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.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
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 placed them over his eyes and—“Whoa!” He was gobsmacked by the Wonder he saw. But it lasted only a moment. The man vanished in a flash of starlight and the lenses melted and trickled down his cheeks. Then a message was sung into his ear, “Go and seek what you have seen.” Full of expectation and childlike optimism, Chris set out. To his great joy, this quest has led him to discover many more glimmerings of this miraculous Wonder, often in the most unexpected of places.
When J.R. Fehr popped out of the womb, he knew there was more to the world than the
four boring hospital walls that he was seeing. “Zango!” his newborn mind exclaimed as
he saw people appear and disappear through a mysterious portal in the wall. As a child he found life wowtazzling, but as he grew older the cold water of reality hit him, and the magic he once knew vanished. After spending some wet and shivering years lost in a joyless wasteland, he once again began to see magic in the world. He writes because the Wonder of true life is far grander than anything he ever thought possible.
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ON TO THE REVIEW
This book has sucked me in. By the way it moves from character to character, how every character has his or her own unique and personality, it’s a train ride all the way to the end. I talked Chris Hansen before reading this story and this is what he had to say that clarifies a lot of how this book goes down:
“I think it may be a bit like going to a party where there are a bunch of people you don’t know. As you walk in the door you’re a bit unsure about things. Is thee going to be anyone here that you’ll enjoy and become friends with? But then the person who invited you to the party sees you and waves. They come over to you and say, “Hey, I’m glad you came. Here, let me introduce you to a few people.”
Then they take you over to meet one of their friends. It’s a nice conversation and you start to get a sense of who this person is. But then your host says, “Come on, there’s someone else I want you to get to know,” and they lead you to another person. You talk with them for awhile, but then before you know it you’re whisked off to greet a third person. This happens again and again until you’ve been introduced to most of the people in the room. Some people love this sort of thing while others don’t.”
Hansen sets of a perfect example of this first volume. I discussed with Kester and Kelsey how it just seemed like a huge prologue to the next book. Of course there was a lot of action, a lot of dialogue, a lot of good stuff, but by the time I was looking forward to the Color Ceremony (a huge ceremony that has been anticipated by all the characters throughout the book), the book was over. Luckily, I have the chance to get the second book. If I didn’t, I’ll forever be left in the dark about who got a Color and who didn’t.
Overall the plot was very interesting. Hansen and Fehr did EXCELLENT at creating their own little world. There were cultures and different provinces. Orphans were called Blanks, last names were not really a thing. They went by clan name or status. “is-a Blank,” “is-a Leaf” “is-a Wave.” Stuff like that, and I found it super catchy. I thought that was so unique.
I am so excited to read the second book, which I believe is the only next book. I’ve been reassured that the second book does carry on the plot a lot farther than introductions. I honestly can’t wait.
If you haven’t gotten your hands on this book, and you love a good fantasy that’s silly and full of characters, pick this book up now! You won’t regret it. I had so much fun, and you will too!