FallenKingdomReads’ list of 6 Bleak and Twisted Magic Systems in Fantasy Books.
Magic is a fundamental part of many fantasy worlds, but not all magic systems are created equal. Some are inspiring and beautiful, while others are dark and twisted. Here are six fantasy books with bleak and twisted magic systems.
1. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
In a world where natural disasters are commonplace, those who can control the earth’s movements are feared and reviled. The magic in this world is bleak and twisted, as it is tied to the cycle of destruction that plagues the land.
2. The Broken Empire trilogy by Mark Lawrence
The magic in this trilogy is brutal and bloody, with users sacrificing their own body parts to gain power. The twisted nature of the magic system is reflective of the brutal, cut-throat world of the books.
3. The Powder Mage trilogy by Brian McClellan
In this world, magic is tied to gunpowder, creating a system that is both bleak and explosive. The magic users in this world are often viewed as outcasts and rebels, adding to the overall sense of danger and unpredictability.
4. The First Law trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
The magic in this world is dark and malevolent, with users often having to make sacrifices to gain power. The bleakness of the magic system is reflective of the overall tone of the books, which are known for their gritty and realistic portrayal of fantasy.
5. The Shadow Campaigns series by Django Wexler
In this world, magic is tied to the use of demons, creating a system that is both twisted and dangerous. The magic users in this world are often viewed as corrupt and evil, adding to the overall sense of dread and unease.
6. The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks
The magic in this world is tied to light, with users being able to manipulate colors to create powerful effects. However, the magic system is also bleak and twisted, with users often suffering from a variety of physical and mental ailments as a result of their powers.