Invasion: Invasion Cycle, Book I Mass Market Paperback – Oct 1 2000
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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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
A great and bloody novel. Richly detailed and well-written. You should definitely try this out!Published on April 3 2004 by Kemar Cummings
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 morePublished on Nov. 23 2002
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 morePublished on July 15 2002 by Coleman984
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 morePublished on July 20 2001
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 morePublished on June 30 2001
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 morePublished on June 24 2001 by A_Bosserman