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Once upon a time, the plane of Alara was shattered into five planes, each distinctly populated with relative mono-magical culture that reflects each of the five colors. Now, the planes are beginning to realign and merge once more. As nefarious forces work to hasten the cataclysmic realignment for their own gain, the populations of once ordered planes struggle to come to teOnce upon a time, the plane of Alara was shattered into five planes, each distinctly populated with relative mono-magical culture that reflects each of the five colors. Now, the planes are beginning to realign and merge once more. As nefarious forces work to hasten the cataclysmic realignment for their own gain, the populations of once ordered planes struggle to come to terms with a new planar order in which long separated struggles between opposite clash once more; martyrs face executioners, fire and water, earth and air, growth and decay, the innate versus the artificial. Amid this chaos, Ajani, a fierce leonin planeswalker, struggles to bring justice and resolution to his brother's death. Noble warrior Rafiq searches for the source of the of this evil that has invaded his world. And Sarkhan Vol, planeswalker and dragon hunter, taps into a power so pure and ancient, it threatens to consume him even as he revels in its unadulterated totality. An action packed story from the mind of one of the creators, Doug Beyer opens up the Shards of Alara(TM) set like no one else can....

Title : Alara Unbroken
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ISBN : 9780786952014
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Alara Unbroken Reviews

  • Andy
    2018-09-25 01:35

    Disclaimer: I'm going to assume if you're reading this review, then you are also a Magic: the Gathering player. If you're not parts of this review may not make sense to you. With that assumption in mind...This book made me want to play the game more. I imagine that's the ultimate point of all the MtG novels. So in that respect the book was a great success. I'm now more interested to build decks around cards in the Alara block, and look forward to crushing my next opponent with a "Bant" deck.I also enjoyed getting to know the characters; Ajani Goldmane particularly. His was an easy story to identify with. He was the outcast, the underdog, and secretly the most powerful character. (Who hasn't felt neglected sometimes? Who hasn't felt like they have something special to offer but can't quite get it out?) His back-story (rejected by his own people, friendless, etc.) created a great bed of tension in which his character could grow into a hero. I hope he'll pop up in future MtG novels. He is the MtG "orphan hero" character if there ever was one.I also appreciated the ending of this book. It wasn't clean-cut, or a 100% resolution of all the novel's problems. Bad things happened to the bad guys, good things happened for most of the good guys, but occasionally, bad things happened to some of the good guys (i.e. Rafiq and Mubin). I felt like this brought an appropriate sense of "real life" to the ending.One critique: I wanted a clearer explanation of "manna" and how the characters used it to cast spells. Because manna is such an essential part of the game I brought my game experience to reading the novel (i.e. Manna drought = death. Manna surplus might = death. Healthy manna balance = victory.) As the book's characters cast spells and referenced "feeling" manna I wished it would have been given more of a concrete definition.How far away can a Mage be from his or her preferred manna source? Does manna flow through the Blind Eternities? Or does it come up from the planes? In the game, manna functions as a "resource," almost like money - if you have enough manna to spend you can cast a spell. But in the book it was closer to "The Force" - "A mystical energy field created by all living things..." that seemingly anyone could tap into no matter where they were.Perhaps another MtG novel explains manna better. I intend to keep reading them, so I guess we'll see.Lastly, and this is a gripe for Wizards of the Coast, not the author - this book was very poorly edited. I found numerous typos, and many instances in which an editor or proofreader was clearly needed. (i.e. the same word, or phrase, being overused within one paragraph. Inconsistent punctuation/style decisions, spelling errors, etc.) This is only the second MtG novel I've read (Agents of Artifice is the other), but in both I found more typos than is typical. So, Wizards, keep the MtG novels coming! But, please, get them proofread multiple times. :-)

  • Colton Geschwandtner
    2018-10-03 23:40

    The author does a good job of explaining the shards of Alara and how they all connect, and he builds Ajani up decently as the reluctant hero but there are a few things that are left out that would leave anyone that doesn't read or understand magic with a ton of questions, like what is Nicol's actual endgame plot once he drains the shards. A good book for MTG lore fans but probably shouldn't be read by non fans

  • Joseph Eli Flanders
    2018-09-28 22:02

    Good Story, Though Plot HolesI liked the story but MTG always seems to have a way of not expanding enough. Each chapter is pretty short, about a few pages each. Some things will happen that make me say "cool, I'd like to know more about this" but they never return to it. It's a good story, I enjoyed it, but the book felt incomplete.

  • Ryan
    2018-10-17 23:57

    I was of two minds when it came to reading this: on one hand, the only other M:tG book I've read was really, actively terrible. On other other hand, though, Alara was the current set when I started getting interested in Magic again, and I really liked it as a setting.Alara Unbroken felt a bit disjointed at first, but that made sense given the book's setting, which is a plane of existence that's been fractured into five "shards", with each shard being home to a different type of magical energy. Now, though, the shards are being manipulated by evil dragon planeswalker Nicol Bolas, who wants to steal their energy to something something (take over the multiverse, I think? It's not clear exactly). This was a pretty fun read. The characters are all fairly archetypal (Ajani the reluctant hero, Rafiq the grizzled veteran who's too old for this shit, Bolas the scheming Bond villain), and the story is fairly straightforward, but Beyer keeps it moving along at enough of a quick, enjoyable pace that you don't really notice how archetypal everything is until you're thinking about it afterwards. Wizards (the company that produces Magic) has been trying for the past few years to bring the whole concept of "planeswalkers as characters" to the forefront of the game, and stories like this do a good job of making those cards interesting. So it's enjoyable on a meta/transmedia level as well.

  • Teddy M.
    2018-09-27 18:42

    Imagine a world were magical creatures live and not only is magic real its part of your every day life. Welcome to Alara, a once peace full land were everyone lived out there day within five separate areas, shards, no war no blood shed (except for the usual hunting food) until now. As we speak there is an evil, greater than you know and now he is ready to unleash his true potential. This is Nichol Bolas, a 6000 year old dragon who's plan is to destroy everything and everyone in Alara. How? By pitting all five shards against them selves Nichol Bolas can then consantrait all the magic that has been casted to create basically a giant magical bomb. Within each shard there reigns a plansewalker. A plansewalker is someone who can travel to each shard by using magic. All five must then work together to stop this extreme evil. In my opinion i feel that this book demonstrated a lot of potential and could have been something extraordinary. Alara Unbroken was one the more "cheesy" fantasy books i have read, but it's still a really nice and quick read book. One thing i especially enjoyed was the fact that every chapter was in a different perspective wich was a really refershing part of the book. In conclusion if you are looking for a book with lots of magic, dragons, and wixards than this is the book for you

  • David
    2018-09-17 19:51

    Really enjoyed this book. Went very well with the 'Planeswalkers Guide to Alara." Lots of stuff going on in this book and the really short chapters and jumping around sometimes make it difficult to follow. If anything this book should have been turned into a 3 part series much like the previous MTG novels. This would have allowed for greater plot and character development. I felt like I was just getting to know the characters and places when suddenly the book was over.Book 1 should have been setting the stage, getting to know the characters and having the planeswalkers jump around and interact.Book 2 should have been the planes coming together and the battles, wars, changes and exploration.Book 3 should have been more of the same except with the heroes striving to save the plane and battling Nicol Bolas. This is only my opinion but I feel it would have given more pages for storytelling and development, which would have made for a great series, instead of a very enjoyable single novel.

  • Michael Baaske
    2018-10-15 02:04

    I could say this was probably the fastest I've read any magic novel, and that's not to say because it was short. Throughout the book you are following multiple story lines all at once. At first it may seem like a difficult task, but the author did a great job of cutting between them at the right moments. The way it jumps from story to story is just enough to keep the pages turning, before I knew it I was at the end. Unfortunately because of this, the story feels short. Maybe I need more time to get used to the new novels, but I preferred the trilogy books of the past, when the story was more flushed out. From what I understand the planeswalker novels are supposed to supplement the block novels, but at the same time they're a different block of their own. Despite a few spelling and grammar errors, I would easily recommend this book. Though it'll probably only be of interest to Magic players. Old or new, if you pick this one up, be prepared to feel that old itch to get back into the game.

  • Isaac Torres
    2018-09-17 19:49

    It's a good book with great pacing, but the unlikable main characters may make you root for the antagonist by the middle of the book, if not before. I am a Magic: The Gathering fan, and I admit that I liked Nicol from the start, but with such a powerful antagonist, I expected all of the protagonists to join forces and have a more fulfilling battle scene. The ending feels rushed, hollow and off-putting.

  • Mark Malcampo
    2018-10-05 23:53

    "Alara Unbroken" serves as a very useful companion book to the trading card game. Short chapters may or may not work depending on the reader, but I liked it as it evokes short and digestible scenes.The plane of Alara (and its five shards) have lots of storytelling potential and one book can only just skim into the surface. I would have preferred a trilogy akin to Ravnica/Guildpact/Dissension but this book remains an enjoyable read, especially for MTG fans.

  • Lejay
    2018-09-28 22:01

    Has a fresh set of characters, humanoid cat species(nacatl), elves, goblins, humans, fire/volcano mages, necromancers, undead and best of all dragons, enjoyed the walk of the lone warrier and neophyte planeswalker. Planes walking or dimension jumping is a slow process as compared to virtual body control of an avatar in another planet. It was entertaining but the connection of plots could use work. It would be interesting to see the last battle of dragon Vs rest of species portrayed in a movie.

  • Jessi Lewis
    2018-10-01 19:35

    My boyfriend made me read this and Im glad he did because it ended up being a very well written story. Based on a type of trading card game but still...it was a little confusing because it had many settings and many characters but a very intracate plot. Very good.

  • Fyreball13
    2018-10-11 02:05

    Good overall, but you get what you pay for with books based on card games. Too many plotlines that come together too late to be really effective as a great story, but it does add colours to the cards, which is pretty cool.

  • Michelle
    2018-10-01 18:52

    I actually managed to follow this M:TG book, but it still is written very badly. Yuck.

  • Amelia
    2018-09-23 00:01

    It was pretty good read, detailed in good spots. Love Rafiq ;D made him my EDH general.

  • Yakup Çakmak
    2018-10-17 18:45

    It's just a book about Magic flavor. Not a good book. Read if you want to know how Ajani got his gold manes.

  • Bradley
    2018-10-13 00:41

    Definitely fun and interesting, but I want to know what happened to Nichol Bolas?

  • David Dutton
    2018-10-12 19:57

    Nigh perfect if you are a serious player of the game.

  • Jamie Davis
    2018-09-22 23:47

    Very good. It continued to keep me on the edge of my seat. It's a great addition to the MTG series.I heart Ajani Goldmane.