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The Gathering Dark Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 1999

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 342 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast; Reissue edition (1 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786913576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913572
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 100,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the wake of the Brothers'' War, by the same author, comes the Gathering Darkness in which a backlash is growing against magic and those who would use it. This backlash is now a focus for the tattered remnants of social order.'

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By "biggofattochimpo" on 15 Oct. 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was far better than I expected. Based on Magic:The Gathering? I was expecting dross, but was pleasantly incorrect.
The story is set during the period of The Dark (the card set), after the apocalyptic Brothers' War, and fleshes out well the idea of a society struggling to adapt to new ways of living and thinking several generations down the line.
It also does a great job of fleshing out characters and the plot only hinted at in card flavour text-if you enjoy the background and flavour of the game, then your enjoyment of the book will no doubt be increased (the explanation of how land powers spells is genius!)
That's not to say you should shy away if you have no idea what Magic:the Gathering is (though the chances that you're reading this, and you don't know of the game are miniscule...), for it is a good book in it's own right. And it convinced me to read more of the series-that's a reccommendation if ever I heard one!
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "keithclayton1" on 2 Mar. 2001
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An excellent book enjoyable from begning to end. It gives a lot more insight into the background of the game.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
After The Brothers War, before the Masquerade Cycle. 27 Sept. 1999
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story to the history of Magic the Gathering started off in the Artifacts Cycle with "The Brothers War" and has continued into the Weatherlight Cycle with "Rath and Storm." The story between it begins in The Ice Age Cycle with "The Gathering Dark."
A novice mage by the name of Jodah travels the land of Terisiare learning the basics and five different types of magic from his ally, Sima, a well-knowledged blue mage. The story tells of the period of time from The Dark, when magic was more or less not welcome at home, especially by the church.
Read of the true story behind the tale of Lord Ith, Mairsil the Pretender, Master Artificer Barl and Jodah and their pasts in "The Gathering Dark."
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
!!!amazing!!! 17 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I am a MTG fan and i love the books and pesonaly this is the best book since the brothers war.it scores way up there more stars then i can give if you like fantesy or are a MTG fan then read this book it has magic things like wand and maze of ith and rag man.I can't wait for the next book!!!!!!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Fantasy Novels I Have Ever Read 2 May 2007
By Jay Jeanquart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Gathering Dark does a great job of fleshing out a Dark-ages world, and should be well-liked even by those unfamiliar with the card game. The characters (even minor ones) are engrossing, the villains original and classic at the same time, and the descriptions of spellcasting absolutely enchanting. Since reading the book, I often find myself thinking about all the places I've been, mountains and mangrove swamps, lakes and rivers, and wishing I could do something with those memories. And thats what a fantasy book should do; draw you into itself.

I would consider myself Blue-Green, by the way.

A warning to religious folk: one of the villains is an agent of the Church of Tal, a mideival-christianity-style religion that burns people at the stake, particularly suspected spellcasters. For me, it's a villain I love to hate, but others might disagree. It highlights the difference between religious scholars and true scholars, miracle-workers and mages: one group truly understands their feild, the other just repeats by rote, without understanding or innovating.

Try the book. It feels Right, and thats what matters.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The best way I've ever seen to describe how magic works. 12 Aug. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first "Magic" book I've ever read and couldn't get enough of it. It took me 16 days to finish which is a record for me. When I finished it, I went to the book store to see if the second book was out yet. I'm drooling in impatientness for "...Ice Age Cycle, book II" to come out!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Book! 28 Mar. 2000
By A monster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is great for fans of MAGIC and fantasy fans. There is a ton of action and you never want to stop reading it. I am a particularly slow reader but I finished this in a week because I never put it down. Get this if you like action, suspense, MAGIC (the card game) or magic (spells).
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