Illustrator: Mark Zug
Series: Septimus Heap #1
Also in this series: Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 14th 2006
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
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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 mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?
The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
First of all I really want to say the little summary on Goodreads gives you the BARE MINIMUM of the story. It’s so much more complex than that. Yes, that is the central mystery, but there are so many other things going on to pay attention to. I mean, the book is 564 pages long. And there are 7 books in the series…..They are all very action-packed. It really is quite an investment to commit to this series, but it makes it really easy by keeping the writing simple and the characters loveable.
Boy 412: He seems really cute and innocent and even though he’s annoying in the beginning, it’s clear that it’s not his fault, it’s just his background in the Young Army. View Spoiler »I admit that the first time I read this book, I didn’t guess he was actually Septimus until the pages were in the 400s but when I reread it, it seemed pretty clear. He was clearly the most Magykal. « Hide Spoiler
Jenna: Very childlike. Hard to imagine View Spoiler » she will be queen, but I expect she’ll grow into it. « Hide Spoiler
Nicko: Fun, had a good head on his shoulders. I’ll never understand his love of boats.
Silas and Marcia: Full of sass and always ready to argue. It was quite amusing at times, and annoying at others. But they’ll learn.
The Apprentice: He was such a git, I can’t even- okay, at times, I could ALMOST believe it was just his background, like Boy 412, but then I realized- he’s PURE EVIL. Conniving, scheming little pig. He annoyed me so much.
DomDaniel (the villain): Eh, not really that impressive. But impressive enough to stay alive. That’s the main thing.
- Writing style
- Possibly length, depending on your attention span