- File Size: 2541 KB
- Print Length: 67 pages
- Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (November 27, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 27, 2012
- Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009MYB82Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,967 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Return to Ravnica: The Secretist, Part One Kindle Edition
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I wore a sad face when Emmara was made into a damsel in distress instead of given an opportunity to display her full might like Jace does, so that was a bummer. Other than that, there are few bummers to be had. Every RTR guild is given a moment of badassery, which is an unnecessary but appreciated effort that fills the world of Ravnica with dangerous, and sometimes vicious (and viscous in Golgari's case), characters who inevitably clash. And what do we read fantasy for but to feel immense danger?
Doug Beyer has made me feel something that I haven't felt in a long time: excited to read a Magic novel.
Overall, The Secretist does not disappoint. Ravnica is every bit as interesting in this story as I'd hope and Jace is very much a character I enjoy following. The story itself establishes itself quickly and ramps up the mystery by involving several major players, a self inflicted magic spell, and establishing a race to find...well, everyone has their own idea: a weapon, knowledge, or who knows what.
Doug Beyer did a very fine job describing the city and keeping the pace fast enough that I was never bored but slow enough that I didn't think he was getting ahead of himself. He also does a fine job introducing the reader to Ravnica without overwhelming them with too much at once. He prefers to show instead of tell. It's an exciting story so far and I'm eager to see how it ends.
My only complaint is that I did not realize the story would pretty much just up and end on a cliffhanger. This was my first time reading a trilogy based on a three installment block, so it makes sense that it'd really just be one book broken into three pieces, but I didn't realize that when I went in. I say that not as a slight against the book, but merely because I didn't remember reading it anywhere else and thought a note on it might be useful.
As far as how it looked on my Kindle: It looked fine and I noticed no errors in my reading. I'd also, as a side note, say that it is fairly priced for the content you receive. After three parts, I'll have essentially paid for a full book, but a bit on the cheaper side than what most retailers charge. I can hardly complain about that.
In the end, its a great story that I certainly recommend!
Beyer's expertise lies clearly more in the worldbuilding side of things, and I feel he did a good job of that. The novel paints a decent picture of the setting for the current card expansion, and creates a nice portrait of its legendary creatures in action. I would recommend this book to anyone who plays Magic and is interested in seeing the novels make a comeback, as it was an entertaining read, at least, and definitely worth the two bucks. For a better showcase of Beyer's work, though, check out the Alara novel.
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