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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Review: Septimus Heap Book 1 - Magyk by Angie Sage


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The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this myster ious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?


It starts with a death of Septimus Heap, seventh son of the seventh son, at the same day Silas Heap found a baby girl in the snow, who they named Jenna. Ten years after that fateful day, they found out that Jenna is actually the Princess of their kingdom, not only that but she is also in danger. Jenna has to be hidden from evil characters such as the Assassin, The Supreme Custodian and Wizard-turned-Necromancer, Dom Daniel, who needs her dead to be able to get to her crown. So Silas, Nicko (his son), Jenna and the extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia fled towards the Marshes with a sentry from the Young Army named Boy 412, to seek refuge at Aunt Zelda's place and the adventure began..

Took me a while to read this book. The first five chapters were not as engaging as the following one, so patience is needed. Sage over did her descriptions a little bit which is a benefit in a way but unnecessary. The story was complex and I needed time to adjust in Septimus' world. I got really into it when Chapter 27 hits. I found myself asking a one question over and over, until I found the answer. What is the deal with Boy 412?

A good start of a new series. Magyk is filled with advernture, quirky enthralling characters, funny scenes, mysterious events, clever spells, charms and potions. It also leads into a fantastic journey with thing like Boggarts, Brownies, a cat but a duck named Bert, a Message Rat, etc.

Recommended to fans of magic theme fantasy genre if you think that this is a Harry Potter wanna be I am telling you now this is nothing like the story of The Boy who lives and his world. Septimus Heap's have his own magical system and adventure.

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