Magic: The Gathering
Magic: The Gathering
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As a companion to the popular collectible card game, the Magic: The Gathering novels might be overlooked as cheap tie ins. However, many of them are well written (if escapist) stories – good to read even if you don’t play the game!

The original four novels (starting with Arena) were among my favorite childhood books. I re-read them recently and happily found they were still quite enjoyable.

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Arena + Arena
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Non-Cycle. Should be read before Greensleeves Trilogy. Great starting place! September 1994
By William R. Forstchen
Whispering Woods + Whispering Woods
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Greensleeves Trilogy January 1995
By Clayton Emery
Shattered Chains + Shattered Chains
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Greensleeves Trilogy March 1995
By Clayton Emery
No Cover + Final Sacrifice
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Greensleeves Trilogy May 1995
By Clayton Emery
No Cover + Tapestries
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Short Story Anthology July 1995
By Kathy Ice
No Cover + The Cursed Land
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Non-Cycle June 1095
By Teri McLaren
The Prodigal Sorcerer + The Prodigal Sorcerer
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Non-Cycle September 1995
By Mark C. Sumner
And Peace Shall Sleep + And Peace Shall Sleep
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Non-Cycle May 1996
By Sonia Orin Lyris
Distant Planes + Distant Planes
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Short Story Anthology January 1996
By Kathy Ice
Ashes of the Sun + Ashes of the Sun
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Non-Cycle January 1996
By Hanovi Braddock
Song of Time + Song of Time
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Non-Cycle April 1996
By Teri McLaren
Dark Legacy + Dark Legacy
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Non-Cycle October 1996
By Robert E. Vardeman
The Thran + The Thran
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Non-Cycle (Artifacts Cycle Prequel) December 1999
By J. Robert King
The Brothers' War + The Brothers’ War
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Artifacts Cycle Book 1 June 1998
By Jeff Grubb
Planeswalker + Planeswalker
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Artifacts Cycle Book 2 September 1998
By Lynn Abbey
Time Streams + Time Streams
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Artifacts Cycle Book 3 March 1999
By J. Robert King
Bloodlines: The Story of Urza's Destiny + Bloodlines: The Story of Urza’s Destiny
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Artifacts Cycle Book 4 August 1999
By Loren L. Coleman
Artifacts Cycle Vol. 1 + Artifacts Cycle Vol. 1
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Magic: The Gathering Omnibus (Collects The Thran and The Brother’s War) June 1998, December 1999
By Jeff Grubb, J. Robert King
Artifacts Cycle Vol. 2 + Artifacts Cycle Vol. 2
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Magic: The Gathering Omnibus (Collects Planeswalker, Time Streams, and Bloodlines: The Story of Urza’s Destiny) September 1998 – August 1999
By Lynn Abbey, J. Robert King, Loren L. Coleman
The Colors of Magic + The Colors of Magic
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Short Story Anthology (In some ways an epilogue to Artifacts Cycle) February 1999
By Jess Lebow
Rath and Storm + Rath and Storm
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Linked Short Story Anthology (Weatherlight, Tempest, Stronghold, and Exodus story – Necessary prelude to Masquerade Cycle) July 1998
By Peter Archer
Mercadian Masques + Mercadian Masques
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Masquerade Cycle Book 1 September 1999
By Francis Lebaron
Nemesis + Nemesis
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Masquerade Cycle Book 2 February 2000
By Paul B. Thompson
Prophecy + Prophecy
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Masquerade Cycle Book 3 June 2000
By Vance Moore
Myths of Magic + Myths of Magic
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Short Story Anthology June 2000
By Jess Lebow
Invasion + Invasion
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Invasion Cycle Book 1 October 2000
By J. Robert King
Planeshift + Planeshift
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Invasion Cycle Book 2 February 2001
By J. Robert King
Apocalypse + Apocalypse
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Invasion Cycle Book 3 June 2001
By J. Robert King
The Dragons of Magic + The Dragons of Magic
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Short Story Anthology August 2001
By J. Robert King
The Gathering Dark + The Gathering Dark
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Ice Age Cycle Book 1 June 1999
By Jeff Grubb
The Eternal Ice + The Eternal Ice
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Ice Age Cycle Book 2 May 2000
By Jeff Grubb
The Shattered Alliance + The Shattered Alliance
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Ice Age Cycle Book 3 December 2000
By Jeff Grubb
Johan + Johan
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Legends Cycle Book 1 April 2001
By Clayton Emery
Jedit + Jedit
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Legends Cycle Book 2 December 2001
By Clayton Emery
Hazezon + Hazezon
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Legends Cycle Book 3 August 2002
By Clayton Emery
Assassin's Blade + Assassin’s Blade
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Legends Cycle II Book 1 December 2002
By Scott McGough
Emperor's Fist + Emperor’s Fist
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Legends Cycle II Book 2 March 2003
By Scott McGough
Champion's Trial + Champion’s Trial
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Legends Cycle II Book 3 November 2003
By Scott McGough
The Secrets of Magic + The Secrets of Magic
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Short Story Anthology March 2002
By J. Robert King
Odyssey + Odyssey
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Odyssey Cycle Book 1 September 2000
By Vance Moore
Chainer's Torment + Chainer’s Torment
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Odyssey Cycle Book 2 January 2001
By Scott McGough
No Cover + Judgement
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Odyssey Cycle Book 3 May 2002
By Will McDermott
Onslaught + Onslaught
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Onslaught Cycle Book 1 September 2002
By J. Robert King
Legions + Legions
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Onslaught Cycle Book 2 January 2003
By J. Robert King
Scourge + Scourge
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Onslaught Cycle Book 3 May 2003
By J. Robert King
The Monsters of Magic + The Monsters of Magic
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Short Story Anthology August 2003
By J. Robert King
The Moons of Mirrodin + The Moons of Mirrodin
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Mirrodin Cycle Book 1 September 2003
By Will McDermott
The Darksteel Eye + The Darksteel Eye
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Mirrodin Cycle Book 2 December 2003
By Jess Lebow
The Fifth Dawn + The Fifth Dawn
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Mirrodin Cycle Book 3 May 2004
By Cory Herndon
Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa + Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa
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Kamigawa Cycle Book 1 August 2004
By Scott McGough
Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa + Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa
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Kamigawa Cycle Book 2 December 2004
By Scott McGough
Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa + Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa
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Kamigawa Cycle Book 3 May 2005
By Scott McGough
No Cover + Ravnica: City of Guilds
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Ravnica Cycle Book 1 August 2005
By Cory J. Herndon
Guildpact + Guildpact
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Ravnica Cycle Book 2 January 2006
By Cory J. Herndon
Dissension + Dissension
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Ravnica Cycle Book 3 May 2006
By Cory J. Herndon
Time Spiral + Time Spiral
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Time Spiral Cycle Book 1 September 2006
By Scott McGough
Planar Chaos + Planar Chaos
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Time Spiral Cycle Book 2 January 2007
By Scott McGough, Timothy Sanders
Future Sight + Future Sight
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Time Spiral Cycle Book 3 April 2007
By Scott McGough, John Delaney
Lorwyn + Lorwyn
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Lorwyn Cycle Book 1 August 2007
By Cory J. Herndon, Scott McGough
Morningtide + Morningtide
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Lorwyn Cycle Book 2 January 2008
By Cory J. Herndon, Scott McGough
Shadowmoor + Shadowmoor
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Lorwyn Cycle Part II: Shadowmoor Cycle Book 1 April 2008
By Philip Athans, Susan J. Morris
Eventide + Eventide
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Lorwyn Cycle Part II: Shadowmoor Cycle Book 2 June 2008
By Scott McGough, Cory J. Herndon
Agents of Artifice + Agents of Artifice
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Planeswalker Novel January 2009
By Ari Marmell
Alara Unbroken + Alara Unbroken
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Block Novel May 2009
By Doug Beyer
The Purifying Fire + The Purifying Fire
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Planeswalker Novel July 2009
By Laura Resnick
Zendikar: In the Teeth of Akoum + Zendikar: In the Teeth of Akoum
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Block Novel April 2010
By Robert B. Wintermute
Test of Metal + Test of Metal
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Planeswalker Novel October 2010
By Matthew Stover
No Cover + Scars of Mirrodin: The Quest for Karn
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Block Novel April 2011
By Robert B. Wintermute