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 was really weird reading of spells as things contained in amulets that were passed around so easily and evidently required no practice to master?

Magic – The Gathering: Arena : William R. Forstchen :

This was apparently one of the first Magic: 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. Estark is a brutal city zrena the populace’s favored pastime is watching and betting on bloody battles, both on the streets and in the Arena.

Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his daughter Meghan. For whatever reason, the story in this one is arean fantastic and always makes me read it in one sitting.

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. Follows Garth one-eye as he battles for the champion spot in the bloody arena. 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. 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 using the MtG world as a backdrop.


This book falls into the latter category. Take Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo one man plays two rival groups against each othernow put it in a fantasy setting based off the Magic: At the time the book came out, there is still a lack of deep lore regarding the world of Magic: That well deserves 5 stars: Every year, the city hosts a tournament in the Arena, called the Festival of Estark.

However, the most subtle annoyance was also the only one that could be considered in any way constant: Apr 09, John R. This novel was an enjoyable, quick fantasy story that is well told and has plenty of action. 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. Zarel is attacked by a mob and kills many of them as well.

Other books in the series. When you start reading it, you may find yourself hard to put it down.

Sep 16, Chris Youngblood rated it liked it Shelves: He reached into his pocket as if to pull out a tract and they quickly hurried on.

ZarelGrand Master of the Arena, uses the arsna to keep the populace and the Four Houses of fighter-wizards in check.

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They are clearly based on actually studying the card mechanics of the basic set.

Surprisingly this book held up pretty well and didn’t disappoint the frstchen memories I had. The first half of the book was just The Planeswalker returns to watch these yearly bloodbaths, taking his tribute of mana and supposedly allowing the wizard who wins the tournament to come with him on his extra-planar travels.

Arena (novel)

The Gathering player so this but i didn’t have much hope for this book. Forstcuen had a few other books based on Magic: 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. Fortschen’s use of “the mob”.

I loved this book as a kid. 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”. View all 4 comments.

Kuthuman fails and then explains to Garth that Planeswalkers are caught in an eternal struggle with each other for power and that he is therefore justified in exploiting and murdering mortals. Jul 09, Frank Granlund rated it really liked it. This publication may no longer be canonical. He is about to kill Norreen, Hammen and Naru, when Garth returns.