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Question #93300 posted on 09/23/2020 12:36 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What are some recommendations for good books with superpowers? All my life I've wished for some sort of transportation superpower or time-saving superpower, but I recently read the Renegades series by Marissa Meyer, and now I really want Sketch's superpower. What about you? What are some fun powers you've read about, and which book are they from?

-Zwerg Zwei


Dear ZZ, 

My capstone professor recommended a book called Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. It sounded really interesting because a person's powers in the fantasy realm are connected to "quirks" in the real world. This led to a really interesting discussion about what our superpowers would be in the fantasy realm... I haven't figured out what my specific quirks are or how they'd be useful in a fantasy realm, but I guess I'd make a pretty good witch. I could make magical food and potions to restore health or provide small boosts. 




Dear Z,

Would this be a complete Board answer pertaining to books without a recommendation for Brandon Sanderson thrown in? I didn't think so. Seriously, all his books portray really interesting (at least to me) takes on super powers. Another author whose take on super powers/magical systems (which are pretty closely entwined in my estimation--it comes down to semantics for how they're termed) I love is Charlie Holmberg. 



Dear ZZ Top,


I wholeheartedly second Anathema's Sanderson reccomendation. I love his magic systems so flipping much.


I also really like how the powers are portrayed in the Graceling series by Kristin Cashore. Some people in the population are born with eyes that are two different colors, which marks them as having a grace. When they're still young, they're sent to court to figure out their grace and whether the king will keep them at court. They can be as disparate as cooking or killing. Also, the different eye colors aren't always super obvious, meaning that some are able to hide their grace. I found it really interesting and enjoyable to read!

-Quixotic Kid


posted on 09/23/2020 7:27 p.m.
Thanks! I recently got hooked on the Sanderson books, starting with the Stormlight Archives. I'm kind of mad at him right now, because he's releasing one chapter a week of his new book, and it is not enough.

Zwerg Zwei.
posted on 09/24/2020 10:50 a.m.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss has a fascinating and beautiful magic system! I love it! It's one of my favorite books of all time.

Beware though, it is the first in a trilogy, two are out, and it's been almost ten years since the second book. So, you may fall in love and be left waiting... It's worth it though!

Fantasy Book Lover
posted on 09/24/2020 9:01 p.m.
This might be redundant, but Brandon Sanderson is such a prolific writer that I wanted to give a little further direction. As already mentioned, all his books are incredible and my favorite series of his is the Stormlight Archives as well, but if you're looking for something that says *superpower* instead of *magic*, his series "The Reckoners" is very specifically about superheroes and supervillains. Lots of them. Especially supervillains. :)

posted on 09/25/2020 2:26 p.m.
The Codex Alera series by Jim Butcher has a creative "superpower" system. Furies are elemental spirit-like forces that those who are crafters can manifest and control for their own purposes.

In this series, the main character in the story actually doesn't have any "superpowers" so you get to see how he manages in a world where everyone else does. Imagine Harry Potter going to Hogwarts as a squib!

It's a wonderful series!

Fantasy Fan