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The Gathering Dark (Magic:the Gathering) Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1999


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  • Series: Ice Age Cycle (Book 1)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (June 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786913576
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786913572
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 1 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #705,334 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even if you don't play the game and just like fantasy and magic, this book is for you.
B. Carenza
If you never read books like me and are wanting a decent book to read while in the car going somewhere, try this one out.
Erron
I read this book and #2 in the series before reading "The Brother's War" by the same author.
James Redwine

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The story to the history of Magic the Gathering started off in the Artifacts Cycle with "The Brothers War" and has continued into the Weatherlight Cycle with "Rath and Storm." The story between it begins in The Ice Age Cycle with "The Gathering Dark."
A novice mage by the name of Jodah travels the land of Terisiare learning the basics and five different types of magic from his ally, Sima, a well-knowledged blue mage. The story tells of the period of time from The Dark, when magic was more or less not welcome at home, especially by the church.
Read of the true story behind the tale of Lord Ith, Mairsil the Pretender, Master Artificer Barl and Jodah and their pasts in "The Gathering Dark."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 16, 1999
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I am a MTG fan and i love the books and pesonaly this is the best book since the brothers war.it scores way up there more stars then i can give if you like fantesy or are a MTG fan then read this book it has magic things like wand and maze of ith and rag man.I can't wait for the next book!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay Jeanquart on May 1, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Gathering Dark does a great job of fleshing out a Dark-ages world, and should be well-liked even by those unfamiliar with the card game. The characters (even minor ones) are engrossing, the villains original and classic at the same time, and the descriptions of spellcasting absolutely enchanting. Since reading the book, I often find myself thinking about all the places I've been, mountains and mangrove swamps, lakes and rivers, and wishing I could do something with those memories. And thats what a fantasy book should do; draw you into itself.

I would consider myself Blue-Green, by the way.

A warning to religious folk: one of the villains is an agent of the Church of Tal, a mideival-christianity-style religion that burns people at the stake, particularly suspected spellcasters. For me, it's a villain I love to hate, but others might disagree. It highlights the difference between religious scholars and true scholars, miracle-workers and mages: one group truly understands their feild, the other just repeats by rote, without understanding or innovating.

Try the book. It feels Right, and thats what matters.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 11, 1999
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This is the first "Magic" book I've ever read and couldn't get enough of it. It took me 16 days to finish which is a record for me. When I finished it, I went to the book store to see if the second book was out yet. I'm drooling in impatientness for "...Ice Age Cycle, book II" to come out!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A monster on March 28, 2000
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This book is great for fans of MAGIC and fantasy fans. There is a ton of action and you never want to stop reading it. I am a particularly slow reader but I finished this in a week because I never put it down. Get this if you like action, suspense, MAGIC (the card game) or magic (spells).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Ryan on May 30, 2001
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This book is an amazing work of fiction. Not only does is help you to truly understand the world of Magic, but how spells are cast and how the Ice Age and the Dark came into being. Jeff Grubbs wrote a great book! I couldn't put it down! Buy this book right away!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 9, 2006
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An amasingly well written story talking abaut a young mage Jodah.It is happening during period of time betwen the Brothers' war and the Ice-age, known to Dominarians as the Dark.The world lies in ruins, depostated by the blast of Sylex (Brother's war).Day are getting darker and colder, magic-hating church of Tal rules the lands of Terisiare,goblins raid around and in the secret wizard scool Conclave of mages the leader mage Ith was kidnaped by his own student Marisil who became the new lord mage. But as a new student Jodah arrives to the Conclave, everything changes.He frees Ith and with his help defeats Marisil, who is trying to open a gate to the machine hell of Phyrexia.Later (in the next two book) he becomes an emortal archmage of great power and fights a war with Lim-Dul the necromancer during the Ice-age.Jodah wons it but his trubles are not over yet as his friend Jaya becomes posesed by the evil soul of Marisil. Archmage saves her banishing Marisil's spirit.Jodah then ,togather with a planeswalker Freyalise cast an enchantment to end the Ice-age.As he did so,he accidently rose Lim-Dul back to life,killing him again soon after. Jodah is not known to die or appear in any other book so who knows.He just might be an emportant character in the next one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 9, 2006
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An amasingly well written story talking abaut a young mage Jodah.It is happening during period of time betwen the Brothers' war and the Ice-age, known to Dominarians as the Dark.The world lies in ruins, depostated by the blast of Sylex (Brother's war).Day are getting darker and colder, magic-hating church of Tal rules the lands of Terisiare,goblins raid around and in the secret wizard scool Conclave of mages the leader mage Ith was kidnaped by his own student Marisil who became the new lord mage. But as a new student Jodah arrives to the Conclave, everything changes.He frees Ith and with his help defeats Marisil, who is trying to open a gate to the machine hell of Phyrexia.Later (in the next two book) he becomes an emortal archmage of great power and fights a war with Lim-Dul the necromancer during the Ice-age.Jodah wons it but his trubles are not over yet as his friend Jaya becomes posesed by the evil soul of Marisil. Archmage saves her banishing Marisil's spirit.Jodah then ,togather with a planeswalker Freyalise cast an enchantment to end the Ice-age.As he did so,he accidently rose Lim-Dul back to life,killing him again soon after. Jodah is not known to die or appear in any other book so who knows.He just might be an emportant character in the next one.
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