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Fantasy fans on the younger side of Harry Potter will find a good jolt of action, mystery and humor in Corduner's light and swift reading of this magyk-filled adventure. Infants switched at birth, spell casting, Brownies, boggarts, dastardly villains and wizards add lively scenery and action throughout. Though a broad cast of characters threatens to become unwieldy, Sage's smooth storytelling pace and Corduner's assured, inviting voice keep things on track. Sharp listeners will have young Septimus Heap's fate (and that of Jenna, adopted by his family) figured out before recording's end, but will still enjoy the ride. And since Septimus is the gifted-by-birthright seventh son of a seventh son, and this is the first in a planned trilogy, listeners are left with the anticipation of more to come. Ages 9-up (Apr.)
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Grade 4-8–A wide cast of characters battle the forces of Darke Magyk in a well-realized world of fantasy. At birth, Septimus Heap is carried away for dead, and his father, Silas Heap, is entrusted with a baby girl. When the villainous Supreme Custodian tries to assassinate the now 10-year-old Jenna, who, it turns out, is the daughter of the murdered queen, the girl flees to the Marram Marshes along with some family members, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and a young army guard known only as "Boy 412." Pursued by the servants of the Necromancer DomDaniel, and aided by an engaging array of magical beings, they finally prevail in a satisfying and fairly exciting conclusion. Despite the hefty length, the novel is quite easy to follow. Many creative magical elements, such as the deliciously repulsive Magogs, add to the fun. Frequent point-of-view shifts give a well-rounded picture of the multiple plot threads and add many opportunities for light humor. On the other hand, with so many characters represented, it's hard to feel strong empathy for any of them. Jenna, the Queenling, and Boy 412, in particular, nearly emerge as full-blooded individuals at times, but neither quite stands out as an engaging hero. Villains are well drawn and varied, and most are more comical than truly menacing. The ease with which a once-formidable enemy like the Hunter is finally dispatched, however, detracts a bit from the eventual triumph of the protagonists. Overall, this is a fine choice for fantasy readers looking to delve into a new world with lots of magic, plenty of action, and a few neat surprises.–Steven Engelfried, Beaverton City Library, OR
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I found the bolding of the words and the repetitive style of writing completely irritating. The story could have been interesting but the writing style and flow was so spasmodic. Read morePublished 10 days ago by A. K. de Joya
[book:Magyk|769483] by [author:Angie Sage|157663]
For those readers who love anything about Wizardry & Magic this is for you. Read more
It was a captivating book. Best for the YA crowd perhaps but I found it engaging and fast moving. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.Published 19 days ago by Rebekah E. Burke
I really enjoyed reading this book. You can tell it was written for younger readers, but I also enjoyed this whimsical, plot wiggling, fairy tale. Read morePublished 19 days ago by K. Mayes
I read this book many, many moons ago! I loved it then and I love it now. Things from the book came back to me as I read them. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Melissa A. Martin
I loved this book so much! I really liked her writing style, it made me feel like I was there with the characters. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ajh.bubbles
This review is a review of both books 1 and 2 of Septimus Heap, Magyk (1) and Flyte (2).
My Thoughts: I liked these books a lot! Read more