So I’m participating in this week’s Tough Travels meme again – hosted by Nathan of Fantasy Review Barn, this is one great way to explore Fantasyland and create lists, YAY! Don’t forget to go and check out what other participating bloggers have put on their lists – my tbr expands every week because of them! :)
This week’s going to be grand because we’re looking for AWESOME DISPLAYS OF MAGIC: Sometimes magic can be subtle but here we’re looking for things that go BANG!
Let me just say… I’m not a huge fan of epic epicness. This goes for worldbuilding as well as action itself – not that I don’t like an action-packed story but I prefer my magic with a cost and all that. BUT! I do love a good bang sometimes and these examples are a testament to the fact that anything is possible in fantasy.
- The Battle of Howgarts from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I think this is the most epically epic scene from HP (rivaled, perhaps, by the visit to the Hall of the Prophecies (or whatever it’s called)). It’s crucial and important and SAD and really well done. Minerva McGonagall is the best. That lady has style.
- The Gandalf + Balrog scene from LOTR. My memory of this is severly tainted by the movie version but I still think breaking the bridge of Khazad-dûm counts as awesome. I’d run like hell if faced with a flaming beast so kudos to Gandalf for staying put and protecting the others.
- That cage thingy that half-dragons make in Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman. SPOILER ALERT!! Well, the basics of this type of magic are known in the beginning of this sequel to Seraphina – when half-dragons link their minds, they can create a shield that can withstand a dragon attack. Its span depends on the strength and number of the half-dragons. The most important demonstration of this comes along right at the end of the book and nearly causes a massive disaster that would result in huge numbers of casualties on both human and dragon sides of the war.
- Sirithar from the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor. This is a state of complete focus and clarity that Akiva sometimes achieves (I can’t go into the triggers because it would spoil everything) and it’s usually followed by devastation of some sort. It’s not something he can control and he basically knows nothing about it, but it’s pretty damn powerful.
- Claire’s trip to the past from Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I know there were no explosions involved and that it took Claire a while to realize what had happened, but time travel is pretty darn awe-inspiring (I guess I could include any number of time-travelling books here? Or portal fantasy?).
- I’m relatively certain there were a number of cases where Rand from Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time series did crazy things but I’m sad to say I can’t remember the specifics. There was the test in the Aiel desert, there was the shiny sword thing, and a number of others. Hell, the magic users in that series managed to break the world. That deserves a mention, though why they wanted to do that escapes me.
I know this topic is probably better suited to lovers of epic fantasy (not that I don’t like epic, I just have my doubts about epic epic fantasy – gah, I’m not making sense anymore, am I?), but I hope these suffice.
Which amazing achievements of various witches and wizards have I forgotten to include this week? What would you add to my list?
I’d love to hear from you! :)