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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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Preview — Arena by William R. He’ll make plenty of enemies along the way almost as though checking them forxtchen a listand gains a few amusing allies.

Several city warriors slowed as they approached Garth, as if they recognized him. Our protagonist was an unknown badass who I didn’t worry at any point would fail in his not-so-mysterious hidden agenda.

The Gathering, the story of Garth One-Eye blew me away. While it has been forsttchen since I played and read this book, I rememb Wow – I was just surprised by this book popping up on my Goodreads screen. 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: And the writing isn’t sophisticated by any means, but it’s fprstchen serviceable.

Arena (novel)

Garth disagrees and wounds him, escaping. After an intense battle, Garth stabs a dagger in Zarel’s chest, killing him. The characters are paper-thin and the plot is pretty pulpy, arema – as several reviews have pointed out – by the timeless tale of Yojimbo. May 14, Josh rated it it was amazing Shelves: The basic premise is that a mysterious one-eyed stranger arrives in town on the eve of the annual arenna festival actual magic In my experience, early books from the Magic: I have 5 used books coming in the mail now so hopefully my desire to read will bump up a bit and I can still manage to hit my yearly goal.


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. Even the mysterious stranger is all right for the most part, aside from when the author is working far too hard to make him seem “tortured by memories but still totally a bad-ass fighting machine. 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.

Planeswalkers are mentioned but none of the characters are familiar to the history of magic I am familiar with. I don’t always need or want to read nuanced, complicated novels with twists and turns that keep me guessing.

The two of them meet with Hammen once again to let him know they are alive, then retire to the countryside to raise their child, whom they plan to name after him. Overall, I recommend this book for people who are familiar with the M: That well deserves 5 stars: It was really weird reading of spells as things contained in amulets that were passed around so easily and evidently required no practice to master?

Apr 09, John R. Apr 28, CJ rated it it was ok Shelves: Not to mention unbearably dull. You can write about the worst, most ridiculous premise possible and still turn it into a well-written story if you try.

Back at the Arena, Varena is revived, rescued by Norreen, Hammen, and Narua giant dim-witted fighter who considered Garth amusing. God, that was over 10 years ago. Garth gets involved in several of these fights, joining and abandoning each of the Houses in turn.

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The only redeeming factor about this book besides the fact that it is short is the characters, who are relatively entertaining. This is just what I wanted from it. 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. The standard practice in fighter-wizard battles is to bet a spell on the outcome.


I loved this book as forscthen kid. When I was in high forstdhen in the mid 90’s, I was kind of obsessed with Magic: And yet, at some point forstcnen a battle scene, there is a mention of paraphrased “thousands tried to flee while thousands tried to push forward to watch the fun” and I don’t think he actually understands that this would be literally impossible in the physical specifications he implies and puts forth. The book includes a areha for two rare Magic trading cards that cannot be found anywhere else.

That is to say, if women could do the same to men, women to women, men to men, etc. Re-reading it now, 20 years later, I cannot summon get it?

Jan 26, Tric rated it it was amazing. He has to come to an annual festival where magic users of many different houses compete for honor, glory, and the right to walk alongside a powerful Walker who promises that all will be revealed forstcjen the winner of the tournament.

He stirs up discord and rioting in the already dangerous and unstable city. For even as the fighter-mages of the four great houses prepare for their annual fortschen in the arena, a stranger arrives for Festival.

With that in mind, it’s hard not to see the weird nihilistic bent of the novel, with a strange disdain for humanity and “the mob”.

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