Every Thursday, Nathan at Fantasy Review Barn leads a group of fellow bloggers on “Tough Travels”, a trip through the tropes that populate the fantasy and sci-fi world, using Diane Wynne Jones’ hilarious The Tough Guide to Fantasyland as a guide.
This week’s subject is “Awesome Displays of Magic”:
Quick! You’ve got two opposing armies of knights lined up on the battlefield, ready to charge at each other and throw their country into bloody civil war. How do you, Overlord of the West and a fledgling sorcerer deal with this. Belgarion calls down the thunder, literally, summoning a storm over the plains of Vo Mimbre to cow the warring knights. Of course, being a fledgling sorcerer, Belgarion overcompensates and nearly changes the planet’s weather patterns permanently. Thankfully Belgarath and Beldin are able to get things back to normal.
Dread really wants to be a hero. The young mage has a terminal inferiority complex and more than a little contempt for his non-magical fellow adventurers. So when Denaos and Lenk are imprisoned in the Fasha Ghouka’s mansion he sees his opportunity to stop the battling cultists and demons and prove just how powerful a mage he is. No one would mock or underestimate him any more. So he decided to unleash fiery death on the attackers… not realizing that the floors and walls of the mansion were covered in oil. The results were certainly spectacular…
Okay, if you haven’t read the finale of the Magicians trilogy, be warned, spoilers abound. Quentin has spent the previous two books moping around, wanting to be a hero and generally being dissatisfied with his lot in life as a young wizard with no worries and Fillory, the magical kingdom from his favorite childhood books, as his playground. In The Magician King he has been cast out of Fillory and actually gotten around to grow up. And he does some pretty spectacular magic as a result. First he manages to bring his ex-girlfriend Alice back from undeath as a demonic niffen. Then he singlehandedly reconstructs Fillory after the age of its twin ram gods, Ember and Umber, passes. So yeah, that’s pretty awesome.
And that’s all I got this week. Been too involved in real life and puppy messes to give it much more thought…