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Magic: The Gathering (Invasion Cycle Book 1) [Mass Market Paperback]

J. Robert King
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (27 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786914386
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786914388
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Thran, a mysterious and secretive race that once inhabited the world of the Dominaria many 1000s of years previously, are destined to take part in the cataclysmic events of the present whilst being simultaneously lost in the mists of time.'

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book 14 Nov 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book's author has a very good style of writing battles, but i found the other sections boring and rushed. It's worth reading this book for the epic clashes between dominarians and phyrexians alone, with great war machines killing thousands in one swipe and deadly beetles devouring elves. A word of warning though, Not for the squeamish
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4.0 out of 5 stars He had a big task to do, and he pulled it off 30 Oct 2001
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The Phyrexian Invasion is the climax of the whole Weatherlight Saga in Magic, so King had an unenviable job to do putting it into novel form. If you haven't read some of the other books in the Saga, especially the Artifacts Cycle and King's own "The Thran" you might be lost in some places, as he refers a lot to those previous books.
The Invasion begins right at the beginning, and straight away the book takes you from one battle to the next. They're described in detail as the Weatherlight zips around the masses of Phyrexian ships and the various ground armies tackle the invading drones. However, for creatures that have been genetically engineered to hunt down and kill planeswalkers, Phyrexian intelligence seems to decrease as their numbers increase. Most of the time they just stand (or float in the case of ships) there and get steamrollered by the hundreds.
I would have given this book the extra star if it wasn't just one battle after another. The plot does keep developing and it keeps things interesting, but unlike the previous cycles this is just the first part of a single large story, and there's very little difference between this book and it's sequels, Planeshift and Apocalypse.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A huge and complex story compressed into a 300-page book. 18 May 2009
By Chip Hunter - Published on Amazon.com
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As the title implies, INVASION finally chronicles the long-expected attack on Dominaria from the Phyrexians out of Rath. If that sentence doesn't make sense to you, this book probably won't either. To get the full story is no simple matter however. You should start with the anthology Rath and Storm, then go on to the Artifacts Cycle (including: The Brothers' War, Planeswalker , Time Streams, and Bloodlines), followed by the Masquerade Cycle (including: Mercadian Masques, Nemesis, and Prophecy). Finally, if you really want to get the full story, read the prequel The Thran. Then you'll be up to speed with the story so far. Some of those books are good, most are only decent, and a couple of them are down right bad. So you'll have to make up your own mind about whether you're willing to give this story as much time and attention as it demands. I'll tell you that the only reason I have kept with it so long is that I simply can't admit defeat and not finish a story. Also, I am a glutton for punishment :)..

Anyway, INVASION finally tells the story of the Phyrexian attack, which is something we've been anticipating and preparing for over the last bunch of books. With so much build-up priming my appetite for this book, I couldn't help but being somewhat disappointed in the execution. While it is undeniably exciting, with plenty of action, dramatic events, and highly emotional moments, the story just didn't live up to my hopes. The characters behave completely predictably, many parts of the book seemed rushed, and too much of an effort was placed on telling about every part of Dominaria. With a very limited amount of space, King tried to tell a hugely complicated story that involved nearly all of Dominaria and many central characters. The result is a hectic and off-putting reading experience.

That being said, the story is still not complete, with two more books in this trilogy apparently detailing further battles between the armies of Phyrexia and Urza's defenders.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, Great Start for The Cycle 15 Jun 2002
By J. D. Cicci - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an exciting account of the first stages during the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria. Chapters are short (only about 4 or 5 pages each) but provide a very accurate description of each event as it happens, step-by-step. It flows at a very fast pace and the action doesn't slow much until after the Llanowar chapters. Even then there's plenty of action to go around. A very exciting battle concludes the book, leaving more questions to be answered by the sequel, Planeshift. Character development is also very well done and you really begin to feel for some of them during the later chapters. Overall I was very pleased by the detail of each event and the pace at which the book moves along. I do recommend, however, that you read Time Streams (also by J. Robert King) because it poses as sort of a prequel to the characters and events in this book. If you didn't read Time Streams, don't worry, the book reviews many of the events and happenings of Time Streams in detail.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Invasion Begins 9 April 2007
By WayneXtreme - Published on Amazon.com
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I've literally been jumping around in my cycles of Magic the Gathering and have finally come to the Invasion Cycle. Unfortunately, I've just learned that this story is started in even earlier cycles which bites because most of those books are pretty tricky to come by. Anyway, onto my review.

The story of Invasion tells of the world Dominaria that is being invaded by a "race" of mechanically/genetically altered or genetically engineered to be killing machines. The race is from a world known as Phyrexia that long ago a man went there with a "dream" of ascending he and his people to become even greater beings than they were before (read the prequel, The Thran for the full story). Anyway, the story itself seems to center (from the Heroes side) around a ship known as the Weatherlight and her crew who are steadily fighting and trying to defeat the Phyrexians and save the world of Dominaria and its inhabitants from being destroyed by these "invaders". Now, the crew of the Weatherlight as well as the planeswalker known as Urza must try to bring together the races of Dominaria to be rid of this evil menace once and for all.

This is just a very basic summary of the story itself. I thought that this was a great story, the book itself is pretty much a non-stop war that gets told from both sides, from the Commander of the Weatherlight (Gerrad Capashen) and "the boss" (at this point) of the Phyrexian invasion, Tsabo Tavoc (as well as some point of view from Urza and the forest spirit of Yavimaya, Multani). There's just so much to this story that I'm having a hard time understanding it all. But if you are gonna read this cycle, I think it's best to read The Thran before starting Invasion, because it really helps to fill out some of the story that's told in the Thran.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful 17 May 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been a Magic player for many years now (since 1994), and I wanted to explore more of the universe by reading up on the graphic novels associated with the storylines of the cards. Around the Mercadian Masques block, WoTC (Wizards of the Coast) started releasing "Fat Packs," which were a box set that included: five booster packs, two premium "foil" cards, a 20-sided life counter die, and the novel for the set. So, Invasion rolled around, and I decided to buy one, mostly to get the book. When I read it, I was extremely disappointed.
The storyline is OK. J. Robert King was probably told how the characters need to interact, and what their ultimate goal is going to be. But his writing style drove me nuts; short, choppy sentences that high-schoolers are taught not to do. (At least I was taught not to do it) The way he illustrates his writing style is frustrating and almost comical, and after getting through the entire book, I winced knowing that I'd have to get Planeshift and Apocalypse to finish what I'd begun. Eagerly, as the sets were released, I crossed my fingers, hoping J. Robert King hadn't written them, but this wasn't the case. Both of these books were written in the same annoying style, and it completely destroyed any sense of entertainment the book had for me.
I don't recommend this book, or any other written by J. Robert King for the Magic series. Pick up Jeff Grubb's "The Brother's War" instead, if you're looking for a good Magic novel. You'll enjoy that one.
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential for MTG genre fans, very good for all others 25 Jun 2014
By Y. Galloway - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
First, this is a must read for anyone who's interested in the total magic the gathering genre. I consider Urza's story and this invasion series classical magic lore. I recommend you read the earlier books first if you can, but it's not absolutely recessary.For a set up book book it is pretty good. Although there are some lulls, the action is well spread out. I must admit however the action in some places were a lot more interesting than in others. I found the antangonist, Tsabo Tavoc, and how she thinks very interesting. It may have been nice to experience a little more of this war from her perspctive. My biggest dissappointed was with how some of the major characters died and that their deaths didn't have as big of an introperspective effect on the other characters as I'd hoped. Overall, a very good read.
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