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Magyk (septimus Heap, Book 1)

by Angie Sage
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  • Publisher: HarperTrophy
  • Publishing date: 01/03/2006
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780060577339
  • ISBN: 0060577339

Synopsis

The Magyk Begins Here

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow -- a newborn girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take her 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?


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  • Not the best book ever, but a very worthwhile read!
    From Amazon

    I actually ended up enjoying this book quite a lot!
    It took me a few more chapters than I would have liked to "get into" the story and the characters, but after a while I found that I did feel invested. I liked the distinct personalities of the characters, and how consistent they seemed to be.
    It also took a while to understand the magical world. Two parts to this: one, being the good vs. evil statuses and people, how things came about, and what it all meant. I still feel ther...more I actually ended up enjoying this book quite a lot!
    It took me a few more chapters than I would have liked to "get into" the story and the characters, but after a while I found that I did feel invested. I liked the distinct personalities of the characters, and how consistent they seemed to be.
    It also took a while to understand the magical world. Two parts to this: one, being the good vs. evil statuses and people, how things came about, and what it all meant. I still feel there is more to it all though, and perhaps these areas will be explored in the later books. Enough came across, however, for the story to unfold as it should have. The second part is how magic works in Septimus Heap's world. I think I got a pretty good understanding by the middle of the book though, so again, it didn't bother me too much. (I still can't decide if the bolding of every magical word was cool or annoying).
    All in all I thought the book was written pretty well, and the plot flow was good. It's told from multiple perspectives, which makes for a bit jumpy read sometimes, but pretty much the transitions are smooth. The ending was satisfying, and good. Though a few things were left unresolved, I'm assuming it's for the following books. Hopefully.
    There were some things that very young children, or very sensitive children, might be upset about (mainly relating to cute woodland creatures who... we're not entirely sure what their fates end up being). But overall it's a very "G" read (or maybe PG). There is one part at the end that's pretty unsettling, but the fact it's rectified makes it less so.
    A few character traits were somewhat irksome, but again, I'm hoping that the author delves into these in the next books (this book did a good job, so I'm trusting that the author will continue in a similar fashion).
    Some things were predictable, but others surprising. And at the end of the book is an interesting collection of "whatever happened to" certain characters, "instructions" for various charms, etc.
    I'd recommend this book to fans of other "young adult" fantasy, and while I'm not as in love with the book as certain others in this genre, I did find it a very fun read!

  • Magyk - A coming of age fantasy masterpiece.
    From Amazon

    My son Ben (7 years old - about to be 8) is voraciously consuming all the kid mystery and fantasy books around. Potter was a huge hit (but we will not let him get beyond 3 until he's a bit older). We were looking for something that had mystery and suspense and magic but wasn't too scary or too heavy. Septimus Heap delivers in a huge way - and the whole family has now blown through Magyk and is well on through the series. My only disappointment is that my son consumed Magyk in less than two days and I was hoping for a week at least. It's a major page turner and manages the trick of having danger and suspense without inducing anxiety or nightmares.

    Magyk - the first book in the growing series of Septimus Heap novels is situated in a Tolkien-style magical world of medieval technology humans and a vivid pantheon of light and dark magical creatures (witches, brownies, boggarts, wraiths, talking rats, dragons, enchanted insects, etc...) The society is dominated by a sort of bicameral government of wizards with magical power and a political power dimension of a queen/princess (although it's held by a corrupt tyranny through most of Magyk). I'm not going to give any spoilers but I will say that the protagonists are children (age 10) and various pre and barely adolescent siblings who are smarter than the parental figures who are supportive and avuncular without having enough initiative or insight to spare the kids the lions share of the action. The struggle is the ageless one between good and evil and those elemental forces are echoed in the magyk and the nature of landscapes flora and fauna. The story telling is brisk with great (relentless) pacing. Angie Sage has a great cinematic sense of action and a good ear for dialog. It's a real page turner well pitched for middle school grades. As an adult reading it I found it a tad tame, but basically couldn't put it down until its conclusion. Highly recommended for the right kids (you know who they are) - and well recommended for parents to read it too. Tons of fun.

  • MAGYK
    From Amazon

    Magyk is an amazing book that every fantasy lover should love! It's a good book that my whole family has enjoyed. The first book out of the Septimus Heap series is one of the best... Funny, exciting, and adventerous, this book is captivating and magykal!

  • Highly Recommended
    From Amazon

    This is one great book. Its got the Gothic feel, yet its not terrifying. Good for kids. There's alway something happening on every page and there are parts that are very funny and light. This is like Harry Potter, but it has a totally different feel to it. I'm not a fan of books about magic, but this was great. Everyone should try it.

  • Sorcerer Supreme!
    From Amazon

    My son and I are both big fans of fantasy books on wizards, witches and other types of magic. Even though we tried to read Harry Potter because we liked the overall story line of the book, we eventually gave up, because neither one of us liked the way it was written.

    Well, meet "the other magician," Septimus Heap. From page one onward, we were not able to put the book down. Angie Sages weaves magic with her words onto every single page, and makes the characters as well as the landscapes come alive in ones mind.

    Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, and hence the bearer of incredibly strong magic, supposedly died at birth. On the same night as Septimus is carried off by the midwife, his father finds an abandoned baby girl. The extraordinary wizard (the chief wizard) advises Septimus' dad to take in the girl, and to never let anyone know it was found and not his own. This first book unravels the mysteries that surround Septimus' disappearance and the identity of the girl that became part of the Heap family.

    The book is very easy to read, and full of twists, turns, and excitement. The only thing I would recommend is to start the book on a Friday night - that will give you the chance to finish it by the end of Sunday, because believe me, you will not want to put the book down!

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