Arena (Magic The Gathering, book 1) by William R Forstchen – book cover, description, publication history. Arena By William R. Forstchen – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. 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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Arena (Magic The Gathering, book 1) by William R Forstchen

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. Oct 08, Alotor rated it it was amazing.

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. 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 of bloodthirsty crowds.

It was really entertaining. Stories written prior to The Brothers’ War are generally ignored by later writings, and are of uncertain relevance.

The basic premise is that a mysterious one-eyed stranger arrives in town on the eve of the annual magic festival actual magic Who is Garth One-Eyeand where did he get his powerful spells? That well deserves 5 stars: This publication may no longer be canonical. Aug 04, Andrew Ziegler rated it really liked it. So you have a mysterious one-eyed stranger show up in tow 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: Magical duels continue throughout the city.


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Arena (novel)

It was the first real fantasy book I read and I’m thinking about writing a full review on it later. He reached into his pocket as if to pull out a tract and they quickly hurried on.

Man I am old. I had never read it, even though I bought it when it came out copyrighted And it held up pretty well! There are also a couple of spots in the book where it was hard to contain my emotion which is always a good sign that I’m into a book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is much magicking and some sneaking and a little implied sex and a certain amount of violence.

Garth disagrees and wounds him, escaping.

Magic – The Gathering: Arena

Norreen embraces Garth and they vanish, pulled away by Planeswalker Kuthuman. No trivia or quizzes yet.

So, in other words, William Fortschen doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does. Mar 08, Sparhawk rated it it was amazing Shelves: This changed after the former Grand Master killed off the entire Fifth House and took their cache of mana, becoming Planeswalker Kuthuman.

I vaguely recall the concept from a time when a former roommate tried to teach me the game “Magic. I like that mana is italicized throughout the book. When I was in high school in the mid 90’s, I was kind of obsessed with Magic: The voice nearly veers on modern at times, but I think that’s what’s responsible for a great deal of the humor: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

They go down hill so fast, I am not sure I’ll pick up any more. Sep 11, Ross rated it it was amazing. Retrieved from ” https: I would have liked to have seen the protagonist’s actions against his enemies play out in a somewhat more subtle and devious manner, but I can guess that a page-count limit or publishing deadline would prevent something like that from happening.


Arena by William R. Forstchen – FictionDB

Apr 28, CJ rated it it was ok Shelves: When the protagonist’s plan is to incite everyone to slaughter each other in droves in order to revert willjam to “the old ways”, it makes you wonder, what his creator’s idea of world politics must look like. TG CCG series, since it aena to build a world while using the cards as tools, rather than being locked into building the world around the cards.

This was apparently one of the first Magic: Dec 29, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: What is his interest in the fifth House, destroyed a generation ago? The wizard Garth arrives in the city of Estark and is befriended by Hammenan old man who is the leader of a brotherhood of pickpockets.

While it has been years since I played and read this book, I remember both the game and this book fondly. Follows Garth one-eye as he battles for the champion spot in the bloody arena. 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.