I’m so honored to have the incredible Jodi Meadows, author of the Incarnate Trilogy, The Orphan Queen duology, and coming soon, the Fallen Isles Trilogy, here on the blog to talk about Magic!
Magic is — well — magical. Whether it’s hints of something unusual in the woods, witchy spells, twisted wishes, or full-on magic-infused worlds, I love it. I want to read all of it.
And one of my favorite things about magic in books is seeing how authors incorporate it into their stories. If the whole world knows about it, how does that affect their lives? Or if only a select few know about it, what then? I love trying to figure out how authors make decisions about magic and how to reveal it, and how it touches characters.
I also really appreciate it when magic goes wrong — when it makes characters’ lives more difficult or inconvenient. In the way of The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, it’s wonderful to see characters decide magic is going to make everything amazing . . . only to have it destroy all their efforts. There’s so much opportunity for character growth in there, forcing characters to save themselves, maybe with magic, but definitely with their minds.
But I think my absolute favorite thing about magic? The possibility. The opportunity. The sense that anything could happen.
What about you? What’s your favorite thing about magic in books?
Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com
Her upcoming book is called Before She Ignites, and will come out in 2017! Add it to your Goodreads TBR here: