Septimus Heap: Magyck

 
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a lost child? a powerful wizard?
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Everyone's always talking about who the "next Harry Potter" might be. Who might be worthy of Harry's lofty throne. Well, I'll tell you this -- I don't think there is a next Harry. He's one of a kind. But so is Septimus Heap. Maybe someday they'll be talking about who the next Septimus might be.

Angie Sage's new series is an engrossing fantasy read with a believable magical world and interesting, quirky characters. Readers might be confused to find that the title character, Septimus, dies in the first couple of pages, but they'll soon figure out that not everything is as it seems, and, as the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia mentions, things have a way of working out.

Septimus is the seventh son of a seventh son (Silas and Sarah Heap) and he is stolen away the night he is born. As coincidence would have it (of course, there are NO coincidences, not really), Silas brings home a baby girl with violet eyes that he found out in the woods alone the same night.

Things are pretty quiet until about 10 years have passed and the evil no-good thugs who killed the queen and took over the castle figure out that the Heap's foundling is none other than the Queen's missing daughter. Thus ensues a flight to freedom from DomDaniel's (the evil old ExtraOrdinary Wizard) minions the Hunter and the Apprentice.

I hate too give too many details away, since they are so much more fun to discover. Let it suffice to say that there's lots of adventure, confusion, derring-do, comedy, and above all, Magyck. Once I got into it, this book really pulled me in and I can hardly wait for the next one.

Recommended for readers aged 10 and up, and for fantasy lovers everywhere.
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Magyk from another perspective
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Reader reviewed by Victoria Morris

Missing Harry Potter, I found Septimus and began reading. 

After remembering that I was indeed in a different world, with different rules, particularly in the uses and ways of magyk and spelling, I was drawn into the story and the life of these characters in their own right.

Though the 'rules' may be different from what we all have found inside of Hogwarts, Septimus and his family and friends have forged their own paths in fantasy quite well.  I have enjoyed the series so far, and look forward to the next installment with great anticipation.
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Like Harry Potter but less serious
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Reader reviewed by Katie

For anyone who is still sad over the fact that the seventh Harry Potter is over and done with, this series can help you get over it. This is similar in many ways (I'll let you figure out how), but has no bad words or deep dark themes - at least, not too deep or dark. The Heap family has a new addition to their household, so dad Silas goes to get medicine. On his way back, he finds another newborn infant hidden in the snow. The ExtraOrdinary Wizard arrives and tells Silas he must raise her with his own children. He leaves and finds that the midwife has taken his new son away, saying that he is dead. Ten years later, on the baby girl's tenth birthday, the family finds out that she is really the Princess, the daughter of their murdered Queen. That plunges them into an exciting adventure that will keep readers turning page after page. 
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Amazing!!!!
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Reader reviewed by Maggie

Magyk has to be one of my favorite all time books! It has several similarities with Harry Potter but, many differences too. If you are a Harry fan I would almost guarentee that you will absolutely love Magyk. 

Here is a quick summary....
The seventh son of the seventh son is dead. Or is he...... Taken away by the midwife and proclaimed dead. I happens that the same night he dies his father finds a baby girl in the snow whom is roughly the same age.
Jenna Heap has always wondered why she doesn't have any resemblance to her older brothers. They all have curly hair and unmistakeable green eyes. Only her hair is straightand her eyes are a deep violet.

Read the book to find out who Jenna is and where she really comes from. 
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Harry Potter's Long Lost Little Brother! (Maybe)
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Reader reviewed by GRgenius

A riches to rags and back again story that adds the mystery of Magyck to its inner workings.  The first book in the 4 part (currently) series of young Septimus Heap.  If Harry Potter had a younger brother, this could easily be him!  We are introduced to the HEap family at the conclusion of Sarah Heap's pregnancy.  Her baby (number 7) is still born and the midwife wisks away the sad bundle of former joy.  Meanwhile, Silas Heap, her husband, was on his way back from an urgent errand on her behalf when he stumbles across a tiny baby girl discarded and half-hidden in the shadows.  Why she is there he can only guess, but he knows he must protect her as his own from both instinct and the whispered request of Marica Overstrand, Extraordinary Wizard.  Mourning the passing of their baby boy while celebrating the little life that has come their way, Jenna, as she is named, is raised as one of their own.

At the young age of ten, Jenna begins to wonder about her past and where she came from.  It is revealed in good time that she is the long lost princess of their land, but she and the Heaps are in grave danger, henceforth why she was hidden away.  Meanwhile, in another part of the castle, Boy 412 is discovering is he more than what he seems as well.  Raised as an orphan, Boy 412 was placed in the band of thugs that rule the grounds as a make-shift army.  Unbeknownst to him, he is the child thought dead upon birth!  The seventh son of the seventh son, possessing great magyckal powers yet to be discovered!  Who would try to conceal his identity from both him and the world?  What forces of darkness are at work and how can they be escaped?  You'll have to read it to find out.....

Recommended as a quick read for all ages, as well as Harry Potter fans seeking a lighter version in another magyckal world.....happy reading!
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For whoever loves Charlie Bone or Harry Potter!
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Reader reviewed by BookBegger

10 years ago&the queen gave birth to her firstborn child, the future queen. While the queen and the Extra Ordinary wizard were planning a celebration party, an assassin was loading a pistol. The assassin kills the queen. The queen drops her crying baby. The apprentice to the Extra Ordinary wizard grabs the baby. The assassin kills the Extra Ordinary wizard. The apprentice flees to the Wizard tower with the queenling.
A couple of days later& the Heap family welcomed their newborn seventh son, Septimus Heap, to their family. The first day of his life he dies.
10 years later& spies have found the queenling and plan to kill her at midnight. Will she escape?


I loved this book. I listened to the Audio tape and I found out that when I first read Magyk a year ago I missed a whole bunch of stuff. Anyone who loves Harry Potter or Charlie Bone will love the Septimus Heap series. I read the other books in the series and I love this one more than the others.

I loved the characters so much! My favorite character was Boy 412 and Jenna. They are so realistic. I loved the clearness of the story and how realistic it was (not counting the magyk). I cant wait to read the fifth book of the series called Syren. (Do not skip ahead in the series to books that sound better, read all of them in order!)

Look out for the Septimus Heap books!
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great book
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Reader reviewed by frill neck

I think after reading it i couldn't put it down as well but i had to sometime, to eat that is, but otherwise i wouldn't do anything else but read this book i just wanted to say Angie sage i'm in australia i've looked everwhere for queste but i still have some hope though i may be disappointed when it's not there, but as a saying said never give up until you find what your looking for and i won't. your an extroadinary author and i mean it too.
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WOW
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Reader reviewed by EshInoBi

Wow, I totally loved this book. It was mysterious, right from the start, and even from the start, I made assumptions that were actually sometimes incorrect about the characters' personalities and whether they were on the 'good or bad' sides. I'm a big fan of magical books, and just the title of this book enticed me to read this. There were clues everywhere. And destiny brought this book together so I could read it! =P Boy 412 is a boy in the army, and he is found in the snow... Who was to know who he really was? This really intrigued me, but I knew right away who he would be. But then another character later comes in and then all my thoughts are twisted... This was a really good book, though, and I'd recommend all readers who are willing to read a lengthy book for the pure enjoyment to read & cherish this book.
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A great book
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Reader reviewed by Claire

In Magyk,Septimus Heap was taken from his family at birth. Silas heap found a baby girl that turns out to be the orphaned princess and names her Jenna. Bad people are hunting Jenna, so they Heaps must keep her and themselves safe. It is a very exciting book. It is the first book in a series.
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Cute and fun
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Reader reviewed by Bria

I love this book. It was a great way to start a series. One cold night a while ago 2 children were mixed up at birth. Soon this is figured and chaos ensues.
Septiumus journey is great. I really felt for him when he had no name and i felt he was the best character in the book. It was great and i think every teen should read it.
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Magykical!!!
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Reader reviewed by Amanda

Ok, so I've found yet another series that I am just going to devour! I read this big chunker of a book in just a day, still fitting in school work and my regular job...that will tell you how much I loved this story. Luckily I have 2 more to go!


A first novel by English author Angie Sage, Magyk is also the first book in the Septimus Heap trilogy. The book opens with the seventh son of a Silas Heap, also a seventh son and head of a wizard family, being born to his wife Sarah while Silas is on his way back home from outside the village walls. As he hurries on home, Silas sees a bundle in the snow and hears baby cries coming from the blankets. He finds an abandoned newborn baby girl with brilliant violet eyes and decides he has no choice but to bring her home and raise her as their own daughter. When he arrives home with the baby girl, soon to be known as Jenna, he sees the midwife running out with a baby bundle, screaming that the baby is dead. Silas and Sarah lose their 7th son before they even get to know him.


Fast forward about 10 years and Jenna is still the only girl in the Heap household besides her mother. She loves her life in their small, cluttered house and is completely taken by surprise when the esteemed and rarely seen ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand shows up at the Heap home and states that Jenna is the long-lost Princess, daughter of the deceased Queen, and the Supreme Custodian, head of the castle, wants Jenna dead. Jenna and Marcia, along with her father, one of her brothers and a boy known as Boy 412, flee to Aunt Zelda's enchanted cottage, attempting to hide from the Hunter, sent by the Supreme Custodian.


The kids in this book band together and help the adults to fight off the recurring evil that is sent their way, in hopes of killing Jenna. The story is chock full action, great subplots, and a fabulous adventure. It definitely leaves room for the following book, making me glad I waited so long to read the series. Now I don't have to wait until book 2! I loved Magyk and think all of you will too. Those of you who haven't read it yet at least!
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