For some reason, I recently had the urge to say something about this problem that i've encountered in reading fantasy stories that are supposed to be realistic when it comes to life, death, power system and injury, and that is the fact that it isn't realistic at all. Why? Well, let me give you a few examples. A red-haired man conjures fire magic and morphs it into a colossal fireball, extracting all of his mana as he charges it at you. Yet, somehow you dodge it or counter it with ease, not feeling suffocated or burning from the heat at all, and you're supposed to be a mage with barely any defense. Is that realistic? No. I'm telling you this because I'd like these types of stories to improve, unless they have some sort of explanation or the mage specializes in 'body enhancement' or has some evolved body. I'll give you a few more examples. A group of haughty mages gritting their teeth as they channel a tsunami, commanding it to crash on you and the rest of the imaginary army. Although you summon a shield spell, you should still shiver at the cold temperature or if you drown in it for a brief moment, at least show the character gasping for breath. The same goes for ice magic when it comes to the temperature part. Lightning magic too, the character should be completely paralyzed, unable to move or think while being in extreme pain or something since most of the time it's supposed to be really powerful in most novels. Others might call it nit-picky of me, but hey, i'd like to see it once in the novels I read. I just thought that it'd be way more interesting than the usual fantasy, since the magic society in your world could be completely adjusted.