Physicists have the tools to discover the rules of the universe.
Writers have the power to change them.
Here are some of the most unique and creative magic systems built by the great minds of the fantasy world:
1) The Lightbringer Series By Brent Weeks
This magic system is called Chromaturgy, and it allows the user to absorb light and use it to power their magic. The light is converted into a material known as Luxin, which can be formed into almost anything. Each person can only harness a specific color spectrum, and each spectrum contains unique uses and abilities. However, there are a rare few individuals known as Prisms that can harness them all.
2) The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
This magic system is so complicated, our main character Kvothe must go to University in order to learn the extent of its details. Let’s try to sum it off to laymen’s terms. There are four main disciplines:
- Naming- The reason the first book is called “The Name of the Wind.” If you learn the true name of a person or an entity, you can control it.
- Sygaldry- The use of special metals and runes to create enchanted, magical items.
- Alchemy- In short, it is the art of potion-making, just with rules much more concrete than that of Harry Potter.
- Sympathy- Bending the laws of physics based on the similarities of various objects.
Honestly, the only way to truly understand this system is to follow Kvothe through his university adventures.
3) The Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson
This universe is run by the concept of Allomancy: The consumption of various metals and the absorption of their unique powers. For instance, Coinshots have the ability to harness the power of Steel, which grants them telekinetic powers over light, metal objects, like coins. If you can absorb Pewter, you will be granted superstrength.
4) The Codex Alera series, by Jim Butcher
Butcher wrote his novel as a challenge to incorporate themes from both ancient Rome, and Nintendo’s Pokemon. This magic system is called Fury Crafting. It involves bonding with elemental spirits known as Furies (wind, water, earth, metal, wood, and fire). The Furies grant their partners abilities related to their element. For instance, a certain wind Fury may make its user fly, or a metal Fury can give its owner increased endurance, etc…
5) Sabriel, by Garth Nix
In this universe, magic stems from those able to harness the powers of Death. It is a dark, necromancy-related system, and involves the use of various symbols, random objects, and incantations.