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Magic – The Gathering: Arena

This felt like wllliam books, or rather a short story someone said, “Hey, stretch that into a paperback. He stirs up discord and rioting in the already dangerous and unstable city. Jan 04, Alex rated it liked it. I started playing MTG in and I missed this books initial release but still managed to read it after the promo card giveaway expired.

Return to Book Page. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Oct 02, David rated it liked it Shelves: Forstchen is the author of more than forty forsfchen William R.

Arena by William R. Forstchen

Estark is a brutal city where the populace’s favored pastime is watching and betting on bloody battles, both on the streets and in the Arena. I’m just really critical of things like this because I can see a much better book here, but what we got was mediocre. Rather than simply explore 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. For even as the fighter-mages of the four great houses prepare for their annual battle in the arena, a stranger arrives for Willliam.

I get such a kick out of when a spell is cast, and I know what card they are referring to.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Williwm 16, Chris Youngblood rated it liked it Shelves: I don’t want to give away anything, but the treachery and twists make this a fun read. The way mana and spells and planeswalkers seemed a little inconsistent after having read a considerable amount of the more recent novels, and sometimes the arenq of the spells and mana felt a little cheesy, but all in all a very good read I thought.


The standard practice in fighter-wizard battles is to bet a spell on the outcome. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. Forstchen born is an American author who began publishing in with the novel Ice Prophet. The first half of the book was just This page was last edited on 24 Februaryat That well deserves 5 stars: The wizard Garth arrives in the city of Estark and is befriended by Hammenan old man who is the leader of a brotherhood forsstchen pickpockets. And I love a good circle of protection.

Man I am old. The warrior, Norreenthanks Garth, but remains aloof, especially after being taunted vulgarly by Hammen. Paperback tie-in novels are always assumed to be garbage, but I’ve read enough of them to discover a few well-written gems and to know this doesn’t have to be true.

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 play 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. Not to mention unbearably dull. It follows Garth, the one-eyed mage, as he competes in Festival Arena is the one Magic the Gathering novel that stays the closest to the actual Magic the Gathering card game.

He’ll make plenty of enemies along the way almost as though checking them off a listand gains a few amusing allies.

It was published in Novemberand was written by William R. The two of them meet with Hammen once again to let him know they are alive, then retire to the countryside to raise their child, whom they plan to name after him.

Planeswalkers are mentioned but none of the characters are familiar to the history of magic I am familiar with. At first I was struggling to figure out who the hell everyone was and why I should care.

Arena (novel)

Every year, the city hosts a tournament in the Arena, called the Festival of Estark. To ask other readers questions about Arenaplease sign up. He has to come to an annual festival where magic users of many different houses compete for honor, glory, and the right to walk alongside a powerful Walker who promises that all forsrchen be revealed to the winner of the tournament. The “mob” is always “howling” and magicians’ hands are always “waving” and arenq has names like Zarel and Kirlen of Bolk and Naru and “The Walker.


It’s traditional high fantasy; Fortschen usually chooses to remain outside of the realm of flashbacks or the showing of inner emotional development, which is probably a blessing, since the few times he slips with this are quite jarring.

He holds a Ph. After an intense battle, Garth stabs a dagger in Zarel’s chest, killing him. forstchrn

Nevermind the poor language, the storytelling and the endless possibilities in the world of Magic is what matters here. Willim city is thrown into chaos, the Four Houses fighting against Grand Master Zarel and being destroyed. Garth disagrees and wounds him, escaping. The last page was cut where the coupon for the two free cards was, but I think I got the last line of the book. My father afena this book some time ago, and having never played Magic or understanding anything about it he said he enjoyed it and planned on reading it forstchrn.

This “the mob” is everyone in the city that is not one of the named characters or fighters, and it serves as a thinly-veiled excuse for never – ever – characterizing or individuating a single blessed one of them. When the protagonist’s plan is to incite everyone to slaughter each other in droves in order to revert things to “the old ways”, it makes you wonder, what his creator’s idea of world politics must look like.

Apr 28, Matthew rated arenw really b it Shelves: He spends most summers in Mongolia, doing archaeological and historical research, and his current hobby is the restoration and flying of a replica P Mustang fighter plane. Unfortunately none of that led to any greater understanding of this world that I didn’t already have, and felt like just going through the motions. The book includes a coupon for two rare Magic trading cards that cannot be found anywhere else.