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Martial Arts as Magic, Part 1: Yoga and Arhat Fist
Fantasy runs on tropes. In fact, the clichés are so deeply embedded in the genre that you can make a splash by carefully noting them (“okay, there are a lot of old wizards with grey beards”) and then systematically doing the opposite (“…but what about a young sorceress with no beard…”). This reinforces my belief that the genre has become a never-ending quest to find a new horse to beat to death. I have to admit, though, that fantasy writers still get creative with their magic—from the blood magic of A Darker Shade of Magic to the allomancy of Mistborn …