[Bea’s Ranting Book Reviews] Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag [Oliver Bowden] by Bea Harper


Published: 2013

Publisher: Penguin

Although Forsaken still holds it’s position of being the zenith of Bowden’s compelling Assassin’s Creed adaptations, Black Flag is still enormously fun. Edward Kenway is an interesting creature, and while at his core he is a good man, it takes nothing short of several self-inflicted tragedies for him to realise. In a sense, the tale of Edward is the age-old adage of “First you need to lose yourself before you find yourself”. Told through first person, chronicling Edward’s humble beginnings as a sheep farmer to his decision to become a privateer for His Majesty and finally crossing into the daring and dangerous lands of piracy, the young Welshman finds himself inadvertently shaping the futures of both the Assassins and the Templars, neither of which’s existence he ever knew of. As he finds himself struggling to comprehend his actions in the world, he also comes into contact with some of the most notorious pirates of the day, ranging from Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Calico Jack Rackham, Blackbeard, Ben Hornigold and Black Bart, all of which shape Edward’s perceptions of the world he inhabits. Despite not being as compulsive as his son Haytham’s tale, this is still a solid story and although my score may seem harsh, it is not at all a bad or boring read.



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