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Invasion: Invasion Cycle, Book I [Mass Market Paperback]

J. Robert King
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Oct. 1 2000 Invasion Cycle (Book 1)
Dominaria faces its supreme threat-an invasion by its greatest enemy, an attack planned for eons by merciless foes. No one is exempt from their terror. No land is safe from their onslaught.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Pitiful May 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been a Magic player for many years now (since 1994), and I wanted to explore more of the universe by reading up on the graphic novels associated with the storylines of the cards. Around the Mercadian Masques block, WoTC (Wizards of the Coast) started releasing "Fat Packs," which were a box set that included: five booster packs, two premium "foil" cards, a 20-sided life counter die, and the novel for the set. So, Invasion rolled around, and I decided to buy one, mostly to get the book. When I read it, I was extremely disappointed.
The storyline is OK. J. Robert King was probably told how the characters need to interact, and what their ultimate goal is going to be. But his writing style drove me nuts; short, choppy sentences that high-schoolers are taught not to do. (At least I was taught not to do it) The way he illustrates his writing style is frustrating and almost comical, and after getting through the entire book, I winced knowing that I'd have to get Planeshift and Apocalypse to finish what I'd begun. Eagerly, as the sets were released, I crossed my fingers, hoping J. Robert King hadn't written them, but this wasn't the case. Both of these books were written in the same annoying style, and it completely destroyed any sense of entertainment the book had for me.
I don't recommend this book, or any other written by J. Robert King for the Magic series. Pick up Jeff Grubb's "The Brother's War" instead, if you're looking for a good Magic novel. You'll enjoy that one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review:Invasion April 11 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
On an overall basis, I enjoyed the book. It had just the right amount of action, violence, and drama. I especially enjoyed all the characters, the and the bad, they all had there own personalities, tempers, and likes and dislikes. The book had a few slow and boring points but, overall it was a good book.
I think the best part of the book had to have been when the pyrexians unleashed the two plauges on Dominaria. It was described very well. How the green mist oozed out of the flying ships and onto the unexpecting plane of Dominaria. It was my favorite part of the book.
The two story elements that I enjoyed most were the setting and the characters. I kinda like the idea of a setting of a story being on a far off land where everything there is nothing like it is here. The lifeforms are mutated, there are always wars, and the planets or areas of land are called planes. I also really liked the characters a lot, the author described them so well that it was always easy to picture what they must have looked like in my head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book, Great Start for The Cycle June 14 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is an exciting account of the first stages during the Phyrexian Invasion of Dominaria. Chapters are short (only about 4 or 5 pages each) but provide a very accurate description of each event as it happens, step-by-step. It flows at a very fast pace and the action doesn't slow much until after the Llanowar chapters. Even then there's plenty of action to go around. A very exciting battle concludes the book, leaving more questions to be answered by the sequel, Planeshift. Character development is also very well done and you really begin to feel for some of them during the later chapters. Overall I was very pleased by the detail of each event and the pace at which the book moves along. I do recommend, however, that you read Time Streams (also by J. Robert King) because it poses as sort of a prequel to the characters and events in this book. If you didn't read Time Streams, don't worry, the book reviews many of the events and happenings of Time Streams in detail.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Dull. Aug. 4 2002
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Invasion, Planeshift, Apocalypse
In a word dull.
This trilogy represents an attempt to extend what would have been a reasonably interesting and well paced novel into a trilogy, with the predictable outcome that its slow, repetitive and over-explained.
With few exceptions the characters are shallow, often cutout classical archetypes, who react in painfully predictable ways, rendered in scenes that are excruciatingly repetitive, rich in pointless grapic depictions of action sequences that do nothing to move the story forward, and in fact bog it down. The reader is dragged from climax to inexorable climax and in too many cases can't help but have guessed whats going to be on the next page before reading it.
The vocabulary is rich but jarring; it feels like the author used a thesaurus, desperate to relieve the monotony of seeing the same sequence of events playout with slight variations over and over and over again.
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2.0 out of 5 stars MTG pays these authors? March 26 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've been an avid fantasy reader for over 5 years, and am a former Magic: The Gathering player. Although i don't play anymore, I believe it is a great card game, and this novel just doesn't do it's justice. Perhaps this is because I've read...well...GOOD fantasy, but regardless of this, this book is geared for children no older than 12. The book is simply a carnage-fest, and has no depth to it. The characters develop ever so slowly, mainly because Wizards of the Coast told poor J. Robert King to constrain the events of dozens of characters into a 300 page novel. Personally, this author wrote this book pitifully, and if this is his best work, then he should give up on writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Magic Novel! Nov. 23 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you've trudged through some of the other expansion-based novels and found them a bit lacking, "Invasion" is by far the best-written of them all. I've read just about all the Magic-related stories, and I thought this one was the most gripping. Readers should be aware that the author doesn't exactly have free-reign: story-consistency editors at Wizards I'm sure have a lot to do with what actually happens, but compared to many of the earlier novels, J. Robert King did a great job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN INTRIGUIGING NOVEL!
A great and bloody novel. Richly detailed and well-written. You should definitely try this out!
Published on April 3 2004 by Kemar Cummings
5.0 out of 5 stars You Gotta read this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This book is a great start to the Invasion cycle. This book is richely detailed and every character (including the least important) play an imporant role. Read more
Published on Nov. 23 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars After reading only the first 3 sentences I knew...
that this book was poorly written. I give it 3 stars because I haven't read it and it wouldn't be fair to give it a 1 based on what I know about it. Read more
Published on July 15 2002 by Coleman984
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic the Gathering: Invasion Review
The book had a great plot to it, making you want to keep reading. The large vocabulary and elaboration really expresses what is happening in that point of the book. Read more
Published on July 20 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars The most trilling magic book
After reading this book (witch was a gift) it helped understand the game of Magic a lot better. I recommend this book to all readers no matter the age. Read more
Published on June 30 2001 by "mblocker@pd.state.gov"
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Novel
Invasion moves into the action very quickly. There is a sad and gloomy part though, the demise of Weatherlight's navigator, Hanna. That chapter brought tears to my eyes. Read more
Published on June 24 2001 by A_Bosserman
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sad but Awesome Book
This book was great. I liked the way it was almost always suspenseful.But it was really sad. They killed off a few main characters that were involved relationships. Read more
Published on May 3 2001
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