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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood is a novel based on the game of the same name, released on November 25, 2010. Written once again by Oliver Bowden, it is a direct sequel to Assassin's Creed: Renaissance.
"I will journey to the black heart of a corrupt Empire to root out my foes. But Rome wasn't built in a day and it won't be restored by a lone assassin. I am Ezio Auditore da Firenze. This is my brotherhood."
Rome, once mighty, lies in ruins. The city swarms with suffering and degradation, her citizens living in the shadow of the ruthless Borgia family. Only one man can free the people from the Borgia tyranny - Ezio Auditore, the Master Assassin. Ezio's quest will test him to his limits. Cesare Borgia, a man more villainous and dangerous than his father the Pope, will not rest until he has conquered Italy. And in such treacherous times, conspiracy is everywhere, even within the ranks of the brotherhood itself...
Differences in the Novel
- Mario Auditore is both shot and beheaded during the defense of Monteriggioni. Cesare then waves Mario's head at Ezio, shouting "You're next!" to him as he escapes with the townspeople.
- Ezio and Cesare meet during the Siege of Monteriggioni and Ezio is shot by Octavian de Valois. In the game, Ezio and Cesare don't meet until later, and Ezio is shot by an arquebusier.
- Leonardo da Vinci is present and stands with Cesare at the Siege of Monteriggioni.
- Mario Auditore was said to be the Grand Master of the Assassin Order prior to his death during the Siege of Monteriggioni.
- Leonardo reveals that he used the Apple to locate Ezio in Rome, similarly to how Ezio discovers where Cesare is headed after his escape from prison.
- Ezio uses his Apprentices to destroy Leonardo's inventions, and to guard Leonardo from the Borgia. In the game, Ezio himself destroys the war machines, and he doesn't leave Leonardo with any protection.
- Cesare's face had been mutilated by the "New Disease" (which is a reference to the recent outbreak of syphilis), leading him to wear a mask. In the game, however, his face is always fully shown without any signs of such deformities.
- A more detailed account of Ezio's hunt for Cesare after he escapes from prison is given. It details Micheletto being killed, and has Ezio in Spain with Leonardo and Machiavelli trying to find Cesare.
- Machiavelli is present when Ezio hides the Apple under the Colosseo.
- Leonardo is offered to join the Assassins, though he declines.
- Between 1504 and 1506, Claudia Auditore da Firenze steps down as the Madam of the Rosa in Fiore, and Rosa replaces her.
- According to the Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood novel, Cesare excelled at bullfighting. Machiavelli believed he showed such an interest in the sport due to his aggressive nature and partly being Spanish, were the sport originated.
- After Minerva vanished after talking to Ezio, Ezio sees the Piece of Eden the Sword, being held by a statue.
- in the book, Ezio is a Christian while in the games he is nonreligious.
- At the start of the book Mario Auditore makes reference to Claudia being married and then widowed. Where as in the game this doesn't happen.