I always loved the magic system in the Heir Chronicles by Cinda Williams Chima. It was simple and easy to follow yet could do such complex and creative things. I’ve actually been rereading them - I didn’t realize just how much my writing and story-telling style was influenced by those books until now. It’s really incredible how long my 8th grade obsession has stayed with me. They have their flaws, of course - like, the author was never good at writing endings - but reading them has been a blast since they’ve been reminding me of why I enjoy writing so much and why I started in the first place.
I’m pretty sure you’ve all heard me passionately ramble about my magic systems plenty of times, so I’m going to pass on the second question so you don’t have to read it again
call me biased but my favorite magic system is my own called Essence since i have been finetuning it for like seven years now loL
even has a 20 page textbook that i spent countless hours writing… so i think im allowed to be a bit biased after all that work
I have such things in my story, and blood magic too. Yet, I’m also working on elemental magic and powers sourced from the living world, and drawn upon with mythical arts from another world all-together.
I usually don’t care about the details of a magic system as long as the story is interesting I don’t have a preference or favorite or anything.
The magick systems in my stories are…I think soft magick systems? Usually it revolves around something elemental. Specifically, I like exploring opposing elements like water vs fire, light vs shadow, or whatever. Also, usually involves some ancient object like gems.