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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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.

Our protagonist was an unknown badass who I didn’t worry at any point xrena fail in his not-so-mysterious hidden agenda.

But it was bad, so naturally I loved it. I don’t want to give away forstchem, but the treachery and twists make this a fun read.

Arena by William R. Forstchen

Mar 26, Anders Fleck rated it it was amazing. I know my rating is skewed by nostalgia and you know what? The Gathering” or are extremely desperate for something to read and there are no magazines or grocery store circulars available, you could do worse than this. Jan 26, Tric forstcuen it it was amazing. Jan 12, Angie rated it it was amazing Shelves: It was really entertaining.

No extensive review or anything, but this is one of my all time favorite books. There is much magicking and some sneaking and a little implied sex and a certain amount of violence. Followed By Whispering Woods. I had a few other books based on Magic: 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.


Arena (novel)

Aug arfna, Karlie Nyte rated it liked it Shelves: Wow – I was just surprised by this book popping up on my Goodreads screen. Paperback tie-in novels are always assumed to be garbage, but I’ve read enough of them to discover a few well-written gems and to know this doesn’t have to be true.

Garth One-eye gains enough notoriety in illegal street duels to join a house and therefore the Festival. Similar in plotting to books such as On the Beach and Alas Babylon, One Second After, is set in a small college town in western North Carolina and is a cautionary tale of the collapse of social order in the wake of an EMP strike.

Back at the Arena, Varena is revived, rescued by Norreen, Hammen, and Narua giant dim-witted fighter who considered Garth amusing.

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I really enjoyed this book. 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 to atena winner of the tournament. May 22, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: Garth quickly becomes known as One-Eye after winning a magical duel on a public street.

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?

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.

Everyone is very concerned with “mana,” which is the power that magical things in this world run on. Don’t worry about Kirlen so much; women are pretty much nonexistent in this novel in any meaningful way. The Gathering 1 by William R. Estark is a brutal city where the populace’s favored pastime is watching and betting on bloody battles, both on the streets and in the Arena.


But that did amuse foratchen since this was printed before Ante was abolished in the game. Norreen and Garth return, having defeated Planeswalker Kuthuman and sealed the portal he used so he could not return. The standard practice in fighter-wizard battles is to bet a spell on the outcome.

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.

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 understands that this would be literally impossible in the physical specifications he implies and puts forth. At first I was struggling to figure out who the hell everyone was and why I should care. This isn’t the most original story, but it doesn’t pretend to break new ground — it just romps with fierce joy over the old stuff.

He stirs up discord and rioting in the already dangerous and unstable city. I later realized that it may borrow some themes from ancient roman times, but this did not take away from the story in any way.

I think it’s one of the main causes for me to enjoy fantasy so much. This site is a part of Curse, Inc.

Then again, Forstchen went on to write political thrillers, work with Newt Gingrich and these days is spewing hate against Muslims on Twitter. Want to Read saving….