List of Magic: The Gathering novels

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The following is a list of novels based in the setting of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. When Wizards of the Coast was asked how the novels and cards influence each other, Brady Dommermuth, Magic's Creative Director, responded by saying "generally the cards provide the world in which the novels are set, and the novels sometimes provide characters represented on cards. But cards also introduce their own characters that might not appear in the novels. In short, the Magic creative team and the novelists work largely in parallel and inform each other as much as possible."[1] All of novels take place in the multiverse (the center nexus of which is Dominaria), which consists of an infinite number of infinitely different planes.[2][3]

The novels from The Brothers' War through Scourge, along with The Thran and the ...of Magic anthologies, are set on the plane of Dominaria and are a roughly chronological timeline of that plane's history.[4] Magic began to venture out of Dominaria and into several new planes in the later novels such as Mirrodin (formerly Argentum) in the Mirrodin Cycle,[5] Kamigawa in the Kamigawa Cycle,[6] and Ravnica in the Ravnica Cycle.[7] The Magic storyline returned to Dominaria with the Time Spiral cycle,[8] and visited Lorwyn with the storyline cycle of the same name.[9] After this, the policy of publishing a trilogy of novels for each year's setting was discontinued; the Alara, Zendikar and Scars of Mirrodin block settings had only a single novel each.

Non-cycle novels[edit]

The original ten books were deliberately not numbered as a marketing concern. The publishers thought people might shy away from a multi-book series. Some stories are connected, some not. The heroes Garth and Rakel of Arena appear in Shattered Chains. The books Whispering Woods, Shattered Chains, and Final Sacrifice are known as the "Whispering Woods Trilogy" or "The Greensleeves Trilogy".[10]

All of the non-cycle books besides The Thran, which was published by Wizards of the Coast, were published by Harper Fantasy.[11]

Year Title Author Pages ISBN
1994 Arena William R. Forstchen 297 ISBN 0-06-105424-0
1995 Whispering Woods Clayton Emery 294 ISBN 0-06-105418-6
1995 Shattered Chains Clayton Emery 288 ISBN 0-06-105419-4
1995 Final Sacrifice Clayton Emery 312 ISBN 0-7522-0217-0
1995 The Cursed Land Teri McLaren 290 ISBN 0-06-105016-4
1995 The Prodigal Sorcerer Mark C. Sumner 309 ISBN 0-06-105476-3
1996 Ashes of the Sun Hanovi Braddock 304 ISBN 0-06-105649-9
1996 Song of Time Teri McLaren 304 ISBN 0-06-105622-7
1996 And Peace Shall Sleep Sonia Orin Lyris 304 ISBN 0-06-105619-7
1996 Dark Legacy Robert E. Vardeman 368 ISBN 0-06-105697-9
1999 The Thran J. Robert King 311 ISBN 0-7869-1600-1

Cycles and block novels[edit]

Cycle novels[edit]

All of the below cycled or series books have been published by Wizards of the Coast.[11]

Year Book Title Author Pages ISBN
Artifacts Cycle
1998 I The Brothers' War Jeff Grubb 409 ISBN 0-7869-1170-0
1998 II Planeswalker Lynn Abbey 359 ISBN 0-7869-1182-4
1999 III Time Streams J. Robert King 343 ISBN 0-7869-1344-4
1999 IV Bloodlines: The Story of Urza's Destiny Loren L. Coleman 343 ISBN 0-7869-1380-0
Ice Age Cycle
1999 I The Gathering Dark Jeff Grubb 342 ISBN 0-7869-1357-6
2000 II The Eternal Ice Jeff Grubb 320 ISBN 0-7869-1562-5
2000 III The Shattered Alliance Jeff Grubb 309 ISBN 0-7869-1403-3
Masquerade Cycle
1999 I Mercadian Masques Francis Lebaron 341 ISBN 0-7869-1188-3
2000 II Nemesis Paul B. Thompson 320 ISBN 0-7869-1559-5
2000 III Prophecy Vance Moore 311 ISBN 0-7869-1570-6
Invasion Cycle
2000 I Invasion J. Robert King 311 ISBN 0-7869-1438-6
2001 II Planeshift J. Robert King 311 ISBN 0-7869-1802-0
2001 III Apocalypse J. Robert King 308 ISBN 0-7869-1880-2
Odyssey Cycle
2000 I Odyssey Vance Moore 320 ISBN 0-7869-1900-0
2001 II Chainer's Torment Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-2696-1
2001 III Judgment Will McDermott 320 ISBN 0-7869-2743-7
Legends Cycle
2001 I Johan Clayton Emery 311 ISBN 0-7869-1803-9
2001 II Jedit Clayton Emery 320 ISBN 0-7869-1907-8
2002 III Hazezon Clayton Emery 320 ISBN 0-7869-2792-5
Legends Cycle II
2002 I Assassin's Blade Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-2830-1
2003 II Emperor's Fist Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-2935-9
2003 III Champion's Trial Scott McGough 306 ISBN 0-7869-3015-2
Onslaught Cycle
2002 I Onslaught J. Robert King 320 ISBN 0-7869-2801-8
2003 II Legions J. Robert King 312 ISBN 0-7869-2914-6
2003 III Scourge J. Robert King 320 ISBN 0-7869-2956-1
Mirrodin Cycle
2003 I The Moons of Mirrodin Will McDermott 320 ISBN 0-7869-2995-2
2004 II The Darksteel Eye Jess Lebow 320 ISBN 0-7869-3140-X
2004 III The Fifth Dawn Cory Herndon 320 ISBN 0-7869-3205-8
Kamigawa Cycle
2004 I Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-3357-7
2005 II Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-3575-8
2005 III Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-3786-6
Ravnica Cycle
2005 I Ravnica: City of Guilds Cory J. Herndon 320 ISBN 0-7869-3792-0
2006 II Guildpact Cory J. Herndon 320 ISBN 0-7869-3989-3
2006 III Dissension Cory J. Herndon 320 ISBN 0-7869-4001-8
Time Spiral Cycle
2006 I Time Spiral Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-3988-5
2007 II Planar Chaos Scott McGough, Timothy Sanders 320 ISBN 0-7869-4249-5
2007 III Future Sight Scott McGough, John Delaney 320 ISBN 0-7869-4269-X
Lorwyn Cycle
2007 I Lorwyn Cory J. Herndon, Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-4292-4
2008 II Morningtide Cory J. Herndon, Scott McGough 320 ISBN 0-7869-4790-X
Lorwyn Cycle Part II: Shadowmoor Cycle
2008 I Shadowmoor Philip Athans, Susan J. Morris 352 ISBN 0-7869-4840-X
2008 II Eventide Scott McGough, Cory J. Herndon 320 ISBN 0-7869-4868-X

Block novels[edit]

Block novels are novels which replaced the trilogy (or tetralogy) of novels previously released corresponding to each Magic set. They were introduced in 2009 with Alara Unbroken released for the Shards of Alara block. As the name suggests the block novel follows the story of the card block of the same name.[12]

Year Title Author Pages ISBN
2009 Alara Unbroken Doug Beyer 320 ISBN 0-7869-5201-6
2010 Zendikar: In the Teeth of Akoum Robert B. Wintermute 320 ISBN 0-7869-5476-0
2011 Scars of Mirrodin: The Quest for Karn Robert B. Wintermute 320 ISBN 0-7869-5774-3

Planeswalker novels[edit]

The Planeswalker novels are a type of Magic novel which was introduced in 2009. Each follows the story of one of Magic's planeswalkers. The first yearly planeswalker novel was released in the winter and the second in the summer of 2009.[12]

Year Title Author Pages ISBN
2009 Agents of Artifice Ari Marmell 390 ISBN 0-7869-5134-6
2009 The Purifying Fire Laura Resnick 400 ISBN 0-7869-5298-9
2010 Test of Metal Matthew Stover 352 ISBN 0-7869-5532-5

Block novellas / eBooks[edit]

For the Return to Ravnica block, a 3 part novella by Doug Beyer was released.[13]

Year Title Author Pages
2012 Return to Ravnica: The Secretist, Part One Doug Beyer 67
2013 Gatecrash: The Secretist, Part Two Doug Beyer 97
2013 Dragon's Maze: The Secretist, Part Three Doug Beyer 90

For the Theros Block:

Year Title Author Pages
April 1, 2014 Theros: Godsend, Part I Jenna Helland 124
May 13, 2014 Journey Into Nyx: Godsend, Part II Jenna Helland 139

Anthologies[edit]

The first two Anthologies, Tapestries and Distant Planes were published by Harper Fantasy while all of the others since then have been published by Wizards of the Coast.[11]

Year Title Author Pages ISBN
1995 Tapestries Kathy Ice 290 ISBN 0-06-105308-2
1995 Distant Planes Kathy Ice 384 ISBN 0-06-105765-7
1998 Rath and Storm Peter Archer 311 ISBN 0-7869-1175-1
1999 The Colors of Magic Jess Lebow 342 ISBN 0-7869-1323-1
2000 Myths of Magic Jess Lebow 304 ISBN 0-7869-1529-3
2001 Dragons of Magic J. Robert King 320 ISBN 0-7869-1872-1
2002 The Secrets of Magic J. Robert King 320 ISBN 0-7869-2710-0
2003 Monsters of Magic J. Robert King 320 ISBN 0-7869-2983-9

Others[edit]

Year Title Author Publisher Pages ISBN
Graphic Novels
1999 Gerrard's Quest Mike Grell, Pop Mhan, Norman Le Dark Horse Comics 112 ISBN 1-56971-403-7
Novel Compilations
2009 Artifacts Cycle I J. Robert King, Jeff Grubb Wizards of the Coast 720 ISBN 0-7869-5305-5
2009 Artifacts Cycle II Lynn Abbey, J. Robert King, Loren L. Coleman Wizards of the Coast 768 ISBN 0-7869-5306-3
Webcomic Compilations
2010 Path of the Planeswalker Doug Beyer, Brady Dommermuth, Jenna Helland Wizards of the Coast 192 ISBN 0-7869-5367-5
2011 Path of the Planeswalker II Doug Beyer, Brady Dommermuth, Jenna Helland Wizards of the Coast 160 ISBN 0-7869-5852-9
2012 Magic the Gathering: Vol. 1 Matt Forbeck, Martin Coccolo IDW Publishing 104 N/A (eBook)
2012 Magic the Gathering: Vol. 2 - The Spell Thief Matt Forbeck, Martin Coccolo, Christian Duce, Dan Scott IDW Publishing 104 N/A (eBook)

The Planeswalker's Guide Series[edit]

The Planeswalker's Guide Series was a planned series of novels which were to start with A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara in September 2008. Each novel was going to contain information, concept art, card art, etc... about the plane it is dedicated to.[12] The series was later changed to web article series after the first book did not sell as well as the publisher hoped.[14]

Year Title Author Pages ISBN
2008 A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara Doug Beyer, Jenna Helland 160 ISBN 0-7869-5124-9

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Dommermuth, Brady (2005-07-01). "July 01, 2005". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  2. ^ "Magic Storyline & Environment FAQ". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  3. ^ Dommermuth, Brady (2006-04-27). "April 27, 2006". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  4. ^ Dommermuth, Brady (2006-09-21). "September 21, 2006". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  5. ^ Dommermuth, Brady (2005-05-31). "May 31, 2005". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Announcement: The Kamigawa Block". Magic Arcana. Wizards of the Coast. 2004-04-08. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. ^ "Dissension". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Return to Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  9. ^ "Lorwyn". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  10. ^ Emery, Clayton. "Clayton Emery's Magic: The Gathering novels". Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  11. ^ a b c Dommermuth, Brady (2006-06-23). "June 23, 2006". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  12. ^ a b c Beyer, Doug (2008-06-04). "Planeswalkers and the Written Page". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  13. ^ Beyer, Doug (2012-11-28). "Return to Ravnica: The Secretist, Part One". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  14. ^ Magic Creative Team (2009-09-09). "A Planeswalker's Guide to Zendikar". Savor the Flavor. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 

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