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Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 15, 2005
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Ten years ago, Septimus Heap died in infancy. And on the same day, his father Silas Heap found a baby girl, and was instructed by the new ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia to raise her as his own. Ten years later, Marcia reveals that the girl Jenna is actually the future queen of that land. But she's in danger, and now a spy has found out where the girl lives.
Marcia tries to spirit Jenna to safety, but now nowhere is safe -- an Assassin, a Hunter, and the apprentice to an evil wizard are sent after them. Now Marcia, Silas, Jenna, the ghost of the wizard Althus, and a mysterious young boy are on the run. But not everyone is as they seem, and a boy claiming to be Septimus Heap may not be him at all...
The first few chapters of "Magyk" aren't too promising, since Sage's writing seems to be stuck in "picture book" mode. But when she gets to the present-day antics of the Heap family, she has settled comfortably into the writing groove. (Comfortable enough to even drop a blink-and-you'll-miss-it homage to J.R.R. Tolkien)
Sage's writing is solid enough, with enough details to keep the spare narrative from seeming colorless. Lots of goofy clothes, offhand humor, splashy magic and interesting characters are sprinkled throughout the book. Sage's style reminds one of Diana Wynne-Jones' early work, and her interesting magical (magykal?) systems and wizardly hierarchy seem to back that up.
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Enjoyed this story. Have started the next in the series and plan to read the whole series.Published 1 month ago by Patty
this is a thrilling book with little bit of everything. just finished the series and want to congratulate Angie on writing such good books!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa
Ugh. This started out so fun! But then characters kept being introduced, and it didn't stop. Why are so many characters necessary? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mariah Johnston
Wonderful read! I was read this book back when I was a child and decided to reread it now almost 15 years later! Amazing!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My 10 year old and I took turns reading this book to each other. We were hooked! It's full of adventure. It's one of my son's favorite books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Shutter Speed