Bibbity. Bobbity. Boo

This week over at the Fantasy Review Barn we are once again traversing the tropes of fantasy with our trusty guide Nathan

This week’s topic is MAGIC SYSTEMS.

Without further ado. And with an excuse about my brevity this week: I’m having IT problems and so this is all from my phone!  Expect errors and you will probably not be disappointed. So:

  1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. In which allomancy is used and people ingest small amounts of metal which acts like a fuel to their particular type of magic. 
  2. The Tiffany Aching books by Pratchett. Good old fashioned witchcraft with broomsticks and witches living in hovels (Sometimes) 
  3. Harry Potter. Ditto the above but set in a huge ass school with bucket loads of students all learning spells and enchantments/potions.  Wands and broomsticks are all the rage.  The students even have their own familiars, although I don’t fancy having a rat!
  4. Feast of Souls by C S Friedman. This is a very unusual magic system in which the magic user chooses and connects to another individual. Their power therefore comes from that person’s life energy. Nasty eh!
  5. Sunshine by Robin McKinley in which the main protagonist gains power from the sun. (I guess the clue is right there in the title!)
  6. Strange and Norrell by S Clarke. In which there is an alliance with the fae. 
  7. Similarly.  Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho involves magic which is fuelled by the fae. 
  8. Flex by Ferret Steinmetz. This is an intriguing system in which the people with magical ability manifest the strangest abilities unfortunately their magic creates something called the Flux. Which is a bit like a nasty byproduct of the magic and can be very dangerous unless dealt with carefully. 
  9. The Bondsmagi from Scott Lunch’s Gentlemen Bastards. I don’t know exactly how their magic works but I do know that they need their hands and their tongues in order to conjure!
  10. God given?  Kushiel’s Dart/chosen by Jacqueline Carey. In which Phedre is chosen by a god.  She perhaps doesn’t seem overtly magical unless being able to manipulate people into giving you what you want is magic. 

That is all for me this week. 


11 Responses to “Bibbity. Bobbity. Boo”

  1. proxyfish

    Excellent choices! I’m so interested in reading Flex and hadn’t even heard of it until today! (Psst. your linky isn’t working on Fantasy Review Barn)

    • lynnsbooks

      I did wonder. My laptop is broke 😓 having to do everything via phone which is quite trying. Flex is so good. I really recommend it. It’s incredibly gripping.

    • lynnsbooks

      Yeah, my computer was out of the picture last week so I’m all behind with everything as a result. It’s amazing how much you rely on your laptop!
      Flex is an excellent read and I can’t recommend it enough. So unique and I love the magic system.
      Lynn 😀

  2. jessicabookworm

    I also have Discworld and Harry Potter on my list 🙂 I haven’t read your other choices. They all sound good though, especially the alomancy in Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson.

    • lynnsbooks

      Sanderson is so good with his magic systems. Mistborn is a really good series – on balance though I probably prefer the Way of Kings and Words of Radiance – such good reads.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    I’ve had “Feast of Souls” on my e-shelf for some time now, but it kept being shuffled down the list by other titles: now that I’ve seen how utterly *nasty* the magic can be, I’m beyond intrigued!

    PS: keeping my fingers crossed for the speedy solution to your computer woes…

    • lynnsbooks

      It’s been maddening not having a computer!
      Feast of Souls is definitely a nasty magical system with quite horrible payback for the poor victim. I kind of liked that the magic had consequences.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Flex! Flex! Flex! I was actually debating on sitting out for TT this week, but then I just had to chime in with ‘Mancy. I can’t wait to read Flux 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I know – excited for Flux – have you picked it up already??

  5. mervih

    I can’t believe I forgot Sunshine! Maybe I should reread it… Great list! I think Sanderson wins this week. 🙂

    • lynnsbooks

      I thought Sanderson would win to be honest – he seems to have a knack of coming up with magic systems.
      Sunshine was a really good read – definitely worthy of a reread.
      Lynn 😀

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