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I am looking for the title of a fantasy series I once started reading at a friend’s house a long time ago, and never got the chance to get the name of the author/series.
It involves the main characters going to multiple worlds; I believe the story opens up on a world ruled by elves and the humans are commoners, slaves, or working class. Also, this world has a series of floating islands that can only be accessed by floating ships, which only the elves have access to.
Another thing I remember is that the series had a unique take on magic, which was done by chanting mysterious words, while using/moving the body in complex movements, almost like a dance. There were two "races" of magic users: one race had mostly-white hair with dark tips, while the other race had mostly-dark hair with white tips.
One of the main characters is one of these races (I can't recall the names of the races, but I know one started with an "A" and the other with a "P"), and I believe (if memory serves right) he is the last of his race, and his name was something like Alfred, Albert, or Alabert. One of his character traits was that he was very clumsy, which made it hard for him to cast spells, but when he did pull one off they were immensely powerful spells.
I also remember there being many worlds that the group of main characters travel to, one being a sort of jungle world with ancient ruins, and a race of huge golems, created by "Alfred's" race long ago by using magic. Another world had huge winged beasts that end up attacking the group of main protagonist, and Alfred ends up casting a very powerful spell, turning himself into a huge dragon, and saving the day.
I know it isn't a lot to go on, but I hope that someone can help me, because I have been searching a long time for this series. I really do want to finish it, I remember it being one of those series that gets you all excited and you can't stop reading. Sorry for the long description. Please, any help is better than none. Thank you all for your time.