Reviewed by First Mate Keira

Title: Darke (Septimus Heap, Book 6)
Author: Angie Sage
Format: Hardback
Page Count: 656 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: Marcia Overstrand accidentally Banished Alther Mella when she Banished Teritus Fume. Soon after, Merrin creates a Darke Domaine and it engulfs the Castle. He’s going to make Septimus Heap pay for stealing his name. The real Septimus Heap was going to go to the Darke Halls to complete his Darke Week and save Alther, but now must abandon that idea and instead save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction.

Why I started this book:

I have read the previous books in the series.


  • Marcellus Pye continues to do good, even when it’s Darke. He gives Septimus a Darke Disguise to keep the bad ghosts and creatures of the Darke from recognizing him.
  • The way Darke is the reverse of Magyk. Septimus / Sum and all that.
  • That estranged Simon Heap makes good with his family.
  •  The sequence of the Port Witch Coven.


  • Merrin Meredith put Dom Daniels’ Two-Faced ring on his thumb and used it to wreck havoc. The only way to get it off is to cut off the finger the ring resides on and slip it off backwards. Magyk doesn’t allow it to slide off like a normal ring. Pretty gruesome, but Merrin was acting up way beyond kiddie pranks, so it is sort of fitting.
  • The Darke Halls are not as scary as they sound, just an endless set of hallways that look the same and lead you in circles unless you know what you’re doing. With all the hype I felt more of the story should have been devoted to this region.


  • Princess Jenna gets a little red book that basically gives her the right to butt into everything and demand answers immediately. However, I don’t see why anyone should comply just because there’s a book. She was the crowned princess before the book and it’s not like the book contain magical powers to force others to do her bidding.

Buy: Darke (Septimus Heap, Book 6)

Rating: 3 Treasure Chests

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