Assassin’s Creed is one of the rare franchises that can go on and on and on forever due to the fact that it’s an incessant cat and mouse game between the Templars and the Assassins and the eternal fight over the pieces of Eden. The sci-fi, time-traveling action series has received a new, original entry in the form of a novel by New York Time’s best-selling author, Christie Golden. The name of the book is Assassin’s Creed: Heresy.
The book follows the new head of Abstergo’s Historical Research Division in London, England. His name is Simon Hathaway, which of course sounds very similar to Haytham Kenway, but there’s no relation since (spoilers) Desmond died way back in Assassin’s Creed III. Anyway, Hathaway attempts to locate Joan of Arc’s sword back during the 15th century. He gets to time-travel through the slippery sci-fi elements of his DNA genealogy to embody a love-stricken farm boy who has the britches -melting hots for Joan of Arc.
The kid ends up joining up with Joan and Simon ends up getting help from psychiatrist Dr. Victoria Bibeau and the prototypical tech-wizard who also happens to be his girlfriend, as they attempt to track down Joan’s sword, deal with his ancestor’s butterfly-filled stomach and obsession with a fatalist, and attempt to uncover the secrets of Eden.
Technically, if this were game it doesn’t sound like it would be that bad. However, Ubisoft has found ways to completely demolish interest in their own franchises by curb-stomping any kind of interesting aspects out of them due to over-saturation, mundane stories and glitch-filled gameplay. Hopefully Christie Golden can recover Ubisoft’s perpetual fumbles as of late with their own billion dollar franchise.
You can get the standard edition of the book for $16 or you can pick up the special edition for $27. Assassin’s Creed: Heresy is available at participating retailers and e-tailers alike.