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This book will appeal to new readers, as well as die-hard fans. The perfect entry point for new readers, this book focuses on a fierce competition for one of the most powerful artifacts ever to exist in the Magic: The Gathering game and novels. Major changes are occurring in the Magic universe-changes that devoted fans will be eager to find out about.


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This book will appeal to new readers, as well as die-hard fans. The perfect entry point for new readers, this book focuses on a fierce competition for one of the most powerful artifacts ever to exist in the Magic: The Gathering game and novels. Major changes are occurring in the Magic universe-changes that devoted fans will be eager to find out about.

30 review for Odyssey

  1. 5 out of 5

    Scott Johnson

    This was really uninteresting and boring. Very little happened, I didn't care about the characters, nothing was really explained, and we just jumped randomly from event to event. This was really uninteresting and boring. Very little happened, I didn't care about the characters, nothing was really explained, and we just jumped randomly from event to event.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Harrison Delahunty

    The foremost words that come to mind when reflecting on Vance Moore's Odyssey are many: unnecessary, repetitive, and--most of all--unpleasant. But, perhaps more important than those is this descriptor: unfocused. The novel is ostensibly focused on the world of Otaria (set in Magic's original setting, Dominaria) and on the main protagonist, Kamahl. However, Otaria's main draw (pit fights) and any sort of characterisation that Kamahl would receive are completely thrown to the backseat as we focus, The foremost words that come to mind when reflecting on Vance Moore's Odyssey are many: unnecessary, repetitive, and--most of all--unpleasant. But, perhaps more important than those is this descriptor: unfocused. The novel is ostensibly focused on the world of Otaria (set in Magic's original setting, Dominaria) and on the main protagonist, Kamahl. However, Otaria's main draw (pit fights) and any sort of characterisation that Kamahl would receive are completely thrown to the backseat as we focus, unfortunately, on Laquatus, Kirtar, Turg, and a myriad of other extremely unimportant characters. The main McGuffin of the book, the Mirari, is never truly explained or detailed; in fact, its name is unspoken throughout 90 percent of the novel. Having read the entire thing, I still couldn't tell you what it does or why any of the characters care about it. Through the various misadventures of the horribly unedited and (again) unpleasant prose, we repetitively read through descriptions of animal slaughter, casual murder and torture by our ever-so-unlovable Laquatus, and unbelievably dull depictions of uninteresting, unchanging, filler-ific merman politics. Skip this book. It has nothing of the spark that makes Magic: The Gathering or its worlds so interesting, fails to even be readable high fantasy, and flounders about in its attempts to make itself sound smart with $10 words and laughably faux-high minded 'intrigue'.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Wilson

    Boring.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chip Hunter

    I'm a bit surprised by all the very negative reviews this book received. Personally, I found it refreshing to read the start of a new series not focusing on Gerrard, Urza, and Co. In relation to all the other MTG books I've read, this one falls on the plus-side of average (which isn't saying much). This one has a much more intimate focus on the characters involved and less of a world-encompassing feel that all of the previous books had. Kamahl, Laquatus, Kirtar, and Seton are completely original I'm a bit surprised by all the very negative reviews this book received. Personally, I found it refreshing to read the start of a new series not focusing on Gerrard, Urza, and Co. In relation to all the other MTG books I've read, this one falls on the plus-side of average (which isn't saying much). This one has a much more intimate focus on the characters involved and less of a world-encompassing feel that all of the previous books had. Kamahl, Laquatus, Kirtar, and Seton are completely original and fairly well-developed characters that help keep this story interesting but are all somewhat tiring and annoying. Still, I expect them to be the focal points of the future books in the series. My favorite character here is definitely Turg. A huge frog pit-fighter with cunning and a wicked sense of humor? Awesome. The overall story, about the various powerful rivals desperately chasing a dangerous (but mysterious) artifact known as Mirari, is only minimally interesting, and mostly serves as a framework around which to develop the characters. I like the direction the MTG novels have taken with this book though. Magic is much more widespread, being available to essentially anyone and playing a major role in everyday life. And the system of magic seems much more in line with the way the game works than was true in previous books. In some ways this book reminds me of the very first MTG books, especially Arena with the focus on magic gladiatorial-style duels. I think if these books continue to move int this direction, the future of the series will be good.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lucy Furr

    Ugh. Its a shame that one of Magic's best sets had to be ruined by terrible writing. Kamahl, Chainer, Braids, Kirtar and yes even that annoying douche Laquatus deserve to have been written much better. Here's hoping that the author change for the other two books of this trilogy improves the readability and over all enjoyment factor. I don't expect award wining writing from WoTC books, but I definitely expect better than this. Ugh. Its a shame that one of Magic's best sets had to be ruined by terrible writing. Kamahl, Chainer, Braids, Kirtar and yes even that annoying douche Laquatus deserve to have been written much better. Here's hoping that the author change for the other two books of this trilogy improves the readability and over all enjoyment factor. I don't expect award wining writing from WoTC books, but I definitely expect better than this.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Pomella Lobo

    Good Sword-and-Magic story... I've read it mostly because it is a prelude to Onslaught, Legions and finally, Scourge. But it's nice to read it, speacily if your looking for a fast plot, filled with betrayals, and where none isthe good guy... Everyone is after it's own agendas... It's nice to finally see how the world of Magic The Gathering works from inside. A must read (along with the other five books that suceed it) for everyone who wants to know Akroma's, Phage's and Khamâl's origins. Good Sword-and-Magic story... I've read it mostly because it is a prelude to Onslaught, Legions and finally, Scourge. But it's nice to read it, speacily if your looking for a fast plot, filled with betrayals, and where none isthe good guy... Everyone is after it's own agendas... It's nice to finally see how the world of Magic The Gathering works from inside. A must read (along with the other five books that suceed it) for everyone who wants to know Akroma's, Phage's and Khamâl's origins.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kj Bartell

    I enjoyed this book. Took me back to my Magic days. Makes me want to play again. Enjoyed the interaction between the characters. My favorite is Kamahl.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alfonso Noguer

    incluso siendo un fanatico de magic se me ha hecho casi imposible acabarlo

  9. 4 out of 5

    Drew

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hagen

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steve

  12. 5 out of 5

    Paladinofodin

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alex

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michael Baaske

  15. 5 out of 5

    Patrick

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dan

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nick Smith

  18. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jeff V

  20. 4 out of 5

    Keegan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jarreau Docksteader

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lorand

  23. 5 out of 5

    Peter Lowry

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  25. 4 out of 5

    Eric Reinhardt

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kris Jorgensen

  27. 5 out of 5

    Mohd Azwan

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rebbazroyee

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Schluter

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