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The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Zendikar Hardcover – January 5, 2016

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About the Author

James Wyatt is a Senior Game Designer on the creative team for Magic: The Gathering®. Over the course of more than 14 years working on the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game, he wrote five novels and contributed to dozens of game sourcebooks, including Oriental Adventures, the Eberron Campaign Setting, and three different Dungeon Master’s Guides.
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Product Details

  • Series: Magic the Gathering (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Perfect Square (January 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142158249X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1421582498
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The name is a bit misleading but walk with me.

This is actually a style guide in disguise. Yes, the thing that artists and freelancers get before a set comes out, explaining the high points, locations, creatures and major characters to build a world upon? This is exactly that, except two blocks worth of material, James Wyatt's roleplaying polished writing, fiction writing and double page spreads.

If you even have a passing interest in Magic's art enough to buy a print at a Grand Prix or online from an artist, you will love this book. It's actually rather inexpensive for how utterly enormous it is at 10"x11" and over 200 pages. If you have a coffee table, this begs to be opened.

It's worth the money and considering it's been seventeen years since the last iteration, expectations were high. Buy it, you will like it.
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I've been dreaming for a beautiful collection like this, featuring Magic's award winning art at a much larger size than the tiny versions featured on the cards. Wizards went a step further than just featuring art, in this case featuring in depth details on Zendikar regions, denizens, and of course the Eldrazi terrors that threaten the plane. This book details the story of both the original Zendikar block and the recent Battle for Zendikar sets, providing full context for the major events seen on key cards in those sets.

The only complaint I could see someone having is that it's not strictly an art book, instead having a rather large amount of text similar to the "Planeswalker's guide to the multiverse" features on the MTG website. I don't mind this, as I love both the art and flavor of Magic's worldbuilding and feel they greatly compliment each other in this package.

This book is easily worth MSRP, and is a steal at the Amazon price.
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This book is awesome for all sorts of nerds. Artists get a book packed with art from magic's best settings (ravnica and new phyrexia falling closely behind), writers and rpg lovers get a fantastic guide to the setting (though seriously wizards, you own both mtg and d&d, an mtg role-playing game wouldn't be hard to make, especially with adding the cards. Contact me for my concept), and ccg lovers get to enjoy the whole shebang outside of the cards.
It deserves every star since I am all of those.
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A fantastic look at the art and artists that make up the world's largest collectible card game, Magic: The Gathering. Zendikar focuses on five sets that have taken place in this part of the game's fantasy setting and includes illustrations and paintings from an unbelievably wide swath of Magic's creative team.

While the geographical section of the book tends to run a little long, the storyline section condenses the entire plot of the sets into a quick synopsis that's easier to digest than going back and reading the game's tie-in novels or weekly short stories.

This is a must-have if you're a Magic fan, and there are compelling reasons to get a copy if you're a fan of imaginative realism art as a whole.
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I didn't realize how huge this would be. As both a magic player and an amateur artist, this book is gold. I would buy up books for some of the other MtG worlds (esp Mirrodin, Ravnica, Kamigawa, Theros) in a heartbeat, should they be put together.
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This book is fantastic for any MTG fan and makes for an amazing world guide if you wanted to play an RPG in the Magic universe. The next book in the series for innistrad has already been announced and I'm preordering it. Definitely pick these up if you love this type of books. Sales will dictate future releases and I'm hoping for One with each new block of cards!
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Gorgeous art, half the price they sell it for in stores. Worth every penny. Detailed lore about the fantastic plane that is Zendikar. I highly recommend getting this. If you're on the fence, pull the trigger, you won't regret it.
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This book is so much more than I was expecting. The art books I'm used to are filled to the brim with the complete artworks, rough sketches and preliminary designs. This book has all of that, but has also packed in loads of written backstories and detailed descriptions of the characters and lore without taking away too much room for the art. Aside from just flipping through the pictures, it's definitely a book I'd like to sit back and read bits and pieces of. My only complaint is the dustcover feels a bit waxy. I'm not a fan of glossy print in general, and there's no design on the cover underneath (except on the spine).
Whether you're a concept artist like me or you just love the stories and want to learn more about the Magic universe, this book is absolutely perfect. Can't wait for the next one!
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