Illustrator: Mark Zug
Series: Septimus Heap #2
Also in this series: Magyk, Physik, Queste, Syren
Published by Harper Trophy on April 1st 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
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It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As Apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the Princess and enjoying the freedom of the Castle.
But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?
Bringing fantasy to new heights, Angie Sage continues the journey of Septimus Heap with her trademark humor and all of the clever details readers have come to love.
I noticed that the writing got a bit more descriptive in Flyte, as opposed to the simpler tone of Magyk. It was a nicer change. And I DID after all enjoy Flyte a bit more.
Meanwhile, four of his brothers go to live in the woods. Nicko, who is closest to Septimus, works at a boatyard, Septimus studies magyk, and the oldest brother Simon goes to work for evil. But remember, Simon doesn’t accept Septimus as his real brother, and they clash constantly throughout the book, so he is constantly faced with deciding how much he should actually hurt Septimus. If he really wasn’t his brother, could he kill him? If he was his brother, should he kill him anyway, because he is trying to stop his evil plans, or should he respect family first? And he WAS about to kill his adoptive sister Jenna. In fact, he MIGHT have, if she hadn’t escaped. So Simon’s inner conflicts are a big issue throughout the book. It is resolved in the last sentence, however. No spoilers here.
It’s quite heavy stuff for a middle grade book.
Septimus: I really like him. He’s a good main character. Very smart and resourceful, and not afraid to take charge in situations where he can get no outside help. But he’s different from Jenna in that he has a bit of a harder time having fun.
Beetle: nice. I can see he and Septimus becoming good friends.
Una Brackett: She’s a pure evil lady. She doesn’t like boys at all, which is kind of amusing seeing as Septimus is out there stopping evil and everything and she has no idea what’s going on and still hates Septimus.
Port Coven Witches: First of all, there are way too many different types of witches in this book. White Witches, Wendron Witches, and now the Port Coven Witches. Well, they aren’t so bad, except that they live in a house that is falling down on itself. They’re going to have to move out soon. And they like eating rats and hexing people….eh, not really that bad still. I’m still having a hard time believing anyone in this book is really evil. I know I said Una was, but she was just kind of a nasty lady. This is a middle grade book though, so we won’t be seeing any Voldemort-type stuff going on here.
This is my second time reading books 1-5, and I only remember what happens in the series up until this book, so I will definitely be reading the rest to refresh my memory. The ending was quite satisfying. Got some issues all tied up.
- Writing style
- Bad guys