by Scott Mcgough
Review by Bill Lawhorn
Wizards of the Coast Mass Market ISBN/ITEM#: 0786939885
Date: 12 September, 2006 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /
Many years have passed since the end of the Phyrexian invasion. Teferi, the planeswalker with an affinity for time, has returned to Dominaria to prepare for the return of Shiv, a land he removed to protect it from the Phyrexian war machines. The problem is that the return of Shiv could shatter Dominaria. Teferi is bringing together some old comrades to go in search of the answer of how to safely return Shiv. He travels to the strange new Keld and Skyshroud to confer with the spirit of Skyshroud. He finds a world in flux strangely weak in mana. There is a strange rift that is sucking the mana from the land. He and his companions meet Rhada, a Keldon-elf hybrid, who draws power from the rift. Not finding the help or answers he is seeking, Teferi moves his group to the swamps of Urborg in the shadow of Stronghold. There they meet the artificer Venser, who is building a teleportation machine. Unfortunately, a test of the machine leads through a quick viewing of the world up until now. The group minus Teferi comes out and is entangled by an ancient dragon who uses Venser to return to being. After a climactic battle with the new rulers of Keld, Teferi must decide how to take action.
In this series, we return to the timeline started in the Brother’s War; the first book of the Artifacts Cycle. There are many characters and creatures that will resonate with Magic the Gathering fans. Each recent series of books tells the stories associated with the cards. This is a good story that is a must for magic fans who like to learn more about the game. Although the start of a new series, some familiarity with Magic the Gathering is helpful. Of course trying to read 40 plus books to have the complete back-story is a little much. Familiarity with the game itself would probably be enough of a starter, but I would recommend reading at least the Artifacts Cycle and the Invasion series. Having read nearly every Magic the Gathering book, I found it relatively easy to enjoy. The return to Dominaria is especially interesting as we get a nice view of what happens in the aftermath of the great invasion. While not for everyone, this may be just the ticket for parents of children who enjoy the game. Parents often lament that their children don't read enough, and here is a tie-in to something that many young adults enjoy.