Publisher's Note:  

Return to the world of the Magician s Workshop: Where Dreams Become Reality. In Volume Two, the Festival of Stars has finally arrived, and the Color Ceremony is about to commence. As children from all over the islands gather to stand before a puller, one question remains: who will have a Color, and who will be found void? Rejoin your favorite characters as they step forward and receive a label that will have the power to dramatically alter the course of their lives forever.

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Wondertale

The Magician's Workshop (Volume Two)

by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr

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The Magician's Workshop (Volume 2) takes place immediately after the ending of book one. In a world where people can "project" imagination over reality, teenagers undergo a special ceremony - the Color Ceremony - which will determine the subsequent fate of the rest of their lives: will they be "void pulls" found to have no Color inside them and therefore preventing them from ever becoming a mage? Or will a single shade of Cyan, or Crimson, or Indigo, or even all three be found in them, granting them a shot at getting into the coveted Magician's Workshop?

Told in the same alternating points of view as book one, we get to see the fates of all the characters we had gotten to know earlier, and see how lives are determined based on the results of each individual's Ceremony. Tension mounts before, during, and after the Ceremony, as some characters are found to have Color within themselves, some prove to be void pulls, while others earn multiple Colors.

Once again written by Christopher Hansen and J.R. Fehr, book two of The Magician's Workshop has the same engaging pull of the first one, with silly "slang" peculiar to O'Ceean characters, character development and growth, and a surprising undertone that perhaps the oh-so-coveted Color is NOT as important as everyone thinks. And possibly, in book three, we will see the results of a hinted plot that may forever change the way things have been done on O'Ceea.

Again, as in Volume 1, this novel does contain some misspellings (discrete vs discreet, for example). However, also like Volume 1, it contains a solid plot with an intriguing ending that leaves you eager for book three, and a cast of characters with unique lives and dreams that are foiled or fulfilled by the Color Ceremony. A fun and positive read for young adults.

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Profanity/Language:  None (Note: A character projects a "hell-dog," but that name is the only use of the word "hell.")

Violence/GoreSecondhand report of past violence with a character's projection; characters sometimes have mild arguments with others; a character's monstrous projection threatens to disrupt a fancy meal; in an extended scene, a character is afraid she will lost control of her projection; a character is discovered to have been cheating during a test; a character projects fire around someone; a character is pursued by an older character; characters discuss someone's fall from grace; a character pokes fun at another; characters sometimes get angry at situations; a character receives conflicting colors during a ceremony and has a panic attack; a character gets arrested; a character is publicably caged as a warning against cheating; a character is warned about the possible dangers in a well-known institutions; a character jokingly threatens to punch someone; characters engage in an activity that could be perceived as being illegal; characters visit a graveyard; a character recalls working a murder case; a character fabricates nonsensical violence to justify a minor's misdemeanor; a character is approached by island security; a character accidentally kills a butterfly; in an extended scene, a character endures an exhausting private Color Ceremony, which is physically draining; a character's "hell" dog appears and frightens her; a character recalls being bitten by a dog when she was younger; a character's projection attacks a man and leaves physical marks; a character recalls her father walking out on the family.

Sex/Nudity:  A character implies two people are great together; a male character asks another male character if he will love a female character if she ends up being void; a male character holds a female character while she cries; a boy breaks up with a girl; male characters joke about the kind of women they like; a character dislikes a projection of a boyfriend with his girlfriend; a male character tells a female character that she's beautiful; characters chase and tackle each other; a female character is sad when she thinks about her ex-boyfriend; a character recalls the sensation of a projected kiss; a character mentions having a whirlwind wedding; a character claims to have a girlfriend; a character has mixed feelings upon seeing her separated husband; a character wonders what it would be like to have a boyfriend; there is mention of someone remarrying.

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Social outcast, abandonment of family by fathers, bullying, marital separation, forbidden relationships, discrimination, cheating, breakup.

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Characters infrequently drink; characters eat something called pako, which sounds a bit like caffeine; some characters chew on a particular root which helps enhance projection ability.

Reviewed By Katrina
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