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Artifacts Cycle I: A Magic: The Gathering Omnibus

2 Ratings: 0.5
A book by Jeff Grubb

For the first time ever, the prequel and book 1 of the Artifacts Cycle together in one volume.    Before the Brothers' War, before the five colors of magic, before history itself, Dominaria was ruled by the Thran, an ancient race … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Fantasy, Magic The Gathering
Author: Jeff Grubb
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
1 review about Artifacts Cycle I: A Magic: The Gathering...

Two Great Books in One Cumbersome Volume

  • Jul 27, 2009
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Rating:
-3
The Artifacts Cycle I contains two of the best books published in the M:TG multiverse: The Thran and The Brothers' War. Not only are these two books incredibly well written; but they are also two of the most important events in the history of Dominaria and the rest of the M:TG multiverse. On a five star ranking scale, I would absoultely, with a doubt, love to give this volume 5 stars; however, I can't even find myself the courage to give this book more than two stars (and even that is stretching it).

THIS BOOK IS HUGE! I don't mean it is huge as in thousands of pages; I mean HUGE as in mass and bulk. If I remember correctly The Thran was around 300 pages and The Brothers' War was closer to 400. Put these two mass market paperbacks together and you have a 700 page book (and we all know that many fantasy books are well over 700 pages this is not impossible for the printing press). Just sitting on your bookshelf the spine already curves because of the sheer girth, without ever reading it. Artifacts Cycle I is so cumbersome that I would never recommend it to anyone who actually wants to enjoy these great books. It is too annoying to hold and too annoying to read.

Additionally, for your standard price of $15 you could (hopefully) find both The Thran and The Brothers' War at a local bookstore and save a dollar. If not, get them used and save two dollars! The mass market paperbacks are much sexier books. The cover art is better, they are a better size, and the paper quality is much better.

The content of this book is above 5 STARS; the presentation should be 0 STARS. Wizards of the Coast should be ashamed of themselves for publishing not one, but two of these bohemiths (Artifacts Cycle I: A Magic: The Gathering Omnibus and Artifacts Cycle II: A Magic: The Gathering Omnibus). I'm sure there is an army of these monstrosities coming out (one for each cycle in the M:TG world).

Good reading,

Plants and Books

The Thran Mass Market Paperback Cover The Brothers' War Mass Market Paperback Cover

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