The plane of Alara split into five shards many centuries ago, each shard developing Alara Unbroken. Posted in Feature on January 27, By Doug Beyer. Once upon a time, the plane of Alara was shattered into five planes, each distinctly populated with relative mono-magical culture that reflects each of the five. The NOOK Book (eBook) of the Alara Unbroken: A Novel of Magic: The Gathering by Doug Beyer at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $
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According to the edited work by Athans and Morris entitled “Shadowmoor: Like Carnegie went from paper carrier to business tycoon, Beyer went from the ranks of anonymous fandom to the Coordinator of Magic the Gathering Creative World. While many of those remaining in obscurity in the ranks of fandom complained about flavor text writers become novel authors, it did have a significant edge in that they were already professionally motivated to maintain consistency between their literary works and the world of MtG.
When it comes to this book, fans can still get it pretty cheap and for that price it holds together well enough and presents the reader with the kind of literary candy she or he would expect.
It seeks to move between the five Shards of Alara as they rejoin one another by using an abrupt format to shift between one and the next to almost give a Pulp Fiction kind of feel. However Beyer tends to telegraph his plot in a predictable manner, thus at times I would find myself inpatient and wanting to move through the next sequence as quickly as possible.
What I do think would surprise many MtG players is the outcome of this book as it has ironically had a bigger shift on the card game than they would imagine. Much like Agents of Artifice essentially dispensed with a main character whose card sometimes pushes into the Tier 1 level, Alara Unbroken makes for a huge plot shift in the world that allows for Alara to be left behind and sets the stage for Zendikar to be the next place for the unfolding action in both the card game and future literary works.
Wizards of the Coast WOTC later responded to the fandom’s complaints about the novels and began contracting with established writers. On the upside with this, they know how to write so as to subtlety foreshadow developments as well as weave in themes at multiple level. Overall, the book was good, although the flow of the book jumped around to a large cast of characters far too often. It could have been a better book having focused on a smaller cast of characters and simply giving cameos to some of the other players, it ended up feeling like no character in particular really got his or her share of the lime light.
That being said, it’s still worth reading. Skip to main content.
Alara Unbroken by Doug BeyerPaperback 3 product ratings 4. Wizards of the Coast. See all 7 pre-owned listings. Alara Unbroken by Doug BeyerPaperback. About this product Synopsis A tie-in to the new Shards of Alara game set. Once upon a time, the plane of Alara was shattered into five planes, each distinctly populated with relative mono-magical culture that reflects each of the five colors.
Fantasy Book Critic: “Alara Unbroken” by Doug Beyer (Reviewed by David Craddock)
Now, the planes are beginning to realign and merge once more. As nefarious forces work to hasten the cataclysmic realignment for their own gain, the populations of once ordered planes struggle to come to terms with a new planar order in which long separated struggles between opposite clash once more; martyrs face executioners, byer and water, earth and air, growth and decay, the innate versus the artificial.
Amid this chaos, Ajani, a fierce leonin planeswalker, struggles to bring justice and resolution to his brother’s death. Noble warrior Rafiq searches for the source of the of this evil that has invaded his world. And Sarkhan Vol, planeswalker and dragon hunter, taps into a power so pure and ancient, it threatens to consume him even as he revels in its unadulterated totality.
An action packed story from the mind of one of the creators, Doug Beyer opens up the Shards of Alara TM set like no one else can. Show More Show Less. Ratings and Reviews Write a review. You get more than you pay for! Best Selling in Textbooks, Education See all.
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