Before Assassin’s Creed: Origins, there was an Oath.
Egypt, 70BC, a merciless killer stalks the land. His mission: to find and destroy the last members of an ancient order, the Medjay – to eradicate the bloodline.
In peaceful Siwa, the town’s protector abruptly departs, leaving his teenage son, Bayek, with questions about his own future and a sense of purpose he knows he must fulfill.
Bayek sets off in search of answers, his journey taking him along the Nile and through an Egypt in turmoil, facing the dangers and the mysteries of the Medjay’s path.
Bayek wants to follow in his father’s footsteps as a Medjay, a protector of their ancient beliefs. But an assassin is hunting the last of the Medjay line, and will stop at nothing to exterminate them all.
Desert Oath is a prequel to the Assassin’s Creed Origins video game and set in Ancient Egypt. I don’t play video games, but I love the Assassin’s Creed series through the books, comics, and film. And despite being a prequel, this also works well as a standalone story. Though, I did look up who the historic Medjay were. The variety of historical time periods in Assassin’s Creed is one of the things I love about the series. The narrative switches between Bayek and the killer for the most part. The killer is ruthless and captivating. This original story is full of suspense and adventure and builds to an exciting finale.