War of the Spark: Ravnica

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  • Hardcover
  • 365 pages
  • War of the Spark: Ravnica
  • Greg Weisman
  • English
  • 16 September 2017
  • 1984817450

About the Author: Greg Weisman

Greg Weisman BA Stanford, MPW USC the Spark: PDF Å has been a storyteller all his life His first professional work was as an Editor for DC Comics, where he also wrote Captain Atom Greg worked at Walt Disney Television Animation from through In , Greg created and developed a new series for Disney GARGOYLES, becoming Supervising Producer and Supervising Story Editor of that series In , Greg War of PDF \ became a full time Freelancer He wrote the new Gargoyles and Gargoyles Bad Guys comic books for SLG Publishing, while producing, writing, story editing and voice acting for Sony s The Spectacular Spider Man He then moved over to Warner Bros where he produced, story edited, wrote and voice acted on the new series, Young Justice, as well as writing the companion Young Justice monthly comic book of the Spark: PDF/EPUB ä for DC Greg was a writer and Executive Producer on the first season of Star Wars Rebels for Lucasfilm and Disney, and he s also writing the spin off comic Star Wars Kanan The Last Padawan His first novel, Rain of the Ghosts, was published in its sequel, Spirits of Ash and Foam, arrived in bookstores in .


War of the Spark: Ravnica[Download] ➶ War of the Spark: Ravnica By Greg Weisman – Johndore.co.uk Experience the first official adventure in Magic The Gathering s multiverse in nearly a decade as an epic conflict engulfs the world spanning city of RavnicaPlaneswalkers, powerful mages from many dis Experience the first official adventure in the Spark: PDF Å Magic The Gathering s multiverse in nearly a decade as an epic conflict engulfs the world spanning city of RavnicaPlaneswalkers, powerful mages from many disparate realities, must unite against the elder dragon Nicol Bolas, who has claimed dominion over Ravnica and is perilously close to completing the spell that will grant him godhood Now, as dozens of Planeswalkers fight alongside War of PDF \ the Gatewatch led by Chandra Nalaar, Jace Beleren, and Gideon Jura against Bolas and his relentless army of Eternals, nothing less than the fate of the multiverse is at stake.

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10 thoughts on “War of the Spark: Ravnica

  1. Morrow Grove says:

    At first a lot of fans of Magic The Gathering s story were miffed that the main beats of War of the Spark were revealed from the card set s preview season before any of the literature was released itself Dack Fayden got his spark ripped out Wait, Niv Mizzet died in the first place Gideon sacrificed himself to save Liliana, the only one who can turn the tide a la The Last Hope during Eldritch Moon However, now I m glad I was able to see the framework built by Wizard s in house design and cr At first a lot of fans of Magic The Gathering s story were miffed that the main beats of War of the Spark were revealed from the card set s preview season before any of the literature was released itself Dack Fayden got his spark ripped out Wait, Niv Mizzet died in the first place Gideon sacrificed himself to save Liliana, the only one who can turn the tide a la The Last Hope during Eldritch Moon However, now I m glad I was able to see the framework built by Wizard s in house design and creative teams before I read Wiesman s take I avoided leaks and discussions of the novel because I wanted to be surprised and mystified by twists and unforeseen happenings However, I needn t have bothered, as the book offered none of these The story was, simply, conveyed better between the set trailers, art, and flavor text War of the Spark s premise is rife with stakes and emotion, and the animation and cards wonderfully illustrated Nicol Bolas s cruel mechanizations, the darkness and destruction befalling local Ravnica, Liliana s inner conflict and decisive resolve, Gideon s emotional sacrifice and well deserved rest, and manystruggles, plans, and tragedies Even Ral and Tomik s relationship got an endearing nod with Dawn Murin s art direction via the inclusion of wrist cloths in their card arts.The frame and setup of the story was all there, and it was solid While fans were waiting for the novel s release, we were welcome to fill in the narrative gaps with our speculation and imaginations.Regardless, Wiesman s own imagination didn t do anything particularly good or interesting with what it was given He covered all the key events and all of the characters, but that s pretty much it Cleverness, surprises, emotional tracking, the book had none of these Things that should have been grandiose and exciting fell flat The Gatewatch, which by all means should have been ready with a crafted plan a la the endings of the Ixalan and Dominaria blocks, ran around with their heads cut off for over half the book.There was no good reason for Jace and Vraska s plan to not come to fruition, and no reason why the rest of the Gatewatch to be caught so unaware This was the finale, and most characters were set back character development wise for it when they should have been forged and triumphant from their previous successes and failures The book suffered from character overload, and it wasted time covering relatively inconsequential moments of low stakes battles with the Eternals who seemed to also be powered down from how we knew them.Teyo and Rat were meant to act as a lens for readers new to MTG story, but I don t think this intention was achieved The sheer amount of names and locations were probably inconceivable to follow from someone not familiar with MTG s dense lore.I much prefer the looser canon of War of the Spark s set art and trailers over Wiesman s novelization of it I have to wonder if leaving the novel to some of the writers of the web fiction such as Alison Luhrs, Kate Elliott, Doug Beyer, Nicky Drayden, etcetera, would have resulted in a War of the Spark novel with a littlepassion and heart

  2. Pat says:

    In short, this book is bad.Longer, this book is very bad The main problem with it is that it can t decide which plot points to explain This is caused by an absurd failure on Wizards of the Coast s part to craft a coherent story.On the one hand, this book is intended to be read by readers who aren t familiar with the lore This leads to incredibly long info dumps that suddenly rip the reader away from what s happening in the present This is doubly frustrating, as the main action of the novel t In short, this book is bad.Longer, this book is very bad The main problem with it is that it can t decide which plot points to explain This is caused by an absurd failure on Wizards of the Coast s part to craft a coherent story.On the one hand, this book is intended to be read by readers who aren t familiar with the lore This leads to incredibly long info dumps that suddenly rip the reader away from what s happening in the present This is doubly frustrating, as the main action of the novel takes place over the course of a few hours This leads action that should take place over a relatively short amount of pages to take place over a ridiculously long page count.On the other hand, this book is meant to be read after free stories by Django Wrexler that, due to a delay, haven t actually come out yet That means that major plot points that actually affect what s going on in these pages unlike what s given to us in the lengthy info dumps aren t given at all Readers who arefamiliar with the lore will be taken aback by the news that major characters died off screen with zero explanation as to how it happened.It leads to the feeling that you ve just decided to read the second half of the book, but the author feels the need to constantly retell things that don t matter.This book is a mess

  3. Tzu-Mainn Chen says:

    In reality, I kind of want to give this book both 1 star and 5 stars War of the Spark Ravnica is a tie in novel that coincides with the release of the newest Magic the Gathering expansion set The set itself is the culmination of three years and 12 expansions worth of story, and so I was extremely excited to read the grand finale.Sadly, the book itself is pretty terrible Although War of the Spark claims that there is a vast cast of characters, there are only two characters in the book t In reality, I kind of want to give this book both 1 star and 5 stars War of the Spark Ravnica is a tie in novel that coincides with the release of the newest Magic the Gathering expansion set The set itself is the culmination of three years and 12 expansions worth of story, and so I was extremely excited to read the grand finale.Sadly, the book itself is pretty terrible Although War of the Spark claims that there is a vast cast of characters, there are only two characters in the book the Glib One and the Brooding One Action scenes are written with an almost awe inspiring lack of grandeur for example, I was impressed with how easily my eyes glazed over a scene featuring the destruction of a gigantic snake zombie god Half of the chapters end with an ellipsis.And yet, despite all these flaws and many many, I couldn t help but enjoy myself Instead of lingering on my issues with the book, I mentally replaced them with the visions that the card game has brought to life for me Nicol Bolas changed from a mustache twirling parody of a villain into the cruel and frightening dragon exulting in his power shown in the card Damnation Instead of seeing Sorin and Nahiri as squabbling punchlines, I saw them as two tragic figures of immense power unable to move past their crimes against each other for the sake of the greater good.I would have been happier if War of the Spark had been a better book But I m appreciative of the fact that it s just one part of a greater whole that has brought me so much joy and excitement

  4. A.E. Marling says:

    Spoiler free review Reads like an Avengers movie and is gay as fuck Neither of those two things are criticisms An actual criticism Because of the Avengers size cast and because it is was written to be inclusive of people unfamiliar with all those characters and the guilds the story may tire readers with its exposition The War of the Spark does not cover anything from Guilds of Ravnica or Ravnica Allegiance, and you may enjoy itif you wait for Django Wexler s free stories Sign up h Spoiler free review Reads like an Avengers movie and is gay as fuck Neither of those two things are criticisms An actual criticism Because of the Avengers size cast and because it is was written to be inclusive of people unfamiliar with all those characters and the guilds the story may tire readers with its exposition The War of the Spark does not cover anything from Guilds of Ravnica or Ravnica Allegiance, and you may enjoy itif you wait for Django Wexler s free stories Sign up here My Kobo eBook had multiple formatting errors, but I would still recommend it overSounds like the audiobook was not a better option.The War of the Spark novel was written at a middle grade fiction reading level, similar to previous Magic Stories but different from most epic fantasy Characters also speak with modern vernacular These deliberate choices suggest a broader target market of readers That said, the story has strong continuity and other details that will delight dedicated Vorthos Magic fans

  5. Hannah says:

    The short animation trailer WOTC put out was 1000 times better than this book In fact it feels like the two don t even show the same story They re not congruous I don t know if this author did whatever he wanted to, or if WOTC told him to do what he did, but I was actively angered multiple times by the choices made I do not recommend this book at all It slike the set up for future stories rather than the culmination of five years of work to get to this point It s basically a commerci The short animation trailer WOTC put out was 1000 times better than this book In fact it feels like the two don t even show the same story They re not congruous I don t know if this author did whatever he wanted to, or if WOTC told him to do what he did, but I was actively angered multiple times by the choices made I do not recommend this book at all It slike the set up for future stories rather than the culmination of five years of work to get to this point It s basically a commercial that never ends Readabout these planeswalkers later Because we couldn t decide what to do really, so we just kinda didn t, and we ll writelater Yay Spoilers from here on out There was a massive build up for this book, and it had to be a book instead of the online installments because reasons, and ultimately it could easily have been 6 installments Around half the book is on new characters, but not the new ones introduced over the last year, new as in new this book Of the planeswalkers that die, hundreds upon hundreds, only THREE are named known characters It feels absolutely ridiculous as you read it.What upset me the most was Vraska getting her memories back on her own, before the book even starts How would she have even known she had memories to get back The replacements Jace put in were good enough for Nicol Bolas to not see through, so, what the hell It makes NO sense, and it is plain dumb What was the point then For over a year I was VERY much looking forward to the moment when she would get them back, and be the Vraska of the Ixalan story block again, in time to do something massive and cool But no We can t have nice things I wanted to like Teyo, but the character type of oh I ll never be good, I m just a learner, I suck, even the amazing things I m doing right now suck, like, you have no idea, has been done to death It s highly annoying, and lazy writing To kill Gideon off at the end of such a disappointing story was insulting It s not even just that the characters themselves could have made better choices, as I read I felt like he died so that the author s work would be vindicated See Someone did die It was something Gideon would do, absolutely, but the fan theories about what would happen after the trailer came out were better than how it actually shook out Teferi played no real major role, despite the massive things with time he s done in the past Sorin and Nahiri got inserted as a one liner, so I m sure we ll read all about that some other time Innistrad is somehow OK That, and how Sorin freed himself, weren t explained Chandra and Nissa just exchange lots of emotional looks, another example of decisions no one is making from a writing standpoint Rat was cool, but had pretty terrible dialogue, and her ability wasn t explained either Also, Nicol Bolas not dying and not winning, but again leaving a story line open for him to come back again sometime At what point do we get sick of the cycle, and the repetition Ugh Ultimately, a major disappointment The first and last MTG book I will buy I don t even know that I want them to turn it into a movie any, it was that bad

  6. Brian McCue says:

    This book is offensively mediocre Before criticizing the novel, I would like to point out that this novel was basically doomed to fail War of the Spark Ravnica is the culmination of a long story arc beginning in the Magic the Gathering set, Kaladesh released in 2016 After several sets of hints and foreshadowing since then, the elder dragon Nicol Bolas is finally enacting his big master plan The storyline for Magic has up until recently been told in the form of weekly short fiction post This book is offensively mediocre Before criticizing the novel, I would like to point out that this novel was basically doomed to fail War of the Spark Ravnica is the culmination of a long story arc beginning in the Magic the Gathering set, Kaladesh released in 2016 After several sets of hints and foreshadowing since then, the elder dragon Nicol Bolas is finally enacting his big master plan The storyline for Magic has up until recently been told in the form of weekly short fiction posted on the Wizards of the Coast website released alongside each Magic set These stories are usually enjoyable and written by folks who have a deep understanding of the Magic IP and its 20 years of lore So it is very surprising to learn that Wizards chose to tell the grand conclusion to this unwieldy story arc there s upwards of 100 characters involved in the form of a novel Not only that, but Wizards hired Greg Weisman, who I assume is a perfectly fine career writer, but a writer who does not have any familiarity with the Magic IP I probably do not need to further explain why it is a bad idea to hire someone unfamiliar with such a massive story to write the final chapter in which characters from all across Magic lore converge into one large battle on Ravnica Listening to his appearance on Mark Rosewater s Drive to Work podcast, Weisman made it clear that he had no prior familiarity with the Magic universe, and had to read many, many books just to catch up with the plot and characters So it is not a surprise that this novel feels all over the place, with inconsistent characters and poor pacing Additionally, for some reason, the prelude to the events of this novel which is written by a separate author and is to be released inshort fiction sometime this year, is currently unavailable to readers, so the novel constantly references events and characters who have not actually yet appeared in the story When we jump into the action of the novel, major events have already taken place and characters mourn the deaths of other characters who the reader has not actually been introduced to This novel is marketed as a starting point for people to get into the Magic storyline, but it is in no way a good place to begin in Magic lore Had I not followed the Magic story for the last 5 years, this novel would not be comprehensible in any way to me So much of this book is exposition, attempting to fill the reader in on events from the last few years of Magic story across 10 different POV characters to the point where it is completely indecipherable to people unfamiliar with the massive cast and list of planes in the multiverse With all of that context in mind, this novel absolutely fails Characters in this book feel legitimately like fan fiction versions of their prior appearances The focus on romance sub plots while the apocalypse is going on in the background is a real doozy The dialogue is reminiscent of a bad YA novel, and the original characters Weisman creates are unfortunately very boring Due to the nature of having a massive battle with a massive cast as your main set piece, this book does not do anything particularly interesting when side characters briefly appear In one instance, two characters who have been MIA since their appearances in 2016 appear for literally two sentences before disappearing When characters do appear, they have to be accompanied by long asides explaining who they are and what actions they have recently taken The battle sequences are long and boring, with the stakes feeling very arbitrary The use of description is pretty underwhelming and the presentation of events is unclear The actual master plan of the villain is non sensical, and the solution in defeating Nicol Bolas is hilariously pulled out of nowhere Characters are not subtle in dialogue or action, and their arcs if they have one at all are very predictable I have never read a Magic novel before this, and I have heard mixed reviews about their quality I picked this novel up after reading a few excerpts that seemed particularly bad, and was not disappointed in how much this novel made me audibly groan It is a great hate read, especially if you are Magic fan Otherwise, I would avoid this I listened to the Audiobook, which I thought was pretty good for what it was The large cast was obviously a challenge and some of the voices were a bit funny, but overall I think Robert Petkoff did a good job

  7. Shase Lindell says:

    This book is definitely the worst book I ve ever finished reading in my entire life I wish I could give it less than one star No characters had character development other than Dack Fayden, who I m pretty confident is the only character the author actually read up on, the narrative suffers from the authors insufferably childish yet strangely unimaginative mind and other than death very few character specific plots get mentioned or resolved and there s no interesting points in this impressively This book is definitely the worst book I ve ever finished reading in my entire life I wish I could give it less than one star No characters had character development other than Dack Fayden, who I m pretty confident is the only character the author actually read up on, the narrative suffers from the authors insufferably childish yet strangely unimaginative mind and other than death very few character specific plots get mentioned or resolved and there s no interesting points in this impressively drab story with each villain having dialogue I d expect out of some 90 s DD movie I say the story is impressively drab because you d think that being given a story as compelling as that which everything has been leading up to and shown in the trailer and cards it would be impossible for any author to make the story boring but this particular author has the writing ability of a 14 year old fan fiction writer Never before have I felt like magic is a story for children but this story is so incredibly dumbed down and uninspired that for the first time in years I don t look forwards to reading the next book The narrative is poorly constructed with a lot of time spent on catching the reader up or on some completely mundane aspect of the world like the protagonists obsession with farts and plumbing Points are brought up, briefly mentioned and never really dwelled on again The author also clearly just followed whatever the writing board wanted him to write as there are many questions one would have getting into the story and none are addressed There is no rising tension, either I felt as though there was a book missing because the whole book feels sorta rushed at times because they literally skip a few weeks of build up that are only referenced I hated the incredibly simple and immature dialogue everyone has, and the uninspired way everything is explained A lot of the prior story is summarized to the reader when a new character is introduced, which is an absolute drag because that meant I had to labor throughof this author s pathetic attempt at writing instead of getting to the interesting background story, which was consistently disappointing It s also clear those short summaries are the only things the author knows about any of the stablished characters Everything in the present tense is boring and underdeveloped and no character has deep motivation Thoughts of characters are never presented Any motivation presented is done in an extremely simple manner No descriptions are adequate There are broad descriptions of absolutely everything I m just happy my favorite character Tezzeret has a short exchange with a few characters and then leaves so that this trash author doesn t ruin my impression of Tezz Also, you d think with all these incredibly interesting characters some of them would dothan just one thing, but alas, no Most characters can only do one thing Also, most of the characters know each other for no reason I only considered two points in the story creative enjoyable The Wanderer She gets like, two sentences in the whole book This happens all the time Oh You like something interesting about the story Sucks Have fun being tortured by an idiot author who is just following the framework guide Wizards of the Coast gave him The whole book felt like a cash grab and I despise it when fiction authors use descriptions or reference shit from the real world War of the Spark mentions traffic jams at one point, which wasn t surprising as the book starts with, Ugin, the 30,000 year old genius having the exact quote Pot meet kettle which is just inexcusably offensively stupid and out of character for the speaker The pushing of LGBT agenda is fine, and I typically ignore it if it s too much however the amount of time spent reminding the reader that one of the characters who wasn t previously gay is gay was pretty astounding I can t imagine the gay community appreciates it either When your character is mostly defined by his sexuality you re a pathetic author Maybe try incorporating his sexualitysubtly and have a personality instead of being gay be the trait the author keeps pushing In summary, do NOT read this book and if you will because you d like to finish the overarching story, I pity you

  8. This Book says:

    Spoiler Free Review It sucks.It s really bad It s a book written for anyone to be able to pick it up and read it however it s just so boring that nobody would want to do that It s spoonfeeds you, is incredibly clich And the writing is cringe worthy at best If you ve already looked at the cards for this set you can actually pick out where those cards happen in the story because those are the only interesting parts The fights are dull, the dialogue is cringe, and the characters are flat For Spoiler Free Review It sucks.It s really bad It s a book written for anyone to be able to pick it up and read it however it s just so boring that nobody would want to do that It s spoonfeeds you, is incredibly clich And the writing is cringe worthy at best If you ve already looked at the cards for this set you can actually pick out where those cards happen in the story because those are the only interesting parts The fights are dull, the dialogue is cringe, and the characters are flat For the love of all that is holy DO NOT READ THIS BOOK

  9. Kossie says:

    A great book that tells the amazing story of that spans across mutliple planes worlds While it s a book that tells a story from the Magic the Gathering universe a very story rich card game , you can still very much enjoy the book and follow the story without know or caring about the game.So a must read for fans of Magic and a great recommendation for fans of fantasy and good books

  10. Sherwin says:

    As a Vorthos at heart, I appreciate that we re finally getting full novels to go alongside new sets While the mtgstory team has tried to make up for this lack in the past, there s something about a fully fleshed out novel that pulls you in ways that a short snippet could never do.With that said, Weisman s novel covers the same narrative beats that have been shown by the trailer for the set and the cards themselves While the cards haveor less spoilered the entire general plot, there are c As a Vorthos at heart, I appreciate that we re finally getting full novels to go alongside new sets While the mtgstory team has tried to make up for this lack in the past, there s something about a fully fleshed out novel that pulls you in ways that a short snippet could never do.With that said, Weisman s novel covers the same narrative beats that have been shown by the trailer for the set and the cards themselves While the cards haveor less spoilered the entire general plot, there are character beats and relationships that get explored in the novel The Gatewatch is there doing their Avengers thing across the Multiverse and we re assaulted with a ton of Planeswalkers, many we ve met before and many we have not.If anything, this novel is not recommended for anyone who hasn t played the card game before While Weisman does his best in giving the reader a fresh POV with Teyo, Rat, and to some extent Kaya Any new reader would instantly be thrown off by the sheer amount of names At the same time, this kind of experience could be reflecting the current state of a Ravnica at war As a fan, I was left wanting a littlefrom the brief mentions of a few Planeswalkers Did Sorin and Nahiri settle things Are Arlinn and Angrath my new OTP Are theredogs like Mowu I give the novel a middling rating because of this inaccessibility of plot and the sometimes disparate voices that Weisman seems to be juggling running into one another Additionally, I feel like having the trailer and card story spotlights undermine what Wizards and Weisman wanted this novel to achieve Especially with a prequel novel delayed until June The initial plot beats of the state of Ravnica were lost and the first few chapters were a bit of a mess in that regard.In the end, I enjoyed the novel and the interactions of many fan favourite characters But, this seems like a odd release and a reflection of this event focus on the set instead of the old plane story model