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Arena (Magic - The Gathering, No. 1) (udgave 1994)

af William R. Forstchen (Forfatter)

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As the figther-mages of the four great houses prepare for their annual battle in the Arena, a stranger arrives for Festival. Who is Garth One-eye, and where did he get his powerful spells?
Titel:Arena (Magic - The Gathering, No. 1)
Forfattere:William R. Forstchen (Forfatter)
Info:HarperEntertainment (1994), 297 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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Really good book for the beginnings of the magic realm. The story did seem reconstructed, almost like the author had to work within the confines of a preexisting story. ( )
  kaballerau | Sep 18, 2020 |
The pacing and the simple plot operate like greased pistons in 'Arena' and there's lots and lots of gory, liquefying, burning death and PG winks towards that thing that mommies and daddies do when they love each other very, very much. A very American sense of priorities. I'd expect no less from an author who collaborates with Newt Gingrich in a series of at least seven historical novels. I want to put scare quotes on that historical but...must...resist. I'm sure they're great. 'Arena' is not a great novel, or good in most senses of the word, but it's not terrible.

The scale of violence in 'Arena' is incredible, and so impersonal. Early in the book Garth is escorted through some back alleys to a safe house and they pass a rubbish heap with some legs sticking out. His guide (and implausibly, his father's old captain of the guard who he orchestrated to 'run into') says "So that's what happened to her." That's the only time a death of a non-central character is given any notice. Otherwise it's "hundreds" of men, women and children being crushed, snapped, liquefied (happens all the time), or stabbed at a go. It's always "the mob" this, or "the mob" that. The Fighting House Masters are cartoonishly villainous, but the real disdain seems to be towards the general mass of humanity and how they need a proud noble man to lead them in the right direction.

This was the first exploration of Magic: The Gathering beyond the flavor text of the cards, and was published in November 1994, the Armada comics would follow throughout 1995 and 1996 with bimonthly novel releases. The barrage of comics and novels in those two years is impressive. People were really eager to invest in a franchise built off of a trading card game. Maybe the impending death of the Baseball card market had something to do with it?

For the first-step of an emerging franchise 'Arena' does well, the plot isn't expected to withstand scrutiny, it's just an excuse to describe a bunch of killer spells and fights, which it does. Forstchen doesn't go overboard and try to flesh out a fictional society. He likely knew he'd be bad at it and would wind up writing a purpled High Fantasy mess. No, Forstchen knows that feelings have no place in THE ARENA and within Garth One-Eye. At least until the end when he can impregnate the maiden warrior. I knew they would do something with that character!

'Arena' is readable.


Next: 'Whispering Woods' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
Very sparse and minimalist language. Failed to pull me into neither the world nor the characters. ( )
  JurviZ | Oct 15, 2010 |
Arena is the one Magic the Gathering novel that stays the closest to the actual Magic the Gathering card game.
This was a fun read that I would recommend to anyone interested into the fantasy adventure genre.
Also, if you play or played the game, you should read this novel. ( )
  Schayde | May 18, 2008 |
I finally read this book after it sat on my bookshelf for ages. The novel is based around the "Magic: The Gathering" trading card game. It follows Garth, the one-eyed mage, as he competes in Festival and seeks his revenge for the wrongs of long ago.

The premise is compelling (esp. since I played the card game in high-school), but the plot is transparent, the characters are cliched, and the writing is flat.

I wanted to see what happened in the end, but hated that I had to read the book to find out. Again, the premise is good, but it could have been written much better. ( )
  clifflandis | Dec 15, 2005 |
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