Illustrator: Mark Zug
Series: Septimus Heap #5
Also in this series: Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste
Published by HarperCollins on December 8th 2010
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle Grade
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In this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus—can he escape the persistent call?
Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna's father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship's hold.
Charismatic storyteller Angie Sage continues Septimus Heap's Magykal journey with more laugh-out-loud adventures, more enchanting charms and spells, and an ever-deepening understanding of the interior life of a young hero. spells, and an ever-deepening understanding of the interior life of a young hero.
I absolutely loved the plot in this one. It was a little less character-development-heavy, but the plot kept things going at a really fast and exciting pace. It was so intense. We had several different plotlines going on at once and each one was so exciting that I both hated to leave one and was eager to see which one we were going to see next.
It was really funny how they collided- Lucy’s adventures met up with Wolf Boy’s quest which intercepted Septimus’s adventure, then Septimus met up with Jenna and Nicko and Snorri and Beetle and their adventures later intercepted Lucy’s and Wolf Boy’s and it was one giant party, basically.
But that was kind of where the character issues came in. Septimus sort of felt like a loner because no one else seemed to understand the importance of what was going on- and I don’t think they ever understood how he felt. Beetle was his closest friend throughout all of that- and when he went to go after Septimus once, Jenna (who I consider his second closest friend) stopped him and just waved it away, saying he would be better by morning. This shows how little she understands about him- or perhaps how much? She was right, in a way, but also I feel like she was a bit oblivious throughout the adventures. She was mostly oblivious to her previously-absent-and-wealth-obsessed father trying to buy her with gifts, but she sort of wised up when his priorities became clear. Funnily enough, it was Septimus that convinced her that Milo was just Milo and not really a bad guy. (Still, I don’t like him much.) And she was oblivious to a few more things as well. But we also see more of her inner struggle- that has been present throughout the series- with being the Princess, basically the Queen. At one point she can’t participate in some heroic activity because Septimus points out that she needs to be protected- “the Castle can’t get another Queen.” She gets really disappointed, and from that I can tell it’s going to be hard for her to fit into that role. But some people have duties, and if they’re born into it…well, that’s just their lot. Also Beetle’s little crush on her is so cute, but it’s been a few books. I hope she notices soon. Lol.
Simon also has completely done a 180 and while it took Marcia awhile to buy into it, I felt he was honest from the beginning. I feel like he has finally decided to put Lucy first in his life and he truly cares for her. I feel like they have a happy ending.
The ending of the story itself was very nice, only leaving one thing open- Wolf Boy’s quest. In this book, his initial adventure is going on a quest in order to become Zelda’s official apprentice. He completes it, but the object he was supposed to bring back had to be used in other ways so I’m not sure if it’s valid anymore. Well, I suppose it might go on about that in the next book. Same with Syrah’s ending- she was a girl that was Possessed by the Syren, and it is said that when you are Possessed you can’t fall asleep outside of the place you are Possessed, otherwise you will die. She became unPossessed, but she fell…into a sort of coma, I think. So I worry that she will not wake up. I hope she lives.
- basically everything
- a few loose ties at the end
All in all, this was a very intense next installment in the series. The plot was super exciting and there was even a bit of character development. We have a few happy endings and a few uncertain ones. Would I read more by this author? I definitely want to at least finish the series. Would I recommend this to others? Yes.