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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Septimus Heap, seventh son of a seventh son, has settled into his life as the Apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard. Formerly thought to be only an orphan boy serving in the Young Army, it was quite a shock to the Heap family when they discovered that Boy 412 was actually their youngest son, who they believed had died after childbirth. Now that Marcia Overstrand has taken Septimus back to the Wizard Tower as her Apprentice, Septimus is truly learning how to use the Magyk that flows strongly through his lineage.

Although DomDaniel is believed dead after the wreck of his boat, and, in fact, the end of the first book in the series saw his skeleton sinking to the bottom of the Marram Marshes, not all members of the Heap family are happy to have the prodigal son return. Simon Heap, the oldest of Silas and Sarah's sons, had always hoped to gain the apprenticeship to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard. When that goal was thwarted by the reappearance of young Septimus, Simon's anger turned to revenge. After rescuing the bones of DomDaniel, the evil Wizard, from a watery grave, Simon disappeared into the Badlands, much to the worry and horror of his family.

Nearly a year has passed, and Jenna, the Princess who will one day become Queen, is enjoying the quiet, peaceful life in the Palace. She has settled into her life on the Palace grounds, once again happy and secure. Nicko Heap has taken a job at the boatyard; the four wild Heap children are still living in the Forest with Wolf Boy; Septimus is learning the ways of Magyk. All is well until one day when Simon Heap, surrounded by Darkness, rushes onto the Palace grounds upon a black horse and kidnaps Jenna, taking her away to the Badlands.

Simon, who now considers himself to be the Apprentice of evil DomDaniel, knows he must get rid of the Princess, and his brother, Septimus, if he has any chance of returning to the Wizard Tower as ExtraOrdinary Wizard one day. Bent on revenge, he has a plan to get DomDaniel back into a position of power, and it is up to Jenna, Septimus, Nicko, Aunt Zelda,
the entire Heap family, and the Dragon Boat to make sure that doesn't happen.

FLYTE is a great follow-up to book one, MAGYK. The Septimus Heap series continues to delight, with its introduction of new characters, intriguing plot lines, and great dialogue. I'm eagerly awaiting book three, which should no doubt continue to entertain!

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on 21 February 2013
7/10

The 2nd outing in the Septimus Heap series and it continues a year after the first book following both Septimus and Jenna. It was an enjoyable read without ever really getting to the stage of being hard to put down. It never got into top gear and the plot meandered a little too much for my liking which kept the overall rating down.

There are plenty of enjoyable things going on in this book, the most enjoyable of which was Simon kidnapping Jenna and then the escape that ensues, and the world that Angie Sage has created and the glimpses of the magic system that have been on show provide plenty of positives. The characters are likeable and there are plenty of different strands of story to keep the reader's attention. This is also a negative though as there doesn't feel like there is a main plot on which to concentrate and rather just a number of short stories that are interlinked into the world.

It is quite easy to compare this to Harry Potter with the underage wizard learning magic in a castle and trying to save friends and family from an evil plotter. Unlike Harry Potter though the story doesn't flow and feel like there is a main plot line and focus for the story to develop. I also think that perhaps the time taken for me to read the 1st book, Magyk, and this one made me forget a number of things and characters which didn't help me. Little things I had completely forgotten popped up and it took me a couple of pages for some sort of recognition to pop into my head.

I will read the next in the series and hopefully the series will hit its stride and provide more insight into the magic of the world and also have a more central focus. Whilst not the best Young Adult books around there is plenty to work with.

If you like this, try: "The Spooks Apprentice" - Joseph Delaney, The Wardstone Chronicles.
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on 1 June 2009
It would be extremely hard to write a book that was better than Magyk, and in this second book in her series, Angie Sage does not quite manage that feat. But all the same this is an extremely enjoyable story, which again mixes an off beat sense of humour with a wonderful tale of danger, deception, kidnappings, magic, friendship and love.

In this story, Septimus' eldest brother, Simon, is consumed by envy for the younger brother who he feels has stolen his birthright - to be apprenticed to the extraordinary wizard, and consequently he takes matters into his own hands to rectify the injustice.

The story is full of wonderful twists and turns, which leave you hankering after more of everything - except maybe Aunt' Zelda's cooking.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2006
Flyte continues where Magick left off, with Jenna returning to the castle to take her position as queen and Septimus heading to the wizards tower to take up his apprenticeship under the Extraordinary Wizard; Marcia Overstrand. The Evil Dom Daniel has mysteriously returned and so the heaps and their new friends must once again defeat him. The plot is generally very good and does indeed hold many twists and turns however they can be slightly transparent.

A great kids book that can be enjoyed by all. It is fast paced, gripping and wickedly funny. Sage has included the return of all the major characters including the hilarious message rat Stanley and the ever-grumpy Bogart. The second book in the Septimus Heap trilogy is just as good as the first this is funny tale of magic and intrigue that you will not want to miss. If you liked the first one then you will love this.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
She did it again. Yet another funny and delightful story of the, somewhat strange, Heap family. The story is actually deeper and more inovative than the first one. I cant wait for Physik to arrive.

Septimus has gotten into his role as apprentice in the wizard tower, and it is never boring. Jenna has moved into the Palace with her parents, and she is enjoying her newfound freedom. But one day Jenna is kidnaped by her older brother. A brother blinded with jealousy and rage. He is in lead with the evil necromacer, and once again Jenna and Septimus will have to fight for their lives, the safety of everyone they love. Are they up to the task? Is Jenna ready for her role as the young Queen?

Another thrilling adventure. Fast paced and hillarious! Great stuff!!!! :)
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 March 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!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Like its predesssor, MAGYCK, this is a story about wizards and witches, ghosts and dragons and an evil magician who wants to rule everyone else. Sound familiar? They have the same publisher, and much of the same sense of humour, but Septimus is no Harry Potter. The evil Dom Daniel manages to reanimate as a skeleton in the marshes and persuades Simon, Septimus's brother and rival Apprentice to serve him. Soon Princess Jenna has been kidnapped,Jenna's Dragon Boat mortally wounded and something nasty is stirring in the Palace.
Lots of fun for readers of 8+
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on 7 March 2014
I thought it was an excellent book it had lots of new features in it for example Simon Heap is mentioned an awful lot more in it
I chose this rating for one reason........... it is a fantastic book
the characters have developed a lot also we get to know Septimus a lot more but not as Boy 412 but as Septimus Heap and Marcia's apprentice. Jenna is more serious about being a princess then she was in the first book. to sum it all up this is an amazing book. I RECOMMEND IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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on 29 June 2014
I bought this to read to my son and we both really enjoy it! Gripping story with humour and well developed characters. We had been looking for a good book to read after the Young Samurai series and the Rangers Apprentice series, which were both excellent - we then tried one of the Spooks series but just didn't like it, then we found this series which is wonderful.
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on 11 October 2013
read the first book and wanted the rest of the collection this is book 2 if your wondering ,it doesn't tell you on the cover only at the back, so when you buy the books all at once your lost at which one to start,the kindle doesnt put it in order
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