Author: Christopher Hansen
Rating: 1 Star (DNF)
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.
WARNING – SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT – REVIEW BELOW
Reading The Magician’s Workshop by Christopher Hansen did not go how I expected. I was intrigued by the description of the book and was pretty excited to get started reading. The first chapter hit me in a way that I thought, “This is going to be a fun adventure.” I loved, what at the time, seemed to be the main character. I loved her relationship with her grandfather, the tension between her and her family, and how much of a duck out of place she was. The world-building was compelling, and I was excited to keep reading.
And then the second chapter hit…. And the third… and I was over it. The first chapter was exactly what I was looking for in a fantasy story, and then chapter two and three barreled in with a wild bunch of children, and the repeated thought of “this day is perfect” from one of the characters… Over and over, and it felt like filler. Two whole chapters could have been erased and not changed the story in the slightest, and it ruined that first chapter for me. So, I stopped reading. I’m DNFing this book – because I can’t push myself past those first three chapters. I don’t want to have to push myself to read a book where only 1/3 of the book is interesting to me. Maybe it gets better, I don’t know, but this is where the author lost me.