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Assassin's Blade: Magic Legends Cycle II, Book I Mass Market Paperback – Dec 1 2002

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (Dec 1 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786928301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786928309
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.3 x 17.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 154 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #848,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

SCOTT MCGOUGH is a former Magic: The Gathering continuity guru for Wizards of the Coast, Inc. His first novel in the Magic world was Chainer's Torment, and he has contributed short stories to The Myths of Magic and The Dragons of Magic anthologies.

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By Daniel Schwartz on Feb. 18 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Assassin's Blade was the first Magic novel I had read, as I was interested in beginning the series. With a concept that could have been truly interesting and exciting, the book simply did nothing.
The novel commences with the Emperor's assassin Lord Dark receiving a message to erupt war and conquer more lands. The Imperial Champion Tetsuo and his companions set out to stop him, as they travel to distant lands.
I was expecting Lord Dark to be a fascinating character, a rich villain. However, he ended up as a one-dimensional character that did absolutely nothing. Readers will find themselves not caring for the lead, Tetsuo, or the afflicted companion. No developement occurs with any of them, and they stay as they are. The entrance of the giantess is silly and pointless. The Chelonians are interesting, though we learn nothing of them.
On the brighter side, there were battles aplenty and a good bit of mystery surrounding the enemies. In conclusion, some of the Tolkien knock-off's, like this book, of the fantasy literary world have gotten to the point where they are no longer enjoyable. This book could have been so much more, though chose not to.
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The characters in this book, Lord Dark(the Assassin) and Umezawa(the Champion) are the two main characters. Both work for the Emperor of Madara and both have awesome magic powers and abilitys. Lord Dark is the evil villian you love to hate, and Umezawa is the honorable champion you wish you could be. The book
is written from both perspectives, Lord Dark's and Umezawa's which I enjoyed. What really is interesting is the mysterious Emperor who behind the scenes seems to pit his assasin against his own champion in the pursuit of conquering other nations. This book is the beginning of a great trilogy, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes having truly evil and truly good characters battling it out. Also, on a minor note I like the matte finish on the book. It looks alot better than the glossy covers of the past.
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By Bat Man on March 16 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this book is one of the best books i have ever read. This book is the only book i have ever read but still the best. I have played the card game and the video gmae and i think that this was one of hte best games ever created. i deffinitly recomend this book to anybody.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
When the fluff starts to follow the core March 22 2013
By Chip Hunter - Published on
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ASSASSIN'S BLADE begins a whole new mentality behind the MTG fluff novels. With this book, characters from the trading card game start playing a major role in the stories. All of the characters in this book come straight out of the Legends expansion, including Tor Wauki, Tetsuo Umezawa, Ayesha Tanaka, and Lady Caleria. The book provides great in-depth backgrounds for lots of the previously-mysterious Legends from early Magic mythos. The story itself is actually quite decent here, following Tetstuo Umezawa, the Emporer's Champion, as he tries to thwart the nefarious plans of the Emperor's Assassin, Lord Dark. The Emperor plays an interesting role in the book, technically the leader of both Umezawa and Lord Dark, but basically playing them against each other. His motivations are unclear, but he acts like a sort of awe-inspiring and terrible puppet master, leading an empire (or many empires?). The best characters are Tor Wauki, who follow Umezawa, and Xira Arien, lead by Lord Dark. These characters have well-developed personalities and encounter all manner of monsters and heroes during their adventures. This isn't exactly high-brow literature, but it is entertaining, and better than your average MTG fluff. I'm happy that the novels are starting to better mirror the stories and characters found in the game itself. Recommended for fans only.
Four Stars Nov. 13 2014
By Michael K. - Published on
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Thank you.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
best Magic: the gathering book I've read May 12 2005
By magic freak - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is the first and best Magic book I ever read. The interesting storyline is extremely original, The characters are very detailed and have unique personalities, and, above all, the mood isn't so dark and forboding (despite the picture on the cover). If you already play the game and you like to use blue(island) or white(plains), you have to read this book because the spells used and the "good guys" resemble these cards. For those of you who don't play the game and just want a good fantasy novel to read, you also have to read this book. There are a lot of interesting combat spells used. Unfortunately, if you are looking for backround on the cards, this ain't gonna getcha anywhere
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Definition of Mediocre March 6 2012
By N. Miller - Published on
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Whew... I struggled to get through this book. The characters are so one-dimension, the plot is thin and the action is not exciting. It reads like a few short stories about the same characters mashed together. I guess that is what I get for reading MTG fiction...
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
magic the gathering Oct. 10 2012
By Mother of 4 - Published on
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Thanks for the good service. I buy around 20 of these books the past few years for my husband and his collection of this series. Thanks for making it an easy experience.