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Could this be The Unsuccessful Yet Academically Unparalleled Sage ~A Cheating S-Rank Sorcerer's Post-Rebirth Adventurer Log~, also the answer to this question. The main character was considered one of the most powerful magic users in the country. Together with three of the other most powerful magic users, they defeated the demon king. He found a dying demon ...


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Could this be The Mage Will Master Magic Efficiently in his Second Life...? Zeff Einstein spent his whole life mastering red magic and was finally recognized for it, yet a new spell that was soon created revealed that his talent for red magic was his lowest. Bitter at the thought of all his wasted effort, he creates a spell to send his old self back in time ...


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This is the The Secrets of the Immortal Nicolas Flamel series, by Michael Scott. Quoting from Wikipedia: Sophie and Josh Newman are 15-year-old twins who are working at their summer jobs in The Coffee Cup in San Francisco (Sophie works at The Coffee Cup, Josh works at the bookstore on the other side of the street) when a mysterious man, John Dee, comes into ...


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Have you tried A Crucible of Souls (Sorcery Ascendant Sequence #1) (2013) by Mitchell Hogan...? From Goodreads: When Caldan’s parents are brutally slain, he is raised by monks and taught the arcane mysteries of sorcery. Vowing to discover for himself who his parents really were, and what led to their violent end, he is thrust into the unfamiliar chaos of ...


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I think him creating a sun and storm out of thin air was pretty impressive and the quicksand that killed his followers. I think these feats were a taste of his power but after he saw he had nothing left he just gave up his dream 9f becoming a god, he had been to the other side, returned, saw how all flesh just rots and saw his dream as silly and futile.


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In summary, per Tolkien's own words from Letter 155, magic (or spells) is largely about motives and intentions. In general, with some exceptions, magic is an inherent power (in beings like Elves/Eldar, Wizards/Istari, Dwarves/Khazâd etc.) that can't be acquired or learned through lore or spells and it is not possessed or attainable by Men (Hobbits probably ...


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