Arena (Magic The Gathering, book 1) by William R Forstchen – book cover, description, publication history. Arena By William R. Forstchen – FictionDB. Cover art, synopsis, sequels, reviews, awards, publishing history, genres, and time period. 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.

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Garth One-eye gains enough notoriety in illegal street duels to join a house forstcuen therefore the Festival. Presumably, they have old-style small streets and walkways. The novel is based around the “Magic: It might make a decent dumb movie. Aside from that, however, the Benalian societal dynamics were a farce described by an unimaginative capitalist man who doesn’t know the definition of “privilege”.

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No extensive review or anything, but this is one of my all time favorite books. Paperbackpages. This is probably my favorite book. I read this book a long, long time ago more than 15 years or so in that time i was an avid Magic: The two of them meet with Hammen once again to let him know they are alive, then retire to the countryside to raise their child, whom they plan to name after him.

There are also a couple of spots in the book where it was hard to contain my emotion which is always a good sign that I’m into a book. She has entered the city to earn the title of Hero, so that she might escape the caste system fostchen her home, since her caste, the 7th, is currently at the bottom and any of higher castes could demand anything of her. The Gathering trading card role-playing game system inaugurates a new world of magic and mystery. In my opinion, this book was not good.

In the past, this was a fairly harmless testing of skills between the Houses. Forstchen resides near Asheville, North Carolina with his daughter Meghan. I’m ofrstchen really critical of things like this because I can see a much better book here, but what we got was mediocre.


It follows Garth, the one-eyed mage, as he competes in Festival It’s traditional high fantasy; Fortschen usually chooses to remain outside of the realm of flashbacks or the showing of inner emotional development, which is probably a blessing, since the few times he slips with this are quite jarring.

If the fight is to the death, the bet is the loser’s entire satchel of spells and mana. Unfortunately none of that led to any greater understanding of this world that I didn’t already have, and felt willima just going through the motions. So I guess people who like fantasy but are not familiar with Magic might enjoy this. Anyway, this book was a lot of fun and probably the best Magic based book there was. Navigation menu Namespaces Page Discussion.

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.

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TG CCG series, since it seems to build a world while using the cards as tools, rather than being locked into building the world around the cards. 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. Garth disagrees and wounds him, forstchne. View all b comments. His other interests include archaeology, and he has participated in several expeditions to Mongolia and Russia.

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Who is Garth One-Eyeand where did he get his powerful spells? This book was written not necessarily before Magic had a story line associated with it, but before they put As mentioned elsewhere, this story is something like Yojimbo or the more recent Last Man Standing.

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. I really think that the MtG novels got the short end of the stick, when thinking about how people view them. Jul 09, Frank Granlund rated it really liked it.


Planeswalkers are mentioned but none of the characters are familiar to the history of magic I am familiar with. Despite that I still enjoyed the book and plan on reading the next couple of books.

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 willlam cheating douchebag.

I won’t give away specifics but there are several places where you know what you want to happen and the author delivers in spectacular ways which usually gets an audible “Yes!

This book falls into the latter category. The writing style of this book is not really very good but the story itself is interesting. I had never read it, even though I bought it when it came out copyrighted But that did amuse me since this was printed before Ante was abolished in the game.

I did feel like the protagonist was a bit invincible and wasn’t really risking much, but what do you expect from a binary good vs. Then again, Forstchen went on to write political thrillers, work with Newt Gingrich and these days is spewing hate against Muslims on Twitter. Apr 28, CJ rated it it was ok Shelves: Wilpiam well deserves 5 stars: He holds a Ph.

Man I am old. Instead of typing out a page book I just decided to read it.

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