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Agents of Artifice: A Planeswalker Novel

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It is the dawn of a new age in the Multiverse. The balance of power is shifting and Agents of Artifice brings readers to the heart of a planeswalker struggle...

In Agents of Artifice, Ari Marmell reimagines planeswalkers, taking fans deeper than ever into the lives of the Multiverse's most powerful beings: Jace Beleren(TM), the prodigal son, a powerful telepath whose choices now will forever determine his path as a mage; Liliana Vess(TM), a temptress whose beauty belies a dark secret and even darker associations; and Tezzeret(TM), leader of an interplanar consortium whose quest for knowledge may be undone by his lust for power.
Follow these characters in their quests for knowledge and power. Will Jace's choices lead him astray of the right path? Will Liliana's past finally catch up with her? Will Tezzeret allow hubris to obscure his vision?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786951345
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Series: Planeswalker Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Posted February 5, 2009

    THe 1st Magic the Gathering book worth reading in a LONG time!

    Over all, the book was very enjoyable. It was nice for Wizards of the Coast to aproach there novels from a character stand point as opposed to just following around the different worlds and making characters to go with it. I also found it very entertaining that the main charcters traveled between differnet worlds (Sets so to speak) making it a fun read, seeing new things and things you are familiar with. <BR/><BR/>All be it, the writer is new, he did a great job with the setting and character devolpment. You can tell he has some trouble getting some of his ideas out at times, but over all it was very consistant and fun to read. I acctualy couldn't put it down, and it has been a long time since MTG has done that for me. 2 Thumbs up :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2010

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    A drastic but welcome change of pace...

    Starting with the release of the Magic; The Gathering card set Shards of Alara, Wizards stop publishing books to coincide with each card set's release. At first I was mortified, being a long time fan of both the game and the fiction. However, once I broke down and read the first of the Planeswalker novels, my confidence in their storytelling abilities was renewed.
    Following the Mending on Dominaria, Planeswalkers still exist, but have become mortal rather than the god-like beings they once were. This story focuses on Jace Beleren, whom the reader can identify with much more based on that apparent mortality.
    Ari Marmell does an excellant job in balancing action, adventure, humor, sadness and hints of romance throughout the book. A failing at times in the realm of fiction is that the truly unbelievable is never more than a pen stroke away, and often authors will "pull rabbits out of hats" to save their characters or write their way out of sticky situations. In Agents of Artifice, the boundaries of what each mage is capable of is clearly defined, and that set of rules is strictly followed, lending to a credibility in the story.
    The setting of the story focuses primarily on the plane of Ravnica but has stops on Kamigawa and the new plane of Grixis. It was nice to see that these places have not been forgotten, and mentions of Mercadia and Dominaria make me hopeful for further Planeswalker adventures in familiar fan-favorite realms.
    Overall, the book is a great story and a well conceived transition to a new method of story telling in the Magic universe/multiverse. It presents an opportunity for any fan of the game to jump into the fiction without having to hunt down used copies of 15 year old books, and satisfies fans of the series by holding onto its' roots while exploring new territory.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Help me

    Im building a blue deck. For more info, type Ludevic as your title.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Jace

    Jace belern is best planeswalker. He can get in your head and makyou his. This is good book. Tells you all about him. First mtg book i read and i didnt get lost til a certain poin read and youll find it. Yeah it gets weird .But what do you expect from the Mind Sculptor?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    GREAT!

    great book couldn't put it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2012

    Asheley to Charizard

    I can be your trainer. Go to bamboo 1 result.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Charizard

    LEAVE OR ELSE! THIS IS MY HOME!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Pretty good.

    Pretty good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2012

    Marvelous book!

    This Planeswalker novel, Agents of Artifice, is a fantastic book for old and new readers alike. As a young reader and aspiring fantasy author, this Magic: the Gathering novel really expanded my vocabulary.

    Ari Marmell flawlessly fabricated the nexus of magical worlds of the Multiverse. Exemplary word choice made for a suspensful, captivating, and unbroken reading experience. The electrifying storyline engrosses you, and keeps you guessing at what the characters might do next. If you've ever read any of Ari's writing, you know well enough that whatever you suspect might happen never occurs.

    I highly recommend this book to any fantasy fan, and if you're fortunate enough to pick up a physical copy, do so! The cover art is phenominal.

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    I bought this for my daughter who has read other planeswalker books and she loved it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2011

    Amazing

    Almost as good as test of metal. Some of my favorite books.

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  • Posted March 27, 2011

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    Highly Recommended

    Not only is this book well written, but the plot, the word choice, the characters and the overall pacing of the story was truly well made. When I started reading I just couldn't stop and even during my busy hours, a small corner of my mind wondered what would happen next. Just when you thought you had it all figured out, a sudden twist to the story throws everything you thought might happen into chaotic disarray. Even those not familiar with characters or even the concept of Magic: The Gathering will find this book a most worthwhile read. ^__^

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  • Posted May 17, 2010

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    Very good

    This book is in my top 5 of best books. I read it in a day and fell in love with it. If your looking for an adventure type book with some romance in it...read this.

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  • Posted April 6, 2009

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    Splendid job.

    A truly spell-binding and amazing book that brings you into the depths of Magic-created world Ravnica and opens the mystic souls of the planeswalkers that stalk the cosmos. From great, multicomplex and intruiging plots that keep the reader clinging on, constantly wanting to know what will happen next, to well-drawn three-dimensional characters that the reader finds himself immersed in to an incredibly realisitc background, it seems Ari Marmell has it all - all in one book! This coming from a reader who had never read Magic books before and who found himself ensnared in the vivid world Ari has weaved and the complex characters he's brought to life as well as looking for the next book in that sections of bookstores.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2009

    Agents of Artifice review

    This book, a fantasy, was a bit grizzly but it was exciting and difficult to put down. I found myself looking to see if he had any others out yet. I look forward to his follow-up books.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    An action-packed, magic-filled, fun adventure story

    "Agents of Artifice" tells the story of the Planeswalker Jace Beleren, a powerful mage capable of traveling between the many worlds of the Multiverse, and his adventures and misadventures with the Infinite Consortium. From the beginning the reader will discover that not everything is as it seems.

    The story has a little something for everyone: lots of action and adventure, a large dose of magic, and a diverse set of characters. In addition to Jace, we are introduced to Khallist, a skilled fighter, Liliana Vess, a powerful necromancer, Emmara, the Elven healer, and Tezzeret, the leader of the Infinite Consortium. I found the characters interesting and well thought-out.

    Overall the plot/story was interesting and well written. While a few of the plot `twists' were not really a surprise, the story more than made up for it. I found the story exciting and well paced. But as mentioned above, it was really the characters that made the book for me. One of the more interesting aspects of the book for me was the development of Jace's character over the course of the story and the emotions he experiences due to situations that were often beyond his control.

    I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it to readers looking for character-driven fantasy, especially if they like their fantasy heavy with magic. I'd also recommend the book to fans of the Magic the Gathering novel line.

    I should note that it is not necessary to have any knowledge of Magic the Gathering to enjoy this novel. I had never played the game or read a Magic the Gathering novel before reading "Agents of Artifice" and I was able to follow everything. In fact, I enjoyed the novel so much I plan to pick up some more novels in the line.

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