The Book Eating Magician - chapter-34
Tournament Finals #2
The huge explosion caused smoke and steam to fill the air. Two 4th Circle
magics had been accelerated by wind, causing a deadly explosion on the
battlefield. The solid stone floor of the stadium cracked apart, and dust
rose up in the aftermath.
Visibility was sharply reduced in this situation, but Theodore’s eyes
shone a brilliant gold.
It was Hawkeye! Hawkeye, the skill he had received a few days ago after
consuming ‘Hawk’s Skull,’ naturally penetrated through the
smokescreen which covered the stadium.
The moment Theo discovered Sylvia, Theo’s eyes shook. It was because
none of the crystals hanging from her robe were broken.
‘She blocked it? The accelerated Double Blaze Shell?’
The clear ice pieces nearby were indications of Frozen Wall, a 3rd Circle
defense magic. It looked like she had overlapped two or three layers of
it. However, she couldn’t have blocked that with a defensive ability
which was lower than Earth Wall. The strength of the two materials, ice
and stone, absolutely couldn’t be compared.
The moment Theo thought this, he felt a chill on his skin.
“…Indeed, it is temperature!”
He couldn’t help feeling in awe as he understood how Sylvia had
improved her defense. Some time ago, he had stumbled upon this concept
while reading a book.
According to the study of a magician, ice was said to increase in
strength as the temperature dropped. If the temperature was minus 30
degrees Celsius, the strength would be similar to human teeth. Once the
temperature was below minus 40 degrees, it would be stronger than
minerals like amethysts.
If Sylvia had created an ice wall at a lower temperature, then its
defense would almost be comparable to that of a steel wall. The barrier
had been crushed, but the ice wall had been sufficient to block Theo’s
Theo realized this fact and prepared the next spell, but Sylvia was the
one who moved first inside the smoke screen. Her robe flapped as she used
her staff to draw a circle of magic power. Theo’s Hawkeye vision
penetrated the identity of the magic circle faster than anyone else.
‘Ah, it is the first time I’ve dealt with this magic…!’
Theo broke off the spell he was casting and hurriedly retreated as it
popped out of the smoke screen.
It was an attribute control magic which existed in the 4th Circle. The
opaque body of water wriggled, and the delicate scales shone as they
reflected the light from the ceiling. Clumsy magicians often produced
worms, but this was like a work of art.
That power was never beautiful.
The water snake rushed aggressively toward Theodore like a real snake. It
was like a big swamp snake, but its speed was comparable to that of a
wild beast. The tail of the water snake shot upwards quickly.
Theo sensed an early warning as a chill ran down his spine. A lump of
water wasn’t that painful, but the Liquid Snake wasn’t an ordinary
mass of water. The heavy water was compressed at a high density, making
it hard and heavy like metal.
If he was hit once, then it had the ability to cause damage beyond the
absorption capacity of the crystal.
The descending tail hit the spot where Theo had just been standing. The
ground was shattered like a warrior had hit it with a hammer, and
Theo’s robe was punctured by the fragments. It was good that the
crystals didn’t recognize that as damage.
Theo hurried out of the range of the water snake.
‘Faster than I thought…!’
However, it wasn’t over after the water snake missed. The water snake
quickly turned its head toward Theo. It was a dozen times Theo’s size,
but it was almost twice as fast as Theo. It wouldn’t have been possible
to avoid the first blow if it hadn’t been for Theo’s sensory
He rolled across the floor and desperately avoided the successive attacks
of the water snake.
Kwaang! Kwang! Kwaang! Kuwang!
The tail and body of the snake kept crushing the floor of the stadium.
Every move was an attack corresponding to 3rd Circle magic. Theo changed
direction repeatedly to aim at Sylvia, but the water snake continued
blocking him off.
Indeed, it was appropriate to call the water snake a moving defense.
Fireball and Lightning Bolt couldn’t stop the momentum of the water
snake. It blocked a few shots that Theo had fired already. If this
continued, he would consume too much stamina and magic power. It was time
to use one of his hidden cards.
‘My stored Blaze Shell doesn’t have enough power.’
The 4th Circle fire magic could offset that snake. However, that was all.
Wouldn’t it just revert the situation back to the beginning?
There was still a large difference between him and Sylvia, so the choice
would just result in a one-sided loss. Then the second option was the
Magic Bullet. Even the hobgoblin chief hadn’t been able to withstand it.
The index finger of Theo’s right hand stretched out quietly. He had to
prepare enough power to penetrate through the water snake. Now that his
magic power had reached the 4th Circle, he could shoot three or four of
magic bullets. Unlike last time, there was no need to risk his life for
“…Okay, I’m going.” Theo got up and maintained his posture. The
water snake was chasing after him at a terrible speed, but it wasn’t
difficult to stop for a moment.
Sylvia’s water snake was persistent magic, but Mitra had been waiting
for his call from the beginning!
[Hoing!] Mitra’s cute voice resonated in his head as the shattered
floor of the stadium suddenly soared up.
The water snake failed to overcome its own momentum and slammed its head
against a wall which had suddenly been raised. The strength of the
collision shook the firmly constructed earth barrier, but it couldn’t
destroy it instantly. The water snake had to hit it three times to break
Then beyond the barrier, the recreation of a previous scene appeared.
“Too late, reptile.”
As a bluish glow emerged from the tip of his index finger, Theo aimed at
Sylvia standing behind the water snake. Funnily enough, the opaque
snake’s body became an obstacle hindering her view. Her trust in the
water snake’s defensive ability cased her to become the prey of the
Immediately, a streak of light flew across the stadium.
The sound was slower than the streak of light. As the sound caught up one
step late, the light had already pierced through the body of the water
snake. It didn’t care about the snake, which exploded like a water
balloon, and flew unceasingly to its target.
As the audience responded to the blue light, Sylvia’s talent meant she
immediately unfolded a shield reflexively.
However, Theo’s attack wasn’t something which could be stopped with a
basic shield. The Magic Bullet ruthlessly pierced through the surface of
Sylvia’s robe and hit her stomach. She took a step back from the shock
of a power which couldn’t be stopped by the Liquid Snake and Shield,
and a crystal hanging from her robe broke with a loud sound.
It was a shocking start. While everyone in the stadium went into shock,
Sylvia’s bangs covered her face. It was impossible for the spectators
to guess what expression she carried. How would she respond to this?
Would she have tightly clenched fists and an angry face? Perhaps she
would be startled? Maybe there would be tears from the unexpected pain?
At that moment…
His teeth started clattering together. Goose bumps appeared on his skin,
and his body shook from the cold. It was an extreme feeling, but it
wasn’t caused by fear. The pure cold was cooling down Theo’s whole
body. The sensation of his muscles contracting as he moved in this cold
made him shudder.
Theo looked up reflexively at the ceiling, and his expression hardened. A
huge number of ice arrows were pointing at the ground.
‘No, isn’t there at least 100 of them?’
How could Sylvia produce such a number? As Theo pulled up his magic power
while being bewildered by the huge number, the arrows started to pour
down. If they had a strength proportional to this cold, they would have
the same power as a steel arrow. Any accidental scratch would be enough
damage to break a crystal.
Above all, there were too many to avoid all of them.
As soon as Theo’s spell was completed, three pairs of hands made of
fire appeared in the air. The hands heated up the air. He learned from
Vince that it was better to get get rid of a magic like Ice Arrow, rather
than letting it skim past his body.
The 100 ice arrows and fire palms danced together. The steam caused by
the evaporated arrows rose up from the ground. If it hadn’t been for
‘West Wind’s Protection,’ he would’ve been hit. Still, Theo’s
efforts weren’t in vain as he managed to get rid of the arrows without
a single bit of damage.
Theo got rid of Burning Hands and tried to penetrate the steam when…
A girl with silver hair suddenly ran through the steam which had spread
“Eh?!” Theo’s eyes widened when he saw that Sylvia had suddenly
come toward him.
The distance which of almost 50 meters between them had narrowed in a
matter of seconds. It wasn’t the 5th Circle magic Blink, yet Haste was
too slow compared to this speed. The secret to her rapid movements was
the ground at her feet.
She slid along an ice road created by ice magic. It was a technique which
was contained in Alfred’s memories. The ice road was a feat impossible
without an exquisite control over the centre of gravity in the body and
the frictional force.
Nevertheless, the technique was possible due to Sylvia’s exceptional
genius. However, Theo didn’t have any more time to think.
The staff which contained magic power appeared right in front of Theo’s
He would’ve been hit if it wasn’t for the warning of his sensory
perception. If he had been hit without the damage absorbing crystal, his
face would be squashed like a tomato. Theo had just barely managed to
avoid the first attack, but the staff was notorious for its length.
Huoong! Hung! Huoong!
Sylvia’s staff was wielded in succession. It grew increasingly closer
to Theo’s body and was now at a distance where it rubbed against his
‘Damn, I’m reaching the limit…!’
Theodore had never learned proper hand-to-hand combat, so he couldn’t
escape from the professional techniques. He had only managed to avoid
having all three crystals broken due to his sensory perception.
It was urgent for Theo to widen the distance. As soon as he made the
decision, he jumped to the rear.
At almost the same time, the staff moved and hit his crossed arms. His
crystal broke half a beat later.
With this, the two of them had returned to a tied score of 1:1.
“Ugh, that hurts…”
Most of the damage had been absorbed, but his bones were still throbbing.
He probably had a bruise now. However, Theo used the shock while jumping
and was able to widen the distance to almost 15 meters.
He wouldn’t allow her to get closer like before. Theo understood that
he shouldn’t get close to Sylvia, so he paid close attention to her. If
he took his eyes off her for even a moment, the same situation would
For that reason, Theo glimpsed something unexpected as he used Hawkeye.
Sylvia’s emotionless face which seemed to be carved out of ice… Her
marble-white face was smiling like a child would.