Not All Elementalists Control Their Elements

08 Nov

Another random short-story recommendation:

Elementalism is one of the most common forms of magic in fantasy.  Flinging fire, whipping up the waters, hurlling thunderbolts.  Who wouldn’t love to do that?  But, like many other popular forms of magic, elementalism has lost its grip on real magic.  Because, real magic has a price.  And real big magic has a real big price.  Being tired for a few hours just doesn’t cut it.

And along some Helen Keeble and makes the magic magic again.  In Helen Keeble’s world of elemental magic, it’s the elements that are in control, and the humans who are just poor vessels of that power.  Specifically, I’m refering to two short stories in Strange Horizons, entitled “In Ashes” and “In Stone“, where we learn just what price you pay to control nature, and just how cruel the choice of who pays it.

And I guess what I’m saying here is that that’s how true magic works, or should be.


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4 responses to “Not All Elementalists Control Their Elements

  1. sonia

    November 8, 2010 at 3:53 AM

    I haven’t read those stories, but the sound interesting. I will have to see if I can get a copy of strange horzions.

    • atsiko

      November 8, 2010 at 4:06 AM

      SH has an online archive of all their material.

  2. sonia

    November 8, 2010 at 9:36 PM

    I thought you had to be a member or something to get it. Not sure why I have that impression.

    • atsiko

      November 8, 2010 at 10:50 PM

      Yeah, I’m not as far as I know, but that’s where I read it.


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