Even if you aren't a gamer, you've probably at least heard of Magic: The Gathering, the very first fantasy trading card game which was created by Wizards of the Coast back in 1993. Over the past two decades, the game has grown to include over seventy-five expansion sets and even has an organized international tournament system (including professional players who can win tens of thousands of dollars from a single tournament). It has also won multiple awards, including a Mensa Award and multiple Origins Awards, and is available in eleven different languages.
If you are one of the twenty million Magic fans (in more than seventy countries), you'll be happy to know that The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet, the fourth volume in a series of coffee table books featuring the award-winning artwork in the beloved game, is now available. In this volume, readers meet the inhabitants of the desert oasis of Amonkhet, whose lives revolve around a series of trials completed in preparation for the return of the God-Pharaoh. This 240-page hardcover book features full-color illustrations from a variety of artists, including Cliff Childs, Winona Wilson, Christine Choi and Adam Paquette, among others. In addition to the beautiful artwork, Senior Game Designer James Wyatt also provides some insight into the mysterious and intoxicating world of Amonkhet.
The Art of Magic: The Gathering - Amonkhet is currently available on Amazon for $27.17; not bad considering how hefty a book this is (it weighs around four pounds and measures almost two feet wide when open)...a nice gifting choice for anyone in love with the art of the game (for some sneak peeks of the illustrations, see below).