Top 5 Tuesday: magic systems

Hey, guys!
It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for a bookish favorites post. Top 5 Tuesday is hosted by Meeghan over on Meeghan Reads and is quite simple: check out the topic and write a post with your picks.
Today we’re going to talk about magic systems in books and I’m *very* excited about that.

#1 The Once and Future Witches

The reason why the magic system in this book is so memorable to me is that it consists of three aspects: the will, the words, and the way. First of all, those three things sound super cool together, second of all, it is easy to remember, and finally, I always appreciate it when authors take the time to figure stuff like this out instead of just making magic this easy peasy thing that somehow works for all the characters.

#2 Skulduggery Pleasant

I loved this entire series! Here, the magic system consists of so many different aspects, those are difficult to learn, maybe you have an affinity for one but not the other. Every character had different abilities, do to different foci in their training and unique interests and abilities!

#3 The Cruel Prince

Ah, the fae. There are so many legends about them and what they can and cannot do. I like how Holly Black played with all that and juxtaposed it with humans who live in this magical world yet somehow can only experience many things as if through glass since they have no abilities themselves. That means, they have to get creative, they have to understand the magic at work, the rules in the background – and they have to figure out all the loopholes!

#4 Serpent & Dove

I had some issues with the story in this one (I still need to read the rest of the series!) but this magic system intrigued me because it requires something of the person doing magic. There is a price to pay – you can’t just go and hex people willy-nilly because you’re in the mood. Sacrifices have to be made, so everything becomes so much more of a deliberate decision.

#5 Sanctuary

And finally, we have Sanctuary. This one is fascinating because it takes magic and transfers it to the present day. In this book, witches are (more or less) seamlessly integrated into society, they run little shop making use of their magic. This might be more the world-building aspect than the magic system part of the story that captured my interest here, but this concept is amazing!

What’s your favorite magic system in a book? Let me know in the comments!

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