List of Magic: The Gathering novels

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The following is a list of novels based in the setting of the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. When Wizards of the Coast was asked how the novels and cards influence each other, Brady Dommermuth, Magic's Creative Director, responded by saying "generally the cards provide the world in which the novels are set, and the novels sometimes provide characters represented on cards. But cards also introduce their own characters that might not appear in the novels. In short, the Magic creative team and the novelists work largely in parallel and inform each other as much as possible."[1] All of novels take place in the multiverse (the center nexus of which is Dominaria), which consists of an infinite amount of infinitely different planes.[2][3]

The novels from The Brothers' War through Scourge, along with The Thran and the ...of Magic anthologies, are set on the plane of Dominaria and are a roughly chronological timeline of that plane's history.[4] Magic began to venture out of Dominaria and into several new planes in the later novels such as Mirrodin (formerly Argentum) in the Mirrodin Cycle,[5] Kamigawa in the Kamigawa Cycle,[6] and Ravnica in the Ravnica Cycle.[7] The Magic storyline returned to Dominaria with the Time Spiral cycle,[8] and visited Lorwyn with the storyline cycle of the same name.[9] After this, the policy of publishing a trilogy of novels for each year's setting was discontinued; the Alara, Zendikar and Scars of Mirrodin block settings had only a single novel each.

Non-cycle novels[edit]

The original ten books were deliberately not numbered as a marketing concern. The publishers thought people might shy away from a multi-book series. Some stories are connected, some not. The heroes Garth and Rakel of Arena appear in Shattered Chains. The books Whispering Woods, Shattered Chains, and Final Sacrifice are known as the "Whispering Woods Trilogy" or "The Greensleeves Trilogy".[10]

All of the non-cycle books besides The Thran, which was published by Wizards of the Coast, were published by Harper Fantasy.[11]

1994ArenaWilliam R. Forstchen297ISBN 0-06-105424-0
1995Whispering WoodsClayton Emery294ISBN 0-06-105418-6
1995Shattered ChainsClayton Emery288ISBN 0-06-105419-4
1995Final SacrificeClayton Emery312ISBN 0-7522-0217-0
1995The Cursed LandTeri McLaren290ISBN 0-06-105016-4
1995The Prodigal SorcererMark C. Sumner309ISBN 0-06-105476-3
1996Ashes of the SunHanovi Braddock304ISBN 0-06-105649-9
1996Song of TimeTeri McLaren304ISBN 0-06-105622-7
1996And Peace Shall SleepSonia Orin Lyris304ISBN 0-06-105619-7
1996Dark LegacyRobert E. Vardeman368ISBN 0-06-105697-9
1999The ThranJ. Robert King311ISBN 0-7869-1600-1

Cycles and block novels[edit]

Cycle novels[edit]

All of the below cycled or series books have been published by Wizards of the Coast.[11]

Artifacts Cycle
1998IThe Brothers' WarJeff Grubb409ISBN 0-7869-1170-0
1998IIPlaneswalkerLynn Abbey359ISBN 0-7869-1182-4
1999IIITime StreamsJ. Robert King343ISBN 0-7869-1344-4
1999IVBloodlines: The Story of Urza's DestinyLoren L. Coleman343ISBN 0-7869-1380-0
Ice Age Cycle
1999IThe Gathering DarkJeff Grubb342ISBN 0-7869-1357-6
2000IIThe Eternal IceJeff Grubb320ISBN 0-7869-1562-5
2000IIIThe Shattered AllianceJeff Grubb309ISBN 0-7869-1403-3
Masquerade Cycle
1999IMercadian MasquesFrancis Lebaron341ISBN 0-7869-1188-3
2000IINemesisPaul B. Thompson320ISBN 0-7869-1559-5
2000IIIProphecyVance Moore311ISBN 0-7869-1570-6
Invasion Cycle
2000IInvasionJ. Robert King311ISBN 0-7869-1438-6
2001IIPlaneshiftJ. Robert King311ISBN 0-7869-1802-0
2001IIIApocalypseJ. Robert King308ISBN 0-7869-1880-2
Odyssey Cycle
2000IOdysseyVance Moore320ISBN 0-7869-1900-0
2001IIChainer's TormentScott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-2696-1
2001IIIJudgmentWill McDermott320ISBN 0-7869-2743-7
Legends Cycle
2001IJohanClayton Emery311ISBN 0-7869-1803-9
2001IIJeditClayton Emery320ISBN 0-7869-1907-8
2002IIIHazezonClayton Emery320ISBN 0-7869-2792-5
Legends Cycle II
2002IAssassin's BladeScott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-2830-1
2003IIEmperor's FistScott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-2935-9
2003IIIChampion's TrialScott McGough306ISBN 0-7869-3015-2
Onslaught Cycle
2002IOnslaughtJ. Robert King320ISBN 0-7869-2801-8
2003IILegionsJ. Robert King312ISBN 0-7869-2914-6
2003IIIScourgeJ. Robert King320ISBN 0-7869-2956-1
Mirrodin Cycle
2003IThe Moons of MirrodinWill McDermott320ISBN 0-7869-2995-2
2004IIThe Darksteel EyeJess Lebow320ISBN 0-7869-3140-X
2004IIIThe Fifth DawnCory Herndon320ISBN 0-7869-3205-8
Kamigawa Cycle
2004IOutlaw: Champions of KamigawaScott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-3357-7
2005IIHeretic: Betrayers of KamigawaScott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-3575-8
2005IIIGuardian: Saviors of KamigawaScott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-3786-6
Ravnica Cycle
2005IRavnica: City of GuildsCory J. Herndon320ISBN 0-7869-3792-0
2006IIGuildpactCory J. Herndon320ISBN 0-7869-3989-3
2006IIIDissensionCory J. Herndon320ISBN 0-7869-4001-8
Time Spiral Cycle
2006ITime SpiralScott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-3988-5
2007IIPlanar ChaosScott McGough, Timothy Sanders320ISBN 0-7869-4249-5
2007IIIFuture SightScott McGough, John Delaney320ISBN 0-7869-4269-X
Lorwyn Cycle
2007ILorwynCory J. Herndon, Scott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-4292-4
2008IIMorningtideCory J. Herndon, Scott McGough320ISBN 0-7869-4790-X
Lorwyn Cycle Part II: Shadowmoor Cycle
2008IShadowmoorPhilip Athans, Susan J. Morris352ISBN 0-7869-4840-X
2008IIEventideScott McGough, Cory J. Herndon320ISBN 0-7869-4868-X

Block novels[edit]

Block novels are novels which replaced the trilogy (or tetralogy) of novels previously released corresponding to each Magic set. They were introduced in 2009 with Alara Unbroken released for the Shards of Alara block. As the name suggests the block novel follows the story of the card block of the same name.[12]

2009Alara UnbrokenDoug Beyer320ISBN 0-7869-5201-6
2010Zendikar: In the Teeth of AkoumRobert B. Wintermute320ISBN 0-7869-5476-0
2011Scars of Mirrodin: The Quest for KarnRobert B. Wintermute320ISBN 0-7869-5774-3

Planeswalker novels[edit]

The Planeswalker novels are a type of Magic novel which was introduced in 2009. Each follows the story of one of Magic's planeswalkers. The first yearly planeswalker novel was released in the winter and the second in the summer of 2009.[12]

2009Agents of ArtificeAri Marmell390ISBN 0-7869-5134-6
2009The Purifying FireLaura Resnick400ISBN 0-7869-5298-9
2010Test of MetalMatthew Stover352ISBN 0-7869-5532-5

Block novellas / eBooks[edit]

For the Return to Ravnica block, a 3 part novella by Doug Beyer was released.[13]

2012Return to Ravnica: The Secretist, Part OneDoug Beyer67
2013Gatecrash: The Secretist, Part TwoDoug Beyer97
2013Dragon's Maze: The Secretist, Part ThreeDoug Beyer90


The first two Anthologies, Tapestries and Distant Planes were published by Harper Fantasy while all of the others since then have been published by Wizards of the Coast.[11]

1995TapestriesKathy Ice290ISBN 0-06-105308-2
1995Distant PlanesKathy Ice384ISBN 0-06-105765-7
1998Rath and StormPeter Archer311ISBN 0-7869-1175-1
1999The Colors of MagicJess Lebow342ISBN 0-7869-1323-1
2000Myths of MagicJess Lebow304ISBN 0-7869-1529-3
2001Dragons of MagicJ. Robert King320ISBN 0-7869-1872-1
2002The Secrets of MagicJ. Robert King320ISBN 0-7869-2710-0
2003Monsters of MagicJ. Robert King320ISBN 0-7869-2983-9


Graphic Novels
1999Gerrard's QuestMike Grell, Pop Mhan, Norman LeDark Horse Comics112ISBN 1-56971-403-7
Novel Compilations
2009Artifacts Cycle IJ. Robert King, Jeff GrubbWizards of the Coast720ISBN 0-7869-5305-5
2009Artifacts Cycle IILynn Abbey, J. Robert King, Loren L. ColemanWizards of the Coast768ISBN 0-7869-5306-3
Webcomic Compilations
2010Path of the PlaneswalkerDoug Beyer, Brady Dommermuth, Jenna HellandWizards of the Coast192ISBN 0-7869-5367-5
2011Path of the Planeswalker IIDoug Beyer, Brady Dommermuth, Jenna HellandWizards of the Coast160ISBN 0-7869-5852-9
2012Magic the Gathering: Vol. 1Matt Forbeck, Martin CoccoloIDW Publishing104N/A (eBook)
2012Magic the Gathering: Vol. 2 - The Spell ThiefMatt Forbeck, Martin Coccolo, Christian Duce, Dan ScottIDW Publishing104N/A (eBook)

The Planeswalker's Guide Series[edit]

The Planeswalker's Guide Series was a planned series of novels which were to start with A Planeswalker's Guide to Alara in September 2008. Each novel was going to contain information, concept art, card art, etc... about the plane it is dedicated to.[12] The series was later changed to web article series after the first book did not sell as well as the publisher hoped.[14]

2008A Planeswalker's Guide to AlaraDoug Beyer, Jenna Helland160ISBN 0-7869-5124-9


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  3. ^ Dommermuth, Brady (2006-04-27). "April 27, 2006". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  4. ^ Dommermuth, Brady (2006-09-21). "September 21, 2006". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  5. ^ Dommermuth, Brady (2005-05-31). "May 31, 2005". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  6. ^ "Announcement: The Kamigawa Block". Magic Arcana. Wizards of the Coast. 2004-04-08. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  7. ^ "Dissension". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  8. ^ "Return to Dominaria". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  9. ^ "Lorwyn". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  10. ^ Emery, Clayton. "Clayton Emery's Magic: The Gathering novels". Retrieved 2008-01-12. 
  11. ^ a b c Dommermuth, Brady (2006-06-23). "June 23, 2006". Ask Wizards. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2007-12-30. 
  12. ^ a b c Beyer, Doug (2008-06-04). "Planeswalkers and the Written Page". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2008-06-04. 
  13. ^ Beyer, Doug (2012-11-28). "Return to Ravnica: The Secretist, Part One". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  14. ^ Magic Creative Team (2009-09-09). "A Planeswalker's Guide to Zendikar". Savor the Flavor. Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2009-09-24. 

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