War of the Spark: Ravnica

War of the Spark Ravnica Experience the first official adventure in Magic The Gathering s multiverse in nearly a decade as an epic conflict engulfs the world spanning city of Ravnica Planeswalkers powerful mages from many di

  • Title: War of the Spark: Ravnica
  • Author: Greg Weisman
  • ISBN: War of the Spark: Ravnica
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  • Page: 275
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  • Experience the first official adventure in Magic The Gathering s multiverse in nearly a decade as an epic conflict engulfs the world spanning city of Ravnica Planeswalkers, powerful mages from many disparate realities, must unite against the elder dragon Nicol Bolas, who has claimed dominion over Ravnica and is perilously close to completing the spell that will grant h Experience the first official adventure in Magic The Gathering s multiverse in nearly a decade as an epic conflict engulfs the world spanning city of Ravnica Planeswalkers, powerful mages from many disparate realities, must unite against the elder dragon Nicol Bolas, who has claimed dominion over Ravnica and is perilously close to completing the spell that will grant him godhood Now, as dozens of Planeswalkers fight alongside the Gatewatch led by Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren, and Gideon Jura against Bolas and his relentless army of Eternals, nothing less than the fate of the multiverse is at stake Get A Copy Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Kindle Edition, 304 pages Published April 23rd 2019 by Del Rey More Details Original Title War of the Spark Ravnica ASIN B07GVPZBDZ Edition Language English Series Magic The Gathering War of the Spark 1 Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail Edit Details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about War of the Spark, please sign up Popular Answered Questions Does this one require you to read the previous Magic the Gathering novels, or will this be a good introduction point I ask because I love the game, but pretty much all the novels are out of print and with this even being advertised as the first book in nearly a decade, I was wondering if it would be newcomer friendly 1 likelike 5 months ago See all 5 answers Kevin This should be pretty newcomer friendly It tells the story of War of the Spark specifically, which is the conclusion to the Guilds of Ravnica block This should be pretty newcomer friendly It tells the story of War of the Spark specifically, which is the conclusion to the Guilds of Ravnica block It s supposedly or less self contained, but it would be good to at least have a general idea of what happened in the story for Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance, both of which are free to read on Wizards site less flag See 1 question about War of the Spark Lists with This Book This book is not yet featured on Listopia Add this book to your favorite list Community Reviews Showing 1 30 3.26 Rating details 768 ratings 141 reviews All LanguagesEnglish 137 Espa ol 2 1 More filters Sort order Apr 23, 2019 Morrow Grove rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves fiction At first a lot of fans of Magic The Gathering s story were miffed that the main beats of War of the Spark were revealed from the card set s preview season before any of the literature was released itself Dack Fayden got his spark ripped out Wait, Niv Mizzet died in the first place Gideon sacrificed himself to save Liliana, the only one who can turn the tide a la The Last Hope during Eldritch Moon However, now I m glad I was able to see the framework built by Wizard s in house design and cr At first a lot of fans of Magic The Gathering s story were miffed that the main beats of War of the Spark were revealed from the card set s preview season before any of the literature was released itself Dack Fayden got his spark ripped out Wait, Niv Mizzet died in the first place Gideon sacrificed himself to save Liliana, the only one who can turn the tide a la The Last Hope during Eldritch Moon However, now I m glad I was able to see the framework built by Wizard s in house design and creative teams before I read Wiesman s take I avoided leaks and discussions of the novel because I wanted to be surprised and mystified by twists and unforeseen happenings However, I needn t have bothered, as the book offered none of these The story was, simply, conveyed better between the set trailers, art, and flavor text War of the Spark s premise is rife with stakes and emotion, and the animation and cards wonderfully illustrated Nicol Bolas s cruel mechanizations, the darkness and destruction befalling local Ravnica, Liliana s inner conflict and decisive resolve, Gideon s emotional sacrifice and well deserved rest, and many struggles, plans, and tragedies Even Ral and Tomik s relationship got an endearing nod with Dawn Murin s art direction via the inclusion of wrist cloths in their card arts.The frame and setup of the story was all there, and it was solid While fans were waiting for the novel s release, we were welcome to fill in the narrative gaps with our speculation and imaginations.Regardless, Wiesman s own imagination didn t do anything particularly good or interesting with what it was given He covered all the key events and all of the characters, but that s pretty much it Cleverness, surprises, emotional tracking, the book had none of these Things that should have been grandiose and exciting fell flat The Gatewatch, which by all means should have been ready with a crafted plan a la the endings of the Ixalan and Dominaria blocks, ran around with their heads cut off for over half the book.There was no good reason for Jace and Vraska s plan to not come to fruition, and no reason why the rest of the Gatewatch to be caught so unaware This was the finale, and most characters were set back character development wise for it when they should have been forged and triumphant from their previous successes and failures The book suffered from character overload, and it wasted time covering relatively inconsequential moments of low stakes battles with the Eternals who seemed to also be powered down from how we knew them.Teyo and Rat were meant to act as a lens for readers new to MTG story, but I don t think this intention was achieved The sheer amount of names and locations were probably inconceivable to follow from someone not familiar with MTG s dense lore.I much prefer the looser canon of War of the Spark s set art and trailers over Wiesman s novelization of it I have to wonder if leaving the novel to some of the writers of the web fiction such as Alison Luhrs, Kate Elliott, Doug Beyer, Nicky Drayden, etcetera, would have resulted in a War of the Spark novel with a little passion and heart flag 16 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Apr 28, 2019 Pat rated it did not like it In short, this book is bad.Longer, this book is very bad The main problem with it is that it can t decide which plot points to explain This is caused by an absurd failure on Wizards of the Coast s part to craft a coherent story.On the one hand, this book is intended to be read by readers who aren t familiar with the lore This leads to incredibly long info dumps that suddenly rip the reader away from what s happening in the present This is doubly frustrating, as the main action of the novel t In short, this book is bad.Longer, this book is very bad The main problem with it is that it can t decide which plot points to explain This is caused by an absurd failure on Wizards of the Coast s part to craft a coherent story.On the one hand, this book is intended to be read by readers who aren t familiar with the lore This leads to incredibly long info dumps that suddenly rip the reader away from what s happening in the present This is doubly frustrating, as the main action of the novel takes place over the course of a few hours This leads action that should take place over a relatively short amount of pages to take place over a ridiculously long page count.On the other hand, this book is meant to be read after free stories by Django Wrexler that, due to a delay, haven t actually come out yet That means that major plot points that actually affect what s going on in these pages unlike what s given to us in the lengthy info dumps aren t given at all Readers who are familiar with the lore will be taken aback by the news that major characters died off screen with zero explanation as to how it happened.It leads to the feeling that you ve just decided to read the second half of the book, but the author feels the need to constantly retell things that don t matter.This book is a mess flag 13 likesLike see review Apr 25, 2019 A.E Marling added it Spoiler free review Reads like an Avengers movie and is gay as fuck Neither of those two things are criticisms An actual criticism Because of the Avengers size cast and because it is was written to be inclusive of people unfamiliar with all those characters and the guilds the story may tire readers with its exposition The War of the Spark does not cover anything from Guilds of Ravnica or Ravnica Allegiance, and you may enjoy it if you wait for Django Wexler s free stories Sign up h Spoiler free review Reads like an Avengers movie and is gay as fuck Neither of those two things are criticisms An actual criticism Because of the Avengers size cast and because it is was written to be inclusive of people unfamiliar with all those characters and the guilds the story may tire readers with its exposition The War of the Spark does not cover anything from Guilds of Ravnica or Ravnica Allegiance, and you may enjoy it if you wait for Django Wexler s free stories Sign up here My Kobo eBook had multiple formatting errors, but I would still recommend it over Sounds like the audiobook was not a better option.The War of the Spark novel was written at a middle grade fiction reading level, similar to previous Magic Stories but different from most epic fantasy Characters also speak with modern vernacular These deliberate choices suggest a broader target market of readers That said, the story has strong continuity and other details that will delight dedicated Vorthos Magic fans flag 11 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 24, 2019 Tzu Mainn Chen rated it liked it In reality, I kind of want to give this book both 1 star and 5 stars War of the Spark Ravnica is a tie in novel that coincides with the release of the newest Magic the Gathering expansion set The set itself is the culmination of three years and 12 expansions worth of story, and so I was extremely excited to read the grand finale.Sadly, the book itself is pretty terrible Although War of the Spark claims that there is a vast cast of characters, there are only two characters in the book t In reality, I kind of want to give this book both 1 star and 5 stars War of the Spark Ravnica is a tie in novel that coincides with the release of the newest Magic the Gathering expansion set The set itself is the culmination of three years and 12 expansions worth of story, and so I was extremely excited to read the grand finale.Sadly, the book itself is pretty terrible Although War of the Spark claims that there is a vast cast of characters, there are only two characters in the book the Glib One and the Brooding One Action scenes are written with an almost awe inspiring lack of grandeur for example, I was impressed with how easily my eyes glazed over a scene featuring the destruction of a gigantic snake zombie god Half of the chapters end with an ellipsis.And yet, despite all these flaws and many many , I couldn t help but enjoy myself Instead of lingering on my issues with the book, I mentally replaced them with the visions that the card game has brought to life for me Nicol Bolas changed from a mustache twirling parody of a villain into the cruel and frightening dragon exulting in his power shown in the card Damnation Instead of seeing Sorin and Nahiri as squabbling punchlines, I saw them as two tragic figures of immense power unable to move past their crimes against each other for the sake of the greater good.I would have been happier if War of the Spark had been a better book But I m appreciative of the fact that it s just one part of a greater whole that has brought me so much joy and excitement flag 9 likesLike see review View 1 comment Apr 27, 2019 Hannah rated it did not like it The short animation trailer WOTC put out was 1000 times better than this book In fact it feels like the two don t even show the same story They re not congruous I don t know if this author did whatever he wanted to, or if WOTC told him to do what he did, but I was actively angered multiple times by the choices made I do not recommend this book at all It s like the set up for future stories rather than the culmination of five years of work to get to this point It s basically a commerci The short animation trailer WOTC put out was 1000 times better than this book In fact it feels like the two don t even show the same story They re not congruous I don t know if this author did whatever he wanted to, or if WOTC told him to do what he did, but I was actively angered multiple times by the choices made I do not recommend this book at all It s like the set up for future stories rather than the culmination of five years of work to get to this point It s basically a commercial that never ends Read about these planeswalkers later Because we couldn t decide what to do really, so we just kinda didn t, and we ll write later Yay Spoilers from here on out There was a massive build up for this book, and it had to be a book instead of the online installments because reasons, and ultimately it could easily have been 6 installments Around half the book is on new characters, but not the new ones introduced over the last year, new as in new this book Of the planeswalkers that die, hundreds upon hundreds, only THREE are named known characters It feels absolutely ridiculous as you read it.What upset me the most was Vraska getting her memories back on her own, before the book even starts How would she have even known she had memories to get back The replacements Jace put in were good enough for Nicol Bolas to not see through, so, what the hell It makes NO sense, and it is plain dumb What was the point then For over a year I was VERY much looking forward to the moment when she would get them back, and be the Vraska of the Ixalan story block again, in time to do something massive and cool But no We can t have nice things I wanted to like Teyo, but the character type of oh I ll never be good, I m just a learner, I suck, even the amazing things I m doing right now suck, like, you have no idea, has been done to death It s highly annoying, and lazy writing To kill Gideon off at the end of such a disappointing story was insulting It s not even just that the characters themselves could have made better choices, as I read I felt like he died so that the author s work would be vindicated See Someone did die It was something Gideon would do, absolutely, but the fan theories about what would happen after the trailer came out were better than how it actually shook out Teferi played no real major role, despite the massive things with time he s done in the past Sorin and Nahiri got inserted as a one liner, so I m sure we ll read all about that some other time Innistrad is somehow OK That, and how Sorin freed himself, weren t explained Chandra and Nissa just exchange lots of emotional looks, another example of decisions no one is making from a writing standpoint Rat was cool, but had pretty terrible dialogue, and her ability wasn t explained either Also, Nicol Bolas not dying and not winning, but again leaving a story line open for him to come back again sometime At what point do we get sick of the cycle, and the repetition Ugh Ultimately, a major disappointment The first and last MTG book I will buy I don t even know that I want them to turn it into a movie any, it was that bad flag 6 likesLike see review View 1 comment May 09, 2019 Brian McCue rated it it was ok This book is offensively mediocre Before criticizing the novel, I would like to point out that this novel was basically doomed to fail War of the Spark Ravnica is the culmination of a long story arc beginning in the Magic the Gathering set, Kaladesh released in 2016 After several sets of hints and foreshadowing since then, the elder dragon Nicol Bolas is finally enacting his big master plan The storyline for Magic has up until recently been told in the form of weekly short fiction post This book is offensively mediocre Before criticizing the novel, I would like to point out that this novel was basically doomed to fail War of the Spark Ravnica is the culmination of a long story arc beginning in the Magic the Gathering set, Kaladesh released in 2016 After several sets of hints and foreshadowing since then, the elder dragon Nicol Bolas is finally enacting his big master plan The storyline for Magic has up until recently been told in the form of weekly short fiction posted on the Wizards of the Coast website released alongside each Magic set These stories are usually enjoyable and written by folks who have a deep understanding of the Magic IP and its 20 years of lore So it is very surprising to learn that Wizards chose to tell the grand conclusion to this unwieldy story arc there s upwards of 100 characters involved in the form of a novel Not only that, but Wizards hired Greg Weisman, who I assume is a perfectly fine career writer, but a writer who does not have any familiarity with the Magic IP I probably do not need to further explain why it is a bad idea to hire someone unfamiliar with such a massive story to write the final chapter in which characters from all across Magic lore converge into one large battle on Ravnica Listening to his appearance on Mark Rosewater s Drive to Work podcast, Weisman made it clear that he had no prior familiarity with the Magic universe, and had to read many, many books just to catch up with the plot and characters So it is not a surprise that this novel feels all over the place, with inconsistent characters and poor pacing Additionally, for some reason, the prelude to the events of this novel which is written by a separate author and is to be released in short fiction sometime this year, is currently unavailable to readers, so the novel constantly references events and characters who have not actually yet appeared in the story When we jump into the action of the novel, major events have already taken place and characters mourn the deaths of other characters who the reader has not actually been introduced to This novel is marketed as a starting point for people to get into the Magic storyline, but it is in no way a good place to begin in Magic lore Had I not followed the Magic story for the last 5 years, this novel would not be comprehensible in any way to me So much of this book is exposition, attempting to fill the reader in on events from the last few years of Magic story across 10 different POV characters to the point where it is completely indecipherable to people unfamiliar with the massive cast and list of planes in the multiverse With all of that context in mind, this novel absolutely fails Characters in this book feel legitimately like fan fiction versions of their prior appearances The focus on romance sub plots while the apocalypse is going on in the background is a real doozy The dialogue is reminiscent of a bad YA novel, and the original characters Weisman creates are unfortunately very boring Due to the nature of having a massive battle with a massive cast as your main set piece, this book does not do anything particularly interesting when side characters briefly appear In one instance, two characters who have been MIA since their appearances in 2016 appear for literally two sentences before disappearing When characters do appear, they have to be accompanied by long asides explaining who they are and what actions they have recently taken The battle sequences are long and boring, with the stakes feeling very arbitrary The use of description is pretty underwhelming and the presentation of events is unclear The actual master plan of the villain is non sensical, and the solution in defeating Nicol Bolas is hilariously pulled out of nowhere Characters are not subtle in dialogue or action, and their arcs if they have one at all are very predictable I have never read a Magic novel before this, and I have heard mixed reviews about their quality I picked this novel up after reading a few excerpts that seemed particularly bad, and was not disappointed in how much this novel made me audibly groan It is a great hate read, especially if you are Magic fan Otherwise, I would avoid this I listened to the Audiobook, which I thought was pretty good for what it was The large cast was obviously a challenge and some of the voices were a bit funny, but overall I think Robert Petkoff did a good job flag 3 likesLike see review Apr 24, 2019 Sherwin rated it liked it As a Vorthos at heart, I appreciate that we re finally getting full novels to go alongside new sets While the mtgstory team has tried to make up for this lack in the past, there s something about a fully fleshed out novel that pulls you in ways that a short snippet could never do.With that said, Weisman s novel covers the same narrative beats that have been shown by the trailer for the set and the cards themselves While the cards have or less spoilered the entire general plot, there are c As a Vorthos at heart, I appreciate that we re finally getting full novels to go alongside new sets While the mtgstory team has tried to make up for this lack in the past, there s something about a fully fleshed out novel that pulls you in ways that a short snippet could never do.With that said, Weisman s novel covers the same narrative beats that have been shown by the trailer for the set and the cards themselves While the cards have or less spoilered the entire general plot, there are character beats and relationships that get explored in the novel The Gatewatch is there doing their Avengers thing across the Multiverse and we re assaulted with a ton of Planeswalkers, many we ve met before and many we have not.If anything, this novel is not recommended for anyone who hasn t played the card game before While Weisman does his best in giving the reader a fresh POV with Teyo, Rat, and to some extent Kaya Any new reader would instantly be thrown off by the sheer amount of names At the same time, this kind of experience could be reflecting the current state of a Ravnica at war As a fan, I was left wanting a little from the brief mentions of a few Planeswalkers Did Sorin and Nahiri settle things Are Arlinn and Angrath my new OTP Are there dogs like Mowu I give the novel a middling rating because of this inaccessibility of plot and the sometimes disparate voices that Weisman seems to be juggling running into one another Additionally, I feel like having the trailer and card story spotlights undermine what Wizards and Weisman wanted this novel to achieve Especially with a prequel novel delayed until June The initial plot beats of the state of Ravnica were lost and the first few chapters were a bit of a mess in that regard.In the end, I enjoyed the novel and the interactions of many fan favourite characters But, this seems like a odd release and a reflection of this event focus on the set instead of the old plane story model flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 24, 2019 Cwsmythe rated it it was ok Not a good place to start This is the first Magic novel in a decade and while it should have been a good place for a new reader to jump on, it is actually the culmination of the ongoing story of the card game for most of those years The books assumes you ve kept up with the fiction published on the website for many years and makes no effort to hold your hand to get you back up to speed The book details the final conflict of that story and while it s nice to have it in a bound volume, it doesn Not a good place to start This is the first Magic novel in a decade and while it should have been a good place for a new reader to jump on, it is actually the culmination of the ongoing story of the card game for most of those years The books assumes you ve kept up with the fiction published on the website for many years and makes no effort to hold your hand to get you back up to speed The book details the final conflict of that story and while it s nice to have it in a bound volume, it doesn t feel great to have to pay for what is fundamentally the last chapter of a series that you ve been reading free online for years The book suffers from some pretty serious issues as well in its position as a piece of marketing material It is a tie in to the new set of Magic, coming later this month and that set includes 37 cards that depict specific characters, an obvious effort was made to have each of those characters appear in the book, usually with one pithy line and a brief display of their powers as represented on their cards This isn t inherently a bad thing, but it does distract from the actual story and makes those characters feel like walk on cameos than actual characters You can see the corporate hand all over this book All that said, if you re a Magic fan who has been keeping up with the lore, it s a perfectly good read and I d recommend getting it, probably from the library though Not worth the hardcover price I d also recommend disregarding the book s blurb, which makes it sound like a story about the new character being introduced by Weisman and also appearing in the next set as a card while the character does get POV chapters, he s little than a glorified extra and has no real character arc flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 28, 2019 Mr Titanic rated it did not like it I was disappointed to find that the novel read like a checklist of plot points and didn t bother to elaborate or enhance what was displayed on the cards In fact, I found the author s limited scope of descriptive language, lack of appropriate focus and questionable often juvenile vocabulary rather unsettling The excessive effort on trivial action scenes or descent into various territories was laborious and eventually cumbersome The writing was elementary at best.I often felt like I was being I was disappointed to find that the novel read like a checklist of plot points and didn t bother to elaborate or enhance what was displayed on the cards In fact, I found the author s limited scope of descriptive language, lack of appropriate focus and questionable often juvenile vocabulary rather unsettling The excessive effort on trivial action scenes or descent into various territories was laborious and eventually cumbersome The writing was elementary at best.I often felt like I was being lectured on or told what was transpiring, rather than shown and allowed to imagine it Jace could see Bolas grow in power How None of us have experience observing an Elder Dragon wizard acquire magical godhood from an ancient spell How does a being growing in power visibly appear Do they radiate with an aura of blinding and palpable magnificence that roils the surrounding air Did Bolas appear younger with every harvested spark, did his spells increase in potency when cast Or do we just believe Bolas grows in power because the author told us he did The book is riddled with these moments of pondering what exactly I am meant to imagine with such a bare and flat text flag 2 likesLike see review Aug 07, 2019 Kossie rated it it was amazing A great book that tells the amazing story of that spans across mutliple planes worlds While it s a book that tells a story from the Magic the Gathering universe a very story rich card game , you can still very much enjoy the book and follow the story without know or caring about the game.So a must read for fans of Magic and a great recommendation for fans of fantasy and good books flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 28, 2019 Andrew Alkema rated it really liked it This won t be taught in English class, but it was a fun read I wouldn t recommend this unless you are really into the Magic story, otherwise it s terrible But I enjoyed it flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 29, 2019 Zally rated it it was ok I really, REALLY wanted this book to be good but instead, I read a piece of uninspired mediocrity Before I get started I want to point out that the author of this book was probably given the storyline from Wizards and had to make his writing style fit their preconstructed mold, which would be difficult for any author I also assume that the majority of decisions when it came to the story and how it was presented was not based on the author s idea or concept of story progression but rather what I really, REALLY wanted this book to be good but instead, I read a piece of uninspired mediocrity Before I get started I want to point out that the author of this book was probably given the storyline from Wizards and had to make his writing style fit their preconstructed mold, which would be difficult for any author I also assume that the majority of decisions when it came to the story and how it was presented was not based on the author s idea or concept of story progression but rather what WOTC thought a good narrative structure would be Now.with that statedThis book is around 350 pages with ten POVs which leads to some very apparent problems Because there are so many narratives running we as readers never get fully invested in the characters who we are supposed to care about Instead, we are left feeling like we are just reading backstory after backstory and are not really moving forward with the story I think that if this book was limited to a max of three POVs I think I could have at least given this book a fighting chance On top of that, this book cannot decide if it wants to be marketed towards people who are new to the lore and game of Magic the Gathering or for new people who might have just picked up the book on a whim What we end up with is a strange mix where we have an everyman characters who have nothing really invested in the story but rather, is told everything and is used as a sounding board to explain concepts like planeswalker and not enough detail about the surroundings or characters to really get a sense of individual identity I mean, there are very limited physical descriptions of any of the Gatewatch except Gideon being all muscle bound which leaves me really flabbergasted There also is no real set up to this story It is only the major battle and then a lot of background summary and with the lack of descriptions or static POV it comes across as bland at best I had the feeling while trying to get through this book that the writer had the Avengers movies on in the background and was trying to emulate the pace and feeling forgetting that books need narrative structure to help the story stay in the context that visual media has the ability to disregard rather quickly On top of that, when we do get internal dialogue or thoughts it is surprisingly boring and stereotypical She controls the fire so she is hotheaded or He is a good guy so he is heroic I don t know if the author had the ability to read all of the online material this company put out before this book but I think that would have helped him to see how much farther this characters had evolved passed their trope backgrounds into much rounded individuals The other thing that seemed forced into this story and takes up WAY to much of a narrative designed around a major battle has to do with sex Honestly, not all of the characters in a story need to be pining away at someone else It really came across as amateur fanfiction that I might have written when I was 12 versus a published story Also because we saw so little of the characters interacting Nissa blushing and looking awkward at Chandra for instance there was very little on the emotional investment front for these apparent relationships Overall, this book gets a 2 5 from me The story is missing crucial elements of design and set up and instead leans in towards the idea that just writing a climax as a story instead of creating actual tension through the narrative build up I will say that this book also seems to have been written for younger readers who, in retrospect, might really like how this story is laid out However, as an adult reader and avid lover of MTG, this whole piece just fails to deliver flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 24, 2019 Daniel rated it liked it War of the Spark Ravnica, delivers a somewhat satisfying conclusion to the arc of Nicol Bolas but not much else Wizards of the Coast recently made a decision to bring back Magic The Gathering novels to expand upon its multiverse, characters, and lore However, the first of its kind in a long while clearly felt like a rushed package to ensure that it met the deadline that would align with the primary product for the trading card game Many of the chapters are concise, as though Weisman himself War of the Spark Ravnica, delivers a somewhat satisfying conclusion to the arc of Nicol Bolas but not much else Wizards of the Coast recently made a decision to bring back Magic The Gathering novels to expand upon its multiverse, characters, and lore However, the first of its kind in a long while clearly felt like a rushed package to ensure that it met the deadline that would align with the primary product for the trading card game Many of the chapters are concise, as though Weisman himself is merely giving a summary of the events that are happening rather than actually writing what is happening as it goes As a fan of MTG and its lore, the book provided satisfactory bits of character and world building that I m sure many were craving Weisman did an excellent job in putting numerous characters on a sympathetic emotional spectrum, creating some very good dialogue and thought processes The cast of characters were relatable, witty, and generally just fun to read about.The story and plot of War of the Spark fell short, likely due to the length of the book itself I am not sure if I can fault Weisman on this end, as he was probably given certain restrictions and guidelines to craft this book The pacing was well done and jumped from character to character through each chapter, but this did not veil the weakness of the overall story The first part of the book essentially gave an outline as to what would happen, and the rest just followed through Some plot devices felt too forced and did not pan out well Though a good read for fans, the book definitely felt rushed and could have benefited from an expanded and thorough narrative on almost everything Although I was excited to read a Magic The Gathering novel, it fell short and felt like the online Magic stories printed and bound into a book to be sold at stores flag 1 likeLike see review May 04, 2019 Shase Lindell rated it did not like it This book is definitely the worst book I ve ever finished reading in my entire life I wish I could give it less than one star No characters had character development other than Dack Fayden, who I m pretty confident is the only character the author actually read up on, the narrative suffers from the authors insufferably childish yet strangely unimaginative mind and other than death very few character specific plots get mentioned or resolved and there s no interesting points in this impressively This book is definitely the worst book I ve ever finished reading in my entire life I wish I could give it less than one star No characters had character development other than Dack Fayden, who I m pretty confident is the only character the author actually read up on, the narrative suffers from the authors insufferably childish yet strangely unimaginative mind and other than death very few character specific plots get mentioned or resolved and there s no interesting points in this impressively drab story with each villain having dialogue I d expect out of some 90 s DD movie I say the story is impressively drab because you d think that being given a story as compelling as that which everything has been leading up to and shown in the trailer and cards it would be impossible for any author to make the story boring but this particular author has the writing ability of a 14 year old fan fiction writer Never before have I felt like magic is a story for children but this story is so incredibly dumbed down and uninspired that for the first time in years I don t look forwards to reading the next book The narrative is poorly constructed with a lot of time spent on catching the reader up or on some completely mundane aspect of the world like the protagonists obsession with farts and plumbing Points are brought up, briefly mentioned and never really dwelled on again The author also clearly just followed whatever the writing board wanted him to write as there are many questions one would have getting into the story and none are addressed There is no rising tension, either I felt as though there was a book missing because the whole book feels sorta rushed at times because they literally skip a few weeks of build up that are only referenced I hated the incredibly simple and immature dialogue everyone has, and the uninspired way everything is explained A lot of the prior story is summarized to the reader when a new character is introduced, which is an absolute drag because that meant I had to labor through of this author s pathetic attempt at writing instead of getting to the interesting background story, which was consistently disappointing It s also clear those short summaries are the only things the author knows about any of the stablished characters Everything in the present tense is boring and underdeveloped and no character has deep motivation Thoughts of characters are never presented Any motivation presented is done in an extremely simple manner No descriptions are adequate There are broad descriptions of absolutely everything I m just happy my favorite character Tezzeret has a short exchange with a few characters and then leaves so that this trash author doesn t ruin my impression of Tezz Also, you d think with all these incredibly interesting characters some of them would do than just one thing, but alas, no Most characters can only do one thing Also, most of the characters know each other for no reason I only considered two points in the story creative enjoyable The Wanderer She gets like, two sentences in the whole book This happens all the time Oh You like something interesting about the story Sucks Have fun being tortured by an idiot author who is just following the framework guide Wizards of the Coast gave him The whole book felt like a cash grab and I despise it when fiction authors use descriptions or reference shit from the real world War of the Spark mentions traffic jams at one point, which wasn t surprising as the book starts with, Ugin, the 30,000 year old genius having the exact quote Pot meet kettle which is just inexcusably offensively stupid and out of character for the speaker The pushing of LGBT agenda is fine, and I typically ignore it if it s too much however the amount of time spent reminding the reader that one of the characters who wasn t previously gay is gay was pretty astounding I can t imagine the gay community appreciates it either When your character is mostly defined by his sexuality you re a pathetic author Maybe try incorporating his sexuality subtly and have a personality instead of being gay be the trait the author keeps pushing In summary, do NOT read this book and if you will because you d like to finish the overarching story, I pity you flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 14, 2019 Helio Paiva Neto rated it did not like it Poor storytelling, too much tell and not enough show, a lost opportunity flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 19, 2019 Jonathan Lee B rated it really liked it War of the Spark Ravnica is the perfect finishing touch on a dessert flag 1 likeLike see review Apr 30, 2019 Trent rated it it was ok Shelves read fantasy adult SummaryThe dragon, Nicol Bolas, is on Ravnica and ready to bring his decades long plan to its climax Through subtle manipulations, he s positioned the ten guilds running the city into disarray and laid the groundwork for luring planeswalkers, those with the ability to travel between worlds, into his trap At the call his unsuspecting victims come and are assaulted by an army of extra planar zombie invasion and a spell meant to give the dragon godhood In the end, sacrifices are made and the dra SummaryThe dragon, Nicol Bolas, is on Ravnica and ready to bring his decades long plan to its climax Through subtle manipulations, he s positioned the ten guilds running the city into disarray and laid the groundwork for luring planeswalkers, those with the ability to travel between worlds, into his trap At the call his unsuspecting victims come and are assaulted by an army of extra planar zombie invasion and a spell meant to give the dragon godhood In the end, sacrifices are made and the dragon is defeated.What worked I ve only ever known Weisman as a showrunner for things like Gargoyles so, this is my first time experiencing him as a writer Overall, I m very happy with the way he treated certain characters with little or no prior characterization.Teyo, the fledgling planeswalker and shieldmage on his first walk away from his homeworld, is a fantastic vehicle for the audience I enjoyed his confusion and growth throughout the story Teyo is a character who was told most of his life that he wasn t good enough He could hardly maintain a shield to protect himself much less a pack beast or human life during his world s infamous diamond storms Coming to Ravnica for him is a life changing experience Suddenly he is given the reason and opportunity to be better People are relying on him for protection, and that pushes him to become stronger and creative with his powers In addition, the new perspective gives Teyo the opportunity to imagine a life for himself beyond merely returning to being an acolyte He now has friends There are people he cares about and people he wants to protect Maybe he doesn t want to join the Gatewatch, the interplanar group of planeswalkers sworn to protect the multiverse, but he wants to explore his own identity.It flat out surprised me how much I came to like Ral Before this book, I knew so little about him, but here I found out about his inner struggles and even his personal life Ral is someone who think of himself as cursed with failure Honestly, this is probably a theme for characters I enjoy He doesn t think he s good enough, that everything he does will eventually fall apart horrifically When he tried to unite the guilds, it opened them up to attack and sundered the pacts binding the guilds When he tried to summon help for the fight against Bolas, his invention wound up calling planeswalkers to their doom.The thing I admire most about Ral, though, is that people support him and he keeps on trying I loved getting to know Tomik, Ral s boyfriend It was really sweet seeing Ral s concern for him, the way that Tomik supports Ral, and how they re willing to fight one one another Seriously, this was a pretty queer positive book.Dack is definitely the stand out character for the book, though Sure, he s the multiverse s greatest thief, but there s so little of Dack in the lore, especially in the mainstream Magic stories Personally, I knew next to nothing about him before this novel, but through this story he s become one of my absolute favorite planeswalkers True to the theme, Dack doesn t see himself as a fighter He s summoned to Ravnica by Ral s beacon and he becomes trapped on the plan by one of the artifacts Bolas used to disable planeswalking, and for a while that makes him an unwilling participant in events What I really love, though, are the choices and situations presented to Dack So many times he s given the opportunity to hide, run, or leave the plane altogether, but each time Dack finds himself making a choice about who he wants to be When presented with the death of another planeswalker, he joins the strategy talks regarding the war When the chance comes to get off world and leave altogether, Dack sees other planeswalkers doing just that and makes the conscious choice that he doesn t want to be that kind of walker When the decision needs to be made to restart the planeswalking inhibitor to trap Bolas himself at the risk of every other walker s ability to leave, Dack is the voice who pushes for the effort and comes to take pride in his part of the war effort Dack is a fantastic character, and I felt so endeared to his journey through the novel.What didn t work One thing to keep in mind is that those three characters I mentioned are just three out of approximately ten different perspectives that the novel chooses to follow, and when you get right down to it, that is far too many perspectives.We don t get to spend time with anyone in this story For every Ral, Teyo, or Dack, there s a Chandra, Liliana, or Gideon What did Chandra even do in this story Sure, on paper she accomplished things, but did she even develop Nothing about her outlook on life or her sense of identity were challenged in this book She s pretty much the same person at the beginning of the book as at the end Liliana is just as bad in terms of characterization, but the big issue with her is that she manages to make a heel turn at the end that comes much to late and isn t given time to feel meaningful So, she changes, maybe it s debatable because even she is feeling conflicted about whether or not she has changed and tries to undercut it at every turn with her internal dialogue Gideon is by far the worst offender, though Gids winds up making the ultimate sacrifice largely because he was in the right place to do something that wasn t ever in his powerset previously as explicitly stated within this text He doesn t grow, doesn t change, and then he s just gone and we re supposed to feel bad None of the Gatewatch are portrayed very well Their personalities are flat or inconsistent with previous characterizations, and it s so hard to care about them.The pacing of this story is abysmal The entire war lasts a matter of hours It s a whirlwind of introductions to characters we will never get to talk to or hear from than once We rush from place to place, and people like Nissa just show up from literal nowhere and participate in the fighting without ever actually understanding what is going on Sure, being a planeswalker means you can materialize from out of thin air, but going from no context to gotta animate the world tree carefully protected behind an army of its worshipers to fight the dragon s army without so much as a word of dialogue or narration before a character s first appearance in the story is insane I m sure on screen these varied fighting styles, aesthetics, and magics all alongside one another would be fascinating, but there s no time to appreciate the experience or give it gravitas It s there and gone as we cut to somewhere else on the plane.Now we need to talk about the two biggest problems with the story the ending and the actual context of the novel.Let s start with context This story has none Over and over, I ve seen tweets and articles from Wizards saying that being familiar with Magic lore was not a requirement for understanding and enjoying this novel Let s be clear that s complete BS I ve been keeping up with the magic story since Shadows over Innistrad, but the story of War of the Spark and the arc of Bolas s machinations actually goes back to Magic Origins and Battle for Zendikar These characters have been through stuff a lot of stuff, actually, and War of the Spark just assumes you know all of that.Required reading is an issue, but there s actually a larger problem with the context of the novel mainly that we re actually missing an entire book s worth of content set before this event From page one, Niv Mizzet, Izzet guild master, is dead and talking to Bolas s brother, Ugin, on a different plane in spectral form Wait what Why is Niv dead What is going on As we read on, we find out about how Ral, Vraska, Kaya, and a representative of the Rakdos guild were working together to prepare for a fight against Bolas, but in the process somehow and for some Reason Vraska went rouge, killed another guild master, and somehow caused the death of their Rakdos ally None of it is ever explored in detail, and I have no idea what is happening.Near as I can piece together, there was a second book meant to be published before War of the Spark in order to coincide with the release of Guilds of Ravnica and Ravnica Allegiance Problem was, we never got it It was delayed and we essentially had no Bolas plot related stories between Core set 2019 and War of the Spark We were without major story content for nearly a year Publication got pushed back, and now that missing book will be released sometime soon AFTER War of the Spark s release.I don t understand why this was allowed to happen How am I supposed to enjoy a story built on a novel s worth of content that nobody has Who looked at this situation and decided this was ok and that we could just market that missing book as a prequel This is unacceptable and shoddy Who gives someone the second book in a series of plot contiguous novels and tells them to start there Maybe I could forgive some or any of the novel s shortcomings if it were actually good, but it s not Reading War of the Spark is a thoroughly satisfying experience The story of a wonderful character like Dack is cut short and left unreflected upon because characters don t have time to think, meet, or honestly care about one another The dragon is defeated They day is saved BUT view spoiler It s all an illusion Jace tricks everyone into thinking Bolas is dead, but in reality Ugin drops in and takes his now non planeswalker brother to prison in order to live out the rest of his natural life and die a natural death from which he cannot be revived hide spoiler So, after everything, the ending isn t actually the ending we ve been working towards It s all a farce and it undercuts everyone s sacrifices The final part of this book is literally just dialogue laying out everywhere that Bolas failed and how It s so hand wavey and and condescending to the readers who weren t even given the opportunity to read the full story beforehand.Final ThoughtsThis is a bad book It s none of what I wanted for the conclusion of a multi year story arc, and the main characters are so far afield from anything recognizable or relatable I struggle to feel anything but frustrated about this story It s not what it should have been, and there is so much lost potential In the end it was too big and too unwieldy and the pieces don t line up for a positive narrative experience flag Like see review Apr 26, 2019 Aly rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobooks Great lore for the new set Makes all the cards mean something flag 1 likeLike see review May 13, 2019 This Book rated it did not like it Spoiler Free Review It sucks.It s really bad It s a book written for anyone to be able to pick it up and read it however it s just so boring that nobody would want to do that It s spoonfeeds you, is incredibly clich And the writing is cringe worthy at best If you ve already looked at the cards for this set you can actually pick out where those cards happen in the story because those are the only interesting parts The fights are dull, the dialogue is cringe, and the characters are flat For Spoiler Free Review It sucks.It s really bad It s a book written for anyone to be able to pick it up and read it however it s just so boring that nobody would want to do that It s spoonfeeds you, is incredibly clich And the writing is cringe worthy at best If you ve already looked at the cards for this set you can actually pick out where those cards happen in the story because those are the only interesting parts The fights are dull, the dialogue is cringe, and the characters are flat For the love of all that is holy DO NOT READ THIS BOOK flag 1 likeLike see review May 12, 2019 Andy rated it really liked it Shelves fantasy The Magic The Gathering s Nicol Bolas epic storyline enters the endgame with Greg Weisman s War Of The Spark Ravnica.Self appointed God Dragon, Nicol Bolas, and his army of undead Eternals, have taken over the world of Ravnica and is luring every Planeswalker to the plane so he can harvest their sparks, the special essence inside every Planeswalker that makes them what they are, so he can become all powerful and regain his immortality and rule the multiverse It s up to the Gatewatch led b The Magic The Gathering s Nicol Bolas epic storyline enters the endgame with Greg Weisman s War Of The Spark Ravnica.Self appointed God Dragon, Nicol Bolas, and his army of undead Eternals, have taken over the world of Ravnica and is luring every Planeswalker to the plane so he can harvest their sparks, the special essence inside every Planeswalker that makes them what they are, so he can become all powerful and regain his immortality and rule the multiverse It s up to the Gatewatch led by Gideon Jura, Jace Beleren and Chandra Nalaar to unite the ten Guilds of Ravnica, fight the hordes of the undead army, Liliana Vess formerly of the Gatewatch and stop Bolas to save Ravnica and the Multiverse.I don t play the game, but I really love the stories and card art of Magic The Gathering, and I ve been following the Gatewatch Bolas storyline since the Magic Origins story block in 2015 which is an excellent jumping on point , and was already heavily invested in the characters and world building before starting this book It is supposedly a self contained story, and it is in parts, but there didn t seem much of an introduction to established characters or the continued narrative for those who might be new to the storyline, although it does allude to some of the previous stories Kaladesh, Amonkhet and Ixalan blocks mostly After the story brings in two new characters Teyo Verada and Rat both of whom I really enjoyed it pretty much jumps into the action, and is relentless all the way until the end I would definitely recommend reading some of the previous storylines, especially those I mentioned, which are available to read on the Magic The Gathering website, to get a better understanding of who s who and of what s been going on to lead up to the finale, if you re getting into these stories for the first time There are prequel stories written by Django Wrexler that will be released AFTER the events of this book, which might explain things a bit But if that s the case, then maybe they should ve been released BEFORE so as to add detail to events happening off screen that are only briefly spoken about With War Of The Spark having so many Planeswalkers, I d wondered how the narrative would work Each of the 69 chapters features a POV from a handful of the main characters, giving the battle for Ravnica a different perspective, and to me, it works really well, seeing them struggle to cope with the overwhelming nature of what s going on around them at times, reading what they re thinking when they see the devastation inflicted by Bolas and the actions they put into motion to combat it all in the push to topple the Elder Dragon, I became immersed in that character s viewpoint each time we joined them as their very distinctive personalities shone through.It s a mostly satisfying end to an epic story, that also comes across as similar to a Marvel movie which is definitely no bad thing , wrapping up most things, but also leaving a few things open, which I presume will lead into the next book in this two book series War Of The Spark Foresaken which will also be one I ll be looking forward to reading flag 1 likeLike see review May 17, 2019 Katya rated it liked it It has been a while since a Magic the Gathering novel has been printed so this one is average at best The books falls a short of its predecessors, but it is probably because there is so many characters to get introduced to all at once Basically, Magic the Gathering s Avengers team trying to take down a overconfident, power hungry Elder Dragon who is a threat to the multiverse classic good versus evil adventure without much depth While I feel it leaves a lot of events hanging due to the fact, It has been a while since a Magic the Gathering novel has been printed so this one is average at best The books falls a short of its predecessors, but it is probably because there is so many characters to get introduced to all at once Basically, Magic the Gathering s Avengers team trying to take down a overconfident, power hungry Elder Dragon who is a threat to the multiverse classic good versus evil adventure without much depth While I feel it leaves a lot of events hanging due to the fact, it is a nice new start for Magic novels, so overall, a step in the right direction I suppose flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 30, 2019 Skip rated it liked it Shelves fantasy Reading War of the Spark Ravnica is like watching the latest season of a long running TV series There s a bunch of people with all kinds of history running around, with just enough explanation to follow the main plot but not enough to grasp all the implications of their past relationships And on top of that, for some reason there s a big chunk of time missing from the storyline that s being doled out in weekly flashbacks.The worlds of Magic The Gathering have a fairly long history, and it ha Reading War of the Spark Ravnica is like watching the latest season of a long running TV series There s a bunch of people with all kinds of history running around, with just enough explanation to follow the main plot but not enough to grasp all the implications of their past relationships And on top of that, for some reason there s a big chunk of time missing from the storyline that s being doled out in weekly flashbacks.The worlds of Magic The Gathering have a fairly long history, and it hasn t always been very well organized Hardly organized at all, at the very beginning in the early 1990s, and it took quite a few years for Wizards of the Coast to get their act together in terms of the game s story lore But in the last few years, at least since Magic Origins in 2015, things have been much coherent Argument can be made for some of the earlier set stories being pretty decent, too In general, the story behind the game has become pretty good, following a group of heroes called the Gatewatch across various planes of existence in the Magic multiverse For the last few years they ve been butting heads with a cunning Elder Dragon called Nicol Bolas.The Magic set War of the Spark was released a few months ago, and with it the novel War of the Spark Ravnica I was looking forward to it, since the main storyline had largely been on hiatus for the second half of 2018 We got some background stories set on Ravnica which weren t bad at all but nothing to move ahead the big conflict between the Gatewatch and Nicol Bolas The novel picks up those threads, which have been gathering for the last several years across many Magic sets on multiple planes.Which means that I was a bit confused when I started the novel and the state of things on Ravinca was quite a bit different than what we d been lead to expect Dead guild leaders, plans to oppose Bolas gone awry, people mourning a character Hekara I d never heard of Turns out, there s an entire prequel novel that s being released one chapter at a time that took place before War of the Spark Ravnica I have no idea why the story folks would do this it makes reading this book feel like I m coming into a movie halfway through It s a disappointing dropped ball from a story team that s been pretty good for quite a few years now.As for characters there s a lot of them As a reader of Magic story articles, I have a pretty good idea of who is who in the Magic multiverse But even so, the sheer cast of characters in War of the Spark Ravnica is pretty daunting Weisman makes an effort to introduce those important to the story, but that still leaves a whole lot of folks who are just kind of hanging around the background or have very limited contributions I suspect anyone who hasn t followed the Magic story for several years will be fairly confused about who all these people are.OK, having said all that I still think War of the Spark Ravnica is a pretty decent novel Weisman is a good writer, other than the occasional tendency to toss in unnecessarily cheesy one liners Haven t we heard Can t we all just get along and It s not the heat it s the humidity enough by now He does a fine job with Teyo and Rat, two new characters for this story And once you get the gist of where things stand on Ravinca, the overall plot moves along pretty well, with very little downtimeit s action of one kind or another pretty much all the way.If you ve followed the Magic story for a while now, you ll want to check out War of the Spark Ravnica But if not, don t start here you re better off reading through some of the older Magic story articles, and then if you want to know how things proceed, this book will be there flag Like see review Sep 01, 2019 Ryan Mueller rated it did not like it War of the Spark by Greg Weisman was the first physical MTG book published in over a decade It was the culmination of 12 years of story and world building beginning with Shards of Alara To say that it was MTG s Avengers Endgame or A Memory of Light Wheel of Time final book wouldn t be understating how big of a moment this book was And ultimately the story left a lot to be desired, and I recognize that there is a sequel on the way.My copy arrived with a torn dusk jacket, coming from an Amaz War of the Spark by Greg Weisman was the first physical MTG book published in over a decade It was the culmination of 12 years of story and world building beginning with Shards of Alara To say that it was MTG s Avengers Endgame or A Memory of Light Wheel of Time final book wouldn t be understating how big of a moment this book was And ultimately the story left a lot to be desired, and I recognize that there is a sequel on the way.My copy arrived with a torn dusk jacket, coming from an warehouse is unacceptable quality.Book review THE GOOD The writing is accessible The story is told I m sorry to Weisman and the WOTC team that worked on this, but that s about itE BAD The downside to accessible writing is removal of nuance I wasn t expecting Faulkner or even Brandon Sanderson quality writing from a tie in novel of any sort, let alone a tie in novel for a trading card game lore A minor quibble for me is having character thoughts and asides be stated in either italics or parentheses While this is a perfectly serviceable writing technique, it tells your reader rather than shows them The new characters introduced in this book are given too much screen time without any previous time spent with themE UGLY Character This is where Weisman dropped the ball the worst I like quite a bit of the TV the man has worked on, so this is nothing against his writing style or previous body of work This work however, Weisman went full bore towards the final dramatic moments in the story, depicted on story spotlight cards in War of the Spark, without regards to the character building that has happened Jace should not be pining after Liliana any, especially after the fantastic relationship building done during Ixalan with Vraska Gideon s madness, for want of a better term, when wielding the Blackblade is handled as delicately as a bull in a china shop, not that I expected Rand al Thor insanity progression, but Gideon Smash was entirely out of character for him The best handled existing characters were Ral Zarek and Chandra Nalaar, Weisman gave them the time to explore motivations in an organic wayE STORY I m unsure how much control Wesiman had, or whether this was entirely an outline he was given, but the story is botched I liken it to reading Chapter 37 The Last Battle of A Memory of Light while missing the ending of The Gathering Storm onward until that moment While a lot of the political climate leading up to the moment can be seen on the Magic Story website, it doesn t serve readers enfranchised or new, to jump straight into the Last Battle so quickly There is not a strong emotional core of the story at all, but given the events it seems obvious to me it should have been about Gideon and Liliana, with the relationships that revolve around those two serving the primary story With the shift back to Jace pining over Liliana, not only is a lot of great writing undermined, the dramatic climax has a smaller impact Following the A Song of Ice and Fire technique of One Chapter, One POV, doesn t work for a story on this magnitude in my opinion Switching between POVs faster would have helped.The other major thing worth changing would have our audience stand in Teyo, planeswalk to Ravnica before the events of Guilds of Ravnica, letting Teyo get a sense for the status quo before chaos is thrust on the plane Other outline plot points that bothered me Vraska restoring her own memories This completely removes a satisfying resolution teased at the end of Ixalan s story Karn fighting He s a pacifist, have him help orchestrate evacuation for non combatants Teferi using his time powers solely to make fighting easier Weisman could have taken a page from Mistborn Alloy of Law and used the powers in creative ways to give characters time with each other flag Like see review May 09, 2019 Robert rated it really liked it review of another edition 3.5 stars out of 4 I ve been playing magic since around 2001 I m very familiar with the lore it s one of my favorite aspects about the game I ve read previous novels and books, and pay close attention to the flavor text on cards to piece together the bigger story As a die hard fan, I m left wanting Give me a thousand page epic book that delves into everything What an awesome opportunity to write a story for MTG What a dream The MTG worlds are creations of many people, told by many 3.5 stars out of 4 I ve been playing magic since around 2001 I m very familiar with the lore it s one of my favorite aspects about the game I ve read previous novels and books, and pay close attention to the flavor text on cards to piece together the bigger story As a die hard fan, I m left wanting Give me a thousand page epic book that delves into everything What an awesome opportunity to write a story for MTG What a dream The MTG worlds are creations of many people, told by many voices, and dictated by many variables, so while I yearn for a heavy epic book, I know that Wizards of the Coast is targeting a broader audience of new and old players alike I believe they land on a successful middle ground of something exciting and easily consumable for fans of all ages There are many characters and complexities that could be confusing to the uninitiated, and I think the author does a good job of providing exposition while seasoning it with just enough nostalgia and freshness for the long time fans.My book was lost in the mail for a few days, and during that time I caught wind of negative reviews about the book which put a pin in my excitement as I began to dread that I had been eagerly awaiting a disappointment There were things about the book that I didn t like, but when I viewed those limitations in context to what the book was trying to accomplish and the audience it was trying to reach I found the mistakes minor and easily forgivable So what if Teyo makes some juvenile potty humor jokes Sure some of the characters say things that seem off or could be better, but nothing that overshadows the wonder and awesomeness of the book The story has a very strong foundation already built in the cards and previous world building.My overall favorite thing was that Ral was confirmed as gay and in a relationship with Tomik I yelled aloud, WHAT when I read the first gay sentence As a gay person it feels so rare, and is, to have awesome representation There had been whispers in the fan community about Ral and Jace, and I m so happy that MTG has LGBTQ representation in its panthon of diverse characters that inhabit the multiverse I LOVED this aspect of the book Instant stan for Ral and Tomik I also thought that parts about the guilds were well done, especially the Rakdos, Selesnya, and Dimir.My minor complaints were that in some places I wanted detail Some character s I felt were done better than others, for example Jace I think could have been done better His thoughts about Liliana were messy and deserved eloquence, structure, and thought Some of the threats fell too easily like some of the God Eternals which felt robbed of their epic potential.I devoured this book and now I m sad it s over It s far from the worst MTG book or story I ve read and I can t wait to read Greg Weisman does a fine job carrying the MTG storytelling torch flag Like see review Jul 23, 2019 Grayson Christian rated it liked it Three stars feels fitting Because this book does a lot right but also a lot wrong.Firstly if you aren t caught up on the Magic lore this book isn t for you Weisman does his best to give quick explanations of the past But ultimately it won t help There s simply too much and you will be confused.That s part of the books bigger problem It flip flops between assuming the reader is all caught up and trying to info dump all over you The book is full of instances where the action is paused to exp Three stars feels fitting Because this book does a lot right but also a lot wrong.Firstly if you aren t caught up on the Magic lore this book isn t for you Weisman does his best to give quick explanations of the past But ultimately it won t help There s simply too much and you will be confused.That s part of the books bigger problem It flip flops between assuming the reader is all caught up and trying to info dump all over you The book is full of instances where the action is paused to explain backstory even 2 3s in Info is still being dumped The book does do a good representation of the characters So long as they re the main cast Jace, Chandra, Gideon, Lilliana, and Bolas all feel like there true selves Kaya and Ral and Vraska are side characters and they get similar treatment, but other times they act very cardboard like Vraska decides for no real reason to return to Ravnica And Ral and Kaya despite having every reason to hate her decide to trust her almost immediately Other side characters like Teferi and Karn and Jaya and even Ugin are treated much worse Karn is relegated to Hulk duty Yeah the silver golem who is wise beyond yearsall he does is smash Teferi doesn t speak a single word It s just noted that he s using his power and fighting the battle Ugin just talks weirdly and uses mannerism that are way out of character for him Nahiri and Sorin fight each other again you only know why if you are caught up on lore then stop for no given reason Then the rest of the side characters are mentioned briefly but ultimately aren t really fleshed out It feels like a roll call or cameos Here s Ob Nixilis And there s Samut And that s The Wanderer Teyo and Rat are the only characters who aren t quite main but aren t side characters either And they re fun As the books only never seen before characters that talk and play parts they re used kinda like the readers guide and get fully fleshed out as they take part in the battle.The only part still needing talking about is the writing style Weisman s style isnot standard His dialogue is bad and doesn t feel organic And it can be descriptive until he decides not to describe something To its credit though it is a style that makes you want to turn page after page to see what happens next It excels and shines when action is happening and when drama is playing out Other times it just falls flat.So, that s really what the book is like It does something s really well Just not good enough to outshine the bigger problems Ultimately I don t think it deserves the hate it has been getting It s not perfect but it isn t bad either As a fan of Magic the Gathering And A a fan of fantasy I m glad I read it flag Like see review May 06, 2019 Aja The Narcoleptic Ninja rated it did not like it review of another edition So from what I understood, this book was supposed to be a standalone introduction into the universe of Magic The Gathering Any reader was supposed to be able to pick this up and come away with an understanding of the world and the characters If that s the case, then this book kind of failed spectacularly I couldn t really recommend this to avid fan of Magic let alone someone who s never heard of it For starters, this book was about a war between Planeswalkers, powerful beings who can traver So from what I understood, this book was supposed to be a standalone introduction into the universe of Magic The Gathering Any reader was supposed to be able to pick this up and come away with an understanding of the world and the characters If that s the case, then this book kind of failed spectacularly I couldn t really recommend this to avid fan of Magic let alone someone who s never heard of it For starters, this book was about a war between Planeswalkers, powerful beings who can traverse planes of existence, and Nicol Bolas, Planeswalker who s ultimate goal is to strip others of their abilities and harvest them so he can become powerful From the start, there isn t too much explanation about this You just kind of get pitched right into the middle of things where some of the Planeswalkers are strategizing and Bolas is looking to start instigating Now, a hit the ground running approach can certainly work, but I don t know if it was really the best approach here because right out of the gates you re not really grounding the readers This book was told in several different points of view to highlight the war from different angles, there were chapters from Bolas so you knew his plot, chapters from Jace the leader of the Planeswalkers , chapters from a few others, and Teyo Teyo was meant to be sort of a stand in for the reader because he s entirely new to what s going on He only recently discovered his powers so he has no idea about them or the war or who s in it However, instead of getting this information through Teyo exploring the world, you get it through Rat, a peppy girl he meets within the first couple pages of the book But Rat wasn t really so much of a character as an information dump Any time she talks, it s literally to explain something that s happening, and she will talk for pages at a time just trying to flesh out what s going on, but rather than being thankful for a better grasp on things, it was just obtrusive because everything would just stop so that Rat could monologue about the world and the war So ultimately, than a little hamfisted My next biggest gripe about this book was the sheer amount of characters Now, I understand that it s a war and there are supposed to be hundreds or thousands of planeswalkers banding together to defeat Bolas, but we don t need to know ALL of them This author literally just dropped in names as sort of a wink wink nudge nudge to the fans, but even I was starting to get overwhelmed trying to keep track And most of them served no purpose to the story They were there and they were fighting and we could have just left it at that, but nope, we had to make sure that every planeswalker had a name and every name had a little bit of story and then they would disappear never to be seen or heard from again And all of this name dropping really only made it so that important characters were never really as fleshed out as they could have been In my opinion, it probably should have been boiled down to the Gatewatch and maybe a few others, like Dack and Ral, the characters who were actually contributing to the world and the story Because there s a LOT of story here, and the author barely scratched the surface because he was too busy making sure that every other character and their grandmother had a name and got to throw a punch For starters, Jace He s a main character, and a pretty important one at that, but you only get a little summary of things that went on beforehand He mopes about Nissa why Who cares , worries about Liliana cuz they were buddies before and that s all you need to know , and whines about Vraska but it s cool, they ll get an awkward romance for a page so you can guess what happened earlier , and ALL of these moments in the book would have meant SO MUCH MORE if we actually understand what happened here By the end of the book, Nissa ends up being absolutely essential to stopping Bolas, but she s only had a one or two lines and mostly just smiles awkwardly or awkwardly waves at people So when they mention that her and Chandra are awkward around each other, well that s apparently just par for the course for Nissa, nevermind that there s an entire story between these two and a parting of ways that NEVER gets mentioned When characters switch sides, or give up, or die it barely means anything to the readers because we never got to know any of these characters We were never given a reason to CARE about them at all I mean, I m a fan I ve played the game and I still found myself tugging on my friend s sleeves and asking wait, who s this What happened Am I missing something and when one of my favorite characters died I hardly even batted an eye because why would I It didn t really mean anything in the context of the story But hey, you know what this book ALSO needs crammed into 365 pages of name dropping, awkward waving, and information dumping Some romance That s right, we need to start pairing these characters off so uhh Teyo, you should have a crush on Rat She s cute, right She got you started here and kept babbling information to catch you up to speed, so better start mentioning how your heart speeds up when she s talking Oh, and Jace You re pretty important, and it seems like you ve had a crush on every woman in the realm, so let s get you settled down with Vraska and give you a couple of pages of cringey dialogue wooing her Two s good, right No Alright, well lets add in a sweet scene between Chandra and Nissa so you can wonder if they re friends or than friends And Ral, you need a gay lover too so lets name drop him so he can show up for a chapter and you can go all doe eyed over him I mean, I m almost a little surprised that no one got set up with Bolas in all this wreckage And that s ME I m an absolute sucker for this shit Give two characters a few sentences of chemistry and I will cheer them on and turn pages just to make sure they get together, but here, I found myself dreading these little match ups Not because they were bad pairs, but because they didn t matter at all They were just kind of tossed in and tacked on And they could have been great if we just cut out some of the other nonsense, or hell even ADDED a couple hundred pages so we could accurately capture this story and these characters There s There s a lot I can rant about how the world of Ravnica had so much to offer, and we got very little description of this unique setting I can add about how painful some of the dialogue and narrative was I can talk about how hollow some of the big moments were purely because there s zero backstory and character building leading up to them At this point, I think I ve made it pretty clear though, and I think it s also pretty apparent that I couldn t really find anything redeeming enough about this book to be noteworthy And that s a shame because I wanted to enjoy this book I ve been dying for a good Magic The Gathering book that covers some of this amazing story, so when I heard about this book I pre ordered it and counted down the days until I would get to read it And I WANT books about Magic I want to cover some of what happened in the previous sets, and I want to know the planeswalkers I ve come to love, but not like this, not by this author flag Like see review May 24, 2019 Ty Robinson rated it liked it So I ve loved Magic for a long time and when this story came out I couldn t wait to get my hands on it since it s the first full Magic book in awhile and the culmination of around 10 years or so of Nicol Bolas schemes.While I really loved the overall story, I sadly felt like the writing was not very good Too many times the author kept over explaining things like he didn t trust the reader to understand the simplest of details, even ones that they already explained pyromancers aren t affected So I ve loved Magic for a long time and when this story came out I couldn t wait to get my hands on it since it s the first full Magic book in awhile and the culmination of around 10 years or so of Nicol Bolas schemes.While I really loved the overall story, I sadly felt like the writing was not very good Too many times the author kept over explaining things like he didn t trust the reader to understand the simplest of details, even ones that they already explained pyromancers aren t affected by heat No way I don t know if it was because Mr Weisman was overly concerned with the audience of his book and could not decide whether to market it towards the already established Magic fan base, or market it towards hopeful readers who weren t familiar with the multiverse The end result came off as someone who couldn t trust their readers to pick up on simple concepts and was very sloppy.On top of this, I felt he overly relied on adding extra adjectives or describing words into his sentences in a way that came across as lazy and repetitive.I also felt he tried too hard to make us care about certain characters and portrayed a lot of them in a way that wasnt very believable to someone who is familiar with many of them throughout Magic lore forany years This could have just been a lack of time spent with the characters himself, I m not sure but I found myself questioning the motives and actions of several of the main characters throughout.The flip side of this is that I though the author also went out of his way to try to paint certain actions of the story to resemble the exact way they are depicted in their card art for the new Magic set While this may be considered a nice homage, I oftentimes felt like it was forced and not natural.In conclusion, I enjoyed the overall story and the climax of the Bolas arc of Magic The Gathering, but I feel the story could have benefited greatly from being allowed its own telling without relying too heavily on the cards or the artwork depicted I don t presume to question the amount of research Mr Weisman put into the characters he wrote about and they for the most part were depicted convincingly but I think the story could have benefited from a little identity flag Like see review Jul 07, 2019 Josh Liller rated it did not like it review of another edition Shelves fantasy, magic the gathering War of the Spark covers the events of one of the most pivotal events in Magic The Gathering in game lore Nicol Bolas has come to Ravnica as the culmination of his long and complex scheme to achieve ultimate power and almost every planeswalker in the multiverse gets involved The book s chapters jump around between the viewpoints of different planeswalkers, clearly named as the title of each chapter.The book is an easy read, tries to give characters distinctive voice, and tries to reference l War of the Spark covers the events of one of the most pivotal events in Magic The Gathering in game lore Nicol Bolas has come to Ravnica as the culmination of his long and complex scheme to achieve ultimate power and almost every planeswalker in the multiverse gets involved The book s chapters jump around between the viewpoints of different planeswalkers, clearly named as the title of each chapter.The book is an easy read, tries to give characters distinctive voice, and tries to reference larger lore without sinking too deeply into it.Unfortunately, this book has a number of issues First, the plot is slow I was over 100 pages in out of 360 and the Gatewatch was still running around trying to save random civilians I got tired of it and skipped ahead to the climax Second, some of the characters are just there They are longstanding characters in the storyline Ajani, Karn, and Jaya in particular that are present throughout the story, but that s pretty much it Third, in a novel intended as the climax of years of storylines, one of the main characters is a brand new planeswalker, Teyo Verada I assume this was an intentional choice to provide an audience viewpoint character who needs to have things explained to them The problem is, given the nature of the story, such a character isn t needed It would be the equivalent of dropping a brand new audience viewpoint character into Avengers Endgame Fourth, some of the dialogue and other wording in the story just feelsoff Fifth, entirely too many important events take place off screen before the novel starts An effort is being made to rectify this issue by belatedly publishing a collection of short stories so later readers may be able to avoid that problem To make another Avengers comparison it s like if Infinity War was a collection of five minute one shot videos on YouTube and only Endgame was released in theaters, then belatedly the one shots were put together on a DVD.I don t read very much fiction, but I was a Magic The Gathering player for many years While this book isn t terrible, I found it very disappointing and I don t recommend it flag Like see review Apr 21, 2019 Stephan Classen rated it liked it This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It s a fun romp through the multiverse with all your favorite planeswalker characters It s Nicol Bolas final plots all coming together, and battling almost every Magic the Gathering planeswalker you ve ever heard of and many new, told from the perspective from a variety of viewpoints It s engaging, and fun to read Wonderful to tie up some loose storyline ends, and see a lot of walkers we hadn t heard from in a long time in action However If you haven t read the online stories from Kalad It s a fun romp through the multiverse with all your favorite planeswalker characters It s Nicol Bolas final plots all coming together, and battling almost every Magic the Gathering planeswalker you ve ever heard of and many new, told from the perspective from a variety of viewpoints It s engaging, and fun to read Wonderful to tie up some loose storyline ends, and see a lot of walkers we hadn t heard from in a long time in action However If you haven t read the online stories from Kaladesh, Amonkhet, Ixalan, Dominaria you may be a little lost If you don t know who these planeswalkers are, I hope you can find backstory, because it throws you right in And there s no explanation of the guilds or Ravnica or the why Bolas is who he is I am a vorthos I ve read every mainline storyline, I am heavily invested in these characters Honestly, I m disappointed It was advertised as an all out war with planeswalkers Eternal skeletons attacking a city world Much of this is true, but rarely do walkers fight, and rarely do we feel like there s any real stakes, or any real fear for their lives It felt like a puzzle to solve, with Nicol Bolas just sitting there waiting to be defeated I won t spoil any , but honestly, I expected higher stakes, fear for people s lives Instead, we have a book that sort of just feels like an advertisement for a set that s call War, without any real feeling of fear or war in it I know we live in a world with Game of Thrones, where you expect characters to die, but when facing the ultimate planeswalker elder dragon unleashing his ultimate trap specifically to kill planeswalkers, and really, less than 5 named characters die, even including non walkers It hardly feels like high stakes, endgame type things it feels like a company trying to keep their character interests around so they can use them again flag Like see review Jun 07, 2019 Kevin Gleason rated it liked it This is a very solid book It s like a 3.5.If you are a magic the gathering player, it s probably a 4 If you are not a magic the gathering player, it s probably a 3.This book is the culmination of about 3 years of story from mtg So, it feels like the 3rd book in a series I think the writing is fine and the way the characters are handled are fine Just be warned There is a lot of stuff that is glanced over quickly that were plot points of previous things in magic that don t get a lot of This is a very solid book It s like a 3.5.If you are a magic the gathering player, it s probably a 4 If you are not a magic the gathering player, it s probably a 3.This book is the culmination of about 3 years of story from mtg So, it feels like the 3rd book in a series I think the writing is fine and the way the characters are handled are fine Just be warned There is a lot of stuff that is glanced over quickly that were plot points of previous things in magic that don t get a lot of time in this book.There are also around 10 15 characters to actively be involved with So if you can t handle characters that get little time developed probably because hasro or wizards of the coast assumed most people reading would know the characters then maybe this isn t for you.Either way it s a good attempt to handle realistically 3 5 high fantasy world ending items or weapons, and around 40 characters from all of magic the gathering.If you wanted a good place to jump in and understand who you are dealing with in the world of magic and how the next series will be handled This is a good book for you.As a magic player it was awesome to see the characters interact than just their cards and to learn about each of them and read how they work together and fight There are a few awkward moments of plot holes and such, but overall it reads well and you re never really bored because it bounces between so many characters and events you always wanna know what s happening flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Magic The Gathering Ravnica War of the Spark Preorder Offer 1 15 Mar 20, 2019 10 12AM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Genres Fantasy 50 users Fiction 6 users See top shelves About Greg Weisman Greg Weisman 76 followers Greg Weisman BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C has been a storyteller all his life His first professional work was as an Editor for DC Comics, where he also wrote Captain Atom Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 through 1996 In 1991, Greg created and developed a new series for Disney GARGOYLES, becoming Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of that series In 1998, Gr Greg Weisman BA Stanford, MPW U.S.C has been a storyteller all his life His first professional work was as an Editor for DC Comics, where he also wrote Captain Atom Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from 1989 through 1996 In 1991, Greg created and developed a new series for Disney GARGOYLES, becoming Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of that series In 1998, Greg became a full time Freelancer He wrote the new Gargoyles and Gargoyles Bad Guys comic books for SLG Publishing, while producing, writing, story editing and voice acting for Sony s The Spectacular Spider Man He then moved over to Warner Bros where he produced, story edited, wrote and voice acted on the new series, Young Justice, as well as writing the companion Young Justice monthly comic book for DC Greg was a writer and Executive Producer on the first season of Star Wars Rebels for Lucasfilm and Disney, and he s also writing the spin off comic Star Wars Kanan The Last Padawan His first novel, Rain of the Ghosts, was published in 2013 its sequel, Spirits of Ash and Foam, arrived in bookstores in 2014 Other books in the series Magic The Gathering War of the Spark 3 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