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Assassin's Creed: Black Flag is a novel written by Oliver Bowden, released in the UK on 7 November 2013 and the US on 26 November 2013. The novel focuses on the events of the game of the same name.


"I was spellbound by the hooded man at work. Mesmerized by this agent of death, who had ignored the carnage around him by biding his time and waiting to strike."
―Edward Kenway

It is the Golden Age of Piracy and the New World beckons. Edward Kenway—the brash young son of a wool merchant—dreams of gold and cannot resist the lure of a life of glory on the high seas.

When his family homestead is attacked, there seems like no better time to escape, and Kenway soon establishes himself as one of the deadliest privateers of his day.

But greed, ambition and betrayal follow closely in his wake. And when evidence of a crippling conspiracy begins to surface, threatening to destroy everything that he holds dear, Kenway can't resist the urge for retribution.

And so he is drawn into the centuries-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars.[1]

Plot summary[]

Part 1[]

1- (1719 or thereabouts) Due to the Jackdaw's need for a proper cook, Edward and the crew hunted down a brig known for its famous cook. He eventually found him and discovered he had cut off his nose during the fight.

2- (1711) Edward retold his days as a young sheep-farmer and an occasional drinker in Bristol's taverns. Despite his father and mother's successful sheep business, Edward preferred to spend his time drinking, which usually led to him committing violence.

3- One day in the Auld Shillelagh tavern, Edward witnessed Tom and Seth Cobleigh and Julian harassing a maidservant named Rose. He then decided to save the girl, leading to a fistfight. Fortunately, Rose's mistress Caroline Scott arrived to stop the fight. Edward immediately fell in love with Caroline and asked to meet her again.

4- Bernard Kenway scolded his son for fighting the Cobleighs. The following morning, the Kenways found that the Cobleighs had killed two of their sheep. Bernard prevented Edward from seeking revenge, for the Cobleighs had joined a trade organization which provided protection.

5- Despite their differences in social status, Edward still pursued his love for Caroline and learned that she was the fiancée of the rich trader Matthew Hague. With the help of Albert, he tried to gain the attention of the woman but ended up fighting Matthew, his bodyguard Wilson and Tom.

6- After the fight, Wilson doubled back on Kenway to bruise his pride in his love for Caroline.

-Edward is press-ganged onto the merchant ship Emperor. Aware that the end of the War of the Spanish Succession would leave many privateers unemployed, Captain Alexander Dolzell convinces the crew to turn to piracy; their first action being an attack on the Amazon Galley, a merchant ship rumored to hold treasure. Initially successful, the raid ceases with the appearance of the Sea Dog's Bite captained by Edward Thatch, then still loyal to the British Crown. The pirates are overwhelmed and Thatch proposes that Edward and Blaney fistfight to determine who would occupy the sole spot aboard Amazon Galley. Despite Blaney's cheating, Edward wins and joins Thatch's crew, beginning a lifelong friendship.

-As Duncan Walpole, Edward is inducted into the Templar Order alongside Woodes Rogers and Julien du Casse before receiving his payment from Grand Master Torres. Not satisfied with his reward, Edward tries to interrogate the Sage himself but is captured by the Templars upon their discovery of his stolen identity.

Differences from Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.[]

  • The Assassins' ambush of the Templars in order to rescue Bartholomew Roberts after Kenway's induction to the Order was omitted, instead skipping to Rogers' departure for England.
  • Edward’s involvement in the Siege of Charles-Towne and the Blockade of Nassau are omitted.
  • Edward admits to only knowing the Italian word grazie during his mission to assassinate Woodes Rogers, but in-game, he clearly speaks several phrases.
  • Edward's feelings towards Anne Bonny are further told in the novel and the two shared a goodbye kiss before Edward left for England with his daughter, Jennifer Scott.
  • Robert Maynard is present in the ambush against Blackbeard and has his hand sliced open by the pirate.
  • Edward's pursuit of Bartholomew Roberts was much more different; instead of four frigates belonging to the Spanish and Royal Navies, they were attacked by a British Man O' War called the HMS Swallow who was also after Roberts. This is consistent with the Royal Navy's historical account on its ambush on Roberts.
  • Edward was attracted to Mary Read after discovering she was a woman and was disappointed when she used her James Kidd persona once more.
  • Stede Bonnet's death was reported to Edward, to which he expressed remorse for his death.
  • In his final moments, Julien du Casse cursed at Edward in English rather than French.
  • No mention is made of Opia Apito, Upton, Vance Travers, or the Templar agents.
  • After Edward's persona as Walpole was found to be a ruse, El Tiburón and Edward had a confrontation that ended in Kenway's defeat and subsequent imprisonment in the Spanish Treasure Fleet. A confrontation between the two was planned in the game but was cancelled for unknown reasons.