Arena (Magic The Gathering, book 1) by William R Forstchen – book cover, description, publication history. 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. Arena is the very first Magic novel ever produced. It was published in November , and was written by William R. Forstchen. Arena is not.

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Jan 26, Tric rated it it was amazing. Oct 02, David rated it liked it Shelves: Stories written prior to The Brothers’ War are generally ignored by later writings, and are of uncertain relevance. To ask other readers questions about Arenaplease sign up. And the fact that he took all the good cards involving dragons and stone demons and such while leaving me with cards like “Drought” and “Hornets” just forstchsn me decide he was kind of a cheating douchebag.

The Muronians made their livelihood by passing out tracts promising that the entire universe was doomed and generally annoying the rest of the world so that some people wished it would end just to get rid of them. The action in the arena was entertaining, though a lot of that may have derived from reference after reference to actual cards in the game Wall of Wood, Psionic Blast, Circle of Protection, Craw Wurm, Lord of the Pit, Llanowar Elves, and so on I loved this book as a kid.

And although he doesn’t hesitate to lie, bribe, or kill, he does possess a peculiar sense of honor — and, it’s increasingly clear, a mission: Preview — Arena by William R.

Although I understand that Hammen is supposed to be a socially-inept, chauvinistic failure of a man and Turquoise member, the reveal of which was neither revealing nor surprising, but rather insultingI wanted forsrchen leap into the pages and start beating the shit out of him for forstdhen he spoke to Norreen.

I would love to hear the story of how Forstchen conceived of these magical fights one day.

Magic – The Gathering: Arena

While in Estark, Garth witnesses a skilled Benalish warrior win a fight in the streets, even though her opponent fought dishonorably and failed to pay the bet. And why is the Grand Master of the Arena so afraid of what Garth might do? Mar 01, Josh rated it it was amazing. This was sitting in my desk drawer because I had every intention of trying to convert it to a eReader format since the actual book isn’t available that way.


Aside from that, however, the Benalian societal dynamics were a farce described by an unimaginative capitalist man who doesn’t know the definition of “privilege”. Within the city this novel is set, there are no cars, and carriages are used rarely, with the first mention placed firmly in the middle of the book. I’m just really critical of things like this because I can see a much better book here, but what we got was mediocre.

She has entered the city to earn the title of Hero, so that she might escape the caste system of her home, since her caste, the 7th, is currently at the bottom and any of higher castes could demand anything of her. Books by William R.

The Planeswalker returns to watch these yearly bloodbaths, taking his tribute of mana and supposedly allowing the wizard who wins the tournament to come with him on his extra-planar travels. Rather than simply explore the fictional world the game is set in with any old story, “Arena” actually tries to recreate the experience of playing “Magic” games as a big part of its setting.

Arena by William R. Forstchen – FictionDB

Later, in an effort to kill Garth and satiate the mob’s bloodlust, Grand Master Zarel and Planeswalker Kuthuman arrange for all the final battles of the Games to be foorstchen matches.

I wouldn’t recommend it to many people but for me it doesn’t get any better than this entertainment! Everyone is very concerned with “mana,” which is the power that magical things in this world run on.

I’d guess the last time I read this book was in but after a dry spell of not reading for almost 5 months this year I decided I needed to reread something from my past. Garth quickly becomes known as One-Eye after winning a magical duel on a public street.

While some people who have never played the card game before might scoff at the quality of books written in this style; the core plot, characters, forstcnen themes of this book are very well told. Paperbackpages. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine.

The Gathering player so this but i didn’t have much hope for this book. Several city warriors slowed as they approached Garth, as if they recognized him. When Forstcjen is about to be killed, Norreen leads the crowd as a mob into the Arena to aid him.

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: Aug 04, Andrew Ziegler rated it really liked it.

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The introduction of the hottest new game in has spawned the hottest new book since Dragonlance was launched. The Gathering trading card role-playing game system inaugurates a new world of magic and mystery. In my opinion, this book was not good. 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.

This book was written not necessarily before Magic had a story line associated with it, but before they put As mentioned elsewhere, this story is something like Yojimbo or the more recent Last Man Standing.

Sep 11, Ross rated it it was amazing. 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.

It was really entertaining. Forstchen born is an American author who began publishing in with the novel Ice Prophet. But that did amuse me since this was printed before Ante was abolished in the game.

I won’t give away specifics but there are several places where you know what you want to happen and the author corstchen in spectacular ways which usually gets an audible “Yes!

ofrstchen So you have a mysterious one-eyed stranger show up in town just before the Festival, when fighters although they mostly rely on magic from four houses battle each other until one is declared the best, in view forztchen bloodthirsty crowds. The last page was cut where the coupon for the two free cards was, but Adena think Aerna got the last line of the book. Not to mention unbearably dull.

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I first read it when I was 13 and it was one of the most memorable and influential books of my childhood. The Gathering that said, some quirks of the magic system will make more sense if you’re familiar with the card game. It makes it hard to get invested when I just don’t see why I should care to push through to learn more.

Don’t worry about Kirlen so much; women are pretty much nonexistent in this novel in any meaningful way.