So there goes my last Oliver Bowden book on Assassins, the “Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag” (ISBN 978-0-425-26296-2). There is one more, of course, newly written to cover the story of AC: Unity, but I intend to finish the current books of Song of Fire and Ice before I pick that one up. So “last” for now.
“Gentlemen! As is custom among our kind, we do not plunge headlong into folly on the order of a single madman, but act according to our own collective madness!” 222p.
Edward Kenway began his days as an honest sheep farmer (“I was a sheep-farmer, not one of the sheep“) who was never content with only the things he had. He wished for more. He wished to not only marry the marvelous Caroline Scott, but be worthy of her too. And thus, when fate and men who later turned out to be Templars, took away all he had, including the approval of his parents, he turned towards the sea.
A privateer was a type of a legal pirate, if you please. And Edward firmly stood among those against piracy. Yet circumstances seemed to be forcing him into all sorts of things he didn’t want and thus, the moment he seemed to be saved from the life of a Black Flag – England disowned her sons at the sea. Then and there in waves legends were born: Blackbeard, Mary Read, Captain Vane and of course, Edward Kenway.
Edward didn’t give a damn to what assassin’s might be, but he hated templars for what those have done to him personally. Thus when he took off a hidden blade of a corpse, he had no idea where he was getting into. And who he was crossing.
A great book, I say. Piracy is not glamorized as much as I feared, no, in fact it’s gory and ugly, always ending up in rot if the men in it aren’t quick enough to grab a Pardon there or here. Yet while reading I enjoyed imagining the warm breeze, the possible sounds sails would make, and the smell of a hot-sanded shore, overgrown with palm trees. I’ll give it a firm 5 out of 5, must say this is the best one so far. I’ll miss you all, lads and lasses.