J. Robert King

Artifacts Cycle I

A massive package arrived recently on my doorstep, and I opened it to find a delightful surprise.

It’s Artifacts Cycle I, a compilation of my Magic: The Gathering novel The Thran with Jeff Grubb’s classic The Brothers’ War. Jeff is the one who first turned me on to Magic and even got me set up to play my first game of it.


These two books really fit together. Mine tells about the origins of Yawgmoth and the Phyrexians and their banishment from Dominaria. Jeff’s tells about the return of the Phyrexians and Yawgmoth to Dominaria.

Here’s the publisher’s copy about this collection:

For the first time ever, the prequel and book 1 of the Artifacts Cycle come together in one volume.

Before the Brothers’ War, before the five colors of magic, before history itself, Dominaria was ruled by the Thran, an ancient race who built machines and artifacts, the likes of which have never been seen since. But amid this civilization, a shadow took root, one that would stretch its arms across space and time. Amid this ancient civilization’s advances, the hideous evil of Phyrexia was born.

Years later, a conflict between the brothers Urza and Mishra over the supremacy on the continent of Terisiaire escalates with the discovery of an ancient artifact, a remnant of the Thran, but with it comes the peril that befell them.

The classic origin story of planeswalker Urza sets the stage for the new age of Magic. This single volume represents two of the most popular Magic stories.

I’ve always admired Jeff’s writing, and The Brothers’ War in particular, and I’ll always have a soft spot for Magic and The Thran. Check it out.

May 26th, 2009
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3 Responses to “Artifacts Cycle I”

  1. Todd Michael Rogers Says:


    I was hoping JUST RECENTLY, they would collect these stories in nicer editions. I would pay gold to have your Ixidor stories in a nice volume like this.

    PS I’m glad you have a website now, I am excited to have a new place to visit.


  2. admin Says:

    Thanks for the comment!

    Yeah, Ixidor is one of my favorite characters–sort of the mad creator who builds his own nightmare. I also really like the unmen. They started out as comic relief but became, in a way, the most human characters in that whole trilogy. I hope Wizards publishes that trilogy in a complete volume as well.

    Thanks, again, for posting!

  3. Todd Michael Rogers Says:

    No problem, this internet fad is great, i get to “meet” people I grew up reading. If you don’t haven’t “messed” with your author page on Good Reads yet, you really should, who knows who else would find you and your newer novels.


    Thanks for all the good stories, theres no way I would be the writer I am today without your MTG books.


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