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The first title in a series that peers into a mysterious new area of the Magic world. Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa kicks off a series that will explore a new and mysterious area of the Magic: The Gathering world that fans have never seen before. This novel previews the newest trading card game set to be released in October, giving fans a sneak peek at the new elements of t The first title in a series that peers into a mysterious new area of the Magic world. Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa kicks off a series that will explore a new and mysterious area of the Magic: The Gathering world that fans have never seen before. This novel previews the newest trading card game set to be released in October, giving fans a sneak peek at the new elements of the game.


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The first title in a series that peers into a mysterious new area of the Magic world. Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa kicks off a series that will explore a new and mysterious area of the Magic: The Gathering world that fans have never seen before. This novel previews the newest trading card game set to be released in October, giving fans a sneak peek at the new elements of t The first title in a series that peers into a mysterious new area of the Magic world. Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa kicks off a series that will explore a new and mysterious area of the Magic: The Gathering world that fans have never seen before. This novel previews the newest trading card game set to be released in October, giving fans a sneak peek at the new elements of the game.

30 review for Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ernest Junius

    This is the very first MTG (Magic The Gathering) book series I read. Let me tell you why I decided to pick up this book from the shelves at Kinokuniya Kuala Lumpur one afternoon a few years back. First, I was (and probably will always be) an MTG trading card games fan. I played it since I was in high school and I really enjoyed playing it. MTG has always been overly innovative and active contemporaneously by always breeding more and more card series with different themes every time for us to pla This is the very first MTG (Magic The Gathering) book series I read. Let me tell you why I decided to pick up this book from the shelves at Kinokuniya Kuala Lumpur one afternoon a few years back. First, I was (and probably will always be) an MTG trading card games fan. I played it since I was in high school and I really enjoyed playing it. MTG has always been overly innovative and active contemporaneously by always breeding more and more card series with different themes every time for us to play. The possibility is near to endless as the fun. One of the series was Kamigawa cycle series. Of course as a celebrated player I always wanted to know the story behind the games 'what makes it what I think it is'. Therefore one day I decided to buy the trilogy all at once: Outlaw: Champions of Kamigawa, Heretic: Betrayers of Kamigawa and Guardian: Saviors of Kamigawa. If you ask did I buy the other series of MTG books—no. Why? because this was a special case as in this Kamigawa series MTG for the first time highlighted Japanese culture in its card games which suited my interest of Japanese culture impeccably. However honestly speaking I was devastatingly disappointed by the book. True, it was a story of wartime in ancient Japanese time, but it is written in American style! probably Hollywood! (of course you can guess why: McGough is American!) And that's awfully bad. Bad enough to make this book a one-star piece. The main character, Toshi, is a lone samurai that's full of surprises and always present to impress. He met Michiko, the daughter and princess of the almighty, all-fearful, all powerful Daimyo Konda and together they venture dangerous journeys to save the whole realm of Kamigawa from the dreadful threats of the Kami (Spirits) that are invading the kingdom. Sounds cliche? I know. Moreover, I assume if I wasn't a magic player, I wouldn't be able to picture the whole creatures and heroes in this story. I could understand them well enough just simply because I've seen the illustrations in the cards that I've played. Maybe these revelations were the main reason why I read the book just after 4 years after I bought it. If there was one thing that I like about this book, is the myriad types of mystical creatures that appeared in this book–although almost all of them appear incongruously unsuitable. OK. Enough words. I think I'll just have to finish the remaining two books and tell you what will happen next(even though I don't think I would enjoy them).

  2. 4 out of 5

    Skyline112

    A must read for fans of the kamigawa lore - the main character is kind of an antihero, so if you into that go ahead and read the book ;-)

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cousland

    Il libro in sè non è male, l'ho letto per avvicinarmi al modo di magic e devo dire che la missione è riuscita. Ho voglia di leggere gli altri e di sapere che altro succede, i personaggi sono un po' stereotipati, ma tutto sommato gradevoli, alcuni mi hanno proprio catturata, peccato si trattasse di personaggi secondari. La storia in se è cliché come poche per ora, una principessa e un samurai fuorilegge si incontrano e devono salvare il mondo. Ma voglio sperare vada a parare altrove. I protagonis Il libro in sè non è male, l'ho letto per avvicinarmi al modo di magic e devo dire che la missione è riuscita. Ho voglia di leggere gli altri e di sapere che altro succede, i personaggi sono un po' stereotipati, ma tutto sommato gradevoli, alcuni mi hanno proprio catturata, peccato si trattasse di personaggi secondari. La storia in se è cliché come poche per ora, una principessa e un samurai fuorilegge si incontrano e devono salvare il mondo. Ma voglio sperare vada a parare altrove. I protagonisti sono i meno sfaccettati e spesso si muovono in maniera poco plausibile, ma il resto dell'universo, così misterioso e intrigante, riesce a farli andare in secondo piano e a renderli meno invasivi. Questo libro è una finestrella su un mondo vasto, complesso, coerente e interessante. Il problema è che non sembrano averlo spiegato all'autore, che scrive male, si concentra sulle cose sbagliate, non sa fare le descrizioni e scrive male, oltre a scrivere male e a scrivere male. Pensavo potesse essere un problema di traduzione, invece no, ho visto il testo originale. E' proprio lui che scrive male. La questione principale è l'uso dei soggetti: se ne fa un abuso neanche si trattasse del francese, ogni riga viene specificato, il che già da solo rende la lettura poco scorrevole e irritante, finendo inoltre per farti concentrare sui personaggi, che come dicevo sono l'aspetto meno interessante del libro, in più è rarissimo l'uso dei pronomi e dei nomi propri, il più delle volte ci si riferisce ai personaggi con lunghi e inutili giri di parole o usando appellativi di vario genere: "La principessa si addentrò nella foresta. La giovane non era mai stata lontana dalla torre. "Finirò col perdermi" pensò tra se e se l'allieva arciere. Non avendo altra scelta, la figlia del Daimyo si addentrò nella foresta." (è inventato ma basta aprire il libro in un qualunque punto per rendersene conto). E' irritante, crea confusione e sopratutto non ne capisco il motivo, ci sarebbe bisogno di così tanta precisione e spreco di sinonimi solo in una situazione dove per lungo tempo va avanti un botta e risposta tra tanti personaggi e si rischia di non capire chi dice cosa. In un a situazione normale con 2-3 persone non c'è quasi mai bisogno di specificare il soggetto. Sicuramente, non è necessario se LA PROTAGONISTA è DA SOLA in una FORESTA con i suoi pensieri. Chi altro vuoi che stia compiendo l'azione indicata dal verbo? uno degli alberi? la teiera? Non sottovalutare i lettori Scott ti prego! Oltretutto un autore non dovrebbe mai aver paura a ripetere il nome del proprio protagonista, è sicuramente meglio di vederlo lanciarsi in locuzioni come "la studentessa possibile guardia del corpo" per indicare qualcuno (questo non l'ho inventato. L'ha scritto davvero.) Inoltre sono quasi sicura che l'editor sia morto prima di poter rivedere il libro e non abbiano fatto in tempo a sostituirlo. O che sia uno dei cani di Scott. Oltre questa cosa dei soggetti, che è a dir poco ridicola, la punteggiatura per tutto il testo è messa completamente a caso, e non riesco a inventarmi scusanti per una cosa del genere. In breve, il mondo del libro è valido, e leggerò gli altri, anche se dovrò superare gli Scilla e Cariddi che sono Scott e il suo editor. Segue passo particolarmente emblematico: "Il piccolo maschio scrollò le spalle. -Siamo gente della foresta-. Disse con disinvoltura, -non abbiamo paura-. Il fuoriegge indicò il giovane mago. -Lui sì.-. Lo studente dai capelli bianchi reagì come se fosse stato schiaffeggiato. -Che hai detto reietto?-. -Choryu-, lo ammonì la studentessa possibile guardia del corpo. -Ho detto che sembri sul punto di fartela addosso- ribadì Toshi."

  4. 4 out of 5

    Scott Johnson

    This lacked a lot of the really painful and terrible writing issues of past books. It looked like a book and felt like a book. The problem is....nothing happened. There was no plot. If you've read John Truby's "Anatomy of Story", you'll know what I mean when I say that not one character had a "moral need". The driving force of the narrative was entirely superficial. I attempted to summarize the "plot" and failed. The best I got was: Kami are pissed off for some reason and attacking people, and tha This lacked a lot of the really painful and terrible writing issues of past books. It looked like a book and felt like a book. The problem is....nothing happened. There was no plot. If you've read John Truby's "Anatomy of Story", you'll know what I mean when I say that not one character had a "moral need". The driving force of the narrative was entirely superficial. I attempted to summarize the "plot" and failed. The best I got was: Kami are pissed off for some reason and attacking people, and that is bad. Toshiro Umezawa is running away from moon people? The big bad ruler Konda's daughter runs away from the castle after a kami attack for some reason? But she's instantly found again, somehow collides with Umezawa, they escape an attack by snake people, the end. There was never any sort of "oh shit I wonder who's behind that" or "I need to read the next chapter to find out what happens next". It was all very much boilerplate prose moving pieces across the board to get from one "action" attack scene to the next. It turns out it was 300 pages of setup for the next book. Konda did something weird that didn't really make sense at the exact moment the princess was born, so now the Kami are pissed off at him and everyone thinks the princess is the key to undoing whatever it is he did. Yawn. Bigger disappointment: None of the following cards made even cameo appearances -- Isamaru, any of the dragons, Eight-and-a-Half Tails, Boseiju, or Kiki-Jiki. This was still before the era where they more closely tied the story to specific cards, so things like Desperate Ritual weren't actually connected to a story moment. They also suck at color identity at this point as well. Aside from later mentions of coming from a swamp, there is nothing that says that Umezawa would have any affiliation with black mana. Most of the magic he does seems much more red or blue. One extra star for having readable prose and dialogue, though admittedly I may be biased by the abysmally low bar set by the Mirrodin trilogy before this, but overall one of the weaker entries into the series in terms of story content and entertainment value.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Iain

    Smart, funny ... this is my favorite MTG tie-in novel to date. McGough brings to life an interesting tale with characters worth caring about. It's not Steinbeck ... but we don't come to franchise tie-in novellas expecting Steinbeck. What we get here is the best one could ask for it the genre, an entertaining read that flows well (despite the occasional misspelling / editorial gaff), leaves one wanting to read the next book, and inspires one to brew a commander deck around the book's central char Smart, funny ... this is my favorite MTG tie-in novel to date. McGough brings to life an interesting tale with characters worth caring about. It's not Steinbeck ... but we don't come to franchise tie-in novellas expecting Steinbeck. What we get here is the best one could ask for it the genre, an entertaining read that flows well (despite the occasional misspelling / editorial gaff), leaves one wanting to read the next book, and inspires one to brew a commander deck around the book's central character. I've already begun reading the next book in the Kamigawa cycle and expect to read others by McGough.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Iranoctis

    Eine große positive Überraschung! Das erste Magic-Buch, das ich nicht nur wegen der Lore gut fand, sondern bei dem auch Charaktere und Handlung unterhaltsam waren. Das Ende hat so seine Schwächen und es sind auch knappe vier Sterne, aber trotzdem wird eine spannende Welt vor den Augen der LeserInnen entfaltet.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ben Pablo

    Was glad to pick up the trilogy on Amazon after coming across Book 1 years ago (and losing it). For anyone who played/plays MTG and is interested in the story of the Kamigawa block, this is your introduction to the invasion of the spirits. Enjoy! And don't tell me you won't find Toshi's character endearing. Was glad to pick up the trilogy on Amazon after coming across Book 1 years ago (and losing it). For anyone who played/plays MTG and is interested in the story of the Kamigawa block, this is your introduction to the invasion of the spirits. Enjoy! And don't tell me you won't find Toshi's character endearing.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nathaniel

    the writing is okay — it needed more editing, but fundamentally it’s not terrible. I think the problem is maybe the changes in perspective? in that you can’t get deep enough into any of them — Toshi is probably the closest you get — to really get a feel for the characters, and as a result the drama tends to fall flat.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Frank Granlund

    Toshi umezawa is the main character and he's a thief and a master of kanji magic Toshi umezawa is the main character and he's a thief and a master of kanji magic

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ian Hewitt

    "A large goblin sprung onto Sharp Ear's horse, locking its overlarge arms around the beast's neck... Sharp Ear paused, mindful of shooting his own steed.... After a split-second, Sharp Ear hurled himself forward, curling his small body into a tight ball and turning a half somersault as he went. When his toes struck the goblin's body, he straightened out and kicked with both feet, latching onto the horse's bridle with his hand. The impact was enough to jar the akki loose, and it fell screaming ben "A large goblin sprung onto Sharp Ear's horse, locking its overlarge arms around the beast's neck... Sharp Ear paused, mindful of shooting his own steed.... After a split-second, Sharp Ear hurled himself forward, curling his small body into a tight ball and turning a half somersault as he went. When his toes struck the goblin's body, he straightened out and kicked with both feet, latching onto the horse's bridle with his hand. The impact was enough to jar the akki loose, and it fell screaming beneath the horse's hooves. Still clinging to the bridle, Sharp Ear swung under the horse's neck, threw his feet back over its head, and hurled himself spread eagle onto its back." Outlaw by Scott McGough is an offering from Wizards of the Coasts' Magic the Gathering novel line, written in support of its Champions of Kamigawa expansion. It is the first in the Kamigawa Cycle. Scott McGough should be well known to Magic: The Gathering fans, he has written short stories for Myths of Magic, Dragons of Magic and Monsters of Magic. He is also the author of Magic Legends Cycle Two. Outlaw tells the story of two primary characters (but there are a literal host of supporting characters) the naïve princes Michiko and the dangerous criminal Toshiro Umezawa. Both seek to discover the truth behind a rapidly escalating war begun by the spirit world upon the mortal - but the two characters are so completely opposite that they do so very differently. Toshiro is the more interesting of the two because he breaks from the mould of the usual 'hero' character. He is self-serving, selfish, evil and violently vengeful which combined with some of the high action in this novel and all of the grisly violence made this book much darker than I would have expected. Outlaw offers a good look into the new M:tG setting and is likely to excite the fans without even trying. To those unfamiliar or unconcerned with the cards behind the prose, this is still a pretty good read. Despite what I just said, I am sure an extensive knowledge of M:tG would enhance the reading and enjoyment of this novel. I do not have that level of insider knowledge for example, and although I still enjoyed the book I was aware that I was not getting my full dollar value. A more significant flaw in the novel was the editing - or rather, the lack of editing. There was a greater than normal deluge of typos and crimes against punctuation in this book which is really pretty inexcusable. Outlaw is a fun read for anybody and is likely a great read for a fan of Magic: The Gathering - but only if you can ignore the terrible editing. After reading Outlaw I would definitely follow up with the next book in the series. Final Grade: C

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cirrus Minor

    Mein erster Magicroman stellt mich vor eine Herausforderung, der ich vermutlich nur mit mtg-wiki oder einem ausführlichen Glossar beigekommen wäre - auch nach einigen Jahren Magicerfahrung muss ich doch feststellen, dass ich verflucht viele Begriffe aus Kamigawa noch nie gehört habe, geschweige denn kenne. Vieles ergibt sich natürlich aus dem Zusammenhang, trotzdem wäre es hilfreich gewesen, ein paar Erläuterungen zu erhalten. Ansonsten bin ich sehr gespannt, wie sich Toshi und die Prinzessin noc Mein erster Magicroman stellt mich vor eine Herausforderung, der ich vermutlich nur mit mtg-wiki oder einem ausführlichen Glossar beigekommen wäre - auch nach einigen Jahren Magicerfahrung muss ich doch feststellen, dass ich verflucht viele Begriffe aus Kamigawa noch nie gehört habe, geschweige denn kenne. Vieles ergibt sich natürlich aus dem Zusammenhang, trotzdem wäre es hilfreich gewesen, ein paar Erläuterungen zu erhalten. Ansonsten bin ich sehr gespannt, wie sich Toshi und die Prinzessin noch entwickeln werden und welche Geheimnisse die Füchse mit sich herumtragen.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Albertus Pierik

    something different then the usual magic caster. Toshi really excells at magic casting, beautifully illustrated how he thinks, how he combines and how to enhance the spells with contracts with kamis, and the hyozan mark, the sheer brutalness and Chaos magic of the Ogre Hidetsugu, he is a frikking badass casting from his oni of chaos a brutal slaughtering on the Soratami. I read all 3, 6 or 7 times and still its awesome! Scott I wish you write more like those books, because i had the feeling you re something different then the usual magic caster. Toshi really excells at magic casting, beautifully illustrated how he thinks, how he combines and how to enhance the spells with contracts with kamis, and the hyozan mark, the sheer brutalness and Chaos magic of the Ogre Hidetsugu, he is a frikking badass casting from his oni of chaos a brutal slaughtering on the Soratami. I read all 3, 6 or 7 times and still its awesome! Scott I wish you write more like those books, because i had the feeling you really enjoyed the japan style, with his kami, onis and appetite for destruction.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Glusing

    This was a wonderful break from the chronology laid out in previous novels. The Mirrodin trilogy was good for a stepping stone, but it did include more ties to the penultimate story. Granted, there's more to this and its two sequels than just an adventure in asian mythology. All in all, a very well written and thought out plot. I especially like the use of Kanji as magic and even adapted it to a character I played in D&D for a while. Fun times. This was a wonderful break from the chronology laid out in previous novels. The Mirrodin trilogy was good for a stepping stone, but it did include more ties to the penultimate story. Granted, there's more to this and its two sequels than just an adventure in asian mythology. All in all, a very well written and thought out plot. I especially like the use of Kanji as magic and even adapted it to a character I played in D&D for a while. Fun times.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    This is a great fantasy storyline which places the magic universe in a medieval Japanese-style setting. Outlaw is paced well, is full of interesting characters, and has a fairly involving storyline which keeps the pages turning. It is marred only by some weakly written sections, and lots of stupid editing errors (spelling). Otherwise, I look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy someday!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jason Caldwell

    I was pleasantly surprised that these books were so good. I remember reading one of the early books and not being impressed but I liked this one

  16. 5 out of 5

    John Michael

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mohd Azwan

  18. 4 out of 5

    Josh

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ales

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dan

  21. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Gillman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Derek

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ian Loo

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kobus Scheltema

  25. 4 out of 5

    Neil Lloyd

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Berndt

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sheri

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fernando

  29. 5 out of 5

    Theo

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott Andrews

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