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Magic Systems: Twilight

First a quick introduction. Each month in this column, I feature a different magic system – its limits, its powers, and its role in the novels. This time round, the series picked is Sergei Lukyanenko’s Night Watch – and as always, for those who haven’t read the series (at least as far as Twilight Watch), …

Magic Systems: Feruchemy

This month we’ll be diving back into Brandon Sanderson’s intricate set of – well – settings: the Cosmere. One of my personal favourites, not least for its hardest-of-hard magic systems, we’ll be looking once more at Scadriel, world of the acclaimed Mistborn trilogy, as well as the recent standalone novel. This time? Feruchemy. Although spoilers …

Magic Systems: the Ancestor Art

Recently, I’ve been reading (and, if you read my blog, reviewing) Shadows of the Apt, an epic fantasy series from the very prolific Adrian Tchaikovsky – so it seemed a natural choice for my monthly feature. The magic system? The Art, or more properly, Ancestor Art. For once, you won’t be finding any spoilers – …

Magic Systems: A Song of Ice and Fire

There are two series I always mention as epitomising the ‘mysterious’ end of my scale of magic systems. This is one – the other being, of course, The Lord of the Rings. George R. R. Martin’s magic is seldom used, but occasionally plot important – and as I’ll be piecing together uses from across the …