As I was reading this summer I kept coming across magical articles of clothing or objects that I would love to own, so I thought I would share some of them with you all. Vote for your favorite at the end of the post.
The Shades of Magic Series by V.E. Schwab.
I fell in love with Kell’s coat. Wouldn’t it be a fun one to have. Going to work and then out for the evening? Well all you have to do is turn this coat sideways and you are all set! Also with so many pockets it would be easy to hide, and then lose things, that you don’t want found by others. It also seemed to respond to Kell’s wants and needs as well.
“Kell wore a very peculiar coat.
It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible. The first thing he did whenever he stepped out of one London and into another was take off the coat and turn it inside out once or twice (or even three times) until he found the side he needed. Not all of them were fashionable, but they each served a purpose. There were ones that blended in and ones that stood out, and one that served no purpose but of which he was just particularly fond.”― V.E. Schwab,
Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Scarlet’s dress that she gets when she arrives at Caraval. It changes for all different occasions and needs. Imagine never having to go shopping for an appropriate outfit again! I wonder if it does pants? I don’t remember it doing that, but wouldn’t that be a nice bonus!
“With every thought she watched her buttoned gloves turn from white to black, and she could feel the neckline of her gown transforming from a heart shape to a high collar. Thankfully it wasn’t turning sheer, but the silk was shifting to uncomfortable crepe and she could see the tiny black dots on her bodice growing larger, spreading like stains all over her gown, Reflecting her worries.” — Stephanie Garber, Caraval.
The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett
The luggage was one of the many things that endeared me to Discworld. Wouldn’t it be fun to have luggage that just followed you? And of course protected you from evil and dangerous people? As I recall it also had a magical way of presenting what you wanted when you needed it. It also at times had a mind of its own, which could be dangerous but I still love it!
” The massive wooden chest, which he had last seen resting solidly on the quayside, was following on it’s master’s heels with a gentle rocking gait. Slowly, in case a sudden movement on his part might break his fragile control over his own leges, Hugh bent slightly so that he could see under the chest. There were a lot of little legs.” –Terry Pratchett, The Color of Magic
The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton
I have been listening to the audiobook for the past week and I just love the post-balloons. I think these might even beat out owl post as my favorite way to get mail. They sound so fun, and a bit of a blend between magic and technology. There isn’t a really good description that I could fine, but I imagine them a bit like tiny dirigibles with baskets maybe.
“‘And look! There’s a congratulatory post-balloon from Madame Du Barry, and another from the princess. They’ve left a trail of glitter throughout the chambers.’ The post-balloons spit out little fireworks, one crimson and the other rose-petal pink and cream. They dance around the room like children.” Dhonielle Clyaton, The Belles.
The Great Library’s Blanks
The Great Library Series by Rachel Caine
These blanks are a bit of a combination of magic and technology, and I imagine them working a bit like a kindle, except there are real pages, not a screen. Pretty cool, to just have a blank book suddenly fill up with words. I couldn’t find a quote that described the blanks well but here is one that includes them.
“No doubt parts of this vast pyramid were devoted to spacious, beautiful areas where the public could browse the Codex and load up Blanks with texts; librarians would be working, serene and helpful. A Scholar or two might be conducting his own research in a secret archive of local documents, There would be reading spaces, light, and beautiful views from the windows. That would be the public face of the Library, the one that even Jess had always known.” Rachel Caine, Paper and Fire.