The Brothers' War



The Brothers' WarThe Myth The MagicDominarian Legends Speak Of A Mighty Conflict, Obscured By The Mists Of History Of A Conflict Between The Brothers Urza And Mishra For Supremacy On The Continent Of Terisiare Of Titantic Engines That Scarred And Twisted The Very Planet Of A Final Battle That Sank Continents And Shook The SkiesThe Saga Of The Brothers War

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  • Paperback
  • 409 pages
  • The Brothers' War
  • Jeff Grubb
  • English
  • 10 October 2019
  • 0786911700

10 thoughts on “The Brothers' War

  1. Rob says:

    I loved this book, not for its content, but because of the impact it had on me.I read this book for the first time 15 years ago, when I got the entire Artifacts Cycle for Christmas I have to admit, above all else, that it has not aged as well as I would have liked My entire life I would have called this my favorite book, but now that I ve got so manystories under my belt and given this a critical look, I m inclined to reconsider.First of all, this story had to exist If you know anything I loved this book, not for its content, but because of the impact it had on me.I read this book for the first time 15 years ago, when I got the entire Artifacts Cycle for Christmas I have to admit, above all else, that it has not aged as well as I would have liked My entire life I would have called this my favorite book, but now that I ve got so manystories under my belt and given this a critical look, I m inclined to reconsider.First of all, this story had to exist If you know anything about Magic the Gathering, you probably know that the epic continent spanning battle between Urza and Mishra is one of the most iconic and integral elements of Magic s history I used to claim that you don t need to know anything about Magic to love this story, and while that s technically true, it seems like this novel was actually written with the assumption that every single card in the entire Antiquities expansion must get name dropped, no exceptions In my first reading, I was excited to see the plot unfold, but this time I found myself stopping to point out, oh that s this card every single time an obligatory name is mentioned Sometimes it s awkward and feels forced, but if you have no prior knowledge of such old Magic the Gathering lore, you won t even notice.The plot is great It s a well developed and deeply intertwined sequence of events with all the right payoffs and aha moments In a lot of ways, this is a story about getting older, and seeing that from the lens of my 13 year old self and present day, the story hits me in a different way I m glad for that, because it made the reread worthwhile, but it s also quite sobering as it prompts a reflection on one s life choices and brings to light how quickly things change Now that I m older, a lot of the themes make a lotsense to me character motivations political machinations are a lot clearer and easier to follow than when I was younger.The editing is absolutely dreadful Many sentences flow awkwardly, and words and punctuation are often doubled or misused entirely It s a really long book for what it is, but in my opinion, it sets the stage for muchimportant stories If you ve ever been curious about Magic s 20 year backstory and you want to dig deeper into the story that started it all, I would recommend this But if you re not a Magic storyline enthusiast or a 13 year old SciFi enthusiast this book is not for you

  2. E.M. Shelton says:

    By far my favorite book from the Artifacts Cycle The characters were well written and the world rich in imagery and invention The Brothers War is a how it all started piece, and while not all the information is given up front, the twists at the end weave events together adequately.The writing itself was a bit erratic and slow to start, but the story was captivating and the characters believable The end seemed somewhat rushed, which I found forgivable since the loose ends were tied up without By far my favorite book from the Artifacts Cycle The characters were well written and the world rich in imagery and invention The Brothers War is a how it all started piece, and while not all the information is given up front, the twists at the end weave events together adequately.The writing itself was a bit erratic and slow to start, but the story was captivating and the characters believable The end seemed somewhat rushed, which I found forgivable since the loose ends were tied up without the story seeming forced.I would definitely recommend this book to any fan of Magic The Gathering, and will even go so far to say it is a must read if you like the game If you re not a big fan of the game, it also does well on it s own it would be much like watching a Star Trek movie and missing out on all the references from the show , and I would still recommend it

  3. Michael T Bradley says:

    I recently started playing the card game Magic The Gathering again , and enjoying it immensely, so I thought I would give the book world a spin I believe I d tried it years ago, but gave up rather quickly.Ostensibly War and Peace, but in the Magic The Gathering world, this book wends its way through four generations, though it mostly focuses on the one featuring Urza and Mishra, the two titular brothers, and their endless squabbling My biggest problem with this book is one I think Grubb s I recently started playing the card game Magic The Gathering again , and enjoying it immensely, so I thought I would give the book world a spin I believe I d tried it years ago, but gave up rather quickly.Ostensibly War and Peace, but in the Magic The Gathering world, this book wends its way through four generations, though it mostly focuses on the one featuring Urza and Mishra, the two titular brothers, and their endless squabbling My biggest problem with this book is one I think Grubb struggled with, as well, and that is neither Urza nor Mishra are very likable They have to remain petty children throughout the entire book for everything that needs to happen plotwise to happen In order to get around this, Grubb decides to start focusingon their assistants, Tawnos for Urza Ashnod for Mishra , who both get along but just happen to be on opposite sides of the building conflict Hell, later in the book Grubb even makes Harbin, probably Urza s son though possibly Mishra s , into a starring character Tawnos and Ashnod are decently enjoyable, but I kept wondering why they didn t just run away somewhere less ridiculous Harbin just never gets enough screen time to feel like anythingthan a placeholder.I kept pushing myself through this, hoping for at least some explanation of different M TG cards I now know what an ornithopter is Dear God, do I know what an ornithopter is Beyond that, nothing much sprang to mind possibly because all the cards mentioned in here are older,difficult cards to get a hold of Beyond that, however, mana is confusing it s the memories of one s homeland put into a magic bowl , no one appears to cast a spell except at the end, where Urza apparently casts Obliterate Which isn t a spell that would have been out at this point, I don t think And again, he needs the magic bowl for it If nothing else, this very firmly establishes Urza as the Elminster of this world, Dominaria as the kind of base world amongst the M TG universe, and Phyrexia as the boo hiss bad guys I m curious to see where this goes, but I m planning to skim a lot before I get somewhere worthwhile

  4. Arjuna Perkins says:

    I wanted to enjoy some good pulp fantasy, and I d played Magic The Gathering back in the day, so I was looking forward to this dramatization With low expectations and good humor, I started into it What a disappointment Grubb has a flair for description as any good fantasy author should and decent characterization, and the setting hooked me at first Dominaria is a world of commerce and rationality that dismisses artifice and magic as superstitious legends One thing always leads to another I wanted to enjoy some good pulp fantasy, and I d played Magic The Gathering back in the day, so I was looking forward to this dramatization With low expectations and good humor, I started into it What a disappointment Grubb has a flair for description as any good fantasy author should and decent characterization, and the setting hooked me at first Dominaria is a world of commerce and rationality that dismisses artifice and magic as superstitious legends One thing always leads to another, and a pair of brothers end up opening Pandora s box in their archaeological vocation Cue the dramatic explosions, the emotional rift, the world changing grudge.The cliches were expected, as was the melodrama, so I tried to let those slide and enjoy the yarn Unfortunately, this novel became unforgivably poor Grubb has a propensity to end chapters with suspenseful, foreshadowing statements such as, To Argoth s pain and her own shame, she would live to see how wrong she had been In fact, the text abounds with cringeworthy moments that should leave any decently read person shocked that it ever came to the press Foundational characters turn out to be unspeakably naive, making grave errors that facilitate lazy plot development Many of the book s most dramatic moments occur through a dazed montage, a sort of we all know what s coming vaguery that seems to want to excuse the author of properly building his narrative As a result, the book reads asof a history with a few personal flairs thrown in, and the whole work lacks detail, development, suspense, and all the juicy bits we really want from this kind of fiction I didn t like either of the Brothers, nor identify with their silly war, making this an ultimately unsatisfying experience.It s a shame, because the source material is quite rich, and I could see tantalizing strands of it reaching through This really should have been a series 3 4 books of the same length to allow the narrative to develop and breathe This novel is short, but it doesn t even manage to be breathless

  5. Sammy says:

    Not that great Grubb s writing is poor I did find myself enjoying itandtowards the end, however, i do not recommend it, even to a fan of the card game.

  6. Michael says:

    I think this is probably the first book I ve ever read that I absolutely loved It s certainly the first book I ve read that I d give a 5 to, Harry Potter aside Through and through, it s a very amazing book Of course, you probably have to be a Magic fan to enjoy it to the utmost, but I think it might be good enough regardless.The first time I read it was during the 7th grade I read it as a project, and a rather big project it was It even included a map of Dominaria I immersed myself in this I think this is probably the first book I ve ever read that I absolutely loved It s certainly the first book I ve read that I d give a 5 to, Harry Potter aside Through and through, it s a very amazing book Of course, you probably have to be a Magic fan to enjoy it to the utmost, but I think it might be good enough regardless.The first time I read it was during the 7th grade I read it as a project, and a rather big project it was It even included a map of Dominaria I immersed myself in this as much as I could I had been a Magic player prior to this and whilst reading it I had also played a portion of the game that involved Urza, though only a portion For those that have played during the Weatherlight saga anything including Urza or the Weatherlight , you ll enjoy this book a ton.The book covers the life of Urza and his brother Mishra Urza and Mishra are two brothers, born on the same year, though Urza on the first and Mishra on the last Urza is the kind of older brother who knows he s the smarter and wiser one He s also ready to remind his younger brother he s the older one Mishra lives in his older brother s shadow, and is always quick to remind his brother that on the last day of the year, they re the same age Urza and Mishra are sent away to a camp as little kids where they look for relics of an ancient civilization thought to have been muchadvanced than theirs Urza develops into the braniac, spending his time in the library and researching, while Mishra develops into the brawn, spending his time out in the sun and searching for buried relics The two are inevitably set on a collision course that will change the world.The world building is what stands out the most to me in this book They spend a lot of time searching after relics from this old civilization So inevitably when they have interesting moments about them, you become really interested in them World building is really huge in books and it s probably the thing I enjoy the most Having some mystery in the book and uncovering it is really enjoyable for me Jeff definitely does a good job at getting you hooked on it and giving you just enough to keep you interested while keeping you wanting .For any MTG fan, this is probably the first book I d recommend for you to read It s absolutely amazing and it s a good book regardless of whether you re a fan or not For those who ve spent ages on Dominaria or playing the game while Urza was the man, it s certainly going to fit right at home I don t want to spoil too much but you ll definitely see some familiar things and have a trip down memory lane More importantly you ll learn some of the backstory to the cards you ve been playing with and the storyline the cards have been following It s everything you could want or expect

  7. Alex Richey says:

    I love this book for what it adds to the lore of Magic the Gathering I wish they had invested in a good edit There s a lot of mistakes, and also a lot of extraneous plot that doesn t need to be there I also found myself looking up a lot of words I d never seen before Read this one before bed most nights with Robert.

  8. Josh says:

    This was a solid story, though the jumps in time between sections were a bit jarring I also forgot who some of the characters were as time went on,very which to me says that the story was a bit longer than it needed to be Overall a great kickoff to a great character in Urza I look forward to readingabout him.

  9. Jonathan says:

    Overall I enjoyed this book quite a bit, it wasn t the most well written book ever but it was ok for what it is My attention was held throughout wanting to know what happened next.

  10. Chelsea says:

    I enjoyed the story and the creativity using MtG devices, and I loved the explanation of what mana is that came in at the end, but the writing quality was meh If I read the next books in the series, it ll definitely be at a later date, though they are written by different authors and probably about different characters We ll see.

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