Title: The Magician's Workshop, Volume Two
Author: J.R Fehr and Christopher Hansen
Series: The Magician's Workshop #2
Publication Date: November 22, 2016
Genre: Coming of age, high fantasy, magic
Source: ARC, publisher, author
I received a free copy for an honest review
*This review contains spoilers*
Dang this book's good.
In my personal opinion, this was way better than the first book. Don't get me wrong, the first book was really good too, but this one has exceeded its predecessor.
The first novel was like a building ground for the reader to get comfortable with the world dynamic, which explains its slightly slow pace. But the writer's good writing skills and complicated yet interesting story-line kept my interest to the second book, and this is where the story actually starts to happen.
And man, did many things happened. All the characters went through the color ceremony in this book, so there goes the mystery solved for that. I also like how the author made it so that not all of the main characters get a color just because they're 'main characters'. However, even with this, I was still truly devastated for Kalaya.
The others didn't suffer as much as she did when they realized they didn't have color. Even Weston found happiness as a Red Rider, or later known as 'Red-Racer-With-Lightning-Bolt-All-Over-His-Body', and beforehand he's the guy who literally sees no future besides from receiving a color.
But Kalaya got dumped by Jaremon because of this, and yeah...I'll leave it to that.
But I still really liked the relationship between Jaremon and Kalaya (even thought it's ended, at least for now), but I think that there's a future for them, and maybe we'll read more about it in the future. And I would really love it if we can see future romantic developments between Kai and Talia as well, and it would make it extra interesting since the three elders expects Kai and Layauna to be together instead, and again, that probably would be further explained in the next installment.
We also get introduced to one new character - Aaro. He's not exactly a new character, because if you were paying attention in the first book you would've noticed that the authors quoted him in the begging of Chapter 20 in the first volume. But he's the legend basically - a magician who had 3 colors pulled out of him. And he hosted Kaso, allowing he to get his colored pull and yes, he got a color.
We also get introduced to new perspectives. We get to see inside the heads of characters such as Grandmother Jade, Weston, and Jaremon. Characters we're familiar with but never crossed will cross in this series as well.
There really is not much to say in this book, because it can basically be deemed as flawless. Character dynamics are perfect along with character developments. Taking Kai as an example, his dialogues made me first though he aged ten years in this book than the first one because of its maturity, and that also includes Talia. There's definitely no second book syndrome, and the plot-line is as good as the first book, if not better. There is really nothing to say. It's just a great book.
Either way. The series goes strong, and I would be looking forward to the next installment of this series. Perfect = five stars. And I think this book deserved it.