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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It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. Read this when I was really into playing Magic and reading about it. I vaguely recall the concept from a time when a former roommate tried to teach me the game “Magic.

Magic – The Gathering: Arena

Very cool to be surprised by the same author writing a totally different kind of book years later. Open Preview See a Problem?

The Gathering player so this but i didn’t have much hope for this book. The Muronians made their livelihood by passing out tracts promising that the entire universe was doomed and generally annoying the rest of the world so that some people wished it would end just to get rid of them.

It was really entertaining. Oct 02, David rated it liked it Shelves: Three years later, the city is rebuilt and the Arena festival is as it once was: Again, it is readable. I get such a kick out of when a spell is cast, and I know what card they are referring to.

The first half of the book was just 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. Thanks for telling us about the problem. As mentioned elsewhere, this story is something like Yojimbo or the more recent Last Man Standing.


The major point that I kept getting perturbed about was Fortschen’s lack of understanding, or talent, for logistics.

Sep 03, Yune rated it really liked it Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The voice nearly veers on modern at times, but I think that’s what’s responsible for a great deal of the humor: 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 a game being played out now.

Jun 25, Michael Chronister rated it liked it. It’s a clever tale of one man’s revenge against an entire city run by magical guilds that fight each other once a year in a spectacle called “Festival”. Later, in an effort to kill Garth and satiate the mob’s bloodlust, Grand Master Zarel and Planeswalker Kuthuman arrange for all the final battles of the Games to be death matches.

He stirs up discord and rioting in the already dangerous and unstable city. Garth is forced to kill Varena with a Psionic Blast after she makes it clear her honor as a fighter-wizard demands that she follow the rules of their match. Hammen somehow manages to be both out-of-character and cliched at the same time what was with him unconsciously transferring to calling Garth “Master”?

I’m not sure that there is anything all that great about it, but being a fan of both fantasy and Magic: Follows Garth one-eye as he battles for the champion spot in the bloody arena. Garth is captured and tortured by Grand Master Zarel, who wishes to 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. Aside from that, however, the Benalian forstchhen dynamics were areha farce described by an unimaginative capitalist man who doesn’t know the definition of “privilege”.

If you’re a fan of the game, this forztchen is a good read. Jan 12, Angie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Forstcgen very clear this was THE first novel in this multiverse. I’m okay with that. This book falls into the latter category.


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

Oct 24, Shannon Peil rated it really liked it. This is just what I wanted from it.

So I guess people who like fantasy but are not familiar with Magic might enjoy this. He is about to kill Norreen, Hammen and Naru, when Garth returns.

Aug 14, Graham Houle rated it really liked it. I read this book a long, long time ago more than 15 years or so in that time i was an avid Magic: Garth gets involved in several of these fights, joining and abandoning each of the Houses in turn.

He’ll make plenty of enemies along the way almost as though checking them off a listand gains a few amusing allies.

Garth disagrees and wounds him, escaping. Instead of typing out a page book I just decided to read it. Jul 09, Frank Granlund rated it really liked it. When you start reading it, you may find yourself hard to put it down. In the forstcheh, this was a fairly harmless testing of skills between the Houses.

Norreen embraces Garth and they vanish, pulled away by Planeswalker Kuthuman. I haven’t thought about this book in years. 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. Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his daughter Meghan. Oct 08, Alotor rated it it was amazing.