Arena is the very first Magic novel ever produced. It was published in November , and was written by William R. Forstchen. Arena is not. 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.

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They have history and motive, and feel very real. I never actually played it with anyone but one acquaitance, and only a couple of times at that. 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”. I read this book a long, long time ago more than 15 years or so in that time i was an avid Magic: There is much magicking and some sneaking and a little implied sex and a certain amount of violence.

But it was bad, so naturally I loved it. Norreen embraces Garth and they vanish, pulled away by Planeswalker Kuthuman. I had never read it, even though I bought it when it came out copyrighted Learn more about Amazon Prime.

He reached into his pocket as if to pull out a tract and they quickly hurried on. You can write about the worst, most ridiculous premise possible and still turn it into a well-written story if you try. It is a PG book, maybe even R rated in some peoples minds.

Magic – The Gathering: Arena

I had thousands of cards, played all the time, and bought several books in the series – which had just started coming out. The exhilaration of reading about characters actually fighting each other in much the same way the game was played in the early days – when it wasn’t yet as specialized as today – is still incredibly strong. My father read 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 again.

This site is a part of Curse, Inc. The raggedy man, chest puffed out, strutted about, his spindly, dirty legs kicking high as if he was a true Grand Master of the Arena. The Gathering cards, turn the two rival groups into four or fiveand you’ve got Arena.


To ask other readers questions about Arenaplease sign up. Norreen and Garth return, having defeated Planeswalker Kuthuman and sealed the portal he used so he could not return. The main character is a great combination of confidence, calmness, and mystery, and his interactions with other characters are always interesting.

It was so obvious. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

I compare most fantasy books I read to this book, hoping they will live up this one. 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.

I would love to hear the story of how Forstchen conceived of these magical fights one day. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. In the past, this was a fairly harmless testing of skills between the Houses. May 22, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: Get to Know Us. Any fighters who oppose this are instantly killed by them. 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 have to think of the author as The Emotionally Retarded Man.

You can tell he did a little research on the subject.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. The crowd around them was swelling, pouring out of the alleyways, hovels, and swill houses, shouting and laughing. And for me, the wife of a former avid Magic player, they offered me a way to be r.forsychen in the game, as I did not play that often, insight into the characters and places that were being battled over on the table top.

Arena (novel)

Aug 01, Karlie R.forsthen rated it liked it Shelves: He lost his eye when his family was killed by the Grand Master. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

I later realized that it may borrow some themes from ancient roman times, but this did not take away from the story in any way.

Dec 29, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: This is not imaginative, ground-breaking fantasy nor does it claim to be. Also, as the bit with Garth dogged by “the mob” when trying to get away from the Grand Master’s army so he doesn’t get fucking killed shows, “the mob” is merely a group ofhyperactive Downies with no care aids – or shotguns, because I sincerely wanted to jump in and force Garth to start frying the assholes – in sight.


Although I wililam 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 to leap into the pages and start beating the shit out of him for how he spoke to Norreen. Garth quickly becomes known as One-Eye after winning a magical duel on a public street.

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Re-reading it now, 20 years later, I cannot summon get it? Garth is captured and tortured by Grand Master Zarel, who wishes to know what his plan r.forstcheb, but he is freed by Hammen, Norreen, and Varena a fighter whose respect he had earned and with whom he’d had a one-night stand. Apr 28, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: As far as story goes, had I read this back when it came out I would have gawked equally as hard at Gladiator for their blatant similarities as I did when I played through Final Fantasy VII and then watched R.fordtchen.

It makes it hard to get invested when I just don’t see why I should care to push through to learn more. The warrior, Norreenthanks Garth, but remains aloof, especially r.forxtchen being taunted vulgarly by Hammen. The raggedy man continued to strut around the circle, waiting while the two fighters went through the ritual, their heads lowered, arms extended outward, gathering their strength.

The Gathering” or are extremely desperate for something to read and there are no magazines or grocery store circulars available, you could do worse than this.