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The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze.
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I've been a fan of fantasy novels ever since I picked up my library's copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone as a nine-year-old. In an effort to combat Harry Potter hangover remember, in those days we had to wait a year or two for the next installment of the series to be released , I started reading any book that promised to include witches, dragons, and the like. Unfortunately, I quickly learned that not all fantasy novels are created equal. It's not enough to just throw a couple spells in a book and call it a fantasy novel. A great work of fantasy involves creating a complex magical world complete with its own detailed history and a governing set of rules.
The Lightbringer series has my favorite magic system I've read in like the past decade. For anyone wanting to get into the series, book 1 is called The Black.
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Add to Bag. The Lord of the Rings , by J. As a result, the elves and Istari are always more magically capable than men, and the eldest and wisest among them are the most powerful. But Tolkien also presents all power as inherently corrupting, and magic the most corrupting of all. In the end, despite the reams of detailed backstory, history, and character biography the man created, his magic has almost no rigor at all, rather originating from the individual will and knowledge of its practitioners. These rules are so basic as to allow for just about anything to happen, magic-wise, but they do offer at least a sketch of a system on which to hang your pointed, star-and-moon-covered conical hat. The Eternal Champion , by Michael Moorcock Magic System Rating: 3 Non-Rigorous, but With an Explanation The legendary Moorcock also follows the old-school habit of not explaining his magic too deeply, but he does at least provide an explanation of how it works, along with a dose of unreliability.
Magic rarely seems to make sense in media. The rules of magic are rarely established in film. Despite going to Hogwarts, we never learn why Harry Potter can cast spells. Despite being a central figure, we never understand why Gandalf can't summon the eagles. This is in part due to the time constraints of film, as many stories struggle with fitting in all the details of the world into a two or three hour time window. Magic laws are often left on the wayside.