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The Purifying Fire: A Planeswalker Novel (Magic The Gathering: Planeswalker) [Kindle Edition]

Laura Resnick
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Book Description

Award-winning author Laura Resnick brings readers into the adventures of Chandra Nalaar, a young and impulsive mage on a collision course with destiny.

The novel that begins the story of Chandra Nalaar, the impulsive young fire mage whose exploration of the multiverse and the extent of her own volatile power draws the attention of an ancient faith that sees her as a herald of the apocalypse. Will she control her own destiny, or suffer the will of others?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 656 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (6 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00333FGIC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Planeswalker Goodness 10 Sept. 2009
"The Purifying Fire" is a well thought out story that supplements what we know about the main character, Chandra Nalaar, quite nicely. This is the second Planeswalker novel and after the hype of the first, "Agents of Artifice", this one shows the promise that the series could potentially have.

As a standalone story without having any knowledge of Magic: The Gathering, one can enjoy the colourful rich characters of the novel. Only a few references to other MTG characters are made. Jaya Ballard gets mentioned a few times as having been to Regatha (the plane most of the novel is set in) before Chandra appears there. Jace Beleren makes an unnamed cameo, but readers of the web comics will know of the epic battle between Jace and Chandra. A new planeswalker by the name of Gideon is introduced showing very white mana tendencies. I doubt we will ever see Gideon in a printed planeswalker card form, but his character is well developed to allow such a card to be imagined.

Stereotypic Magic and/or fantasy races are represented in the novel adding to the ability for a non-MTG player to really get a feel of the setting. Apart from pyromancers, we have elves, goblins, vampires (although not named as such which really helps the plot from degrading - they are blood magic mages) and ouphes (gremlins for most people). The novel also sparks up some excitement for the upcoming MTG release in early October 2009 by mentioning Zendikar by name more than once.

Bottom line: Definitely worth a read. Easier to pick up than "Agents of Artifice" (which requires more Magic knowledge). Would suggest reading both Planeswalker Novels for the best in recent Magic publishing.

Side note: Avoid "Alara Unbroken" as it can best be described as (and is) the author's first attempt at writing a book. Cohesiveness is absent throughout most of the novel.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, lots of mistakes 3 Sept. 2009
By WCW - Published on
I just finished reading this book and really liked it. I think any magic fan would really enjoy it and probably even someone not familiar with magic would find it to be a good read. I'm really enjoying this planeswalker series of books so far. My only problem with the book and the reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the amazing amount of grammatical errors. It's pretty typical for WOC books to have a lot of errors, but this was like nobody even read the book before it went to the printers. It's not a huge deal but it just takes you out of the moment when you have to read something twice because it doesn't make any sense. I would say it happened to me almost every two or three pages. WOC books cost as much as any other book on the shelves, it seems like they could pay to have someone proof read them.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Chandra Nalaar's Origin Story 27 July 2010
By Judah - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the book you want to read if you are curious about the story behind the planeswalker Chandra Nalaar, represented in Chandra Nalaar - Magic 2010 M10 Planeswalker - Mythic Rare. The pacing is decent, and it portrays Chandra as an impulsive yet powerful young pyromancer and fledgling planeswalker. Jace has a cameo, Jaya Ballard is mentioned historically, and Gideon is present.

The Purifying Fire is typical of Wizards of the Coast novels -- bad editing, short (the author's name is on both left and right margins of pages, padding the page count), and with no horror-level violence or romance above holding hands. Basically it's a fast paced adventure story with decent insight into the character and history of Chandra. The author takes liberties with the Magic: The Gathering card game's spell casting system, if you care about that.

Overall the book tells Chandra's story, emphasis on 'tell' over show. Three different planes are visited, and my pick for 'best detail' was Chandra's off-color loathing of goblins. For this to be better than average, the 'ouphes-must-be-funny' vibe needed less of the author's overemphasis, and Chandra's inner conflict of anger management needed more. Chanda herself is impulsive, caring yet sarcastic, and destructive, but the author also writes her on the stupid side.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not quite up to snuff 15 Oct. 2009
By K. Skedzielewski - Published on
I am writing this as someone who has read nearly every single magic novel written so far, Particularly ever novel since Wizards started publishing their own books. so when i say that this novel just isnt quite up to par, i mean so in a few different ways. This was written by a new author, who hasnt written a magic novel before, and it is apparent. There are certain consistancies that i feel were needlessly disregarded, which leaves this book just feeling not right. The other main issue i have with this novel, is that it seems to not have even been reviewed by editor, there are typos, all over the place, not just the few you would normally catch in a novel, but WAY more than normal.

basically if you have read every other magic novel, might as well read it, but you will have some issues.
and for those just starting in the MtG novels, it doesnt really exemplify the rest of the books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story and characters 21 April 2010
By Jakob Dam Knudsen - Published on
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Well written, and in my Kindle version, the amount of grammar and press errors were very few.

This story brings to life Chandra Nalaar and Gideon Jura; both reknowned planeswalkers from Magic The Gathering. What is very curious, is that we see both of them behave synchronous and asynchronous with their respective color bonds. This makes the characters more multi-faceted, and thus much more interesting to follow.

This was my 5th Magic The Gathering book - before that, I mainly read Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms and the Death Gate Cycle.

I must admit, that with the first MtG-book (Arena), I was a bit disappointed. This book, however, is more like the other newer MtG-books I've read (Agents of Artifice and Alara Unbroken).

4 stars of 5; because the book is good and well written; a must-read for MtG-fans (whether of the game or the novels or both), while others might find this book a bit off.

It is not mentioned in the book anywhere, but the mind mage that Chandra battles, is of course Jace. Why the author has not dwelled more in this, especially because the online comics does, is beyond my understanding.

I do however, like Gideon as a character. I read elsewhere, that the author had totally free reigns with Gideon; the only requirement was, that he was a white mage.
4.0 out of 5 stars As good as a magic book can get... 29 Jan. 2010
By Cassidy James - Published on
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Every magic book I've read, I've been at least a little dissapointed. Magic books just never seem quite like a real novel that could hold up on its own without the cards and cult following. While this book is no exception, it is much better then others of the books I have read. The storyline is a little chaotic (which I think comes from trying to write a book about a character in 1 short novel), but Chandra is pretty well developed. However, as the author has made other books that I enjoy very much, I am led to believe it is Wizards editing that ruined the book for me. And yes, this is not just speculation, Wizards edited the book to a fair degree, look it up. What bothers me a bit is how much people enjoy Agents of Artiface, but then dislike this book. Purifying Fire definately better then AoA. I liked Jace back when he was only a magic card, but I feel like that book actually detracted from the personality of the cardboard playing card.

Also read:
The Thran, The Brothers War, Planeswalker, The Gathering Dark, The Eternal Ice, The Shattered Alliance, Bloodlines, Mercadian Masquerade, Nemesis, Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse, and Johan.
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