May 22nd, 2013, 04:57 PM
Looking for a series where protagonist can enchant items
Hello, I am looking for a book where main protagonist can enchant, create magical items. Recently Iíve read Young Ancients and Reawakening series. I really liked a concept of protagonist aiding himself with magical items of his own making and developing skills in this domain. Economic side and profiting from work is a nice element of that too. So far, except for this 2 series I havenít seen a lot of enchanting.
Does anyone know similar series? I could really use a recommendation. Thanks in advance.
That's a very specific request - the only one which pops to mind is Patrick Rothfuss' (thankfully excellent) Name of the Wind and the sequel The Wise Man's Fear.
If you haven't read those, they are a superb pair.
It never entered my mind
Winter of the World by Michael Scott Rohan is a series about a blacksmith creating encanted items. It is set in prehistory during an ice age and has some travel passages that reminded me of Tolkien.
I'm pretty sure there are magical craftsmen in L E Modessitt Jr. books - The Recluce series and the Imager series.
J V Jones has a standalone book where the magic is created through book illuminations: The Barbed Coil.
There's another blacksmith in Fool's Gold by Jude Fisher, but this series was a disappointment to me, so I hesitate to recommend it.
James Maxwell's The Evermen Saga is about a world where nations are defined by their ability to enchant different category of items: for example, Altura's lore includes creating enchanted swords and armor, while Halrana's lore includes creating animated golems and ironwarriors (robots, let's say, used for war). Book 3 will appear in June, book 1 is free on Amazon.
Yeah, I guess. Imager Portfolio would fit in best with this, but it's more the magical creation of items rather than the creation of magical items. And even then it's a case of matter transfer rather than 'magic'. As for Recluce? Not so much. Items can be imbued with order or they can generate chaos, but it's not so much 'enchanting' or 'creating'. It's more complex and more specific. So an ordermaster craftsman in Recluce could create a higher quality wooden bench by ordering the wood and so on, and it's not so much the item being magical but being ordered or chaotic.
Originally Posted by algernoninc
I do recommend both, of course.
Edit: Even then, the protagonists aren't consistent across either series. With Recluce it would apply to books 1 and 5, I think, and the Imager Portfolio's relevant books would be 1-3. Can't speak for 4-thru-8 as I've not read them, but I could be wrong.
Last edited by Loerwyn; Yesterday at 11:59 AM.
You can try the new Brent Weeks series - The Lightbringer.
The protagonists enchant and create items with magic, from clothes to towers to cooling fans.