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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Ashes of the Sun Magic: Product details Paperback Publisher: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Showing of reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. First book written for Magic the Gathering card game This was definitely the best out of the entire collection.

The other books went slightly wacky, but this book, if turned to movie would be an excellent adventure. Although, I would love to open the idea up in a way the Shanarah series has been opened up. If only I was a screen writer, director, and producer I could turn Magic the Gathering books into great series.

This is the best of the out-of-print Magic: It is what it is, the book wont change your life, but it was a quick fun read. Its some really early work from William Forstchen, who was obviously struggling to hone his craft when he did this. In-fact, It doesn’t ever read like modern Forstchen, who is pretty well established these days. But all in all, it captured the mechanics of the game in a real fantasy world setting quite well. You can tell he did a little research on the subject.

If you like MTG and can find this at a good price don’t overpay for it unless you are a fanatical collectorthen you wont be disappointed. I had an ever so brief time in my life around when I played Magic the Gathering or, at least, I collected some cards.

I never actually played it with anyone but one acquaitance, and only a couple of times at that. But when I started learning the game I found Arena by Forstchen and fell in love with it. The book is a r.forstcyen read, one that flows effortlessly from one page to the next. At times the writing is a little simplistic but this does nothing more than enhance the plot and wililam you enjoy the use of mana and the casting of spells. The focus of the book, and there is a lot of it, is the dueling, in and out of the arena.


Garth is mysterious and you greedily read on to see what he does next, or what he has in his little bag of tricks. In the end you can’t help but feel completely satisfied with how everything turned out. The only slight criticism is the love interests. With very little development you suddenly have strangers falling in love with Garth. It is quite sudden and makes you scratch your head wondering why it was so aena when the rest of the plot is so well thought out.

This was the third time I have read it this time because I recently played the PSN game and enjoyed it just the same, if not more, as when I read it for the first willjam in Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Ridley Scott loved this book so much he made it a movie! Seriously, the Oscar-studded r.fkrstchen Gladiator that followed 6 years in the wake of Arena wrena must have borrowed some ideas from this book-and they were great ones! This authorship is top notch.

I recently read a more modern MTG book, and this aspect of their quality is not even comparable. The storytelling, descriptions, directing, even the verbiage are so far superior in this book 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 Avatar. The storyline has so many similarities, obviously the key difference being the universes that they do not share between fantasy and history.

The greatest common factor though is excellence, and this is a fantastic story. Last but not least, the characters here r.fordtchen rich and diverse.

They have history and motive, and feel very real. The main character is a great combination of confidence, calmness, and mystery, and his interactions with willima characters are always interesting. I was going to say that I liked it, but I have been staying up late to read it and have a hard time stopping.

This is the first work of fiction I have read in quite some time. I generally read religious or science or history books. I think the last book of fiction I read was Catan. The Settlers of Catan [Collector’s Edition ]. I r.forstchdn remember how long ago it was when I first read this gem. I was unable to r.forshchen it down, and have purchased multiple copies over the years moving around a lot, things disappearbecause it is simply an amazing book. The story is solid, characters memorable, and the book isn’t overly short or long, raena right.


Players of the card game will instantly recognize that the book williaam most of the basic concepts presented in the game the casters require bags of dirt representing the different colors of mana, summoned creatures, even the Lord of the Pit makes an appearance, and requires sacrifices of creatures just like in the card game.

Even if you’ve never r.forstchsn the game, Arena is an exciting book, with plenty of action when required, enough r.forstcben to keep you interested but never boredand a cast of characters that you likely won’t forget. One person found this helpful. Still one of the best books I have ever read in my life. A great story that I think anyone can enjoy. You need not know anything about magic. It is a PG book, maybe even R rated in some peoples minds.

Arena (Magic The Gathering, book 1) by William R Forstchen

Lots of death and a few run ins with intimacy that are left mostly to the imagination. If you are in the market for a exciting fantasy read.

This book is awesome. I compare most fantasy books I read to this r.forstcen, hoping they will live up this one. Some come close, LoTR tops it, but most books just don’t stack up, in my opinion. Recommended read, particularly for fans of MTG, as it really illustrates the game’s dynamics as you would have imagined it would be in story-form. That being said, whether or not you’re an MTG fan, the book is well written and fast-paced, with plenty of r.fortschen and plot-twists that will keep you coming back for more.

All in all, I have been surprisingly pleased with the MTG based r.corstchen, although I’ve only read one’s that have an average of 4 stars or more in Amazon ratings See all reviews. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping.

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