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5.0 out of 5 stars
Spell-binding! : ), 5 Mar 2006
This book is marvellous!
It's a bit slow at first, but as you read on, you'll find that you can't put the book down.
There are a lot of twists and plots in this book that will surprise you and keep you going. The boys have all grown up and started to lead their own lives. For Simon, he had just came back from some unknown places and has changed a lot since then. His family felt that somethings odd about Simon, but they just can't place what. For Sam, Edd, Erik, Jo-jo, they went to live in the forest and has slow down their pace of living, just like the forest. Nicko went to work at Jannit's boatyard and is working along with Rupert Gringe, Lucy(Simon's lover)'s brother. Septimus has learnt more about Magyk since the Apprentice dinner and is growing more accustomed to it. He lives in him own room in the Wizard tower, and tidy the Library every morning, since it's his job as Apprentice to the Extraordinary Wizard. The Heap family has moved to the Castle along with Jenna, Septimus visits there sometimes, when he has his day off, which is not a lot.
But when Simon kidnapped Jenna and no one believed it(except Nicko), Septimus must find a way to rescue her, no matter how much it costs. On the other hand, Jenna felt uneasy being with Simon, he seems to have changed and his moods are unpredictable, sometimes he would be kind to her, but only for a second, then he became the evil man again. Both Septimus and Jenna must find a way, for the former, to save Jenna; for the latter to escape Simon's grasps. And together, the three of them, Septimus, nicko and Jenna, undergoes a perilous journey to face the unknown.
The author has done a great job in writing this sequel to the best-selling "Magyk", she has gave us the whereabouts of the familiar figures that appeared in the first book, such as the Heap family, the ex-Apprentice of DomDaniel, Stanley, etc. She also introduce us to some other new characters and some that have been mentioned in the last book but never appeared.
I sincerely recommend this book to you all, but if you haven't read "Magyk" yet, then read it now!