The Night Angel Trilogy/Assassin’s Creed

Being a shadowy Assassin isn’t really a new concept, but it’s too similar…

Covers from the last two of the three books of the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks.

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Altair from Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed

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35 comments

  • OH NO HE’S WEARING A HOOD!!!

  • yeah..the hood…but it’s pretty much the same stance (if even that’s original). They also both have the same sort of shiv in their hand.

  • this is an awfully weak post.

  • stringycustard

    Yes, this is weak as the Assassin’s Creed character isn’t exactly original to start with (sticking to just video games: Garret from the Thief series). But I can see that the books took some heavy inspiration from those 2 shots – down to the punch-dagger style blade and stance. However, it’s not really a strong enough copy to warrant anything much.

  • well, they are copying clothes style, weapons, pose, actitude… I give it 3 stars

  • Yeah, I think its on the fence here. Too coincidental to have both books have the same two poses and weapons, but they aren’t exact poses. And the style is similar but has enough creative input from it to warrent it not being a direct rip.

    I say its heavily influenced, the people who are going to read this book are probably going to KNOW about Assassins Creed, I think its a bit of a ploy to make people associate with that.

  • Did you check to make sure that the cover artist isn’t the same person? Because it could be.

  • Doesn’t really matter if it’s the same artist. The Assassin’s Creed art would be owned by the company that makes the game (unless the artist made some sort of deal with them).
    I went looking around and found the artists that did the cover; Design by Peter Cotton, Illustration by Calvin Chu. I can’t find any of their work though.

  • You're an idiot

    This site is weak. It used to be on point with rips but now it’s a joke. This thread is pretty baseless and without much research.

  • books cover designs were released plenty before the game concepts….

  • wearing a hood is a rip now? i thought all cool assassins dress like that

  • read the book not really all that similar

  • that book is awsome im also a fan of assassins creed and being so i can say that the simularites end at the pictures

  • The books were around ages before the game concepts but also basically any assasin game will have the same basics that these two have

  • I don’t see the big deal with the picture? What was the point in noticing the obvious? Where you trying to point out they are almost identical? Where you insinuating that the book is rip off? I am not seeing the point of trying to say it’s the same. Like someone said earlier the only similarities of The Night Angel Trilogy. Is the cover besides that the book is phenomenal

  • I admit when I first saw these books on the shelf my mind instantly went to Assassin’s creed ( resulting in me getting hooked on this amazeing series =) ) Altiar and Kylar DO look similar in these pics ( punch dagger and hidden blade in particular) but they are far from being ripoffs.
    As others above have stated, the stories of the game and books are nothing alike either. Night Angel has much more fantasy in it’s atmosphere where as assassins creed is…well not exactly realistic, While the wetboys from Night Angel can use all kinds of Magic, Altiar can only use eagal vision and survive 100+ foot drops into hay wagons….weak point I know, but to sum it up, the books and gammes are nothing alike.

  • @Kagekotsu.

    The exact SAME reason I actually picked up the first book in the series and read it, then became hooked. I thought “Assassin’s Creed”.

    Great book, I wouldn’t say this is a rip, I would say very heavaly influenced though.

  • I just thought i would point out the fact that the punch blade is a common assassin weapon. hoods are a common assassin clothe. MOST of all the punch dagger from kylar is actually forming from his knuckles because of the ka’kari on the shadows edge cover. nothing like altair’s punch dagger. Not even close to a rip off. assassins creed sucks compared to this. 5 stars to brent weeks!

  • I thought I’d also leave a comment on this subject, I’ve played
    and beaten assassins creed before I bought these books
    and when I saw the book i didn’t think of assassins creed,
    I thought this looks sick and I love assassins and I’ll tell you
    this they all wear similar clothes, you can’t say oh this guy
    copied the others clothes, if you read anything else even if it doesn’t
    have a picture it’s described the same way it looks here. As for the blades
    um hi, it’s a hidden blade that can be easily and quickly accessed
    of course they’re going to have it they’re assassins!!!

    Also, great books!! Absolutely loved em. Anyone know
    of any other assassin fictional books?

  • nocturnal assassins

    im doing a assasssins guild

  • similar concept but not the same

  • yeah, I saw the book in the bookstore and immediately they remind me of Assassin Creed. Actually, all the three books looks supremely similiar to wallpapers of assassin creed.

    take of look of these pictures,
    Way of the Shadow:
    http://www.bestfantasybooks.com/img/amazon_img/wosbrentweeks_large.jpg

    Assassin Creed:
    http://media.photobucket.com/image/altair/phyreblade_blog/Assassins%20Creed/AssassinsCreedPoster.jpg

    Three of the books’ cover looks quite like assassin’s creed.
    I doubt the illustator didn’t take any inspiration from AC.

    Not that I suggest that the books are not good, but I feel a bit irritated that the illustator imitated the game.

  • True, the cover art might have been inspired by these shots. I don’t personally agree with art being so close in comparison to something a similar genre. Though I don’t like the similarity factor, I’ve learned to not judge a book by it’s cover :D *is shot for using an obvious moral* These book differ alot from Assassin’s Creed. Though they both incorporate assassins, I can’t think of any other major similarities. To sum up my point, I wish the cover was a bit more original, but it’s not bad. These are good books and a good game, so no judging before you get to experience both ^__^

  • not to shoot down everyone who’s thinking kylar’s dagger is the ka’kari, but if u look at the cover image for beyond the shadows u can clearly see that its not the ka’kari forming a dagger its actually just a dagger he’s holding whose blade comes out between his middle and ring finger

  • Haven’t played the game, but the books are amazing.

  • the books and the game are two totally different things, i bet you havent even read the book, yes the pictures may look the same, but how much have you researched about this. who knows maybe they are working together to bring their products to more people…

  • Chad Sanderson

    Are you guys serious? This is totally enough to warrant a second look The hood style, the angle of the face, the angle of the body and arms, the clothing, the weapon. At first I thought it was the same image just with the clothes color changed. If not a direct rip, it’s almost certainly over-inspired.

    And to everyone that’s saying: “The books are really good!” Really? This has nothing to do with the content, smart ones. It’s about the covers and their similarities to Assassin’s Creed artwork.

  • I don’t really want to type up an entire thing about the similarities and differences but those poses are used by several ‘assassins’ and the clothes are very different if you were looking at them side by side not worn in similar poses. The hood styles are different. The way they cover partials of face is a very common style too. What assassin shows their entire face..?
    The poses are alike but different too, the arms, and just if you imagine how exactly each one is holding themselves you can see little differences.
    The main weapon is even different. It’s the same style yes, but it is very different, length, how they are attached. The long swords are in different places.
    And don’t you think that if TNAT’s artist did copy, that they’d at least make it detailed and better than AC’s?
    Google.. [google is your friend]
    Assiassin poses, stances, weapons, clothing, etc.
    There are so many that you could interlock with AS and others.

    An assassin is an assassin is an assassin… whatever.
    So what, play the stupid game or read the stupid books. Does this really matter? If whomever it may truly concern has an issue then they’ll discuss it amongst themselves.

  • Considering the first game as we are dicussing here is based off of historical events, its not surpirsing to find similarities in the books and the games. Fyi if you read about Arabian history (Syria’s), you will most likely find even more similarities between the two.

  • its not a shiv its a punch dagger

  • u r all idiots its a great book and a great game so stop complaining

  • Daybreak09586

    The book actually stems from a book Brent Weeks wrote during his time at collage, he had to rewrite it, http://www.brentweeks.com/extras/faq/ scroll down to “When did you first start thinking about Night Angel Trilogy? *small spoilers* If you haven’t finished Night Angel, stop!” it more then half way down the page.

    This means the story is completely not taken from Assassin’s Creed, though that doesn’t mean the cover art has any correlation, the book was published starting October 2008.

  • scene_stealer

    The book by Brent Weeks is the damnest best thing i’ve ever read in fantasy. It blows Lord of The Rings away by a mile, & i’ve read them all. I’d think most persons here have not read the Night Angel trilogy while desperately trying to compare game & novel. Big waste of time arguing with those palies. For those of you new to one, the other or both… read the Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks…i’m doing you a favor telling u this as you definitely wont be disappointed no matter how much of a game fan/critic u may be…. happy journeys y’all.

  • stop compairing the fucking content… its just about the images goddammit. and it would be pretty ignorant to not admit that there is a huge similarity between the images.

  • He is way more different then altair. He kills the once that deserve it. killers, rapist those kind of crimes.
    Dodar is more of a ninja. He can get invisible and change his body black as the night to become a real shadow.
    The stories are way more different. Only the cover looks the same for the rest it is way different

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