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Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) Paperback – March 5, 2013
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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)
From the Back Cover
The Magyk Begins Here
Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow—a newborn girl with violet eyes. Who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to the Heaps' beloved son Septimus?
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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!
Also, there is not quite the textural weave to this story as in Harry. It is instead a flatter, narrower storyline, without the rich overlay.
I would not necessarily make the comparison to Harry Potter, but a) the book itself does on the cover, and b) the references try to as well. I think it weakens it.
That said, I did find it a delightful read that kept my interest in a light-hearted fashion throughout. I became involved in the characters and I am interested in reading more. It definitely is its own story.
I even thought the treatment of two characters was somewhat fresh:
Boy 412: his inadvertant success and growth as hero is being treated in a way I haven't seen before.
DomDaniel: he makes an interesting antagonist and I would like to see hime explored more - he is not the typical stone cold face of evil, rather a mix of elements that make him more intresting, comic at times - though this may just be because he can't get good help.
I do look forward to continuing this journey and have ordered the next book in the series.
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