“ Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, was born to poor, but loving wizard parents. But they are immediately devastated when the midwife pronounces the baby dead and takes him with her as she rushes out the door. On same night, another baby is born to the Queen. The Queen is assassinated, but the baby lives and is saved by the Extraordinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, and the Heaps. The girl, Jenna, grows up unaware of her royal heritage until her eleventh birthday. A spy has discovered the princess and now Jenna, along with her father, brother, the enigmatic Boy 412, and Marcia must escape before the horrible Supreme Custodian and the Hunters can find them. And so begins a thrilling story set in a magical land of witches and wizards, talking message rats and helpful ghosts. There are narrow escapes, epic water battles, dueling wizards, and magic spells galore as the children and their allies fight the powerful necromancer DomDaniel as he oppresses the people and tries to take over the kingdom with dark magic.
This story of good versus evil reads like an ensemble piece, mostly due to the fact that the identity of the real Septimus Heap, the title character, is unknown for much of the book. Sage uses a third person perspective to follow various characters to weave together a complex and satisfying story. The dialogue is humorous and the descriptive observations paint a picture of this magical world without bogging the reader down with endless details. Black and white sketches throughout the book and an illustrated map provides further context for readers. Jenna, Nico, and Boy 412 are likeable, yet wonderfully childlike and flawed characters. Animals and magical creatures are featured in many supporting roles, including the smelly, yet loveable dog, Stanley the message rat, and the brown and muddy boggart. The first in a series of seven books (the final book was released earlier this month), this is a great recommendation for voracious readers who have already sped through the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books.
Full Review at Chapter Book Explorer: http://chapterbookexplorer.blogspot.com/2013/04/magyk-septimus-heap-book-1-by-angie.html”
“Very good series! Recommend it!”cheeseball wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Didn't know if I would like this as the story took off slowly for me, but by midway through I was fond of Boy 412 and Jenna and had come to admire Marcia Overstrand. The ending is moving, as Boy 412 discovers who he is and we are thrilled to meet Septimus Heap. Good story; glad I have multiple volumes in this series.”Helen F wrote this review Saturday, April 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book has all my favorite element: interesting characters, magical world and adventure. It is not as remarkable as Harry Potter but the adventure and action in this book is enough to keep me hooked. I could not put down the book until it is finished. I also love the way the author pay attention to all the characters even the one who has the smallest part in the story. She actually explain what happen to them at the end of the story. ”nadia i wrote this review Monday, April 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“OOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMMMGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CAUTION: THIS BOOK IS EXTREAMLY EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”2019trodgers wrote this review Monday, March 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“If you're in the mood for adventure, fantasy, and magic, check this one out. Full of wizards, witches, hunters, villains, a queenling, and an array of traditional magyk-folk, you'll enjoy the story of the magykal Heap family and their battle against the dark sorcerer DomDaniel. This one is fantasy and good story-telling at its best.”Mrs. Hodges wrote this review Monday, March 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very confusing...”Liz wrote this review Sunday, March 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good series ”DLambert wrote this review Friday, March 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Fantasy lovers should note this series”Betsy Ruffin wrote this review Thursday, March 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No