Assassin’s Creed: The Renaissance
Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance is the first part of the Assassin’s Creed series and follows the life of Ezio Auditore da Firenze. The book starts when Ezio’s family is betrayed and murdered by the ruling family of Italy and he must exact revenge to restore the honour of his family’s name and eradicate corruption. For this, he must learn the art of the Assassins.
The story revolves around the centuries old battle between the Assassin Order and the Knights Templar. These two groups have been fighting for supremacy over each other for centuries and Ezio is drawn into this battle. During his quest for revenge, Ezio starts to train as an assassin and in the process, learns more and more truths about his family.
He then comes across the reason the two groups have been at each others throats for so long: an ancient technology that could alter the way the human mind works. He realises that there is another thing that they are after. A vault, somewhere in Italy, that contains the secrets of an ancient, technologically superior civilisation, that disappeared.
All along the way, Ezio will have to use the wisdom of great minds like Da Vinci and Niccolo Machiavelli to survive. To his friends, he is the force that will bring about a positive change and to his enemies, he is a threat to the tyrannical establishment in Italy.