Saturday, March 25, 2017

REVIEW: The Magician's Workshop (Volume 1 and 2 ) By Hansen 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 


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 


The Magician's Workshop dumps you straight into a pile of 

characters living in their crazy island world where everyone can 

work magic. And as the characters go about life projecting magic 

images, flavors and smells, the authors slowly start to 

introduce some of the difficulties that come in such a 

fantastical world. What do you think? Would you bother eating 

real fruit if you could eat something that tasted like fruit 


This is such a wonderful book for adults and young adults alike. 

Even if you are a fully mature adult you will read this and love 

this novel. I was so excited to move onto book two after 

finishing this.

5 stars

Book two

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.

Book Two definitely does not disappoint at all. It continues with 

old characters but expands on the magical realm we are reading 

about. Beautifully well written.

 showed their characters with universal feelings common in us 

all. I could relate to situations and difficulties these 

characters were experiencing even though their characters were 

living in a land and time of magic and projections. Going to 

such a special place and being part of these lives "magically" 

gives us insight into lives so different than ours....yet inside 

each individual are the same feelings as young people today 

feel. As I felt in Volume I, a wonderful reading experience to 

be read not only alone but to share with others.

The Master Magician turns up with words of encouragement along 

the lines of color, no color, it doesn't matter, but to accept 

all anyway. This comes across as a surprise and a rather new 

concept to everyone who think that the ultimate goal is to be 

found with color and then to train to get into the magician's 

workshop. No-one seems to know or understand the hardships that 

it entails or even those that follow this kind of dream.

Now that everyone has found out their place (it feels harsh to 

write it this way, but I cannot think of another way of 

articulating this), it's time to move further, to train, to find 

new goals and to deal with the next stage of life. The authors 

slowly emphasize the importance of two characters, Kai and 

Layauna, and the story slowly shifts focus with more of the 

later chapters written from their points of view. Coming out 

with the kind of colors they have, it will give us a sense that 

the tests that life will throw at these two will be harder and 

that they will need all the help and support from their friends 

and family. 

I absolutely adore this author and I cannot wait to read more 

from him.

5 stars

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.

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