Have you ever come across a magic system in a book that made you think, Wow what a cool idea? Maybe the book itself is not the greatest thing ever, but the way the magic works or the powers the characters possess is so intriguing that you’ve just got to keep reading it anyway?Brandon Sanderson The Final Empire 4. The Alloy of Law

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsBrandon Sanderson‘s MISTBORN series has a magic system that’s so cool and unique that I often wish other writers could play around in the MISTBORN universe, too.

Jim Butcher has a series called THE CODEX ALERA where the magic comes from elemental creatures that certain individuals are able to control. Sort of like Pokémon for adults.

Those are a couple of my favorite cool magic systems in fantasy literature. I’d like to hear about some more from our readers. We’ll pick a commenter to receive a book from our stacks.


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    JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.