The Most Interesting Magic Systems, voted by r/Fantasy

Well, it’s time for a post but I got nothin’ to review – got sidetracked by the amazing Death Note. So, it’s list time!

A couple weeks back, I conducted a poll on reddit’s Fantasy sub (side note : the r/Fantasy community is a really awesome bunch of readers and authors. Come hang out!). I asked people to tell me what series they thought had the the most interesting, the most innovative magic systems in fantasy.

Now, magic systems are a big deal for us fantasy nerds. There’s those who say that rules take the element of wonder out of magic, and there’s those who say that a magic system without rules and limits is little better than a plot repair kit. Either way, a great magic system is very important in making a book or series stand out. They’re what makes fantasy speical, IMO.

Anyway, back to the poll. A lot of people voted on a lot of books, and I eventually compiled the 458 votes to come up with a list. Because everyone loves lists! So, without further ado, here’s the ones who topped the list:

Book/Series Author Votes
Mistborn Brandon Sanderson 50
The Stormlight Archive Brandon Sanderson 30
Lightbringer Brent Weeks 29
The Wheel of Time Robert Jordan 27
The Kingkiller Chronicle Patrick Rothfuss 26
The Malazan Book of the Fallen Steven Erikson 26
Powder Mage Brian McClellan 14
Abhorsen Garth Nix 13
The Emperor’s Soul Brandon Sanderson 11
Codex Alera Jim Butcher 11

To nobody’s surprise, Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy was way ahead of everyone else. Which makes sense, because the series does have a really interesting and consistent magic system. Or systems, actually – allomancy, feruchemy and hemalurgy. You’re really missing out if you haven’t read it.

Surprisingly, Sanderson also bagged the second place with his Stormlight Archive. Which is amazing, seeing as the series isn’t finished yet. Know, I haven’t read any Stormlight books (and before you bring out the pitchforks, I know they’re awesome, I just can’t stand waiting for 8 more books! I’ll try to hold out till a few more books of the series are out), so I can’t comment on this.

Beyond that, there’s some of the usual suspects, and some that I didn’t expect to see. Some people even voted for TV Series like the criminally under-appreciated Avatar/Legend of Korra, and even video games. In the end though, I decided to count them too. Hey, it’s still magic. If you’re interested in more, here’s some links:

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