My Five Favorite Magic-users in Literature

I saw a similar post on waytoofantasty’s blog and loved it, so of course I had to add my own. Fantasy wouldn’t be the fantastic genre it is without the addition of an epic spellcaster. Here are some of my favorites – and be sure to check out the original awesome post here: waytoofantasy

Raistlin: The Dragonlance Chronicles, Legends, the Raistlin Chronicles, and many others

For me, Raistlin is the epitome of what a mage should be. He’s cunning, enigmatic, incredibly strong, and fascinating. Raistlin is also flawed, narcissistic, and grows more as a character than many other characters I’ve read throughout not just the fantasy genre, but any fiction.

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Marco: The Night Circus

I love Marco’s particular brand of magic! It’s incredibly unique; in fact, I’ve never read a book where magic is written quite like his. He’s also a great character. I like his quiet strength, as well as his creativity.

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Magnus Bane in The Mortal Instruments:

Oh goodness, I love Magnus! He’s so vibrant, fun, andhe’s removed enough from the goings-on (in the first few books that is), to have a very interesting view of things. He’s my favorite character throughout Cassandra Clare’s many series.

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Morwen in The Enchanted Forest Chronicles:

She’s hilarious! She has so many cats, and not a single one is black; she wears robes because they’re comfortable and “serviceable”, doesn’t have any warts, but does have a sign above her door that says, “None of this nonsense, please”. Her matter-of-fact personality is so much fun to read.

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Merlin (of course):

Merlin is a given for me. His personality varies based on who’s writing him, but he’s always wise and incredibly strong. Plus – Arthurian legends rock!

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What do you think? Who are your favorites in literature?

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12 thoughts on “My Five Favorite Magic-users in Literature

  1. Raistlin is such a good pick! I only read the original Dragonlance trilogy and that was a very long time ago, but I loved him, he was one of my favorite characters in that series, maybe because he was more dynamic. Great list!

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  2. Definitely agree with Merlin!! Ooh I think I’d need a long, hard think about who I thought was best – I’ve read so many different types of magic over the years that I’d actually have to make a list of all the magical characters I love and then try and narrow it down. Awesome post!

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  3. I still haven’t read any of the Dragonlance books. I never can find them. Maybe I’m not looking hard enough.

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  4. Other than Merlin and King Arthur I am not familiar with the characters you mention. No, no, don’t send a spell my way! You’ve given me an aim for my summer reading. Thanks.

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