queste

by First Mate Keira

Title: Queste (Septimus Heap, Book 4)
Author: Angie Sage
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 624 pages
Grade Reading Level: Grades 4-8

Summary: For years ExtraOrdinary Wizards have feared the time when their Apprentices would have to draw for the Queste stone. It’s supposed to happen at the end of their training, but due to some nefarious dealings between Merrin Meredith (previously known as Septimus Heap) and Tertius Fume (Ghost of the first Chief Hermetic Scribe) the real Septimus Heap is forced into drawing it sooner. He figures out the trick and refuses, but he can’t escape the Queste in the end… and neither did any of the other unfortunate Apprentices, all dead.

Why I started this book:

I read the first three books in the series and plan to read the rest in the series.

Likes:

  • Merrin Meredith is a horrible little boy. He’s petulant, bullying (if he can get away with it), pretty gullible, petty, and unkind. He wants nothing more than to get back at Septimus Heap, the boy who stole his name/identity and eat his way through a stash of licorice snakes. Who knows why I like him, but I do. Maybe I just have fun picturing his stomach aches from his unhealthy candy diet.
  • I like how the quest to find Nicko and Snorri is a parallel Queste to the one Septimus is forced to go on himself.
  • I love Beetle! I wonder if he’s going to be the love interest for Princess Jenna? He’s very knowledgeable without being stuck-up about it.
  • Ephaniah Grebe, the Conservation Scribe at the Manuscriptorium, who was cursed in his youth by a couple books from the Wild Section of the Manuscriptorium. I wonder if anybody will place him under the magic spell that makes the message rats speak human? It seems like the best option to me.

Dislikes:

  • The Gathering is never complete technically, which the author didn’t account for in the story. DomDaniel appears, but the very first Extra Ordinary Wizard was never there.
  • The Queste end was interesting, but I guess I don’t see the point? Why doesn’t the person behind the Queste venture out of the House of Foryx to see everything for himself? What does Septimus learn from the Queste?
  • I can’t believe Beetle was fired from his job at the Manuscriptorium. I really dislike Jillie Djinn, the current Chief Hermetic Scribe.
  • Possession by the Thing… and the sickness that follows possession if you’re lucky to get free without dying.

Buy: Queste (Septimus Heap, Book 4)

Rating: 3.5 Treasure Chests