For most people, November means Thanksgiving and family. For the writers, it might also be about Nano WriMo. For me, November also equals Assassin’s Creed. At least, it had for the last eight years.
I work full-time and write on the side, so my free time is nonexistent. But in 2007 for Christmas my fabulous hubby gave me a Playstation and the first Assassin’s Creed game. He’s smart. I love swords and all things medieval, so yep. I was hooked, and every year since, smart hubby brings me the newest Assassin’s Creed on release day, Christmas or not. For the month of November, chores are left undone. Writing slows to a snail crawl. Dinner? Grab a box of cereal, people.
Except for this year.
No new game. Ubisoft says, “It will be back when it’s ready.” People are guessing 2017, but all I know is…moping, whining, and longing to play an assassin. To be fair, fans aren’t completely let down. There’s a new Ezio collection out this week and an Assassin’s Creed movie out in December. Even so, I’m longing for my new game!
So, in honor of my Assassin’s Creed yearning, I'm celebrating a few of my favorite literary assassins.
Kylar Stern from the Night Angel series by Brent Weeks. I loved, loved, LOVED Kylar. We get to grow up with him, watch him change from starving street rat to the best assassin ever. Yet, he holds onto his compassion and honor somehow, and never stops hoping for a better future. The moment he finds love and realizes he’s accepted as is…sigh. This series is one of my all-time favorites.
Celaena from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. I haven’t read the entire series yet, but Celaena is one tough chickie. She’s survived a year of slavery in the salt mines and is selected to enter a competition to become the king’s assassin. She rocks. While she’s snarky and testy (understandably so), she still manages to see goodness in the people she once thought of as enemies, and she’s not afraid to fight for the people she cares for. Another assassin with honorable shards. Must be a theme. J
Vitala Salonius from Assassin’s Gambit by Amy Raby. Vitala was also groomed from childhood to become an assassin. She believes in her cause and will do whatever it takes for the resistance to gain the upper hand. She’s smart, talented, and doesn’t believe in love…until her target knocks her socks off. Nothing better than an assassin falling for her target.
So there are three of my favorite assassins. Who’s your favorite, and if you’re an Assassin’s Creed fan feeling the pain, please feel free to join in my woe.