Top 5 (magic systems in books) Tuesday

I’m not going to use Carry On again, even though I did like the magic in there. But we’ll change it up! Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads must’ve thought schools and then thought of magic systems – there’s a good link between the two – magic schools etc etc). Go see what magic systems in which books she likes here!


Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan (GR/SG) – I haven’t mentioned it in a while, okay! And it does feature quite a cool magic system. Especially because the readers can play at what their powers would be – I, for instance, always thought I was a daughter of Athena because she’s the smart option (pun included). Now I’m like “no, def a daughter of Hades and I don’t mind! ” 

Anyway I just always love how it’s the different powers and not all the kids have all the powers of the godly parent and also just how it’s written? It’s always something about Percy Jackson, I feel 😄 – Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse – Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena – Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi (GR/SG/My Review) – I haven’t read the third book because I don’t want it to end! But also I DO want to go back to this world and to the characters. The magic system in this series is so unique (and also a bit confusing so I definitely have to pay attention when I do a reread) and Chokshi writes it so well it’s so good. – From New York Times bestselling author Roshani Chokshi comes a novel set in Paris during a time of extraordinary change–one that is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous desires...

It’s 1889. The city is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. Here, no one keeps tabs on dark truths better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the elite, ever-powerful Order of Babel coerces him to help them on a mission, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To hunt down the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin calls upon a band of unlikely experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian banished from his home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in arms if not blood.

Together, they will join Séverin as he explores the dark, glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the course of history–but only if they can stay alive.

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (GR/SG) – I really enjoyed the glossery behind the back so I could try to say all the words but more importantly, the different races having all the magic/spells/ways of saying it and all that. And also how Eragon just wanted to learn all of the magic because yes, same lol. – One boy…
One dragon…
A world of adventure.

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon soon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

Overnight his simple life is shattered, and he is thrust into a perilous new world of destiny, magic, and power. With only an ancient sword and the advice of an old storyteller for guidance, Eragon and the fledgling dragon must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark enemies of an Empire ruled by a king whose evil knows no bounds.

Can Eragon take up the mantle of the legendary Dragon Riders? The fate of the Empire may rest in his hands.

Inkheart by Cornelia Funke (GR/SG) – You think I’m NOT going to mention this absolutely fantastic series?! What I wouldn’t give to be able to pick up a book, read it, and have things from that book come true. First I’m picking up any Enid Blyton book to have the food from there. Next a book with a (good) dragon in it because of course dragons need to be in the mix. – From internationally acclaimed storyteller Cornelia Funke, this bestselling, magical epic is now out in paperback!

One cruel night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called INKHEART– and an evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured this nightmare. For only she can change the course of the story that has changed her life forever.

This is INKHEART–a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life. Dare to read it aloud.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (GR/SG) – It was while I was drafting my (late) review for this book that I remembered I did really like the magic in this book. How it’s not the typical type of magic at all – it’s subtle and honestly still confusing. Like how does Miriam manage to change the coins? Actual magic or just a lot of talent or both? I liked the feeling of ‘actual magic or just talent?’


Listen I WOULD put The Name of the Wind on here BUT WE HAVEN’T GOTTEN THE THIRD BOOK YET. Am I still mad about it how many years after? Of course I am and I will continue to be mad until we get the third book. 

If you’re a fantasy reader, what’s your favourite type of magic system and in which book? I like the ones where wands or staffs aren’t used, magic is verbal spells or nonverbal but with hand gestures. Also big fan of magic costing and taking a lot. Which usually leads to magic users taking too much etc.


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