Saturday 25 June 2022

Book Review: Assassin's Creed: The Magus Conspiracy by Kate Heartfield (Fantasy Thriller)

Title: Assassin's Creed: The Magus Conspiracy
Author: Kate Heartfield
Publisher: Aconyte
Publication Date: 2 August 2022
Pages: 251
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy Thriller
Source: ARC via NetGalley

London, 1851 – When Pierrette, a daring acrobat performing at the Great Exhibition, rescues the mathematician Ada Lovelace from a gang of thugs, she becomes immersed in an ancient feud between Assassins and Templars. But Lovelace is gravely ill, and shares her secrets with Pierrette, sending the acrobat in search of a terrible weapon which she’d been developing for a shadowy figure known as “the Magus”. Pierrette’s only ally is Simeon Price, Lovelace’s childhood friend, who belongs to a Brotherhood devoted to free will. With Simeon’s aid, they uncover a startling web of political assassinations destabilizing Europe. As they race to foil the Templars’ deadly plot, murders and bombs are everywhere they look, but hope is nowhere in sight.


Assassin's Creed: The Magus Conspiracy was a so-so read for me. I am not a gamer, so my knowledge of Assassin's Creed comes solely from the 2016 movie. I therefore approached this book with a few expectations, but not too many. The plot was interesting enough; however, the pacing felt a little all over the place. My main issue, though, was that I could not bring myself to fully engage with or care about any of the characters, so there was no tension for me as I was reading about what would happen to them. The prose was fine, and there was nothing 'wrong' per se; it simply didn't capture me in the way I would have liked for this kind of story. If you are a fan of the franchise I am sure you will find the book enjoyable, but for me it was only an okay read and not a book I'd rush to reread in the future. It gets 3.5 stars from me.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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