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 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. (Summary and cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the Book Funnel and I voluntarily chose to write a review
This book reads more like a collection of short stories rather than the traditional definition of a “book”. The entire duration is leading up to each of the young adults being tested for “Colors”, yet before we get to the climax, the book ends. I’d understand a cliffhanger after we had some dramatic reveals could be a great lead into the next book, but instead it flopped a bit for me. I had enjoyed the portrayal of the different things created with projections, but I was waiting for the book to truly start. It struck me as background information with a lot of world-building and setup.
I think the author has some great writing and I certainly was intrigued by the world (and magic!) the way it was created, but it didn’t quite do it for me with this one.
Rating: 2 stars!
Who should read it? Anyone willing to sign up for two books and looking for a unique new look at magic!
Want to read the whole series?
The Magician’s Workshop Volume Two