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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (6 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747579261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747579267
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 403,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Angie Sage lives in a fifteenth-century house in Somerset, which is a Magykal place. Angie went to art school to study Graphic Design and Illustration before starting to write. She has created many picture books and chapter books for children, including Araminta Spook, her bestselling series for younger readers. The Septimus Heap series has become an international bestseller and will continue with the trilogy, TodHunter Moon, which takes up the story seven years on.

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'A book to gallop through' Irish Times 'Warm, funny and humane, Sage takes care with the destiny of even her smallest characters, and is a real discovery' Amanda Craig, The Times 'Her yarn scoots along like a dragon-boat with the wind in its sails' Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

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`Wonderfully imaginative ... Children of all ages will relish this'
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sir Furboy on 27 May 2009
Format: Paperback
I was surprised by this book. It started off seeming to be yet another fantasy adventure set in a fake medieval world, and I was all ready to think of it as derivative and formulaic. And then boy 412 leapt out of the book, pulled a sardine from under his red beanie hat and slapped my face with it repeatedly until I saw sense. . . Or rather nonsense. A rather delightful nonsense that was entertaining and very interesting.

This book is extremely funny. Some of that will only be clear to older readers - I got my 7 year old to read it and she has also enjoyed it immensely, but she missed some of the humour, so I guess the 9-11+ age group are ideal for this book, although I loved it as an adult too.

Some of the storyline is predictable even for children (my test group of one shows this), some is predictable for adults, but not necessarily for children (same test group!) But predictable or not, the story is just thoroughly entertaining, well written, and with a very beautiful ending that made me set down the book and blink away a tear before anyone dared accuse me of getting emotional over a story.

I thoroughly recommend this book, but I would venture to say the natural audience would be anyone who loved Harry Potter. The mixture of magic, humour and wry observations on life will surely appeal to the same readership.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Jun 2005
Format: Hardcover
My eleven year old son has never been a reader but when he saw the cover of Magyk in tescos he asked me if I would buy it for him.Another wasted purchase I thought! However we had only travelled a few miles before he was completely engrossed! Words like brilliant,fantastic and can I go to bed early to read please were coming from the back of the car!!The chapters are fairly short,the pace is quick,add a touch of magyk,wizardry and evil and voila my son is hooked and waiting for the next instalment.I hope book two is as spellbinding!
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Whimsical Witch on 27 July 2006
Format: Hardcover
Oh this is one of them rare books where every moment curled up between the pages is a moment in pure joy! I was devestated when it ended and desperatly seeking book nr 2.

The story tells of the Heap family, who one lifechanging night looses their newborn son, but by twists of fate they adopt an orphan girl that very same night. But things arent always as it seems, and people arent always who they say they are! The girl is the heir to the throne, overtaken by the evil necromancer. And now he wants the "Queenling" dead once and for all. The Heaps have to split up and hide together with the extraordinary wizard. And together they need to find out how to get the throne back, without getting killed! Meanwhile their lost son (which by the way is the 7th son of the 7th son) Septimus Heap, who were supposed to have died that fateful night 10 years ago, reappears as the evil Necromancer's apprentice! ...oh dear!

I know... its sounds... NOT that good. But oh... it is! Fair enough some characters lack alittle depth, but its such a huge character gallery (The Heaps have 8 children) but its okay. Really it didnt bother me one bit! The beginning and the end is a bit clishè, but you see... thats not what makes this book! This book is ALL about the journey from page one to page 576! Its funny, cute and Angie has great skill when it comes to describing happenings and action, seen from more than one pair of eyes! Its like your favorite film, yes you know how it starts and how it'll end, but that doesnt make you love it any less! Because you love the journey it takes you on! And thats exactly how Magyk felt like!

I beg of you... just try it out! You will be hooked!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "miss13349" on 24 May 2005
Format: Hardcover
I originally bought this book for my eight year old son, but picked it up one afternoon and soon found that I was consumed with the narrative. Its a spellbinding mix of magic, puzzle and intrigue that will leave you desperately awaiting the next installment. I can recommend this book to children and adults, and I am going to read this as a class novel to my year four children in September. The short quirky chapters make it easy to read in short bursts, but I Promise you, it won't take you long to realise that you can't put it down. It's been along time since I have been inspired to read with such zest, in fact the last time was when I first read The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe. Dare I say it, I think it is better than Harry Potter!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By paula h on 14 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
Bought this book in Tesco to read it on the train and I found myself almost missing my stop. It is a lighter read than Harry Potter and the author has some of Terry Pratchett's easy style.All sort of myths are in it - the seven son of the seven son; the lost and found princess; charms. The story follows the Heap family of ordinary wizards and the princess they brought up as their own after their seven son, of the seven son, apparently died shortly after birth.
Hope that the second book will be as good as this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on 18 Sep 2007
Format: Hardcover
I found the book easy to read and certainly had some clever ideas for the more magical aspects, however, I did find it quite niggling that, as one reviewer has already mentioned there were similarities with Potter that actually could have easily been avoided. For example Jenna's pet rock "Petroc Trelawney" and she actually had a character with a similar name to Weasley. I know they are not big things but they were a few irksome items that took my mind away from this book and into Potter. There of course is as well the storyline similarities of the evil wizard plotting a comeback and the young boy just discovering his true magical talents who is the one to fight him.

Despite this I think the series, so far, is a fabulous read for the age group it is marketed to. The younger audience will most likely not take notice of any of the things that niggled at me and take it at face value as a good story. Perhaps those of us a bit older are just hoping to find our next Potter - the series that crosses over into the adult market with a new and challenging tale.
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