From the list on clever protagonists who bend their world’s rules.
Who am I?
My GameLit stories like The Mad Immortal are inspired by the fun I've had playing RPGs such as World of Warcraft and Dungeons & Dragons. It’s that same sense of adventure that I seek out in other stories and that I feel these five books I selected demonstrate. In their own way, each of them inspired my own series as I worked to develop the rules for its magic system and to come up with compelling ways the characters could interact within those established restrictions. I love reading about clever applications of magic to solve problems, especially when it’s not immediately obvious how a given spell would help!
Eric's book list on clever protagonists who bend their world’s rules
Why did Eric love this book?
Unsouled is probably the book on my this list that most directly inspired how I approached the magic system within my own story.
It follows Lindon, a boy with only limited access to magic, who sets off on a journey to power up enough to save his homeland. I loved how each of the characters developed their own set of unique skills specific to them, which they then had to figure out how to level up over time as well as apply in various situations, many of which aren’t always obvious.
Given his initially weak access to magic, Lindon is also forced to get creative in order to defeat foes much more powerful than he is. I always appreciate any book that focuses on the clever applications of its magic.