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Magyk (Septimus Heap) Paperback – 6 Mar 2006

4.7 out of 5 stars 104 customer reviews

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Product details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 504,841 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
I started to read Magyk with my son of ten. He went to bed at midnight as he could not keep his eyes open any longer and I continued to read all night!! I was so sorry the next morning when the book was finished and can't wait to read book 2. As I write this my son is lying on the floor, which is where he has been all evening, and is reading the book avidly. What wonderful story.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2006
Format: Paperback
If you've been looking for a series that combines the magic of Harry Potter with the imaginative characters of Artemis Fowl, then Septimus Heap and his first book, MAGYK, is definitely the story for you. A quick, delightful read that can stand on its own, MAGYK is, without a doubt, an intriguing page-turner.

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, died shortly after birth. Born to a family of Wizards, there's no telling what he might have become, as his lineage as a seventh son would have made him unbelievably magical. But on that winter night when Septimus died, his father, Silas, found another newborn child in the forest. They named her Jenna, and she grew up thinking that she was the daughter of Silas and Sarah Heap, and the sister of six older brothers--Simon, Sam, Edd, Erik, Nicko, and Jo-Jo. Early on, though, Sarah had her own ideas of who Jenna really was, especially when she heard the news that the Queen had been murdered. Jenna Heap was, undoubtedly, the Princess.

Over the next ten years, darkness came to the Castle and the Ramblings, where the Heaps lived. With no Queen, evil came in the form of the Supreme Custodian, who along with his cohorts banned magic and ended the happiness the Queen's people had once known. As the Heap family attempt to ride out this time of darkness, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia
Overstrand, learns of the plot to kill the Princess, which will allow evil to truly take over the Palace. It seems that the only thing keeping DomDaniel, the Dark Wizard, from returning to the Castle is the presence of the Princess, and he plans to remedy that.
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