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Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 15, 2005
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Gr. 5-8. As the magically (make that Magykally) gifted seventh son of a seventh son, hated and feared by a powerful necromancer, Septimus Heap is more Harry Potter than Artemis Fowl. But unlike most characters who lend their names to fantasy cycles, Septimus--whose birth shortly before chapter one set this series in motion--is killed off in chapter one, whisked away by a midwife shouting, "Dead!" Fast-forward 10 years, when it becomes apparent that Jenna, a foundling girl whom the large, boisterous Heap family has adopted, has her own grand destiny to fulfill. As for Septimus, could it be that his death is more presumed than actual? Many will dismiss this first novel, put off as much by its obvious parallels to existing blockbusters as by elements of affectation (like placing all Magykal spells in distracting bold type). But scores of less-jaded youngsters will lose themselves happily in Sage's fluent, charismatic storytelling, which enfolds supportive allies and horrific enemies, abundant quirky details, and poignant moments of self-discovery. A CD-ROM with games and extras is tucked inside the front cover of the trade edition. Jennifer Mattson
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“This first book in the Septimus Heap series is a cheerful, clever offering.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
A deliciously spellbinding series opener. (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“A fresh take on the world of magic.” (Child Magazine)
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Septimus Heap was taken away as a newborn child with the nurse saying he was dead...he was not. He was taken away to turn him into something else. In his place there was left a baby girl that was found by the father, Silas Heap. It's funny this happens right as their baby is taken.... hmmm.. wonder who she is.
So the house is full of Heaps and several years later when the secret finally comes out who Jenna really is, she goes on a journey with the ExtraOrdinary Wizard named Marcia, her father Silas, one brother Nicko, Boy 412 (who was a guard to the wizard tower) and the Heap's dog Maxie. They take a precarious trip to their Aunt Zelda in the swamps.
It's such a fun book with all of the little magical things like the Shield Bugs, they are so cool and I want a group of them of my own! My favorite was Jenna's pet rock that she named Petroc Trelawney! I want one, actually I have some rocks around here I intend to paint different colors with little faces. I doubt they will come to life it I pet them though :( I love their Boggart friend too. There are just so many things to like about this book.
They have to face a bunch of junk trying to keep away from the bad guys that just want to get Jenna back. They find out some things they never knew. They learn spells and mostly have a good time.
It's a great book!
***edited 10-11-12*** I have convinced my daughter to keep reading and now we are at the half-way point...it seems to be getting more interesting and more magykal. I have changed my previous review from 2 to 3. But, I am not sure due to the extremely slow start if I will change my review from here. It will take this book becoming seriously amazing to change it at this point. I will keep you posted.
There are fantastic characters - Boggarts and Magogs and talking rats, ghosts, wizards, and witches - a princess to save, and even a ring. The story lacks a bit of the richness of scenic detail found in similar books, such as the Underland Chronicles and, of course, the Tolkien books, but the characterizations are utterly charming, and the plot is dramatic and well-paced. I recommend this series for young readers who do not scare easily and who have a firm grasp on the concept of fantasy (there is some death and much talk of shooting) as well as for older readers who like the Harry Potter and Tolkien books. The vocabulary sits about at a fourth grade or fifth grade level, but some readers that young may not be ready to read about a heroine whose mother was murdered (with the murder described).
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