I was sent an ARC of ‘The Magician’s Workshop’ a few months ago—I know, I’m terrible— by Wondertale Press. Thank you so much for sending me this book!
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.
This book was a little below my age group I think, but I think that due to the quick, exciting pace that keeps readers interested it would be great for younger readers, from the age of around 11-12. The book gets going really quickly and doesn’t hold back with exciting things, with really grab attention.
I found that the characters were very “young” personality wise too, which would make it a great book for that age range (11+). The Characters were all great, I think Kai just was brilliant and so funny at times. And there were actually loads of different personalities and it added so much to the book.
The book itself was filled with loads of humorous and witty moments, which I loved and which further adds to why it could also be appropriate for a younger age range. I think the humour (especially at the beginning) made me love this book, because I absolutely adore humour and the humour was so clear in the book.
However, I did find that the speech difficult to follow often with little indication of who is speaking at certain points, and that’s why I wouldn’t recommend this book for those younger than eleven. But, it was still a great read.
I really recommend this book for younger readers in the “tween” age group as well as in the (13+) category I think it would be a great read for anyone really. This book has been released recently, so go and check it out!