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What is your favorite magic system?
My husband and I have been reading a lot of fantasy books lately, and these books have gotten us discussing our favorite magic systems. I, apparently, like magic systems that are difficult and require a lot of effort by the magic user. I must admit that if I had the choice to be a magic user, I would not choose either of these magic systems. :)
The first magic system that always comes to mind is in Brandon Sanderson's The Arithmatist. In this world, chosen people can do spells with magic chalk. If they draw particular geometric shapes in just the right way, they can fend off chalklings (I think that is what they are called) and other villains. I love the idea of magic being very particular and that a person must take care when drawing their shapes (crooked lines will cause all sorts of problems). I like this magic system, because it takes a lot of careful effort by the magic user. Also, I think it is really cool that magic is linked up with geometry.
The second magic system that always comes to mind when I think about favorite magic systems is the Skill in the Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb. The Skill can only be used by people with the gift. This magic gives you the opportunity to share thoughts and strength across long distances. Skill users can communicate or confuse enemies across hundreds of miles. Sometimes Skill users will attack other Skill users through their minds as well. Although this magic system might seem pretty banal, what I like about this system is that it wears the users out very quickly if abused. A lot of the time the Skill users in the books are wearing thin or passed out. FitzChivalry, the protagonist in the series, learns ways of managing the Skill over the course of the series; however, a take home message for this series is that magic has a price. There is another form of magic in this world called the Wit, but I find the Skill a bit more fascinating.
So now it is your turn! What is your favorite magic system? What makes this system your favorite?
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