Friday, January 13, 2017

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 be a 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 after reading first two chapters. 

Book blurb
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.
O'Ceea is a magical lang where where people can project things as per their imagination. Though anyone can project things in O'Ceea, only those having permission from authority can project legally. Otherwise person will be punished. Anyone below 16 cannot project publicly until he gets recognition. As per law set in their world at age of 16, girls & boys will eligible for examination. The most important factor during this test is standing in front of a system/device/magician called as puller who will decide whether person has any of the 9 colors in him or he is a without color (people without color known as void). This ceremony is celebrated on grand level and called as color ceremony. Apart from puller test person can go through other test and earn chips which will be useful for professional guilds.

Now coming to main story. It is about five teenagers Layauna, Kai, Weston, Talia, Kalaya, Kaso from different region and clan who are on the verge of becoming adults as per O'Ceea's regulations. Each person has their own strength, weakness and pasts. In this volume they just gathered at Color ceremony. Things will be continued in next part.

Though I liked the book by reading first two chapters, it doesn't mean I got use to with unconventional words and plots. There are gaps that readers have to image or wait for next few chapters to get it cleared. I had that problem while reading, and there are some doubts that I hope will be cleared while reading next part.

What I like in book?
  • Authors have thought about new currency, different way to show timings, new way of calling last names and many more things differently.
  • Fast paced book, without unnecessary details.
  • Plot was well planned.
What I thought could be improved?
  • First and foremost, cover. It requires better cover page for fantasy book.
  • Book has built wonderful tempo, but end was abrupt.
  • I was expecting each characters know results of color ceremony and then in next volume they face other challenges.
  • It would have been nice for readers if few clarification of O'ceea have given to readers before hand.
In and all, a wonderful read. Talking about ratings.
  1. Cover - 2.5 / 5
  2. Language - 4 / 5 (For book audience of kids, YA)
  3. Story Line - 4 / 5 (No ups and downs, straight forward)
  4. Characters - 4 / 5
  5. Concept - 4.5 / 5 (Something new)
  6. Overall - 4 / 5
Book can be found at - Amazon
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