Magyk by Angie Sage

Posted November 11, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Magyk by Angie SageMagyk by Angie Sage
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
Pages: 564
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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three-stars

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.

Main Points
Writing Style
The style is extremely simple but still fun and engaging from a kid’s point of view (I’d assume). It definitely kept me engaged, because while the plot was going a million directions at once, it was easy to follow. There is no complex language (or concepts) or difficult vocab whatsoever. It’s very straightforward but not frustratingly so. It also had fun things like how all the Magykal words were bolded. Some might find it condescending (as I read on other reviews) but I enjoyed it. I think that, to a kid, it would help things fall into place a lot easier. And just in general how words are spelled in funky ways to give it that Magykal touch.
Story
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.
Characters
The characters were quite fun and I look forward to seeing more of them.
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 »
Jenna: Very childlike. Hard to imagine View 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.
Ending (no spoilers)
A satisfying ending to the first book, but definitely leaving room for sequels.
Good vs. Bad

Good:

  • Plot
  • Characters
  • Setting
Less than perfect:
  • Writing style
  • Possibly length, depending on your attention span

 

Bottom Line

While the writing was simple, the plot details and characters were enough to keep me engaged. It may seem lengthy for a children’s book, but it’s a great read. There are a lot of twists and mysteries to try to solve. Will I be reading the rest of the series? Definitely. Would I recommend this book to others? For sure.

About Angie Sage

Angie Sage (born 1952) is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the final book which is scheduled to come out later in 2013. Also, she wrote The Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus’ world. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children’s books, and is the new writer of the Araminta Spookie series.

Angie Sage grew up in Thames Valley, London and Kent. Her father was a publisher. He would bring home blank books that she could fill with pictures and stories. Sage first studied medicine, but changed her mind and went to Art School in Leicester. There she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. She began illustrating books after college. Then she progressed to writing children stories, including toddler books and chapter books. Her first novel was Septimus Heap: Magyk. Angie Sage is married and has two daughters, Laurie and Lois.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Setting
five-stars
Cover
four-half-stars
Ending
five-stars
Overall: three-stars

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