Monday, April 9, 2012

Magyk by Angie Sage Lexile 640

The last two times Tara, Trent and I have visited our public library, the Youth Services Coordinator has suggested that we try the Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage.  Although there are several books out in this series, I decided to start with the first, Magyk.

Summary from the back cover of Magyk
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.  The Heaps take her into their home, name her Jenna and raise her as their own.  But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their  beloved son Septimus?
Theresa's Review:
Septimus Heap lands itself squarely in the fantasy genre of fiction, filled with magic, wizards, heroes and villains.  This book has a medieval feel with a Queen, castle and surrounding lands.  Magyk skips in time to ten years after the Queen was murdered and magic users became oppressed.  The Queen's daughter, Jenna, was hidden with Silas and Sara (parents of Septimus).  Dom Daniel and his villainous followers discovered Jenna's location and the race was on to save Jenna, Silas, Sara and the six Heap sons.  They all escaped  the boundaries of the castle with the help of Sally (friend) and Marcia (magician). Then, the adventure truly started.

This strong tween fantasy book was filled with characters that were easily discernible by the author's descriptive writing style. Each chapter started with a title that foreshadowed the main idea of that chapter's events.  The hand-drawn stretches expanded my imagination of each character and their traits.  

One of my favorite characters was the Boggart as described on page 160: 

"A sealike creature covered in slippery brown fur pulled itself up so that its head was just out of the water.  Two bright black-button eyes started at Jenna, who had her paddle still poised in midair.” 

This was a solid fantasy genre story sure to engage tween readers!  The mystery of what happened to Silas Heap was finally resolved in the last pages of this book.

Happy Reading!

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