Physik by Angie Sage

Posted December 16, 2013 in Book Review / 0 Comments

Physik by Angie SagePhysik by Angie Sage
Illustrator: Mark Zug
Series: Septimus Heap #3
Also in this series: Magyk, Flyte, Queste, Syren
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on March 27th 2007
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 544
Format: Paperback
Source: Owned
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When Silas Heap unSeals a forgotten room in the Palace, he releases the ghost of a Queen who lived five hundred years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and she's still up to no good. Her diabolical plan to give herself everlasting life requires Jenna's compliance, Septimus's disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous Alchemist and Physician. And if Queen Etheldredda's plot involves Jenna and Septimus, then it will surely involve Nicko, Alther Mella, Marcia Overstrand, Beetle, Stanley, Sarah, Silas, Spit Fyre, Aunt Zelda, and all of the other wacky, wonderful characters that made magyk and flyte so memorable.

With heart-stopping action and a dash of humor, Angie Sage continues the fantastical journey of Septimus Heap.

Main Points
Writing Style (mostly copied from Magyk review)
The style is simple enough. Not too overdone or descriptive, and paced well enough to make me want to keep reading, which is what I like in a fantasy novel. Some words seemed a bit oddly placed but it did not affect the style too much.
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. It continued in Physik. It was also quite a bit more humorous and punny.
This book was where the series got real. It’s the best one so far- getting better each book. Anyway, this book was to the series like I felt the 6th Harry Potter movie was to that series. It was a lot funnier, and a lot sadder than any before it (maybe excepting the fifth book in the sad department). Actually, by the end I was pretty much both in tears and frustrated. I was so annoyed at so many of the characters. They all needed a good shaking.
But if you keep reading, you’ll see why this book is much darker. There is a lot more death and evil. It is horrible. I left a lot out in the review. There are still yet some terrible parts that you would have to read the book to know of. It is most heartbreaking. But it didn’t stop the book from being good. It made me feel like I was finally reading something with more substance! Quite unexpected for a Middle Grade.
Septimus: He seemed to have aged like a million years in this book. I mean, the reason is obvious, but it’s a bit sad. Gone is the light-hearted and carefree Septimus of the first two books. Jenna noticed it too. He’s gone and won’t return. Actually, he also seemed a bit more cold-hearted in this one. I hated it. Especially at the end.
Jenna: In my opinion, she was probably the best character in this book. She was so genuine, so caring, the entire time, and when NO ONE ELSE cared about a certain event in the end, she was the ONLY ONE who did. It sickened me that even SEPTIMUS didn’t care.
Snorri: I loved her. She was a great new character addition to the series. She and Ullr (her cat) fit in perfectly to their world. She was very useful throughout the entire adventure. And she probably saved Jenna’s life, what’s more.
Nicko: He was a true brother, and also in love, which may or may not have been a good thing for him in the end.
Wolf Boy: Very helpful.
Marcia: Slightly frustrating in her lack of ability to do anything…really. She is rarely of help to Septimus during his adventures. It’s quite sad, because she’s portrayed as a heroine of great importance. Nope. Not really.
Silas (Jenna’s and Septimus’ father): Okay, we always knew he was a bit dim, but in this one, he was quite an idiot. All he cared about was his stupid Counter colony (yes, Counter-Feet is a fantastic game that ranks among my top fictional board games, which includes Card Wars from Adventure Time and Wizarding Chess from Harry Potter), and as a result of that this whole string of horrible events happened. He nearly killed countless people. And I doubt he ever even realized it.
Gringe: Also an idiot.
Alther: Actually somewhat helpful.
Alice: We saw a lot more of her in this book, and she seems pretty awesome. But what happened to her was so sad! It wasn’t fitting at all! Okay, maybe a little bit, but it still came out of nowhere.
Spit Fyre: I mean, he’s just a dragon and rarely thinks about anything besides food, but he still was kind of a bother…okay, more than a bother….but aside from finding Septimus, he was just a plain nuisance. He practically ruined everything. Stupid dragons. And they poop too much!
Marcellus: I liked him a lot. Well, young Marcelllus. He really meant well, even though he had somewhat selfish dreams of immortality. Better him than his mother.
Etheldredda (his mother): She was a DEVIL! A child-murdering DEVIL! I hated her. She probably makes my top ten most evil villains list, somewhere around numbers 3 or 4. Oh, and may I say? She was TEN TIMES the villain that DomDaniel was. Although equally as difficult to kill….
See my Quote It Saturday #6 post.
Ending (spoilers; highlight to read)
Oh goodness. I have so much to say about the ending that I’m basically going to give a play-by-play and my thoughts on it.
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Good vs. Bad


  • Plot
  • character development
  • actual substance
  • humor
Less than perfect:
  • ending
  • certain character’s actions

Bottom Line
Although this book was extremely frustrating at the end, it still made me want to continue reading the series. There are some awesome new characters introduced, even while the old ones made me want to give them a good shaking. This 3rd addition to the series had a lot more substance than the previous ones, even if the plot was similarly complex. It also had a lot more humor. Will I be reading the rest of the series? With more vigor and anticipation, after this one. Would I recommend this book to others? Yes, if they don’t mind cliffhangers so much.

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.

Overall: four-stars


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