Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly book meme hosted by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes on YouTube. Here is the link for the Goodreads group where you can find the list of topics and such.
This weeks topic is: Favourite Magic Systems
5. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Okay so admittedly there isn't a great deal of 'magic' in the first book of the ACOTAR series buuuut a fae male that can turn into a taloned beast is pretty damn cool. Then it gets even better in ACOMAF... not only because we have Rhys. I adored how his power was described and also the Illyrian Warriors. They don't have magic per se as far as I understand, it's more like a power. One that can only be contained and manipulated via these little Siphons. For reference Rhys can't utilise them as his power overloads them, most Illyrian's wear one...Cassian and Azriel wear around six each if I'm remembering correctly... It's such a vast and interesting world with multiple magic systems that all link seamlessly.
I have a review for A Court of Wings and Ruin here.
I have a review for A Court of Frost and Starlight here.
I profess my love for this book and plug it at every opportunity because it's simply that fantastic. Aside from the obvious and heartbreaking message in this novel, the construction of the magic system is second to none. It's so incredibly well fleshed out and my little symbol/map loving heart can't stop squealing over the different Maji tribe emblems. Every single kind of magic has their own symbol, name and also nickname. YES TO ALL THE DETAIL. I also adored how there wasn't just elemental magic, even though I love it. I feel like it's something that we see again and again. COBAB had so many different kinds of magic, life, death, disease, spiritual and more. I'm excited to see how it's developed in the next novel.
There's something that never fails to make me happy in how often fantasy and YA fantasy novels pass on types of magic via inheritance. The concept of houses, families any really anything of that ilk immediately makes me want to read more. Red Queen does this wonderfully. Every silver house has an ability of some kind, one that is passed down through generations. House Calore has fire, House Samos can manipulate metal etc. Similarly, to Children of Blood and Bone each vacation of magic has a name. Magnetrons, Burners, Silks, Whisperers and so on. Then we have the new bloods. The anomalies. The ones who shouldn't have magic but do and in a very different way to the Silvers.
4. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
This one is a little different. I adored this book, and the sequel of this series when I read them. There's something so pure about the folklore magic mentioned within the books. It's very rooted in nature and the elements. At point I actually felt cold reading this novel. Set in medieval Russia this draws on the tale of Vasilisa the Brave (or beautiful depending on which version you go with) who has an affinity with the little spirits and daemons that roam about her home and village. It's such a beautiful story both in setting, plot and also the writing. A lovely one for this time of year too.
I have a review of The Bear and the Nightingale here.
Haven't I fangirled enough about this series on here? No? I agree. More is needed. V.E Schwab did something special with the Shades of Magic world. She created parallels of the same place, each with varying degrees of magic and their own perceptions of it. And she made it believable. I sat reading this trilogy nodding along like OF COURSE THE THAMES IS RED, YES THE KING\QUEEN MUST BE CHOSEN BY A DUEL. It works so very well. What I loved in particular , however, were the Antari. The travellers who could visit the different Londons. I want to be one...so very bad.