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Syren (Septimus Heap, Book 5) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 29, 2009

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Book 5 of 8 in the Septimus Heap Series

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The fifth installment in the best-selling Septimus Heap series begins a few days after the events of Queste (2008). Septimus is preparing to recover his friends, including Princess Jenna, from the lowly Harbor environs. Meanwhile, Wolf Boy has a mission to complete to become the next Keeper. Each thread of this tale includes a multitude of twists, turns, witches, a jinnee (and an army of warrior jinns), storms at sea, and pirates and ultimately converges on a mysterious island inhabited by a possessed girl. Once again, Sage’s tale combines humor, adventure, and inventive storytelling and is sure to please her many fans. Grades 3-6. --Ernie Cox

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Praise for Septimus Heap series: 'Warm, funny and humane, Sage takes care with the destiny of even her smallest characters, and is a real discovery' The Times 'Sage navigates her complex setting with suspenseful and well-structured plotlines ... These books open an array of dazzling worlds. It's worth hoping aboard this bus, and I'm eagerly waiting at the stop' The Times Praise for Syren: "There's plenty of intrigue in the short chapters ... this is another incident-packed mass of reading pleasure' School Librarian 'Wonderful fantasy novel ... filled with joy, triumph and deceit' Teen Titles magazine --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; First Edition edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060882107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060882105
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Angie Sage loves the sea, spooky old houses, and medieval England. Ms. Sage has created many books for children, including the Araminta Spookie series. You can visit her online at www.septimusheap.com.

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Format: Hardcover
I think the character development in this one was perfect, and do not understand the comment another reader made that it was not. I felt we learned more about these "tweens" as they are approaching adulthood, and I felt it was realistic development, too. The story line is, as always with Ms. Sage, engaging, and new characters come on the scene smoothly. The new characters themselves are interesting, and I find myself looking forward to Book Six--the wait! the wait!!!! It is so hard to wait!!! --with great anticipation, to see how they progress.
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I've read all the books thus far and this by far was my favorite. The story is brimming with adventure and action, but Sage does not drift away from the humor that keeps her book unique and exciting. The descriptions provide the reader with thorogh descriptions and the story gives an intimate look into what it's like to be a preteen. As a teenager in her later years of high school, this book was not too far off what I felt only a couple of years before. The book shows teenage angst, but doesn't lather it on like some books often do. I definately recommend this book and can't wait for Sage to release another!
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As mentioned earlier, the book starts off with Septimus
getting his promotion and his fist assignment (to pick up
his friends from the port). Once Septimus gets his friends,
they meet an old figure from the past and stay with him for
the night. On the way back to the Tower, they crash into one
of the Isles of Syren. This is where the book takes place.
Meanwhile Wolf Boy and Lucy go on an adventure that also
takes them out to the Isle. They witness an object being
stolen and placed strategically. They meet up with Septimus
and Co. and they figure out the evil plan of an enemy from
the past and his henchman. They confront him and&&&&&&&&&.
Who will win the battle? What happens after? What is on the
Isles of Syren?

I read the book Syren recently and it
definitely lived up to my expectations. To any person who
has read any of the books in the series, it will not
disappoint. To people who have not read the series, I
recommend starting from the first book. The plot instantly
hooked me with Septimus getting a promotion and going on his
first solo assignment. The book features an intricate plot
filled with corporal amounts of suspense, action, twists,
and battle. The characters were as good as ever. The
emotions they express are realistically portrayed and make
you relate to the characters as if they were your personal
friends. Overall, this book is excellent and is not a
disappointment.

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I started reading books for 8-12 year olds out loud back & forth with my niece when she was in 3-4 grade. She's now a college junior and I'm still reading children's books because I love them. This Septimus Heap series is my absolute favorite, over Harry Potter and any other. In this installment Septimus finds a former apprentice that never returned from a Queste, unlike Septimus who returned from his Queste in a previous volume. I believe there is only going to be 2 more books in this series. Since Sep is the 7th son of a 7th son I understood at the beginning of the series there would be 7 books of course. With Syren being book 5 we're getting close to the end of Sep's story. I have devoured them all. Angie Sage has an easy to read style of writing making her stories so enjoyable to read.
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By h on January 14, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a old fan of Septimus Heap and have read all the books! (I also known all of them!) They are thrilling and are my second to most favorite book sires.

2.Magic:An awesome and classic book

5.Flyte: good, but...

1.Physic: Possibly the best one yet

4.Quest:Really good but second too last on my list of favorite Septimus books. And left too many problem unsolved.

3.Syren:Made problems and didn't solve many (or any) from Quest. But kept me at the edge of my seat. Generally wonderful book but it feels like it is starting too loss some of the magic of "Magic" (the book)

Well bravo Angie Sage for another breathtaking success but don't let all the magic escape
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I loved this installment of the Septimus Heap series. Ms. Sage has created a number of interesting and eccentric characters throughout her series, both good and evil, with Septimus holding the central heroic position as is only fitting for the newly promoted Apprentice. Syren is a book that has wide appeal for all ages! The book had enough action to hold my interest, and even though it is written for a much younger audience, I had a great time reading it and was wishing for more at the end. It has all the magic that the Harry Potter series has, without the gut-wrenching anxiety and violence. Syren is written just for fun, and that's exactly what it is! Bravo!
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I am a big fan of the Harry Potter books and was sad when the last book came out....then I found the Septimus Heap books and they are just as fun and the characters are just as loveable...I love their adventures and the dragon Spit Frye, the Extrordinary Wizard Marcia, the Ghouts in the castle, and Aunt Zelda and her swamp monsters...Angie Sage sucks you right in and keeps the story going...I love that.
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