The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn 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?
The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
About the Author
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.
‘Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, died shortly after birth. Born to a family of Wizards, there’s no telling what he might have become, as his lineage as a seventh son would have made him unbelievably magical. But on that winter night when Septimus died, his father, Silas, found another newborn child in the forest. They named her Jenna, and she grew up thinking that she was the daughter of Silas and Sarah Heap, and the sister of six older brothers–Simon, Sam, Edd, Erik, Nicko, and Jo-Jo. Early on, though, Sarah had her own ideas of who Jenna really was, especially when she heard the news that the Queen had been murdered. Jenna Heap was, undoubtedly, the Princess.
Over the next ten years, darkness came to the Castle and the Ramblings, where the Heaps lived. With no Queen, evil came in the form of the Supreme Custodian, who along with his cohorts banned magic and ended the happiness the Queen’s people had once known. As the Heap family attempt to ride out this time of darkness, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, learns of the plot to kill the Princess, which will allow evil to truly take over the Palace. It seems that the only thing keeping DomDaniel, the Dark Wizard, from returning to the Castle is the presence of the Princess, and he plans to remedy that.’ rest of this review from Goodreads here
As a big fan of Harry Potter and anything magical, or involving princesses (princess bride) or mythical creatures (dragons) this book was definitely my cup of coffee (I hate tea). Recommended by my friend Kirsty, I borrowed it from the library.
On this occasion I wish I had read a bit about it before plunging in then I would have understood the bit about the missing baby and him being the seventh son of the seventh son. It explains it in the book but I seemed to miss that bit.
“Things have a habit of working out, you know. Eventually.”
What I loved about the book, is how families are not just made from blood, how Silus Heap finds a small bundle who turns out to be an infant girl and adopts her as her own, and yet later on when she finds out she is the infant Queenling, how much he instills in her that he will always be her father showing that families are what we make related or not.
“Well, I suggest you sleep on it,” said Aunt Zelda sensibly. “Things always look better in the morning.”
For a long while I have struggled getting into books, same thing happened a few years ago. I think we get to tied up with the amount of information constantly bombarded at us and I think that’s why I hated a recent book club choice as it seemed to deviate from the story. I think because I’ve been reading quite a lot of young fiction, it’s not always bogged down, and concentrates on the characters and keeps the story flowing. I could be wrong and I’m reading the wrong books.
“Crazy as a cuttlefish
Nasty as a RAT
Put her in a pie dish
Give her to the CAT!”
I recommend this book to anyone though. It has magic, it has adventure, it shows what happens when people pull together, family bonds and best of all a dragon. The character descriptions brought them off the page and into their own world filled with darkness and the energy to over power it. As for the HP books being made into a film, I’d quite happy keep this as a book which I can reread time and again.
Thank you fore reading