This year I have decided to do my recommendation posts in a bit of a different way, instead of recommending books from a particular genre I am instead going to recommend books that have a similar concept or aspect to them that I really enjoyed. I am really hoping that doing it in this way will allow me to talk about a broader range of books and also give you guys an idea as to what the book is like and what really made it stand out for me. So for this post I will be talking about my favourite magic systems in books, I use the term ‘magic system’ just to mean the way the author has created their form of magic and how it works, so without further ado here we go;
The Witchlands series by Susan Denard
The magic system within this series is one of best that I have read, the world within this book really revolves around magic and I love how there seem to be negatives as well as positives to each type of ability . This type of magic is called witchery and there are so many different types (like honestly there must be hundreds). The witcherys include the normal elements of air, earth, fire, water but they also have void and ether witches which makes it really interesting. The two extra types are really my favourites, as these types of magic are usually based around people instead of a manipulation of the elements. Our main characters Safi and Iseult are a truthwitch and threadwitch, which I have found to be two of the most interesting types that we have come across in these books as there are so many aspects to their abilities. This is an amazing series and the magic system is only one reasons why I loved these books so much. If you would like to read my full reviews I will link them here: Truthwitch and Windwitch.
In a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.
Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.
Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.
In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.
The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
While this series is primarily about vampires there is also a magic system involved, once again it uses elemental magic but it also has ‘spirit’ which is a really interesting type of magic that can be used in a lot of ways including healing but that also drives the user insane (which is a really prominent part of both series). In Bloodlines we expand our magic system from just the vampiric magic to also include alchemy and witchery. The really cool thing though it that the alchemy and witchery are more science based which I actually haven’t seen often in magic and made me really enjoy it.
Only a true best friend can protect you from your immortal enemies . . .
Lissa Dragomir is a Moroi princess: a mortal vampire with a rare gift for harnessing the earth’s magic. She must be protected at all times from Strigoi; the fiercest vampires – the ones who never die. The powerful blend of human and vampire blood that flows through Rose Hathaway, Lissa’s best friend, makes her a dhampir. Rose is dedicated to a dangerous life of protecting Lissa from the Strigoi, who are hell-bent on making Lissa one of them.
After two years of freedom, Rose and Lissa are caught and dragged back to St. Vladimir’s Academy, a school for vampire royalty and their guardians-to-be, hidden in the deep forests of Montana. But inside the iron gates, life is even more fraught with danger . . . and the Strigoi are always close by.
Rose and Lissa must navigate their dangerous world, confront the temptations of forbidden love, and never once let their guard down, lest the evil undead make Lissa one of them forever . . .
The Summoner series by Taran Matharu
This series is set in a high fantasy world in which certain individuals have the ability to summon demons. In this world these summoners are trained to fight in this epic battle, with the humans, elves and dwarves on one side and the orcs on the other. In this world they can not only summon demons to fight with them but also go into the demon realm and use spells through runes. This world is really complex and interesting (and also contains a magic school!) but is told in a way that doesn’t make it hard to follow or seem like the author is throwing loads of information at you which I think makes the read more enjoyable.
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.
As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.
The Daughter of Smoke and Bone series by Laini Taylor
The magic system is this series is amazing and is very slowly revealed to the reader, you really don’t get to know very much about what is going on until the very end of the first book. This series has so many magical elements and it is really inventive with all of its characters (with some of them being monsters or angles). Because the magic system within this book is a complete mystery for a long time I can’t really go into any specifics without giving spoilers but just know that it is fantastic and will have a huge plot twist 🙂
Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.
In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.
And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.
Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?
The Bone Season series by Samantha Shannon
These books are centred around clairvoyance, in this world there are many different types and sub-types of clairvoyance that allow the users to have different abilities that can be either physical or mental. There are some of the main types of clairvoyance that you may have heard of such as palm and taro card readers as well as so many more that I had never heard of. This book also includes spirits and poltergeists which is really interesting and plays a very important part to the story. This magic system is very complex if I am being honest, when I was reading these books I often forgot what the different types of clairvoyants do since they often use their official titles but the books do include a little guide that you can reference back too if needed. Many people who read the first book find it to be a bit overwhelming as we get told so many things about this world in such a short time, but the books are so worth it! 🙂
The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people’s minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant and, in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.
It is raining the day her life changes for ever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford – a city kept secret for two hundred years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. Paige is assigned to Warden, a Rephaite with mysterious motives. He is her master. Her trainer. Her natural enemy. But if Paige wants to regain her freedom she must allow herself to be nurtured in this prison where she is meant to die.
So these are some of my all time favourite magic systems in books. I hope that you guys enjoyed this way of me recommending books to you but definitely let me know what you think.
Thank you for reading