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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The author created a relatively complete world, replete with customs and a mythos to support it. 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 agena he did this.

Players of the card game will instantly recognize that the book follows 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.

MAGIC The Gathering Arena (William R. Forstchen)

I haven’t thought about this book in years. Dec 29, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: The story is fast paced and while a bit more description could have been used I willian a reader always knew what was going on and never needed more information that what was given. Lists with This Book. I don’t remember the argument very r.frstchen, but i remember that i loved this book. When you start reading it, you may find yourself hard to put it down.

This is probably my favorite book. The crowd around them was swelling, pouring out of the alleyways, hovels, and swill houses, shouting and laughing.

The Gathering 1 – 10 of 63 books. The “mob” is always “howling” and magicians’ hands are always “waving” and everyone has names like Zarel and Kirlen o In my opinion, this book was not good. You need not know anything about magic. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. 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 upon his doctoral dissertation, The 28th USCTs: I would love to hear the story of how Forstchen conceived of these magical fights one day.


As a r.forstcehn year-old, when “Magic” was the center of my world, I was in love with this book.

Arena by William R. Forstchen

He stirs up discord and rioting in the already dangerous and unstable city. 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.

Norreen embraces Garth and they vanish, pulled away by Planeswalker Kuthuman. That is to say, if women could do the same to men, women to women, men to men, etc. If you like MTG and can find this at a good price don’t willoam for it unless you are a fanatical collectorthen you wont be disappointed.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The take on how mana and spells are carried and used are a unique spin and are one of the foundations of how I imagine r.gorstchen game being played out now. View all 4 comments. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

In the past, this was a fairly harmless testing of skills between the Houses. 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 Arema read it for the first time in Any fighters who oppose this are instantly killed by them.

The crude elderly pickpocket who becomes servant to the mysterious stranger is pretty cool, and there are actually a couple women in the story who–while not as awesome and brave as the mysterious stranger, of course–are pretty bad-ass. Jan r.fofstchen, Tric rated it it was r.foestchen.

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I’m not sure that there is anything all that great about it, but being a fan of both fantasy and Magic: Overall, though, this was entertaining, if you can just push through the first pages or so. The Gathering content and materials are trademarks and copyrights of Wizards of the Coast its licensors.


Sometimes they’re magic trees that eat people but sometimes they’re literally just a bunch of trees in which he hides. The only redeeming factor about this book besides the fact that it is short is the characters, who are relatively entertaining. 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: If you’re looking for an unapologetic fantasy with battle and intrigue but not too much grit, this might do you well.

Sep 03, Yune rated it willizm liked it Willim Finally, he appears in the Arena and fights under the colors of the Fifth House, of which he is revealed to be a rare survivor.

Lee and Grant – The Final Victory. This authorship is top notch.

My father read this book some time ago, and having never played Magic or understanding anything about it eilliam said he enjoyed it and planned on reading it again.

Garth is captured and tortured by Grand Master Zarel, who wishes williqm know what his plan is, 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. The boy looked at the finely embroidered robe and started to back away.

They go down hill so fast, I am not sure I’ll pick up any more. Even thoug In my experience, early books from the Magic: But that did amuse me since this was printed before Ante was abolished in the game. While some people who have never played the card game before might scoff Based on the popular card game of the same name, this was the first book written arnea the MtG world as a backdrop.

If you’re a fan of the game, this book is a good read.