First of all, I am going to apologize in advance if this doesn't make any sense. I'm not feeling well so my brain is really foggy. I hope it comes across clearly enough though. I haven't been writing much recently. A lot has been going on, so I'm taking the rest of the month off. However, today I was thinking about the magic in my WIP, and I don't know if it's my foggy brain from being sick or just because I've had so much distance but... It just doesn't seem right to me anymore. So let me run it by you and see what you think. I have three gods--Life, Death, and Spirit--and corresponding magic for each. Every person in my world has one of those three magical abilities to some degree, though some are stronger than others. I've thought about having their magical strength determine their class, but since it's not super important right now, I haven't delved into it. Life and death magic are basically how they sound. Life magic workers (I really need to come up with a better name for this...) can heal people and bring plants, possibly animals but not humans, back to life. The super strong can create things out of thin air. Death magic users can obviously kill, spread disease, and destroy. Spirit is more complicated. I have them being the more "otherworldly" characters that deal with the unknown. They can communicate with the dead, bring the dead back to life (by controlling their spirit), and some can even predict the future. Each type of magic user can throw magic, or energy balls (again, need a better name). Life magic orbs look like water and light. Death magic looks like fire and shadow. Spirit magic looks like wind and mist or smoke. Life and Death magic are very common, with Spirit being less so. Most of the Spirit workers that do exist live in hiding. Their magic is so powerful and useful that they're afraid others will try to manipulate/force them to do things they don't want to do. They've been in hiding for so long that many don't even know Spirit magic exists. That's the basics. Here's my dilemma. There is an evil force in the world that is killing plants, animals, humans, and magic. Since the force appeared, magic has become very rare and hard to use. My MC is Seren. She's been tasked with destroying said evil force. So she starts practicing magic and gets pretty good at it. But when she first uses her magic, it's Spirit magic. I have it written that no one recognizes it or even knows what it is because it is so rare, especially since the evil force appeared. So she has to go hunting down information to figure out what kind of magic she has, and I haven't even decided if she's going to find out in the first book. So a few questions: 1) Do the different types of magic and what the users can do make sense? 2) Do you have any suggestions for better names for these magic users other than Life worker, Spirit worker, etc? Also, if you have a suggestion for a fancier term than "energy ball," I'd appreciate that as well. 3) Does it seem unrealistic to have no one be able to recognize Seren's magic? I don't mention there being Spirit magic in my book at all. I only talk about life and death because that's all my characters know about. But there are three gods -- Life, Death, and Spirit -- and two very common types of magic -- life and death. So wouldn't a logical character (or reader) just assume that there is Spirit magic too? I'd hate to have Seren spend all this time trying to figure out what kind of magic she has if the reader can already guess. Anyway.. Hope this makes sense. My head hurts now. Thanks in advance!