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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood

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by Oliver Bowden

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Master Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze's hunt for revenge pits him against the Knights Templar in this novel based on the Assassin's Creed™ video game series.
After his family was betrayed by the ruthless nobles of Renaissance Italy, young Ezio vowed to restore the honor of the da Firenze name at any cost. Learning the arts of the Assassins


Master Assassin Ezio Auditore da Firenze's hunt for revenge pits him against the Knights Templar in this novel based on the Assassin's Creed™ video game series.
After his family was betrayed by the ruthless nobles of Renaissance Italy, young Ezio vowed to restore the honor of the da Firenze name at any cost. Learning the arts of the Assassins, he fought with both his mind and body, ultimately confronting and defeating a secret evil. Or so he thought...

For the power of the dreaded Templars has not been broken. The sinister enemies of the Brotherhood are now aware of the threat Ezio poses to them and their plans to engulf the world in their dark shadow. And Ezio must once again walk the razor-thin line between preserving innocent life—and killing all in his path…

An Original Novel Based on the Multiplatinum Video Game from Ubisoft

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Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Assassin's Creed Series , #2
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Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Ezio stood for a moment, dazed and disoriented. Where was he, what was this place? As he slowly regained his senses, he saw his uncle Mario detach himself from a crowd of people and approach him, taking his arm.

"Ezio, are you all right?"

"Th-th-there was a fight—with the Pope, with Rodrigo Borgia. I left him for dead."

Ezio trembled violently. He could not help himself. Could it be real? Seconds earlier—though it seemed like one hundred years ago—he had been involved in a life-and-death struggle with the man he most hated and feared—the leader of the Templars, the vicious organization bent to the last on the destruction of the world Ezio and his friends in the Brotherhood of the Assassins had fought so hard to protect.

But he had beaten them. He had used the great powers of the mysterious artifact, the Apple, the sacred Piece of Eden vouchsafed by the old gods to him to ensure that their investment in humanity did not vanish in bloodshed and iniquity. And he had emerged triumphant!

Or had he?

What had he said? I left him for dead? And Rodrigo Borgia, the vile old man who had clawed his way to the head of the Church and ruled it as Pope, had indeed seemed to be dying. He had taken poison.

But now a hideous doubt gripped Ezio. In showing mercy, mercy that was at the core of the Assassin's Creed and which should, he knew, be granted to all but those whose life would endanger the rest of mankind, had he in fact been weak?

If he had, he would never let his doubt show—not even to his uncle Mario, leader of the Brotherhood. He squared his shoulders. He had left the old man to die by his own hand. He had left him with time to pray. He had not stabbed him through the heart to make sure of him.

A cold hand closed over his heart as a clear voice in his mind said: You should have killed him.

He shook himself to rid himself of his demons as a dog shakes itself to throw off water after a swim. But still his thoughts dwelled on his mystifying experience in the strange Vault beneath the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican in Rome. The building from which he had just emerged, blinking into the unfamiliar sunlight. Everything around him seemed strangely calm and normal—the buildings of the Vatican standing just as they always had, still resplendent in the bright light.

The memory of what had just passed in the Vault came back to him, great surges of recollection overwhelming his consciousness. There had been a vision, an encounter with a strange goddess—for there was no other way of describing the being—whom he now knew as Minerva—the Roman goddess of Wisdom. She had shown him both the distant past and the far future in such a way as to make him loathe the responsibility that the knowledge he had gained had placed on his shoulders.

And whom could he share it with? How could he explain any of it? It all seemed so unreal.

All he knew for sure after his experience—better call it an ordeal—was that the fight was not yet over. Perhaps one day there would be a time when he could return to his hometown of Florence and settle down with his books, drinking with his friends in winter and hunting with them in autumn, chasing girls in spring, and overseeing the harvests on his estates in summer.

But this was not it.

In his heart he knew that the Templars and all the evil they represented were not finished. In them he was pitted against a monster with more heads than the Hydra and, like that beast, which had taken no less a man than Hercules to slay, all but immortal.


His uncle's voice was harsh, but served to snap him out of the reverie that had him in its clutches. He had to get a grip. He had to think clearly.

There was a fire raging in Ezio's head. He said his name to himself, as a kind of reassurance: I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze. Strong, a master of the traditions of the Assassin.

He went over the ground again: He didn't know whether or not he'd been dreaming. The teaching and the revelations of the strange goddess in the Vault had shaken his beliefs and assumptions to the core. It was as if Time itself had been stood on its head. Emerging from the Sistine Chapel, where he had left the evil Pope, Alexander VI, apparently dying, he squinted again in the harsh sunlight. There were his friends, his fellow Assassins, gathered around, their faces grave and set with grim determination.

The thought pursued him still: Should he have killed Rodrigo—made sure of him? He had elected not to—and the man had indeed seemed bent on taking his own life, having failed in his final goal.

But that clear voice still rang in Ezio's mind.

And there was more: A baffling force now seemed to be drawing him back to the chapel—and he sensed that there was something left undone.

Not Rodrigo. Not just Rodrigo. Though he would finish him now!

Something else!

"What is it?" Mario asked.

"I must return—" Ezio said, realizing afresh, and with a lurching stomach, that the game wasn't over, and that the Apple should not yet pass from his hands. As the thought struck him, he was seized with an overwhelming sense of urgency. Tearing himself free of his uncle's sheltering arms, he hurried back into the gloom. Mario, bidding the others to stay where they were and to keep watch, followed.

Ezio quickly reached the place where he'd left the dying Rodrigo Borgia—but the man wasn't there! A richly decorated papal damask cope lay in a heap on the floor, flecked with gore; but its owner was gone. Once again the hand, clad in an icy steel gauntlet, closed over Ezio's heart and seemed to crush it.

The hidden door to the Vault was, to all intents and purposes, closed, almost invisible indeed, but, as Ezio approached the point where he remembered it to have been, he found that it swung open gently at his touch. He turned to his uncle and was surprised to see fear on Mario's face.

"What's in there?" said the older man, fighting to keep his voice steady.

"The Mystery," Ezio replied.

Leaving Mario on the threshold, he walked down the dimly lit passage, hoping he was not too late, that Minerva would have foreseen this, and would show mercy. Surely Rodrigo would not have been allowed entry here. Nevertheless, Ezio kept his hidden-blade, the blade his father had bequeathed him, at the ready.

In the Vault, the great human, yet, at the same time, superhuman figures—but were they statues?—still stood, holding the Staff.

One of the Pieces of Eden.

The Staff was apparently welded to the figure that held it, and indeed as Ezio tried to pry it loose, the figure seemed to tighten its grip, glowing, as did the Runic inscriptions on the walls of the Vault.

Ezio had remembered that no human hand should ever touch the Apple unprotected. The figures then turned away and sank into the ground, leaving the Vault void of anything save the great sarcophagus and its surrounding statues.

Ezio stepped back, looking around briefly and hesitating before taking what he instinctively knew would be his final leave of this place. What was he expecting? Was he hoping that Minerva would once again manifest herself to him? But hadn't she told him all there was to tell—or at least all there was that it was safe for him to know? The Apple had been vouchsafed him. In combination with the Apple, the other Pieces of Eden would have accorded the supremacy Rodrigo craved, and Ezio understood in the fullness of his years that such united power was too dangerous for the hands of Man.

"All right?" Mario's voice, still untypically nervous, floated down to him.

"All's well," replied Ezio, making his way back to the light with a curious reluctance.

Once reunited with his uncle, Ezio wordlessly showed him the Apple.

"And the Staff?"

Ezio shook his head.

"Better in the hands of the Earth than in the hands of Man," said Mario, with immediate understanding. "But you don't need me to tell you that." He shuddered visibly. "Come on! We can't linger."

"What's the hurry?"

"Everything's the hurry. Do you think Rodrigo is just going to sit back and let us stroll out of here?"

"I left him for dead."

"Not quite the same as leaving him good and dead, is it? Come on!"

They made their way out of the Vault then, as quickly as they could; and a cold wind seemed to follow them as they did so.

Meet the Author

Oliver Bowden is a pseudonym for an acclaimed novelist.

With acting credits that span stage and screen, Gildart Jackson is most often recognized for his role as Gideon on Charmed. He has also been featured on Providence and General Hospital, and his theater roles include Trigorin in The Seagull, Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady, and Adrian in Private Eyes at the Old Globe.

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Assassin's Creed 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 91 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book has every single detail of the game this author is amazing
kionee More than 1 year ago
after just beating assassin's creed brotherhood i was very pleased to see that the book followedthe game. it gives agood view of the different people who played important roles during that time period and would be good for someone who enjoys history.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What order are the books in
Anonymous 3 months ago
I couldn't understand why friends enjoyed game. After reading and understanding the missing full plot, I played in between book breaks, and fully enjoyed completion of both. I want to read more and and discover if there is more. If something like this was used by powerful groups in the past, how did they die out?
Anonymous 5 months ago
Having played the video games, I was hesitant to read this. However, being that Brotherhood is my favorite Assassins Creed game, curiosity got me. While it was different than the game, it kept my interest going. It's also my first Nook book. I don't regret a thing! Ezio will always be my favorite character!!!! <3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy like assassins creed but i do not have allthe games yet, and by the way, i woud rather read them befor plaing it so can you put on all of them even the new ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A white matrix picks a date then fade And people say rome wasnt built in a dayyyyah BLOOM TRANSITION The birds get the hell out of there Because they know something's going down {is he gonna die.} No its a medium shot. Pan Zoom and slo-mo means he's the target. Mysterious hooded man watches {from a distance} Takes a second to look awesome. Time to go walk in slow motion so you still look awesome. Guard just saw you and he's gonna shoot you. Dont mind him just keep looking awesome that shadow will take care of him. WHITE! Guard says stop just kill him with your awesome the other got hit by an arrow so your good. PART THE RED SEA. Hopefully they have good armor. No they dont mabey they do. THEY DONT. Now act like you didnt do it {theyre not bying it} Target comes out of his shelter. Hes destracted by a feather. Hes like shoot me. He likes feathers. He looks up when he remembers OOH I LOVE BIRDS! Nod at the bird and PEOPLE DIE everywhere PEOPLE DIE. Target doesnt die hes fine. Target send horsemen to die. Kill the horse the rider falls down. Kill the rider the rider falls down. And targets still alive. Target nods and some other guys that were hiding in pillars jump out then target pulls out his sword and goes to smell his sword {not sure why} Mysterious hooded man is joined by other hooded people. Your net. RUNNING RUNNING. SLOW MOTION JUMP ATTACK! Tobuscus
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not very long
Matthew Bruins More than 1 year ago
Greatest book ever made in my life
Griperang72a More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book just as much as I did the first one. There is plenty of action, adventure and a little history thrown in. There are many battles and just when you thing Ezio has gotten rid of Cesare think again. The battles kept me on the edge of my seat. I liked how Ezio's sister played a bigger role in this book. Of course I really liked Leonardo and his part in the whole story. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
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Are you always bored? Come to ethics around 6:00 pm eastern time. Theres a dj and of course a huge pool. Invite you friends
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Hi jake#
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Im locked out of res 2 and 3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it make alot more please?!?!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i just found this book on nook but it is the best. If you havent bought it yet GET IT. Caution some innapropiate "things happen" I rate it T for teen. But anyway the book is the bomb i wish i was Ezio soooooooooo badly. I have played the game and read the book Ezio is wicked ( for a middle aged man) I have so much to say but not enough space. In my opinion the docter he meets is stupid and FAT. Who in the world would say Ezio will never recover properly i am going to refraine from cussing at him for veiwer discresion JK im christian. Other than that the book is awesome. Buy it now. God bless you all - Ezio gamer
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Want a good assasins creed song. Go to youtube amd look up assasins creed brotherhood song. Really good
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TheNobleLiterary13 More than 1 year ago
I have added it to my wishlist and as a huge gaming and AC fan...I am ashamed to say I had no idea these books existed...thx B&amp;N!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The video game is awesome! So im assuming this has tge same amount of action as the game. And if it does, you will definetly enjoy reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Aside from being a vey very long book, I did enjoy reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the book alot