The plane of Alara split into five shards many centuries ago, each shard developing Alara Unbroken. Posted in Feature on January 27, By Doug Beyer. Once upon a time, the plane of Alara was shattered into five planes, each distinctly populated with relative mono-magical culture that reflects each of the five. The NOOK Book (eBook) of the Alara Unbroken: A Novel of Magic: The Gathering by Doug Beyer at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $
|Published (Last):||5 May 2005|
|PDF File Size:||7.63 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||13.93 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page.
Preview — Alara Unbroken by Doug Beyer. The Gathering 61 by Doug Beyer. Once upon a time, the plane of Alara was shattered into five planes, each distinctly populated with relative mono-magical culture that reflects each of the five colors.
Now, the planes are beginning to realign and merge once more. As nefarious forces work to hasten the cataclysmic realignment for their own gain, the populations of once ordered planes struggle to come to te Once upon a time, the plane aoara Alara was shattered into five planes, each distinctly populated with relative mono-magical culture that reflects each of the five colors.
As nefarious forces work to hasten the cataclysmic realignment for their own gain, the populations of once ordered planes struggle to come to terms with a new planar order in duog long separated struggles between opposite clash once more; martyrs face executioners, fire and water, earth and air, growth and decay, the innate versus the artificial. Amid this chaos, Ajani, a fierce leonin planeswalker, struggles to bring justice and resolution to his brother’s death.
Noble warrior Rafiq searches for the source of the of this evil that has invaded his world. And Sarkhan Vol, planeswalker and dragon hunter, taps into a power so pure and ancient, it threatens to consume him even as he revels in its unadulterated totality.
Alara Unbroken – MTG Wiki
An action packed story from the mind of one of the creators, Doug Beyer opens up the Shards of Alara TM set like no one else can. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Alara Unbrokenplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Aug 27, Andy rated it liked it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I’m going to assume if you’re reading this review, then you are also a Magic: If you’re not parts of this review may not make sense to you. With that assumption in mind This book made me want to play the game more. I imagine that’s the ultimate point of all the MtG novels. So in that respect the book was a great success. I’m now more interested to build decks around cards in the Alara block, and look forward to crushing my next opponent with a “Bant” deck.
I also enjoyed getting to know the characters; Ajani Goldmane particularly. His was an easy story to identify with. He was the outcast, the underdog, and secretly the most powerful character. Who hasn’t felt neglected sometimes? Who hasn’t felt like they have something special to offer but can’t quite get it out? His back-story rejected by his own people, friendless, etc. I hope he’ll pop up in future MtG novels. He is the MtG “orphan hero” character if there ever was one.
I also appreciated the ending of this book. Bad things happened to the bad guys, good things happened for most of the good guys, but occasionally, bad things happened to some of the good guys i. I felt like this brought an appropriate sense of “real life” to the ending.
I wanted a clearer explanation of “manna” and how the characters used it to cast spells. Because manna is such an essential part of the game I brought my game experience to reading the novel i. As the book’s characters cast spells and referenced “feeling” manna I wished it would have been given more of a concrete definition. How far away can a Mage be from his or her preferred manna source? Does manna flow through the Blind Eternities?
Alara Unbroken by Doug Beyer (2009, Paperback)
Or does it come up from the planes? In the game, manna functions as a “resource,” almost like money – if you have enough manna to spend you can cast a spell. But in the book it was closer to “The Force” – “A mystical energy field created by all living things Perhaps another MtG novel explains manna better. Unbroien intend to keep reading them, so I guess we’ll see. Lastly, and this is a gripe for Wizards of the Coast, not the author – this book was very poorly unbrojen.
I found numerous typos, and many instances in which an editor or proofreader was clearly needed. This is only the second MtG alarw I’ve read Agents of Artifice is the otherbut in both I found more typos than is typical. So, Wizards, keep the MtG novels coming! But, please, get them proofread multiple times. Aug 22, Colton Geschwandtner rated it liked it.
The beyrr does a good job of explaining the shards of Alara and how they all connect, and he builds Ajani up decently as the reluctant hero but there are a few things that are left out that would leave anyone that doesn’t read or understand unbrooken with a ton of questions, like what is Nicol’s actual endgame plot once he drains the shards.
A good book for MTG lore fans but probably shouldn’t be read by non fans. Each chapter is pretty short, about a few pages each. Some things will happen that make me say bwyer, I’d like to know more about this” but they never return to it. It’s a good story, I enjoyed it, but the book felt incomplete. Nov 21, Ryan rated it really liked it. I was of two minds when it came to reading this: On other other hand, though, Alara was the current set when I started getting interested in Magic again, and I really liked it as a setting.
Alara Unbroken felt a bit disjointed at first, but that made sense given the book’s setting, which is a plane of existence that’s been fractured into five “shards”, with each shard being home to a different type of magical energy. N I was of two minds when it came to reading this: Now, though, the shards are being manipulated by evil dragon planeswalker Nicol Bolas, who wants to steal their energy to something something take over the multiverse, I think?
It’s not clear exactly. This was a pretty fun read. The characters are all fairly archetypal Ajani the reluctant hero, Rafiq the grizzled veteran who’s too old for this shit, Bolas the scheming Bond villainand the story is fairly straightforward, but Beyer keeps it moving along at enough of a quick, enjoyable pace that you don’t really notice how archetypal everything is until you’re thinking about it afterwards.
Wizards the company that produces Magic has been trying for the past few years to bring the whole concept of “planeswalkers as characters” to the forefront of the game, and stories like this do a good job of beyre those cards interesting. Feb 11, Teddy M. Imagine a world were magical creatures live and not only is magic real its part of your every day life.
Welcome to Alara, a once peace full land were everyone lived out there day within five separate areas, shards, no war no blood shed except for the usual hunting food until now. As we speak there is an evil, greater than bfyer know and now he is ready to unleash his true potential. This is Nichol Bolas, a year old dragon who’s plan is to destroy everything and everyone in Alara. By pi Imagine a world were magical creatures live and not only is magic real its part of your every day life.
By pitting all five shards against them selves Nichol Bolas can then consantrait all the magic that has been casted to create basically a giant magical bomb.
Within each shard there reigns a plansewalker.
Alara Unbroken by Doug Beyer (, Paperback) | eBay
A plansewalker is someone who can travel to each shard by hnbroken magic. All five must then work together to stop this extreme evil. In my opinion i feel that this book demonstrated a lot of potential and could have been something extraordinary. Alara Unbroken was one the more “cheesy” fantasy books i have read, but it’s still a really nice and quick read book. One thing i especially enjoyed was the fact that every chapter was in a different perspective wich was a really refershing part of the book.
In conclusion if you are looking for a book with lots of magic, dragons, and wixards than this is the book for you Feb 18, David rated it bbeyer liked it Shelves: Really enjoyed this book. Went very well with the ‘Planeswalkers Guide to Alara. If anything this book should have been turned into a 3 part series much like the previous MTG novels. This would have allowed for greater plot and douf development.
I felt like I was just getting to know the characters and places when suddenly the book was over. Book 1 should have been set Really enjoyed this book. Book 1 should have been setting the stage, getting to know the characters and having the planeswalkers jump around and interact. Book 2 should have been the planes coming together and the battles, wars, changes and exploration.
Book 3 should have been more of the same except with the heroes striving to save the plane and battling Nicol Bolas. This is only my opinion but I feel it would have given more pages for storytelling and development, which would have made for a great series, instead of a very enjoyable single novel.
I could say this was probably the fastest I’ve read any magic novel, and that’s not to say because it was short.