by First Mate Keira

Title: Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1)
Author: Angie Sage
Format: Digital Ebook
Page Count: 608 pages
Grade Reading Level: Ages 9-12

Summary: On Jenna Heap’s 10th birthday the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstand, appears and declares her to be the dead Princess and that she’s in grave danger. To keep her safe, Marcia whisks Jenna away from the only home she’s ever known to the Wizard Tower. Along the way they save a Young Army boy known as Boy 412. A ghost, her adopted brother, father, and family dog join them as they try to keep one step ahead of evil wizard DomDaniel.

Why I started this book:

My librarian recommended it to me as a great follow-up for any Harry Potter fan.

Likes:

  • I like how the objects in Angie Sage’s magykal world all have personality but don’t necessarily speak. Most of Marcia Overstrand’s objects are terrified of her. I particularly likes the Mirror from the beginning of the story. She asks it to reflect her image in decimal percentages and the Mirror bemoans how it hates math in the morning and wished Marcia gave it easy numbers.
  • I loved the little asides of how other people saw the world as the story progressed. In particular I enjoyed a Young Maid’s terrified glimpse of Maxie, the wolfhound, in the garbage chute. She dreamed of wolves in the garbage for months. Too cute.
  • The Message Rats and Stanley! So fun. 😀
  • I like Alther Mella, the ghost and how he helps out and causes things to happen. It seems most ghosts were ExtraOrdinary Wizards once upon a time.

Toss-Up:

  • There are a lot of parallels to Boy 412/Septimus Heap and Jenna Heap/The Princess. Her mother was shot and her own death was faked by somebody looking to protect her. She was resettled with the Heaps for safety. Septimus was thought dead, his own death faked for malicious intentions, happenstance places him under the custody of the Young Army. It bugs me sometimes when I’m reading to see these parallels, because how likely is it that two kids have this happened to them? I guess that’s what makes it a story.
  • The large cast of characters. It’s a bit unwieldy at times to keep up with them all. On the other hand it makes the world more realistic. I’m not a fan of Zelda Heap.

Dislikes:

  • It was too easy to figure out Boy 412 was Septimus Heap. Even if he hadn’t had his super gift with magyk, there were too many clues showing that the Apprentice (Merrin Meredith, son of the Matron Midwife) to DomDaniel was unexceptional to fool anybody into believing he could be Septimus Heap, the 7th son of a 7th son.
  • I still don’t get the differences between (male/female) wizards and (white/dark) witches other than eye color. Aren’t all subject to magyk suppose to have green eyes? When then do witches have blue? Are there any male witches like there are female wizards?

Buy: Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1)

Rating: 4 Treasure Chests

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