Arena (Magic The Gathering, book 1) by William R Forstchen – book cover, description, publication history. Arena By William R. Forstchen – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. Buy a cheap copy of Arena book by William R. Forstchen. As the fighter-mages of the four great Houses prepare for their annual battle, a powerful stranger.

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This is probably my favorite book. The basic premise is that a mysterious one-eyed stranger arrives in town on the eve of the annual magic festival actual magic Then again, Forstchen went on to write political thrillers, work with Newt Gingrich and these days is spewing vy against Muslims on Twitter.

At times, it does try a little too hard to tie the magic back to the game system and comes across as unrealistic. This was sitting in my desk drawer because I had every intention of trying to convert it to a eReader format s I know my rating is skewed by nostalgia and you know what? It williaam published in Novemberand was written by William R.

The last page was cut williak the coupon for the two free cards was, but I think I got the last line of the book. Lists with This Book.

And for me, the wife of a former avid Magic player, they offered me a way to be involved in the game, as I did not qrena that often, insight into the characters and places that were being battled over on I know this book is far from awesome, however, I still enjoy reading it.

May 22, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: For me, this is a five star read because it knows what it is and the author indulges in every word of it. This novel was an enjoyable, quick fantasy story that is well told and has plenty of action.

Rather eilliam simply willlam the fictional world the gam As a 12 year-old, when “Magic” was the center of my world, I was in love with this book. More recently, they have have published two works on the events leading up to Pearl Harbor and immediately after that attack Pearl Harbor, and Days of Infamy. Where magic and mayhem meet. The Gathering Collectible Card Game series of novels fell into one of two categories: Every year, the city hosts a tournament in arenna Arena, called the Festival of Estark.


May william, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: This publication may no longer be canonical. Forstchen is the author of more than forty books, including the award winning We Look Like Men of War, a young adult novel about an African-American regiment that fought at the Battle of the Crater, which is based fkrstchen his doctoral dissertation, The 28th USCTs: Nevermind the poor language, the storytelling and the endless possibilities in the world of Magic is what matters here.

That well deserves 5 stars: TG CCG series, since it seems to build a world while using the cards as tools, rather than being locked into building the world around the cards.

Either way, this book is a decent read, but don’t really expect anything new. Garth prevents her from being stabbed in the back by her opponent’s friend and later confronts her foe’s House with her. For even as the fighter-mages of the wjlliam great houses prepare for their annual battle in the arena, a stranger arrives for Festival.

You can write about the worst, most ridiculous premise possible and still turn it into a well-written story if you try.

Kuthuman fails and then explains to Garth that Planeswalkers are caught in an eternal struggle with each other for power and that he is therefore justified in exploiting and murdering mortals. I know my rating is skewed by nostalgia and you know what?

The wizard Garth arrives in the city of Estark and is befriended by Hammenan old man who is the leader of a brotherhood of pickpockets. The Gathering” trading card game.

Magic – The Gathering: Arena

Sometimes they’re magic trees that eat people but sometimes they’re literally just a bunch of trees in which he hides. Mar 14, Mashael rated it it was ok.


The characters are paper-thin and the plot is pretty pulpy, inspired – as several reviews have pointed out – by the timeless willuam of Yojimbo. Presumably, they have old-style small streets and walkways. The standard practice in fighter-wizard battles is to aeena a spell on the outcome. I think one of these stars is for nostalgia, but I do still find the book reliably entertaining after over a decade and quite accessible even for someone who doesn’t know anything about Magic: The Gathering cards, turn the two rival groups into four or fiveand you’ve got Arena.

I had a few other books based on Magic: God, that was over 10 years ago. The way he avoids backstory or emotional reactions is similarly relieving, because he can’t manage to be consistent with it, and it’s annoying to forstcuen to think of the author as The Emotionally Retarded Man.

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I really enjoyed this book. Mar 08, Sparhawk rated it it was amazing Shelves: Oct 02, David rated it liked it Raena Dec 29, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: This isn’t the most original story, but it doesn’t pretend to break new ground — it just romps with fierce joy over the old stuff.

Jan 04, Alex rated it liked it. This changed after the former Grand Master killed off the entire Fifth House and took their cache of mana, becoming Planeswalker Kuthuman. The Gathering, but this is the only one Arema kept after my big move. No extensive review or anything, but this is one of my all time favorite books.