17 February, 2017

#BookReview :: The Magician's Workshop (Volume 1 & 2) by Christopher Hansen & J.R. Fehr

 Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has a magical ability: whatever they imagine can be brought into existence. Whoever becomes a master over these powers is granted the title of magician and is given fame, power, riches, and glory. This volume of books follows the journey of a group of kids as they strive to rise to the top and become members of the Magician’s Workshop. 
Layauna desperately wants to create beautiful things with her magical powers, but all she can seem to do is make horrible, savage monsters. For years she has tried to hide her creations, but when her power is at last discovered by a great magician, she realizes that what she’s tried to hide might actually be of tremendous value.
Kai just wants to use his powers to have fun and play with his friends. Unfortunately, nearly everyone on his island sees him as a bad influence, so he’s forced to meet them in secret. When one of the creatures they create gets out of control and starts flinging fireballs at their town, Kai is tempted to believe that he is as nefarious as people say. However, his prospects change when two mysterious visitors arrive, praising his ability and making extraordinary promises about his future.
Follow the adventures of Kai, Layauna, and a boatload of other characters as they struggle to grow up well in this fantastical world.

Return to the world of The Magician’s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality. 

In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void? 

Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.

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Everyone in the islands of O’Ceea has the magical ability of bringing whatever they can imagine into existence. At the age of 16, a colour ceremony is performed to test who has mastered their powers and has a good grasp on colours. Thos who pass the ceremony are given the title of magician. Those who fail are referred to as voids. Layauna, Kai, Talia, Weston, and Kaso are striving to their best to be able to pass the test and become members of the Magician’s workshop.

The reason behind me reviewing two volumes together instead of reviewing them individually is that I personally felt that the two volumes make up a single story. When taken individually, nothing much happens in the books, but take them together and you have a wonderfully imaginative story. The first volume introduces the children and help them grow in front of us. The second volume handles the colour ceremony and its effects on the individuals. The theme of the story is individual imaginations and their internal struggles. Like Layauna – who wants to create beautiful things with her power but ends up creating only montsers. The authors have done a fantastic job of building up a brand-new world that is unique. Their narration only helps the readers ease into the story.

My only gripe with the books is its pace. I feel they could easily be clubbed together into one fantastic story if the pace had been handled better. It has enormous potential and the second book leaves an opening for further instalments. I wish to pick up the story further soon.

Review Copy received from the Authors

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