Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk (Septimus Heap (Hardcover)) Hardcover – 1 Mar 2005
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"A fresh take on the world of magic." -- Child Magazine
"This first book in the Septimus Heap series is a cheerful, clever offering."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"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"
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"
`Wonderfully imaginative ... Children of all ages will relish this'
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this series after my son got book two from his school fate.cant wait to read the others. What a brilliant read.Published 2 months ago by daryl
My girlfriend recommended this, I was a bit sceptical but lost to peer pressure and I'm glad I did.
This is a thoroughly entertaining book. Can't wait to read the next
A nice little read that builds on later books I imagine the story flows along but isn't a challenge to read or predict the end.Published 12 months ago by JTQ
When I picked up this book, everyone in my family thought the book looked like a common morbid wizard story you commonly find. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Laura hamstergirl