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Septimus Heap, Book Six: Darke Hardcover – Deckle Edge, June 7, 2011

4.8 out of 5 stars 173 customer reviews
Book 6 of 8 in the Septimus Heap Series

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“A memorable, edge-of-the-seat escapade that will enthrall confirmed fans and newbies alike.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))

“Sage proves again that she has an inventive feel for fantasy adventure.” (ALA Booklist)

About the Author

Angie Sage was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She now lives in Somerset in a very old house that has a 480-year-old painting of King Henry VIII on the wall. The seven books in her original Septimus Heap series are international bestsellers. She is also the author of the Araminta Spookie series.



Mark Zug has illustrated many collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering and Dune, as well as books and magazines. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 920L (What's this?)
  • Series: Septimus Heap (Book 6)
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; Book Club edition (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006124242X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061242427
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.9 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #103,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If you are a fan of the Septimus Heap series this 6th volume does not disappoint. As Sep & Jenna prepare for their birthday everything falls apart. Sep is supposed to test for his Darke week but before he can Marcia accidently banishes Alther in the dungeon. Merrin Meredith has Dom Daniels' ring and he really starts wrecking havoc stirring up a Darke takeover. Luckily Simon comes back in time to help Marcia .....And that's all I'm giving up!
I have been a fan since the 1st book and will be disappointed when the series ends. I'm thinking the next book will be it. Book 7 - because after all Septimus is the 7th son of a 7th son so 7 books seems logical.
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This is another wonderful installment of the Septimus Heap series! I was so pleasantly surprised to see it in my Kindle's new items (forgot I had preordered it) that I jumped right into it and couldn't put it down. Wonderful job!
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Confession: I'm 39 years old and I love to read young adult fantasy literature (thank you JK Rowling)! I started reading the Septimus Heap series on recommendation a few years ago, and just finished reading the latest in the series, Darke. Though I enjoyed the story and, like a good story after it's finished, I thought about the characters and their outcome for a few days afterward, even looking forward to the next book. A lot of stuff was going on throughout this book. Characters were brought back from everywhere, so much so, that I had forgotten who some of them were. A majority of the story doesn't even involve Septimus at all. A lot of focus was put on Beetle and Jenna. Why other characters were even mentioned in the story, I have no idea. They had no integral part to the story unless it was some very slick foreshadowing for an upcoming book. As far as the story goes: Jenna and Septimus are preparing to celebrate their very important 14th birthday. At this time, Jenna will become official Queen and Septimus will take on a very important part of his wizard training--dealing with darke magic. It's dangerous, but every wizard must pass through this phase. Some don't make it back. Of course, this pair cannot peacefully celebrate a birthday without danger following close behind!
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I’m 25 years old and yes I read these books. I read the first book because my sister had bought one 10 years ago and I decided to try it out. I thought the book was ok but nowhere near Harry Potter or other books of this genre. I continued to read them as I’m the type of person that will stick to a series once I start it. Well, I’m glad I did because as the series continues I have grown attached to all of these characters. More and more get added on to the point where I am constantly awaiting for my favorites to resurface to see what they are up to next.

Sage has a way of weaving these seemingly separate character stories together into a beautiful web. This novel was my favorite so far as we start where the previous book left off. Alther was banished and Septimus is the only one (of course) who can get him back, by venturing into the Darke Halls. Meanwhile Merrin Meredith is up to no good, and this time he actually succeeds in doing something! In the past this character has been a sort of joke, with his threats of evil towards our heroes. Somehow Merrin has used the power of the two faced ring to create a Darke Domain, which begins to take over the Castle and is a threat to the Wizards Tower as well!

All of our favorite characters make at least one appearance. Beetle is definitely my favorite of all of our heroes and he has a very large part in this book, and a very happy ending as well. Sometimes I forget that these kids are only 13 since they all seem to have the weight of the world on their shoulders. None of the adults treat the characters as kids, and I suppose that is why these books are so appealing to children. However the writing and adventure is mesmerizing so adults should enjoy them as well.
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There are so many series out there where by book three you think that the writter is surely more conerned about the movie that might get made than the subject This is NOT the case with the Magyk series. Just when you think things are settling down at the palace...WHAM a new adventure begins. Every single book is a well told story with loveable and believable characters. I especially like that the female characters are strong and adventureous with out being overly masculinized. I cannot recommend this series more.
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The best of the 6 books so far. Lots of self realization. You begin to see the adult version of the child characters and even though they are turning out just as the reader suspected the journey to adult has some tricky turns!! Can't wait to start. The last book.
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Almost another Harry Potter. I have read then entire series and fin them captivating. You just want to know what will happen next. Yes, it is magical, and there is a castle, but it isn't modern like Harry Potter. They are actually back in the days of castles. Is a series that we are reading over and over, worth owning.
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I just love the Septimus book series! What started out in me reading for the kids turned out to be a true love of author and the series. I now have them all and was sad to see it end with the most recent book Fyre. The book tape to these are wonderfully done as well. For those that like to believe in magic and have some other fun things tied in, this is a great read!
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