Posted by Lannie on March 22, 2006 at 21:02:02:
In Reply to: looking for books with lots of magic use posted by hephaest on March 22, 2006 at 17:55:10:
: Im looking for fantasy books that are good but
: also that have lots of magic use. Especially the main
: character. I have read the following:
: Lord of the rings
: Sword of Truth (all in series)
: Sword of Shanara (first trilogy)
: Wheel of Time (all in series)
: Inheritance (Eragon and Eldest)
: Earthsea Cycle (books 1 and 2)
: A Game of Thrones (first 50 pages then dropped it)
: Narnia (dropped after 100 pages)
: I would say out of the above, the one series that has the most magic use is the Wheel of time. Here, the main characters use magic quite frequently. You have all the Aes Sedai using magic all the time and occasionaly Rand uses his magic. The problem with Wheel of time, is that it has too much diplomatic intrigue and too many sub-characters and sub-plots and too many descriptions of clothes and furniture. It drags on at a snail's pace. Probably the series that appealed to me the most is Sword of truth. It doesnt have that much use of magic, but it goes at much faster pace and keeps you in suspence. Inheritance, Main characters use magic often. Now Lord of the ring, while a great book, doesnt really have any magic use. Gandalf does some stuff rarely. And theres the evil Sauron that is all magic (including his ring). But poor old frodo has no magic at all. I want to read books filled with the use of magic. Teleportation, stoping people's hearts, fire from fingertips, etc. and the more mundain use of magic like combing ones hair and drying one's clothes.
Magic without political intrigue? I can't think of anything! All my favourite fantasy novels seem to be political/history first, magic second. The only think I can remotely think of is maybe David Eddings' Belgariad series. Two major wizards, main character coming to power (err, I think, it's been a long time since I read that).
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