T5W: Favourite Magic System

Top 5 Wednesday was originally created and run by Lainey aka gingerreadslainey (Youtube channel) but it is now being run by Sam aka Thoughts on tomes (Youtube channel). Each week there is a different topic. You can check out the groups Goodreads page here for any more information and the future topics. This week’s topic is you favourite magic systems. I’ve given a brief explanation of each system so let’s get started.


  • Allomancy from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson – 
    Basically allomancers have the ability to burn metal that enables them to access a range of mental or physical enhancements. For example burning tin enables an enhancement of the five senses while burning pewter enhances physical strength. There are 8 basic Allomantic metals and each has a different affect on the allomancer. A Misting is a person who can burn one metal and a Mistborn is a person who can burn all of them.
  • The seven bells from the Old Kingdom trilogy by Garth Nix
    The seven bells are used by the Abhorsen to protect against Death. Each bell is named and has a distinct power. The smallest bell is called Ranna (or the sleepbringer) and it causes listeners to fall asleep. Astarael (or the sorrowful), the largest bell, sends all who hear her deep into Death.
  • Powder mages from the Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan 
    Powder mages use gun powder as the source of their power and they are also referred to as Marked. By orally consuming or snorting gun powder, they can enter ‘Powder Trances’ in which their senses are heightened and are physically enhanced. Powder mages can also manipulate the explosive reaction of gun powder.
  • The Wit from the Realm of the Elderlings series by Robin Hobb 
    The Wit is an ability that allows the user to feel a connection with all living things. It also allows the user to create a telepathic link with an animal – you can only be bonded to one animal at a time but a person can have multiple bonds throughout his/her life if their animal companion dies.
  • Furies from the Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher 
    Furies are elemental spirits that inhabit the whole of Alera. During early childhood or adoloscent years, Alerans manifest personal furies and control them with their mind. There are six types of Furies; Earth, Water, Fire, Wind, Metal and Wood. There are also wild Furies which make up a large part of this world. Wind furies can be used to fly, while water furies can be used for healing and so on.


That’s all I have for today. I love a good magic system so this weeks topic was so fun to do. These are definitely some of my favourite from some of my favourite books. What are some of your favourite magic systems? I’d love to know. I hope you are all having a wonderful day and I will see you next time.









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