Assassin’s Creed

Book Review – Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath by Oliver Bowden

Name: Assassin’s Creed Origins: Desert Oath

Author: Oliver Bowden

Publication Date: 2nd November 2017

Format: Paperback

Goodreads Link: Here

Review: Set in 70BCE in Egypt, a killer stalks the land in order to eradicate the last members and the bloodline of an ancient order called the Medjay. But in peaceful Siwa, the town’s protector leaves suddenly and his teenage son Bayek soon discovers his purpose and goes out to discover more about it and about the Medjay and his own destiny. This book is based around the Assassin’s Creed Origins game, and although I have never played it, I do enjoy the concept and books of Assassin’s Creed. I have read Renaissance before, and this is in theory the prequel to it, so I decided to start with this before attempting to complete the series (including rereading Renaissance). This book switches points of view a fair bit, one minute it is first person and we are reading it from the view of Bayek, the next it is in the third person and we’re somewhere else. I think this would annoy some people but I actually enjoyed it. I think that for this book it is very important to have the sections involving Bayek to be from his perspective as it enhances the story if we know what he’s going through and his thoughts and feelings on the entire thing. Yet, we wouldn’t understand the book and the story as well if it was only from his perspective. Having this third-person viewpoint when discussing the other characters in chapters where Bayek is not present helped us gather more understanding of why certain events occurred, we gathered more information about certain characters, and we knew about things that we wouldn’t have known about if the entire novel had been from Bayek’s perspective. I thought this book was really well-written, the plot was action-packed and just overall it was an enjoyable read, especially if you are a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. One friend even told me that after he read Renaissance, he felt as if he understood the plot of the first game way better than he did through actually playing the game, and I think that says a lot about Oliver Bowden’s writing and how closely he would have worked with Ubisoft to produce these books. I am awful at Assassin’s Creed type games, so I tend to stick with the books and I am really glad they exist for each game, as I feel like I’m not missing out. I have no idea if this book in particular is actually relevant to the plot of Assassin’s Creed Origins, but either way it’s an interesting story to read maybe alongside the game, but it’s also an action-packed book to read even if you don’t play the games but are interested in the concepts. I will warn you that there is a lot of violence in these books, but I think that is to be expected. Overall, I loved this book, it kept my interest, I think it was well-written, it felt educational even though it’s based off of a video game and it was just a great book. Like I said before, if you are a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series of games then you’ll definitely be interested in giving these books a go, and I’d definitely recommend this one!

Rating: 5/5