The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One by Christopher Hansen and JR 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.
The first glimmering Chris Hansen had that there was far more to reality than he had ever imagined occurred six days after his ninth birthday.
“Christopher!” cried a wise, old sage. “Life is full of deep magic. Miraculous things happen all the time and all around us, if you know where to look for them.”
Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris began searching for this magic, prepared to be surprised and amazed by it. And he was: he found Wonder! Now he’s chosen to write stories about it.
When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.
In the world of O’Ceea everyone has the magical ability to project anything they can imagine to enhance or create objects. But with any power, there are rules and those that do not have permission can be punished for projecting. But when someone becomes 16, they can take part in the Color Test to find a guild or magician. Kai, Weston, Layauna,Talia, Kaso and Kalaya all have their own abilities and weaknesses. They will learn that what they think is a weakness is not necessarily that bad. Follow along as they learn to use their abilities individually and together all in the hopes that they will have color inside of them.
This is going to be a series of books about these kids and their abilities. In volume one we learn about the kids as they prepare for the Color Test. I loved learning about the kids and their different abilities. I love how they think they are failing yet they just have to find their place in this world.
I admit that I was a little confused with different things in this world but many of my questions were answered if I was patience. There are something that were not so I am hoping they will be answered in Volume 2. But I loved the description of this world and watching the children grow into young adults.
This is a wonderful start to a new series and I cannot wait to get my hands on Volume 2.
I received The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One from eBooks for Review for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.