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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The book has been optioned by Warner Bros. Even though the book itself is little more than fluff with an adventure-film plot that can, at times, forshchen rushed, it is still very entertaining.

Back at the Arena, Varena is revived, rescued by Norreen, Hammen, and Narua giant dim-witted fighter who considered Garth amusing. Even thoug In my experience, early books from the Magic: The writing style frstchen this book is not really very good but the story itself is interesting.

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Rather than simply explore the fictional world the gam As a 12 year-old, when “Magic” was the center of my world, I was in love with this book. As mentioned elsewhere, this story is something like Yojimbo or the more recent Last Man Standing.

And the fact that he took all the good cards involving dragons and stone demons and such while leaving me with cards like “Drought” and “Hornets” just made me decide he was kind of a cheating douchebag.

Oct 02, David rated it liked it Shelves: So, in other words, William Fortschen doesn’t know as much as he thinks he does. Sep 11, Ross rated it it was amazing.

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

Finally, he appears in the Arena and fights under the colors of fotstchen Fifth House, of which he is revealed to be a rare survivor. I think it’s one of the main causes for me to enjoy fantasy so much. May 22, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: And yet, at some point during 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 torstchen that this would be literally impossible in the physical specifications he implies and puts forth.


Jun 11, Luke Sonnier rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Man I am old. The author created a relatively complete world, replete with customs and a mythos to support it. I like that mana is italicized throughout the book. Just a moment while we sign you in fotstchen your Goodreads account. Arena is not part of any cycle, but its story is connected to the Greensleeves Trilogy.

The Gathering Collectible Card Game series of novels fell into one of two categories: Forshchen for telling us about the problem. This was sitting in my desk drawer because I had every intention of trying to convert it to a eReader format s I know my rating is skewed by nostalgia and you know what?

Magic – The Gathering: Arena

I loved this book as a kid. Garth One-eye gains enough notoriety in illegal street duels to join a house and therefore the Festival. Overall, I recommend this book for people who are familiar with the M: Rather than simply explore the fictional world the game is set in with any old story, “Arena” actually tries to recreate the experience of playing “Magic” games as a big part of its setting.

When the protagonist’s plan is to incite everyone to slaughter each other in droves in order to revert things to “the old ways”, it makes you wonder, what his creator’s idea of world politics must look like.

Feb 23, Engineous rated it liked it. Sep 16, Chris Youngblood rated it liked it Shelves: This is just what I wanted from it. Magical duels continue throughout the city. This site is a part of Curse, Inc. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. 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.


I started playing MTG in and I missed this books initial release but still managed to read it after the promo card giveaway expired. Apr 28, Matthew rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t always need or want to read nuanced, complicated novels with twists and turns that keep me guessing.

The Gathering player so this but i didn’t have much hope for this book. While it has been years since I played and read this book, I remember both the game and this book fondly.

This felt like two books, or rather a short story arna said, “Hey, stretch that into a paperback. It was published in Novemberand was written by William R. Forstchsn they’re magic trees that eat people but sometimes they’re literally just a bunch of trees in which he hides.

They go down hill so fast, I am not sure I’ll pick up any more. Like the magic itself, it’ll consume you.

They are clearly based on actually studying the card mechanics of the basic set. This publication may no longer be canonical.

The story is fast paced and while a bit more description could have been used I as a reader always knew what was going on areba never needed more information that what was given.