassin-related, but rather pirate-related. Because whether or not it is fair to judge a story by comparison to another that was released after it, both instances of Assassin's Creed: Black Flag are so astoundingly far surpassed by the TV series Black Sails, which tells what is essentially the same story, that there is essentially no narrative need for them anymore.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Really great book, I've always been cautious with 'video game book's but this was surprisingly good too read. It sticks very closely to the game, even more so in its dialogue. Conversations are literally taken right out the game, which is great. Although I would say it does hop through the story quite quickly, but I like that it doesn't linger or drag out too long. I guess playing the game is going to seem a longer story than reading the book. I see people mentioning that it only mentions him as Really great book, I've always been cautious with 'video game book's but this was surprisingly good too read. It sticks very closely to the game, even more so in its dialogue. Conversations are literally taken right out the game, which is great. Although I would say it does hop through the story quite quickly, but I like that it doesn't linger or drag out too long. I guess playing the game is going to seem a longer story than reading the book. I see people mentioning that it only mentions him as an assassin at the end but this is pretty much the exact story of the game. and truth be said Kenway isn't really an assassin anyway, not like Ezio or Altair. which did disappoint me a little... but I won't get into that now. Anyway it's a good read, it's very quick to get through everything and keeps you interested. I couldn't put it down, bravo to Oliver Bowden for studying the game storyline and creating such a great book on it. Can't wait for the next Assassin tale.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Monique Snyman

    When it comes to books that are based on video games, I am reluctant and overly cautious. Let’s face it, Paul W.S. Anderson didn’t exactly stick to the game’s plot with the Resident Evil franchise, but at least it’s better than Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which failed miserably in my opinion. Of course, those are movies based on games, but you get the idea, right? In the past, I’ve read quite a few books that were based on video games though (mostly the Magic: The Gathering books), and When it comes to books that are based on video games, I am reluctant and overly cautious. Let’s face it, Paul W.S. Anderson didn’t exactly stick to the game’s plot with the Resident Evil franchise, but at least it’s better than Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, which failed miserably in my opinion. Of course, those are movies based on games, but you get the idea, right? In the past, I’ve read quite a few books that were based on video games though (mostly the Magic: The Gathering books), and most of the time I was left feeling slightly deflated in the end. So when I got Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag by Oliver Bowden I rolled my eyes and sighed melodramatically, because I thought it would be pretty much the same as any other game-related novel. I was wrong. Oliver Bowden, a veteran author and apparently a gamer too, has written six novelizations of the Assassin’s Creed game thus far (Black Flag being the newest one of the lot) and from what I gather, the books are quite close to following the game’s plot. Now, I’ve not played Assassin’s Creed, so I’m not really sure about whether this is true or not, but according to what I’ve read in Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag, I must admit that I’m curious about the game and the I would really like to get my hands on the other books in the series. What I found particularly surprising was how quickly the book drew me in. The beautiful descriptions and action-packed scenes will definitely attract a lot of readers, but it’s the adventure that sold me at the end of the day. You see, when it’s all been done before it’s difficult to keep your readership entertained from the beginning to the end and stick to a predetermined plot, but somehow Oliver Bowden did it and he was able to gain a new reader in the process. In fact, I’m starting to think that with the right director, even the Assassin’s Creed film (which is currently in the works) may not be too shabby either. Not that I’m holding my breath just yet, but if the books are this good, maybe the film won’t let gamers down as much as we thought. So, yes. Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag was definitely worth a read, but it’s hard for me to recommend it to people, because some gamers may enjoy it whereas others will probably hate it. However, if you’re in the mood for a good adventure and just a cool read, then maybe this will be right up your alley. Forget that the book is based on a game and just read it for the hell of it and you’ll enjoy it, that much I am certain of… (review originally posted on www.killeraphrodite.com)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    These just seem to be getting worse as time goes on. We're definitely a long way from Renaissance which I thought was extremely enjoyable. I very much like Black Flag as a video game but this book was barely readable. The writing was amateur and the plot was boring. Stealth missions from the game felt awkward and clumsy in writing. Edward Kenway was not a likeable character. The whole thing fell flat. I've definitely read worse books than this, hence the two star rating but I didn't really enjoy These just seem to be getting worse as time goes on. We're definitely a long way from Renaissance which I thought was extremely enjoyable. I very much like Black Flag as a video game but this book was barely readable. The writing was amateur and the plot was boring. Stealth missions from the game felt awkward and clumsy in writing. Edward Kenway was not a likeable character. The whole thing fell flat. I've definitely read worse books than this, hence the two star rating but I didn't really enjoy it much.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Robert Palmer

    The book was a serviceable adventure but it left a lot to be desired. In many places the judicial application of dilligent editing was required but failed to appear. Sentences--nearly identical ones--appeared just a paragraph or two below their doppelgangers. Also, the latter portion of the story skips by so fast that all of the character growth is force-fed rather than natural. And, because this is a video game franchise tie-in, the author had to deal with somethings that don't translate well ( The book was a serviceable adventure but it left a lot to be desired. In many places the judicial application of dilligent editing was required but failed to appear. Sentences--nearly identical ones--appeared just a paragraph or two below their doppelgangers. Also, the latter portion of the story skips by so fast that all of the character growth is force-fed rather than natural. And, because this is a video game franchise tie-in, the author had to deal with somethings that don't translate well (or were missing from the source material) such as how a drunkedn pirate can pass himself off as a skilled assasin withno training what-so-ever. I wanted this to be good but it fell below. Still, I finished it. That coutns for soemthing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

    I’m always wary of attempting a novel based on a video game, especially a game I thoroughly enjoyed playing and with which I spent a lot of hours. This one does a reasonably good job of capturing the story of Edward Kenway, accidental pirate and eventual assassin. Lots of swashbuckling adventure, as expected, but the author doesn’t shy away from the introspective nature of Kenway and the path that he finds himself on. It’s important to note that this is only the story of Kenway and not the rest t I’m always wary of attempting a novel based on a video game, especially a game I thoroughly enjoyed playing and with which I spent a lot of hours. This one does a reasonably good job of capturing the story of Edward Kenway, accidental pirate and eventual assassin. Lots of swashbuckling adventure, as expected, but the author doesn’t shy away from the introspective nature of Kenway and the path that he finds himself on. It’s important to note that this is only the story of Kenway and not the rest that involves the “modern day” aspects of the game. There is no Desmond Miles, or Abstergo Industries mentioned; just the raw historical story of Kenway and his adventures. Because of this, all of the Assassin’s Creed novels can be read independently from one another. But the lore is there, the Caribbean settings, the Observatory, the “sage” etc. I thought it followed the game pretty well and it was great fun to revisit those times and see once again his old friends and enemies, (many of them historical figures) such as James Kidd, Edward “Blackbeard” Thatch, Charles Vane, Adewale, Anne Bonny, Calico Jack Rackham, Benjamin Hornigold, Woodes Rodgers, and Bartholomew Rogers. I’m not sure I would have enjoyed the novel as much if I had not played the game. While I could easily visualize the people, places, etc., I can imagine some readers not getting a clear picture of so many characters and how they fit together. Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading this and am glad I took a chance on it.

  8. 5 out of 5

    C.T. Phipps

    I recently read (and reviewed) Asassin's Creed: Forsaken and enjoyed the novel tremendously. While I was hoping for a review of Connor Kenway's adventures, what I got was even better with the complete history of Assassin-child turned Templar Haytham Kenway. Assassin's Creed: Black Flag is my favorite of the Assassin's Creed games and it was my hope that its novelization would expand upon Edward Kenway's life in the same way Forsaken expanded on his son's. Sadly, this is not the case. I wouldn't I recently read (and reviewed) Asassin's Creed: Forsaken and enjoyed the novel tremendously. While I was hoping for a review of Connor Kenway's adventures, what I got was even better with the complete history of Assassin-child turned Templar Haytham Kenway. Assassin's Creed: Black Flag is my favorite of the Assassin's Creed games and it was my hope that its novelization would expand upon Edward Kenway's life in the same way Forsaken expanded on his son's. Sadly, this is not the case. I wouldn't say Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag's novelization is bad, but it's certainly underwhelming. Edward Kenway is a multi-faceted character who undergoes a large number of changes both morally as well as spiritually throughout the titular game. Unfortunately, the novelization simplifies these changes and introduces a number of unnecessary subplots and justifications which muddy an already excellent story. In short, Oliver Bowden's story does not add to the story of Edward Kenway but takes from it. Which is terrible. The novelization begins with Edward Kenway's origins in the town of Bristol. The novelization takes pains to establish Edward Kenway is "technically" English as opposed to Welsh--something I automatically reduced the book's total score for. Edward's status as a Welshman not only has historical resonance but is a major part of his characterization. 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. 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. 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. 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. I suggest readers save their money. 5/10

  9. 5 out of 5

    ضحى الحداد

    So this book was kind of a prequel to the previous book as it talks about Edward Kennway, Haytham's father and his years when he became a pirate and how did he become an Assassin in the end it was a nice pirate book and it gave me the real feeling of becoming a pirate, it is a nasty business indeed, Edward has a grey moral compass and that what made him interesting to me .. but he hurt a lot of innocent people who really cared about him and I was really annoyed by that .. the ending was abrupt a So this book was kind of a prequel to the previous book as it talks about Edward Kennway, Haytham's father and his years when he became a pirate and how did he become an Assassin in the end it was a nice pirate book and it gave me the real feeling of becoming a pirate, it is a nasty business indeed, Edward has a grey moral compass and that what made him interesting to me .. but he hurt a lot of innocent people who really cared about him and I was really annoyed by that .. the ending was abrupt as if the writer was trying to finish the book as soon as possible but in the end it was a nice sea adventure but I can't count it as a part of the Assassin's Creed world because we didn't see much of the Assassin's or the Templars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Xime García

    All of these books are really bad at standing-alone books. They don't stand alone at all. I don't recall a single moment Bowden stopped to describe any of the characters' appearances, as if 'the model of the videogame exists so there's no point in me describing any of them, go figure'. The book fails to convey the life at sea except for that small fragment at the beginning where Edward describes the smell below the deck. All events happen at full speed, none of the discoveries are slowed down so All of these books are really bad at standing-alone books. They don't stand alone at all. I don't recall a single moment Bowden stopped to describe any of the characters' appearances, as if 'the model of the videogame exists so there's no point in me describing any of them, go figure'. The book fails to convey the life at sea except for that small fragment at the beginning where Edward describes the smell below the deck. All events happen at full speed, none of the discoveries are slowed down so the protagonist can sink in the moment, characters like Mary Read are underused and called "the most extraordinary woman I've ever met" without showing us what extraordinary things she's done - and this is because we come from the game and we know she's awesome, so yeah. A lot of tell, not much of showing, dialogues are quite cringy and the Spanish translation I read leaves much to be desired. And yet, I can't stop reading these godawful books. They help me relax and don't force me to think much in stressful days. It does add a little of Edward's story before and after the events of the game, it fleshes out a bit (just a bit) his relationship with Caroline and his parents, and it shows us that he'd been involved with Templars and Assassins even before his first encounter with Duncan Walpole. It's a companion book rather than a novelization/adaptation, because it does lack in those areas. I'd recommend it only to hardcore fans of this game, because it's the only way to enjoy it, otherwise it falls flat in every aspect that makes a story compelling and believable.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Almas

    Ugh to think I'd be giving something related to Assassin's Creed only two stars. That book was written terribly - the writing style in general was pretty weak, not to mention that the book was filled with errors and inconsistencies. Certain changes, understandably, had to be made from the game in order for this to work as a book, but this was done poorly and disrupted the flow of the story. It was also much too fast paced for my liking, again probably an issue with the translation from game to b Ugh to think I'd be giving something related to Assassin's Creed only two stars. That book was written terribly - the writing style in general was pretty weak, not to mention that the book was filled with errors and inconsistencies. Certain changes, understandably, had to be made from the game in order for this to work as a book, but this was done poorly and disrupted the flow of the story. It was also much too fast paced for my liking, again probably an issue with the translation from game to book (although without considerably increasing the length of the book I can't really see how this could have been avoided). The one good feature would be the plot (where the changes didn't punch it full of holes) but of course that's more due to the writers of the game than the writer of the book. I did however like the beginning chapters that showed us Edward's life prior to the game. On the other hand I thought the ending (post-game) was weak and didn't make a lot of sense (view spoiler)[ Edward basically putting himself at the full mercy of the Templars - does he not even consider that at least one of these 'business associates' they have introduced him to could be a Templar?? (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    Aera

    A painful book to read. Even the audiobook was painful, although the narrator at least tried to make it interesting. Edward is an extremely unlikeable character. When he's not getting drunk/actually drunk/passed out, he's perving on women, being a total hypocrite, or 'engaging his blade' to stab people. The writing itself was kind of sloppy, and there were many spelling and grammar mistakes. What I assume are boss battles in the game were poorly and briefly described action scenes in the book. Fo A painful book to read. Even the audiobook was painful, although the narrator at least tried to make it interesting. Edward is an extremely unlikeable character. When he's not getting drunk/actually drunk/passed out, he's perving on women, being a total hypocrite, or 'engaging his blade' to stab people. The writing itself was kind of sloppy, and there were many spelling and grammar mistakes. What I assume are boss battles in the game were poorly and briefly described action scenes in the book. For those who have not played the Assassin's Creed games, this was a poor attempt at drawing people in, as Edward spends more time scoffing about the lunacy of this secret society than actually attempting to learn more about them and allowing the reader to understand what's going on. He doesn't seem to care, which makes the reader also not want to care.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Subaru8mysox

    This book felt like a chore to read. I enjoyed the parts that didn't overlap with the game. Overall it felt rushed. I also don't generally enjoy this authors writing style. I tried reading some of the previous books, but couldn't get through them. The only one I enjoyed was Forsaken, and I have a feeling that was because it focused on Haytham and wasn't just a rehashing of the game. Not sure I will read another Assassins Creed book from this author. This book felt like a chore to read. I enjoyed the parts that didn't overlap with the game. Overall it felt rushed. I also don't generally enjoy this authors writing style. I tried reading some of the previous books, but couldn't get through them. The only one I enjoyed was Forsaken, and I have a feeling that was because it focused on Haytham and wasn't just a rehashing of the game. Not sure I will read another Assassins Creed book from this author.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Golding

    I really liked the story, but I found this book so difficult to read. The sentence structure was terrible, and the whole book was full of errors (repeated sentences; spelling mistakes; grammatical errors etc.), it's almost as if there was never any input from an editor. It is safe to say that I will never read another book by Oliver Bowden/Anton Gill, based on the woeful writing of this novel. I really liked the story, but I found this book so difficult to read. The sentence structure was terrible, and the whole book was full of errors (repeated sentences; spelling mistakes; grammatical errors etc.), it's almost as if there was never any input from an editor. It is safe to say that I will never read another book by Oliver Bowden/Anton Gill, based on the woeful writing of this novel.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Bensley

    A nice novel to read after finishing the game as some story and characters get filled in and explained.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Smyth

    I really enjoyed this book. Great characters. The story flowed and kept me interested.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Tristan Rocha

    Loved it. Honestly, it was better than the game. All the books are. Oliver Bowden converts the admittedly enjoyable yet occasionally dull or repetitive games into a truly fantastic story. While some people love Assassin's Creed for the gameplay and stunning visuals and mechanics, I personally love it for the story it tells. In fact, I would be fine if there were no games and it was just the book series only. Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a brash, arrogant merchant's son from Bristo Loved it. Honestly, it was better than the game. All the books are. Oliver Bowden converts the admittedly enjoyable yet occasionally dull or repetitive games into a truly fantastic story. While some people love Assassin's Creed for the gameplay and stunning visuals and mechanics, I personally love it for the story it tells. In fact, I would be fine if there were no games and it was just the book series only. Black Flag tells the story of Edward Kenway, a brash, arrogant merchant's son from Bristol with a taste for women and beer. His pugilistic tendencies have led him to many a tavern brawl, but he soon gets on the wrong side of a very powerful organization: the Templars. The night before he departs to become a privateer in the West Indies, the Templars launch an attack on his home, burning it to the ground and leaving his family in ruins. Little does he know that their control reaches across oceans, and he is pulled into the age-old battle between the Templars and an even more mysterious group known only as the Assassins. Along his journey full of twists and turns he meets famous pirates such as Calico Jack, Mary Read, and even Blackbeard.

  18. 4 out of 5

    mazohyst

    I could have just played the game if I wanted to. The book follows the game very closely, minus the beginning and the end. I definitely appreciated the bits that weren't in the game but they were few and far between. If you're expecting to learn a little bit more about Edward, reading the first few chapters seems enough. And if you have no problem doing so, you can skim through the book if you want to. I could have just played the game if I wanted to. The book follows the game very closely, minus the beginning and the end. I definitely appreciated the bits that weren't in the game but they were few and far between. If you're expecting to learn a little bit more about Edward, reading the first few chapters seems enough. And if you have no problem doing so, you can skim through the book if you want to.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    oh boy 1) Edward, this is not an appropriate story to tell to a child 2) trust me to fall in love with a character who barely even appears 3) Edward's story is way too tragic in so many ways and this book makes me sad, and it's not fair that she had to die for him to realise her words 4) they were in love, damnit! they were in love and they should have been Assassins together forever! 5) having quests in the game written down like this was a weird experience but I love it oh boy 1) Edward, this is not an appropriate story to tell to a child 2) trust me to fall in love with a character who barely even appears 3) Edward's story is way too tragic in so many ways and this book makes me sad, and it's not fair that she had to die for him to realise her words 4) they were in love, damnit! they were in love and they should have been Assassins together forever! 5) having quests in the game written down like this was a weird experience but I love it

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michalis

    *Read with Cautiousness* The book generally is really good as a story , but until part four (4) it feels like it's a story of pirate society and only the story of Edward as a pirate.The Assassin part of him becomes noted at the end of book with a really good plot. The whole last part makes the ending perfect for what the story has offered the reader at the 3 first parts. *Read with Cautiousness* The book generally is really good as a story , but until part four (4) it feels like it's a story of pirate society and only the story of Edward as a pirate.The Assassin part of him becomes noted at the end of book with a really good plot. The whole last part makes the ending perfect for what the story has offered the reader at the 3 first parts.

  21. 4 out of 5

    El aus Slytherin

    We all know how much I love assassins :3 This one was too sad but it was really good :3 We all know how much I love assassins :3 This one was too sad but it was really good :3

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    So much potential, but unfortunately not carried through. Certainly not worth reading over 400 pages of, but I don't like leaving books unfinished. Kenway just wasn't a character I could get behind. And the ending retribution was too rushed to leave any sense of satisfaction. So much potential, but unfortunately not carried through. Certainly not worth reading over 400 pages of, but I don't like leaving books unfinished. Kenway just wasn't a character I could get behind. And the ending retribution was too rushed to leave any sense of satisfaction.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Callum Woodward

    I reckon most people who read this will appreciate it, maybe 3 stars but man, if you’ve played the game it just adds a whooole extra level to the story Bowden tells. Not only does it recount the moments throughout the game, giving an invaluable insight into Kenway’s mind the whole time, it covers events before and after the game’s plot to provide even more content for the loving fan. The way Bowden describes Kenway’s emotions in moments where dialogue would normally be simply back and forth, you I reckon most people who read this will appreciate it, maybe 3 stars but man, if you’ve played the game it just adds a whooole extra level to the story Bowden tells. Not only does it recount the moments throughout the game, giving an invaluable insight into Kenway’s mind the whole time, it covers events before and after the game’s plot to provide even more content for the loving fan. The way Bowden describes Kenway’s emotions in moments where dialogue would normally be simply back and forth, you really get a sense of how nervous or excited he could be, rewarding the reader in those moments. He uses lines directly from the game as well, making this book seem like the ‘definitive edition’ of the game’s story. It’s so unbelievably well done. Bowden’s wording about nautical terms and pirates doesn’t go overboard either. He doesn’t alienate you for not knowing which side is port or the mechanics of a flintlock pistol (unlike some other authors) and considering he’s written plenty of other Assassin’s Creed books in different settings, he does an incredible job at nailing every bit of the scenery and weather. The previous books were in Italy, Turkey and Revolution era America for Pete’s sake. I bloody enjoyed this book a lot and if you played the game you owe it to yourself to consider picking this amazing book up to experience everything Kenway did with an added perspective and about 200 extra pages of story. Also Bowden uses the phrase “Twaddle” twice in this book and that’s the name of my long time D&D character so that’s lovely.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Mohamed Shoaib

    In a world without gold, we might have been heroes! "Blackbeard" For years I've been rushing around, taking whatever I fancied, not giving a tinker's curse for those I hurt. Yet here I am... with riches and reputation, feeling no wiser than when I left home. Yet when I turn around, and look at the course I've run... there's not a man or woman that I love left standing beside me. تلك هي كلمات كابتن ادوارد كينواي القرصان الخاص في حقبة العصر الذهبي للقراصنة في البحر الكاريبي يبحر بحثًا عن الثروة و ال In a world without gold, we might have been heroes! "Blackbeard" For years I've been rushing around, taking whatever I fancied, not giving a tinker's curse for those I hurt. Yet here I am... with riches and reputation, feeling no wiser than when I left home. Yet when I turn around, and look at the course I've run... there's not a man or woman that I love left standing beside me. تلك هي كلمات كابتن ادوارد كينواي القرصان الخاص في حقبة العصر الذهبي للقراصنة في البحر الكاريبي يبحر بحثًا عن الثروة و المجد ..في طريقه يقابل الأساسن دانكن الهارب من جماعة الاساسنز بخرائط عن قطعة اثرية اخرى ذات قوة خارقة ليعطيها لفرسان المعبد .. يقتله ادوارد و يتحصل على ردائه "رداء جماعة الاساسنز الشهير" ويتجه نحو هافانا لإكمال مهمة دانكن معتقدًا انه سيجني مال وفير لكن الحكاية اكبر من هذا

  25. 5 out of 5

    William Martin

    As a sea loving scalleywag myself all I can say is I LOVED IT! I first was introduced to the video game as I watched my wife play the campaign and I was immediately intrigued. Reading the novel (since I am no good or have the patience to be good at video games) was the best thing I could do to dive into this world. In that world I not only found the action packed legends of pirates, orders, and empires but found myself subject to a greater morality and life lesson that hits you like all great stor As a sea loving scalleywag myself all I can say is I LOVED IT! I first was introduced to the video game as I watched my wife play the campaign and I was immediately intrigued. Reading the novel (since I am no good or have the patience to be good at video games) was the best thing I could do to dive into this world. In that world I not only found the action packed legends of pirates, orders, and empires but found myself subject to a greater morality and life lesson that hits you like all great stories do! This book had ✅ great characters ✅ great world building ✅ great action ✅ moral decisions that make reader think “what would I do in that situation” ✅ slight romance ✅ Would highly recommend

  26. 4 out of 5

    Erik

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Barring a few respectable bright spots, this is one of the poorest works of fiction I've ever read, especially given the aimless-feeling execution of a simple premise. The main character resorts to piracy in order to provide for his new wife. Fine. It's a morally questionable decision, of course, but there's room for fun in it given an escapist approach to the subject matter from the reader and the author. I generally enjoy and look forward to action scenes in stories, but my problem with the co Barring a few respectable bright spots, this is one of the poorest works of fiction I've ever read, especially given the aimless-feeling execution of a simple premise. The main character resorts to piracy in order to provide for his new wife. Fine. It's a morally questionable decision, of course, but there's room for fun in it given an escapist approach to the subject matter from the reader and the author. I generally enjoy and look forward to action scenes in stories, but my problem with the conflicts in this book is not that they were too numerous but that they were too easy--most of them present very little actual challenge to the protagonist, and a good number of them start and end in only a few sentences. It's not that Bowden can't write quality action. There are a few scenes scattered throughout the book that are essentially action-novel gold, but without wanting to spoil details, some of what should be the most climactic fights in the whole story have essentially nothing to them. That being stated, I really did enjoy the perhaps unconventional approach to romance: instead of the book building up a "get the girl" objective for the big finish, the story gets that aspect out of the way first and handles it in a morally gray fashion (Edward Kenway sometimes picks some very poor choices of fights, and romance is no exception) as a setup for the actual plot. Likewise, Edward is not a single-minded Assassin as you might expect from the title. He continually questions his own goals and loyalties as well as those of the conquest-minded Templars and their skilled if nearly as unsubtle Assassin rivals, and if anyone in this book is truly interesting at least on some level, he is. The multiple damsel-in-distress scenarios start to feel rather contrived (readers who are set off by scenes of women being taken advantage of and sometimes treated brutally may want to exercise caution, though many men also meet very gory ends), as though they're just stepping-stones for Kenway, and too much of the surrounding story feels like Edward happens to be in the right or wrong place at the right or wrong time. To give a brief but important spoiler of the ending, what really bothered me about the book's approach to morality was not that it openly glamorized piracy but that it was inconsistent: the whole story spent itself playing up the deeds of its protagonists as being their own morbid sort of heroic, and then only a few pages before the end of the book, Kenway is realistically held accountable and ostracized for his actions ... just before a very convenient solution presents itself. It feels like an insult to the personal costs and consequences of his actions, as if the justifiable anger of many innocent people around him is completely irrelevant. The setting and concept of the book interested me heavily, as I was expecting something roughly similar to "Master and Commander," but I just didn't see the actual effort necessary to take a great idea and turn it into a great story. On the pacing side, trim down the number of action scenes. Make each of them more unique, and give the reader true cause to question how and if Edward will survive each new obstacle. Too much of the book feels like endless fighting without attention given to why those scenes can be so compelling in the first place, and as stated, it's not that I don't like the author knows how to write these moments well. He does, and he proves it wonderfully at times--but I wouldn't say he does so very often. Too much of the book feels like he's as inconsistent in challenging himself as in challenging Edward, and I think this lack of drama does a disservice to both individuals as well as to the reader.

  27. 4 out of 5

    EvaCatReads

    The beginning was really strong I loved how it explains how Caroline and Edward met and it sheds some light on Edward's backstory. At parts it captured Edward's humour perfectly and it made me really like Caroline Scott as a character. However I feel like Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet were overlooked and some sections felt a little rushed since there was a certain scene I was looking forward to but it never turned up and that was Blackbeard's intimidation speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls The beginning was really strong I loved how it explains how Caroline and Edward met and it sheds some light on Edward's backstory. At parts it captured Edward's humour perfectly and it made me really like Caroline Scott as a character. However I feel like Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet were overlooked and some sections felt a little rushed since there was a certain scene I was looking forward to but it never turned up and that was Blackbeard's intimidation speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsAqM... I also feel as if the part where Edward and Vane are marooned on an island was rushed as well and it didn't play out the way it originally did with Vane trying to kill Edward with guns which was a little disappointng. I was also a little disappointed that the assassin missions were missed out because I was looking forward to meeting Rhona the Scottish assassin but alas she only appeared at the very end for a very brief moment, and I feel that these moments with Edward interacting with the assassins really shaped his character and had an effect on his arrogant and greedy nature. Another point actually that I may as well state since I'm already going on a bit is on P355 Edward killed the guardians...WHAT!? That never happened, Edward just disarmed them or knocked them out because they were just doing their job! He even freed some of them from capture! I do feel as if the book could have been a little longer to really capture the essence of the story. I liked how Mary Read was handled I thought her scenes were great but I felt like the Anne and Edward slight romance (if you could even call it that) was unnecessary as I got friendship vibes from them and not romantic vibes especially after what the two of them had been through, so that ruined their close bond a little for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kasey

    This book provided a much desired backstory to the character that broke my heart, aka Haytham. As always, there were grammatical errors and choppy sentences that should've been caught by the editor that weren't, but these errors have lessened and become less distracting with each book. The storyline of this novel is interesting, though it is not as detailed in some parts, so some things seem to spring on the reader unexpectedly--and not in the good plot twist kind of way, the "wait how is this e This book provided a much desired backstory to the character that broke my heart, aka Haytham. As always, there were grammatical errors and choppy sentences that should've been caught by the editor that weren't, but these errors have lessened and become less distracting with each book. The storyline of this novel is interesting, though it is not as detailed in some parts, so some things seem to spring on the reader unexpectedly--and not in the good plot twist kind of way, the "wait how is this even happening where did that person come from" kind of way. Regardless, I enjoyed Edward because he showed growth and made mistakes and, like Altaïr, was more similar to a real person rather than just being a skilled Assassin with no emotions or moral qualms.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Artzy

    The world is of 25% land and 75% water. So when you run out of land, you should jump right into the oceans and discover the depths. I, myself, am rather amazed at the idea of being out on a ship and int the ocean discovery. Oliver Bowden once again brings the Henway back into the silent wars of Templars and Creed. This time however, started with being a normal lad of constant life cycle passed down from generations to generations and stopped by Edward Henway to bring the good old days of searchi The world is of 25% land and 75% water. So when you run out of land, you should jump right into the oceans and discover the depths. I, myself, am rather amazed at the idea of being out on a ship and int the ocean discovery. Oliver Bowden once again brings the Henway back into the silent wars of Templars and Creed. This time however, started with being a normal lad of constant life cycle passed down from generations to generations and stopped by Edward Henway to bring the good old days of searching (or rather fighting) for the truth back as their daily lives routine. If anything, it brings back more adventure to this series than anything.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Briana

    This specific game out of the Assassin's Creed video game series, is my favorite. So I decided to read the book and thought that maybe it would offer some more insight into Edward's world. The book followed the game very well. I was pleased with that. It did cover some events that I don't remember playing out in my game, but that's alright. (Yes, I held this book to the standard that I hold the game. Deal with it.) So if you like the game, and wish to just continue in the world of Mr. Kenway, read This specific game out of the Assassin's Creed video game series, is my favorite. So I decided to read the book and thought that maybe it would offer some more insight into Edward's world. The book followed the game very well. I was pleased with that. It did cover some events that I don't remember playing out in my game, but that's alright. (Yes, I held this book to the standard that I hold the game. Deal with it.) So if you like the game, and wish to just continue in the world of Mr. Kenway, read this.

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