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BOOK TITLE:  The Magician's Workshop: Volume One
SERIES: The Magician's Workshop
AUTHOR: Christopher Hansen & J.H Fehr 
GENRE: Fantasy, Young Adult
WARNINGS: Some imagery that may be frightening to very young or highly sensitive readers. 

No, dear friends, your eyes do not deceive you. I am back from the dead. And by 'the dead', I mean masses upon masses of Uni work - which is basically the same thing, if we're being honest with ourselves. Worry not, though, year one is drawing quickly to an end and with it comes four glorious months of summer break - for most of which, I have no plans. I intend to get some serious blogging done in that time, and already have quite a few ideas in formulation. Hopefully we won't see an absence quite like this most recent one for a long while. 

I was actually contacted by the lovely Jonathan from Wondertale publishing way back in December with a request for me to review Volume One of The Magician's Workshop series. Aforementioned uni work, however, has prevented me from actually sitting down and writing the review. Until now. 

The Magician's Workshop series is set in the islands of O'Ceea, where everyone has the magical ability to bring anything they can imagine into existence. Those who master these powers are granted the title of magician. With the title comes fame, riches, powers, glory. The series follows the lives of a group of youngsters who strive to reach the top, for a place in the Magician's Workshop. 
These kids include Layuana and Kai, 

Layuana only manages to make horrible, savage monsters despite her desire to create beautiful things. For all of her life, she's tried to hide her creations; but when her power is discovered by a great magician, she finds that they may be of value after all. Kai is deemed a 'bad influence' by almost everybody on his island and forced to meet his friends in secret. When one of his creations goes out of control, with somewhat blazing consequences for the town, he becomes inclined to agree with his reputation. However, the arrival of two mysterious visitors and extraordinary promises for the future start to change his opinion. 

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 reason why those of us no longer considered 'younger' can't enjoy it too. If you're looking for a gift for a young reader, this is perfect. If you're looking to delve into the world of fantasy and you're not really sure how to go about it, this is a great place to start. And if you're a seasoned fantasy reading veteran, and you're looking for something whimsical and fun to read - this is still a great idea. Any chance you get to pick this up, I implore you to do so.

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Happy reading, 
Jazz xo 

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1 comment:

  1. Great review, as a librarian I do recommend YA to Adult readers - classics like A Wrinkle in Time - a must read - I write a dog blog, so if you ever review a 'dog' - (don't mean NF but a Fiction with a dog character ) book please let me know as I would love to link you to my blog xxx