Magic systems

Discussion in 'Non-WOT - Literature and Fiction' started by Riannoa al’Oddorai, Nov 18, 2018.

  1. Riannoa al’Oddorai

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    I love the magic system for WoT. Other than this what is your favourite magic system in another book/series?
    Basically using this as recommendations for new books to read ;)
     
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    I think Brandon Sanderson’s Warbreaker is my favorite magic system. :D
     
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    I haven’t read Warbreaker. No idea why not as I usually really enjoy Brandon Sanderson’s work. Will need to give it a go!
     
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    Yes, agreed. Really sad he doesn't plan to do a sequel until 2021 I believe... I think it is his least favorite series, must not have sold well.

    Stormlight Archive series has an ok magic system, didn't impress me, but a great story regardless so far.

    Mistborn series has a great magic system as well, not as good as Warbreaker.

    Elantris was decent magic system.

    I read to much brandon sanderson...

    My all time favorite single book / magic systems are in Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover, it has a few others in the series, but it was designed as a standalone book originally.
     
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    I am not a huge fan of the magic system in Warbreaker, because it needs to take power from others, take away others Breath.

    I like the Mistborn magic system, and the Stormlight Archive one :) I must admit, I haven't read many other books with a magic system :look

    Elantris is also a cool magic system :) I hope it will be elaborated further one day :)
     
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    Warbreaker felt significantly different from his other worlds to me. It felt a lot more like Elantris than Stormlight to me. I wasn't sure about it at first, but it was the magic system there that pulled me in to the world. It was just so interesting. It's been so long since I've read it, I don't actually remember much about the story, but I remember how the magic was used. :lol

    That's one of the things I liked about it. It has real limits, real costs. magic is cool, but I like pretty highly constrained magic with ethical concerns inherent in the magic, supply/demand, limits, etc. Virtually unlimited magic or static magic is just boring to me. :cheese
     
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    The Mistborn magic is what got me to read it in the first place. I like the way it works in Trudi Canavan'' Magician series.
     
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    The Black Jewels trilogy. ^^ I really like that jewels and colors are used in the ranking system.
     
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    I forgot all about that one! I love Black Jewels. Did you read the others in the series, too?
     
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    I read the Invisible Ring and the main trilogy. I think...5-ish years ago? Just a note about that series, though. It's not for the faint of heart. :look All the trigger warnings. Phew.
     
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    You should try The Shadow Queen. There are two books to that one and are really good. She did some short stories, too and most of them are good, some sort of silly. The High Lord's Daughter made me cry.
     
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    I may have to do a re-read. It's been quite a while. :lol
     
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    I've always loved those books. I really like the Shadow Queen books. They take place after the first trilogy.
     
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    Yeah, Sanderson does a great hard magic sustem. They have carefully thought-out limitations that make them feel believable instead of ... cheap like they do in some series.

    There's a sort of unusual fantasy novel called Firethorn that I was charmed by, where the protagonist has what might be called magic--but she's more mystic than magician. All the special abilities in the story come from interacting with a deity, and those are more Pagan than personal; clearly they are not the protagonist's frkends, and they're much too mighty to truly have her interests at heart, so they're unpredictable and never appear in obvious forms. It goes WAY the other direction from a hard magic system! I quite liked it.
     
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    Few people make as intricate magic systems as Sanderson. But aside from him ...

    N.K. Jemisin's The Broken Earth has a system where people manipulate tectonic plates and such for controlling earthquakes. Pretty cool.

    I was always a fan of the Skill and Wit in Robin Hobb's books, not because the magic systems are super detailed, but because they're so mysterious throughout the series, where you get more details the more you read. But you never get a scientific understanding of it, the way you do with the One Power or Sanderson's various systems.

    If you can stomach the rampant sexism in the early books in the Iron Druids series, the druidic magic system there is pretty neat.
     
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    The magic system in the Powder Mage trilogy reminded me of mistborn. I know that mistborn was already mentioned but I thought Powder Mage was still worth mentioning. I read the whole thing in a day. It's literature popcorn like Jack Reacher.
     
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    I was a big fan of Warbreaker's magic system, and in a vein with that, I really like A Daughter of Smoke and Bone's system as well. Not sure if this still counts as a magic system, but the Shadowhunter's runes are just the right balance of talent and knowledge to me.
     
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    Oh, hey! When you posted this I hadn't read The Broken Earth, but I did last month. What a series, dude. And yes, the magic system was I N T E N S E. I love the way that relatively little is known about it by the main characters in the beginning, and that learning things about the magic system and learning things about the characters and events of the Shattering were so closely intertwined. The integration of the storytelling about both of those elements felt really natural.