Last newsletter, I made reference to the magic used in Servant of the Crown. I thought it might be interesting to talk about the second book in the same way, though I must give a warning, there are spoilers. Sword of the Crown contains very little in terms of magic until the last third of the book. There is a reference to the Royal Life Mage when Gerald is injured, but magic doesn't rear its head again until we meet Albreda.
During their first encounter, Beverly soon comes to realize Albreda is a Druid, another name for an Earth Mage. From the knight's point of view, there is no real use of spells, but dig deeper, and you'll figure out that the Witch of the Whitewood has summoned both a hawk and wolves.
Magic doesn't play a part again until the Battle of Kingsford, where Lily uses her innate magical ability to summon a mist. Here we also see Master Revi Bloom healing her horse, Lightning. Later, at Bodden, Albreda again calls on the wolves, this time to herd deer, though I won't give away the results.
The last mention of magic is during the Battle of Eastwood, where Chief Urgon uses a magical sword, along with an Orc hero who is healed by a shaman, the Orcs' name for a Life Mage.
As the series progresses, magic becomes more prominent. Next issue, I'll talk about how the mages of the series have become more proficient.