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Magyk (Septimus Heap) Library Binding – 9 Apr 2009

4.6 out of 5 stars 110 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Library Binding: 592 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439581371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439581377
  • Package Dimensions: 17.6 x 13.6 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,530,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A fresh take on the world of magic." -- Child Magazine

"A fresh take on the world of magic."--Child Magazine

"Heads-up, Harry, there's a new young wizard on his way up...A quick-reading, stand-alone, deliciously spellbinding series opener."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"This first book in the Septimus Heap series is a cheerful, clever offering."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

This first book in the Septimus Heap series is a cheerful, clever offering. --Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

Heads up, Harry, there s a new young wizard on his way up A quick reading, stand alone, deliciously spellbinding series opener. --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)"

A fresh take on the world of magic. --Child Magazine"

A deliciously spellbinding series opener.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review) --This text refers to an alternate Library Binding edition.

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`Wonderfully imaginative ... Children of all ages will relish this'
--This text refers to an alternate Library Binding edition.

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One of my book club chose this. Although it is a children's book, and as such was quite a contrast for me, I soon found myself really drawn in. I'm now on the 3rd in the series...
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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
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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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
A substantial read this - and one of the most BEAUTIFULLY written children's books of recent times in my opinion - written in the `old-worldly' style so long past - full of atmosphere and magical storytelling. Angie Sage has done a brilliant job here in reigniting the way children's stories indeed should, and used to be told! Beautifully published by `Bloomsbury' (the first and best publications of this great series in my opinion) with attractive cover artwork and the enchanting illustrations at the beginning of each chapter done by the magnificent Mark Zug which follow the same pattern of the `old-worldly' style.

The story is filled with lots of colourful characters with some great humour. I felt the book a bit too long at times - especially since there are several more subsequent and substantial ones to follow in the series, but having reached the end, I changed my mind. This is a series that will keep kids `hooked' throughout, and there is a lovely touch at the end where there is a sort of `glossary' explaining what happened to all the peripheral characters!
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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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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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