By: Dustin Granberry
Ubisoft revealed they are partnering up with Scholastic to bring a new Assassin's Creed Book series to fans, coming later this year.
The first entry is titled The Last Descendants and will be released later this year in September. The follow-up is planned for a January 2017 release, but has yet to be titled. Award-winning author Matthew J. Kirby will be taking readers on adventures across several timelines, from present-day, to 1860’s New York, and even to the Spanish conquest of the Aztecs. Along the way, readers will be introduced to several historical figures from their respective timelines. Such figures as William “Boss” Tweed, Hernan Cortes, and Adelina Patti.
The story will follow Owen, who is the book’s protagonist, as he tries to clear his father's name by using the Animus, and ends up uncovering a much deeper plot and a feud between the Assassins and Templars. The full plot from the press release is as follows:
Nothing in Owen's life has been right since his father died in prison, accused of a crime Owen is certain he didn't commit. Monroe, the IT guy at school, might finally bring Owen the means to clear his father's name by letting him use an Animus — a device that lets users explore the genetic memories buried within their own DNA. The experience brings Owen more than he bargained for. During a simulation, Owen uncovers the existence of an ancient and powerful relic long considered legend — the Trident of Eden. Now two secret organizations will stop at nothing to take possession of this artifact — the Brotherhood of Assassins and the Templar Order. It soon becomes clear to Owen that the only way to save himself is to find the Trident first.
Under the guidance of Monroe, Owen and a group of other teenagers enter a simulation of memories they all share within their DNA: the 1863 draft riots in New York City. Owen and his companions will find themselves tested on the gritty streets of New York, and their experiences in the past will have far-reaching consequences in the present.
The series will be targeted towards a young adult audience, but fans of the video games both young and old are encouraged to try the books.