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War of the Spark: Ravnica (Magic: The Gathering)

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,056 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Experience the first official adventure in Magic: The Gathering’s multiverse in nearly a decade as the ultimate battle begins on Ravnica.

Teyo Verada wants nothing more than to be a shieldmage, wielding arcane energies to protect his people from his world’s vicious diamondstorms. When he’s buried alive in the aftermath of his first real tempest, the young mage’s life is about to end before it can truly begin - until it doesn’t. In a flash, a power he didn’t know he had whisks him away from his home, to a world of stone, glass, and wonder: Ravnica. Teyo is a Planeswalker, one of many to be called to the world-spanning city - all lured by Nicol Bolas, the Elder Dragon. Bolas lays siege to the city of Ravnica, hungry for the ultimate prize: godhood itself. His unparalleled magic and unstoppable army appear poised to bring the city to utter ruin. 

Among those who stand in the way of Bolas’s terrifying machinations are the Gatewatch, Planeswalkers sworn to defeat evil, no matter where it’s found. But as they work to unite the other mages and mount a defense of the city and its people, the terrifying truth of Bolas’ plan becomes clear. The Elder Dragon has prepared a trap to ensnare the most powerful mages from across the multiverse - and it’s too late to escape. 

As forces great and small converge on the city and the battle rages, the stakes could not be higher. If the Gatewatch falters and the Planeswalkers fail, the curtain will fall on the age of heroes - and rise on the infinite reign of Nicol Bolas.

©2019 Greg Weisman (P)2019 Random House Audio

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Misses on almost every level.

The story was weak, and expressed a near phobic aversion to description. Too many characters that had too little characterization and what characterization was present was contrary to previous outings.
Much of the text is devoted to summaries of past events and lists of the characters and factions.
The book felt like a rushed and confused draft rather than a finished novel.

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Painful for Fans

This book feels like it was written by someone who is unfamiliar with Magic the Gathering's story and the English language. If I submitted this book as a high school writing assignment I would have failed the class.

I am also mad about the way every formerly fleshed out character in this story becomes a teenage fueled by hormones. 30 year old man? Angsty teenager. 40 year old woman? Agnsty teenager. 10,000 year old dragons? One acts like a petulant child the other has such a lack of gravitas that he gets "ticked off." Truly exceptional writing for near omnipotent ancient dragons.

A character who previously is ready to abandon a plan because her people may suffer becomes a heartless murder machine for selfish goals turning corpses of her guild-mates into a chair. I assume this is because the author didn't get the memo about which characters had which traits.

The only reason this gets a second star is the poor narrator does the best with what he's given. I applaud his attempt to save this train wreck.

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Absolute mess

The plot of this story is an absolute mess. Huge gaps between the timeline of the web fiction to the bolas conflict, characters are bland and devoid any real development, juvenile dialogue, all the magical metaphysics are relatively unexplained and just show up for plot convenience.

A horribly dissatisfying end to a plotline years in the making.

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No

Read a tumblr fanfic, itll save you the money. Worth the listen for his faux lady voice.

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end game kinda

remember growing up wanting to write a story? this jumps around awkwardly like that.

lore wise it was great. have missed the days of books in fat packs, definitely hope WotC signs off on more lore related books.

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MTG's Final Battle

Epic ending to a year's in the making story arc.
A decent story and solid performance.

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Written at you. Not for you.

I hadn't played Magic outside of some xbox versions of the card game for 15 years. I knew who a few characters were and what they looked like because of these xbox games.

Good thing I had a little bit of knowledge before listening to this book because no character is given a description to even let you create an image of them in your mind. I had to look up the constant splattering of names so I could visualize most of the characters.

A couple characters have vaguely interesting story arcs. One of them dies before the books climax and this character would have been better served to have been written as the main viewpoint character. The other character has very little interaction with the rest of the cast and for her that is probably a good thing.

The action and locations are also very poorly described leaving the reader with just broad gestures and nothing to fill in the blanks spaces.

The story itself could have been fine. There was so good ideas scattered in the pages but the dialogue and basically every written word felt like it was written at a juvenile audience and not for one. Characters liked Gideon Jurra has his name abbreviated to Gids which sounds so out of place in this world. Fantasy readers this book is aimed at have already read much better books from Tolkien and Martin that Greg Weisman's pitiful effort comes across as ammeture. Maybe I shouldn't have expected more from the writer and producer of what many would be considered great shows. Overall War of the Spark Ravnica is a boring slog who's only saving grace comes from the talents of narrator Robert Perkoff who had no chance to save this book.

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Not good.

I was a big fan of the Ravnica setting before reading. This was a pretty painful listen. It wasn't "Ready Player One" levels of bad; but it was about on par in the quality of writing. The only saving factors of this novel were elements not invented by the author. The world building done on ravnica over the last decade is worth reading in other forms.

The Performance by the narrator was good, but even the best narration can only do so much to revive a story that was DOA.

Not surprisingly this author has a background in comic books. This whole book felt like having a comic book read to you. I mean that exactly. The descriptions and dialogue were so uninspired it felt like bad UA fiction. The scenes constantly introduce and reintroduce 'heros' and 'villains' and say something they do then break away. Every scene has zero tension, no character actually develops in a relatable way. It's like an alien trying to explain human feelings from the perspective of an inarticulate teenager.

Don't buy this book or audio book. It is only worth your time if it's free and your time isn't worth much to you.

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Wonderfully written.

I am a huge fan of Magic The Gathering. This book was a wonderfully written price that gives more insight into the set.

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A+++++

I truly appreciated this story, I’m a huge magic the gathering fan and I loved this book!!