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How magic and character go hand-in-glove

It takes a certain amount of gumption to create a world from scratch, especially when there's magic involved. All the details to consider - How will it work? What are the limits of the magic? Who knows about it? What do they do with their new with their magic? Then, there's the whole explaining-it-to-the-reader challenge. Nothing kills a good story vibe faster than a long silver stake of explanation. But there's hope. Of the many excellent examples out there, I chose to delve into Holly Black's Curse Workers trilogy because of her masterful handling of that critical moment, introducing the magic. Spoiler alert: it's not about the magic, it's about the characters. By the end of the series, yo

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