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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  103 ratings  ·  79 reviews
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 awarded the title of magician and given fame, power, riches, and glory. Journey with 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 be
Kindle Edition, 247 pages
Published January 2017 by Wondertale (first published November 8th 2016)
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Vishnu Chevli
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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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
Montzalee Wittmann
Feb 19, 2017 rated it liked it
The Magician's Workshop, Volume One (The Magician's Workshop) by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr is a fantasy book for teens and young adults it seemed. I liked the story premise and the plot. The characters were developed but the dialogue was childish at times, even the adults seemed to be talking as if they were children. Overall the story was okay, I liked the magical ability aspect and the fantasy but it just didn't draw me in like other fantasy books similar to this. I was given this book ...more
Rebecca Skane

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
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Much like The Magician’s Workshop, I’m going to preface my review. Truthfully, I’m not the biggest lover of stories that are broken into many volumes. I’m impatient and I hate waiting for the next release. I like big chunky reads and prefer to have one long book rather than lots of little ones. I fear breaking stories up into smaller parts can lead to certain things being dragged out too much. Nevertheless, despite all of this, when the authors contacted me for a review I was happy to give the s ...more
Whispering Stories
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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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
Claire Lee
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
I received a copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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
Terri Wilson
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review**

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
Thomas Pujol
Feb 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-progress
The Magician's Workshop, Vol. 1, is in every way an introduction. It introduces the reader to a world, to a broad, yet well defined cast of characters, and it introduces the reader to the gifted authors behind the novel.
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
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book introduces you to a group of kids living in the magical islands of O'Ceea. Most of them are dreaming of receiving their colour, being accepted at the Magician's Workshop, i.e. being allowed to officially create projections.

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
Namrata Ganti
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoo whoo whooosh! That's how the story flowed and finished in a flash of color, before I could find my bearings and return to the surface!

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
Beth Ann Garcia
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
YA novel about people living on the island of O'Ceea, each being able to perform magic (projections). Only the truly gifted advance to become honored members of The Workshop. This is the story of young magicians struggling to find their own way in their world. ...more
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Its a relatively short read but it's only the first volume of a multiple volume series. It's set in an alternate realm, on a span of magical islands. The islands aren't the most interesting thing in the story, as it seems the characters are capable of magical “projections.” These magical projections consist of putting careful thought into the creation of something, and then it becoming real! Well, as real as immaterial light waves are anyways.

The main characters are all around the age of 16, and
Anindita,  A Bohemian Mind at Work
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Full review on A Bohemian Mind at Work

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
The world of the Magician’s Workshop might be a future earth reduced to islands, or a magical other-earth hidden far away. But it’s a relatable place filled with believable characters, like a cross between JK Rowling’s Hogwarts and Veronica Roth’s Divergent. Natural dialog, description and action build the world in the reader’s mind, while curious pseudo-quotes add depth, and “Power, Kingdom and Glory” offer longed-for rewards.

Everyday magic is enhanced by a root tasting so vile, only magic can
Beverly Mitchell
Feb 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
Lexie Conyngham
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a rich and entertaining book for young teenagers / middle-grade readers who enjoy fantasy of an imaginative kind. O’Ceea is a world which exists after a great flood, a place made up of groups of islands. In this world the power is with the Magicians and the Guilds: the magicians are people who have a ‘color’ and the guilds are carefully controlled so that no one who does not have all the requisite skills can enter them. But both magicians and guilds operate by carrying out ‘projections’: ...more
Dec 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
Every book we read feeds us - for better or worse. This one is for the best.
Jazz Blackwell

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
Melanie (Paperback Darling)
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
(I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.)

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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
My first read from author Christopher Hansen was triggered when the author contacted me and asked if I'd like to read and review his book, I'd never heard of him or this book before that contact. A good read with well, but slowly developed characters ( that's not necessarily a bad thing). I'm a character read. I like to know who the characters are and what makes them do the things they do. Over the length of the book the author does that. The story line was a little different, but intriguing and ...more
Helen Drake
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Jayme Cowley
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in a week or so and was amazed by how quickly it reads, by the time you finish the end of the book, it feels like the story is just beginning and you are already ready for the 2nd book. I recommend purchasing the second book as well if you purchase this one because your going to want to get started with it right away!
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the most entertaining fictional YA books I have read in a while. I generally lean toward historical fiction, but this book had just enough depth and amusement to keep me reading to the end. If you want sheer entertainment, and a whole lot of magic, this is the book for you. Looking forward to volume 2 and the reveal of the Colors ceremony.
Amber Jones
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The amount of effort that has gone into this book is inspiring. It's a book that doesn't just try to advance a plot, but tries to represent some really worthwhile themes through fully developed characters in a robust and rich fantasy universe. Looking forward to more from Hansen and Fehr. ...more
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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 reviewi
Paul Gaskill
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was offered this book a few months ago as a swapsie for one of my own. I've been meaning to read it for a while, so I apologise, Chris, that it has taken me so bleedin' long!

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
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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


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