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


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This Book Is Bound with "Deckle Edge" Paper
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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: 7.3 x 6.3 x 2.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

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: '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 'Magyk': 'Wonderfully imaginative ... Children of all ages will relish this' Waterstone's Guide to Kid's Books Praise for 'Flyte': 'An immensely powerful and imaginative adventure, full of surprises, with good and bad magic and it moves at a rattling pace ... You will not want to leave this imaginary world' School Librarian --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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.

Customer Reviews

This book is great and this is a good series for any age group even kids.
Maria A. Ferree
This book will keep you on the edge of your seat an make you wonder what is coming next.
Wes Swaney
The plot continues smoothly and the story introduces more interesting characters.
Heather

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Portianay VINE VOICE on October 2, 2009
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alice Kojima on November 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
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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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Jake D. Worley on October 12, 2009
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Syren is the latest book in the Septimus Heap series and I can not say that I was overly impressed. After Magyk I noticed a slight flaw in the books, the flaw is that the author uses the same formula over and over again.

Step 1: There are very stong hints that something very terrible is going to happen.

Step 2: Something bad does happen and the pampered little kids have to deal with it.

Step 3: Don't worry! We solved it very fast. It was slow going so I thought there should be a conflict but don't even worry one bit, we solved it before anything actually happened.

Although Angie Sage uses this formula numerous times, I was glad to see that somethings were left hanging until the next book. The newest character added, Syrah Syara, was very different than the other teenagers (which I think are whiny and helpless); Syrah is a dark character that is technically 500 years old and sometimes not in control of her own body. Although I like her, I'm not sure it was wise for the author to make a nineteen year old and a twelve year old a prospective couple.

Septimus is a well rounded character and, as I noticed in Syren, a little haughty as he is not used to being treated with disrespect (being the Apprentice and all). Jenna however I feel should be tied up and thrown off a cliff with sharp rocks at the bottom. She is so stupid, naive, and frankly the last person I would want with me on a deserted island.

Marcia is my favorite character and I am majorly pissed of at the small role she was given. Wolf Boy, at the beginning, was semi interesting yet he seemed to be the same good guy character that belongs to most every male character in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Nowicki on May 11, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crissy on April 13, 2011
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This is a well-written, enjoyable read. I especially like the little stories at the end of each Septimus Heap book that give more info about minor characters in the story. This is the best book in the series thus far.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Deborah L. Mace on March 8, 2011
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rita T Tullius on February 19, 2011
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This is a great book, fantastic adventure, the character's are believable and loveable. The story carries you away and you feel like your right there in the story. I'm an adult and it holds my attention beatuifully, I love a good story, and this is definately a good story. Septimus Heap is a book I will recommend to my grand children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 30, 2010
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My daughter love this book series, in fact she already read the entire series. The seller send the book in perfect conditions, just new and we love and appreciated that.
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