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Preview — The Magician's Workshop, Volume One by Christopher Hansen
The Magician's Workshop, Volume One
If you think thoroughly before creating a magical world, you will bring a good fantasy story to your reader. "The Magician's Workshop" by Christopher Hansen and J. R. Fehr is one such wonderful series. If marketed and promoted properly this can create a huge fan following. Book is yet to come in printed format, I got free copy in exchange of unbiased review. Though I have scheduled it to read after a 30-40 days according to pipeline, but I cannot resist it a ...more
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Imagine living in a world where everyone has the same magical ability! That is the world Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr have created for younger readers as well as the young at heart! THE MAGICIAN’S WORKSHOP: VOLUME 1 is a delightful trip into a world limited only by one’s imagination, or in t ...more
I loved everything about this book UNTIL the end. There is absolutely no climax. I was waiting for it but we don't get there at all and that was entirely frustrating. It began with structural issues and ended with a major one. That said, I loved the ingenuity and the completely unique story line. It wasn't like anything I've ever read, ever. Full review: The Magician's Workshop Book Review ...more
Given that I’m not normally a fan of YA, I got on really well with this book.
The world building in this book is truly impressive; the world is made up of a series of islands inhabited by humans with the power of creating projections. There’s a distinct hierarchy that determines whether or not people are allowed to use their abilities, the customs vary according to the island they live on but at a certain age, teenagers are expected to display their pro ...more
Of all the genres out there Young Adult (YA) is one of my favourites. As a 22 year old, I’m not that far from its target audience. Some define YA’s demographic as stretching even to early twenties. I've always enjoyed YA as the authors do very well at creating whole new worlds with very relatable characters and Hansen and Fehr are no exception.
I was approached to review The Magician’s Workshop and I knew right away that I’d like ...more
All people in the islands of O’Ceea have some magical abilities! Whatever they imagine can be brought into existence, if only they try and practice a little. It is a whole new world with endless possibilities. The most talented people, those who are the masters of projection, they become magicians, gaining power, fame, glory and riches. This elite can work in the Magician’s Workshop, an honor that all people in O’Ceea seek, or at least almost all.
The won ...more
This first book has absolutely fantastic world-building. The character cast is really well set up, and the points of view are quite varied, so you get several different angles to view the world from. I find myself chomping my nails to the quick, hoping everything works out for the people involved.
Even the magic system is unique enough to keep me guessing - and that's pretty uncommon. The best part is seeing how the magic system itsel ...more
This book quickly transports the reader into a world of magic and fantasy. The story starts as the main characters are getting ready to test for a spot at the Magician's Workshop. Not everyone on the islands will be able to attend. The story follows several young adults who face some pretty big obstacles. One of the first things I noticed about this story is that even though these characters have to face adult situations, they do it as y ...more
The amazing thing is that the reader is not aware they are reading an introduction, and that is what makes it so exciting. Can you imagine reading a story that grips your heart and your imagination, and then having someone come along and tell you, 'that's just the intro, now h ...more
With The Magician's Workshop, Volume 1, authors Hansen and Fehr have created a wonderful fantasy story not only for teens and young adults. It is a very enjoyable and compelling read, drawing you in as you learn more about Kai and the other kids and their clans. Hans ...more
A wonderfully written story of a world where everyone has magic and can do magic, the authors take it one step further into the world of augmented reality. We are introduced to a myriad of people, both old and young and follow them on their various journeys. This book, the first in the series, is mainly an introduction. We are given a glimpse into the islands ...more
The main characters are all around the age of 16, and ...more
I chose The Magician’s Workshop after reading the synopsis from the pitch letter which suggested an intriguing concept. A thumbs up for the short introduction to the world of O’Ceea. The authors give the readers a glimpse of their dream. The story follows a relaxed pace; the language targetted at modern day teens. A fantasy reader of any level will be able to follow the book. I can’t say I am a big fan of the narrative developed in the entire book (I am not ...more
Everyday magic is enhanced by a root tasting so vile, only magic can ...more
The Magician's Workshop takes you to a fantasy island where young people practice magic skills similar to our children practicing and developing athletic skills. But you will learn why these magic skills are important to the entire community. The first chapters of the book let you get to know the characters, their hopes and dreams along with their fears and insecurities. But then the action starts and you can't put the book down.
This is a perfect book to share with a child or teenager. Within th ...more
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It honestly took me way back to the days of my youth, and reading such fantasy gems as Eragon and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone for the first time. The much-welcomed nostalgia, coupled with the beautiful imagery and magical writing style made for an altogether thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.
Now, obviously, this book is aimed at rather a younger audience. However, much like the aforementioned Eragon and Harry Potter books, I see no rea ...more
The islands of O’Ceea are like no other. People there have an ability to create projections. You could create anything you can ever imagine but they are only illusions. When someone masters the art of projection, he or she might be on the way to being a great magician. This is the dream most have as the title itself could very well change their lives. The Magician’s Workshop, Volume One follows a group of kids as they aim to ri ...more
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 instead?
This is such a wonderful book for adults and young adults alike. Even ...more
The reason behind me reviewi ...more
Oh, why did I wait? This book dragged me back to my childhood and reminded me of when everything was so much easier. Okay, it isn't quite so simple for the characters in the book, but the tight group of friends that Hansen creates is so relatable. If you'd asked me before I'd read it if it was my kind of book, I'd have sai ...more
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 around us.” Chris looked around him and asked, “Where? I don’t see anything spectacular.” The man held out a pair of glasses. “Here, put these on.” The boy plac...more