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.
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 continued to find life whoa-tazzling. 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 marshland, 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.
Do you believe in magic? After reading this book you just might! Wow… this book has a little bit of everything.. a great story, a fascinating new world and characters that are exciting and adventurous! I read through this book in less than a day! Which is always surprising when you have small children! This is such a wonderful book!
This is book one of a two set series. I can’t wait to read book 2!! Seriously, how awesome would it be to have magical powers?!?! All of those that live on the island of O’Ceea can do wondrous things and bring anything they imagine to life. This book reminds me a lot of the Divergent/Hunger Games series, a group of kids that have to survive through things to make it somewhere in life. If you like those books, you will love this book!
Follow this group of kids through their struggles and adventures to become a part of the Magician’s Workshop. It is a great story of believing in one’s self and becoming the best person you can be. Sometimes what we think is a fault is often a strength, depending on who you are asking. The authors take you on a great adventure that also has a great underlying life lesson to it! 🙂 So go find it and read it! 🙂 I thoroughly enjoyed this magical story and I cannot wait to be able to dive into the second book!
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