Monday, May 12, 2008

Review: Magyk (Septimus Heap) by Angie Sage

by Angie Sage
Fantasy, MG
564 pages
published: 2002
5 of 5 stars

On a whim, Scott picked up the first two books in the Septimus Heap fantasy series by Angie Sage. What a good whim! I was quite impressed with the plot, characters, and imagination of the story. It is probably best suited to middle grade readers, but like many other recent fantasies, it has appeal to a much older audience. One thing I found fascinating was that Septimus Heap, the title character, was, to all appearances, absent from nearly the entire book. How fun!

As a "younger" book, it wasn't as epic as Eragon, and the magic isn't as defined as some fantasies. It also switches point of view frequently, which isn't a problem for me, but some small people might object. Ghosts are a strong presence, and in the second book there are a lot of big worms. (If it was a movie instead of a book I would have had issues.)

I highly recommend this for anyone looking for fun, escape, and good adventure.

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