Does anyone else think that alot of the magical scenes in fantasy writing are somewhat boring? I don't know exactly what it is, but reading about magic, or battles fought with magic, often seem dull to me. I think a big part of this is the use of magic as Dues ex Machina, which many authors seem to resort to. Another aspect may be that it's incredibly difficult to understand magic within the world of the story. I think sometimes the authors themselves don't understand the magic in their own stories, so it comes off not nesscarily as mysterious, but rather confusing or vague.
Does anyone share similar, or totally opposite, obvservations? Also does anyone have some reading suggestions for works that have a truly exciting magical elements/ scenes?