Wednesday, December 5, 2007

An ExtraOrdinary fantasy novel

Silas Heap, ordinary wizard, discovers an abandoned baby girl on his way home from getting medicine for his weak, newborn baby boy. Upon arriving home, he finds his son Septimus (so named because he is the seventh son of a seventh son) has died. He places the baby girl in his brokenhearted wife's arms, and they raise her as one of their children.

Any reader will be suspicious about Septimus's death, given that the series is named after him. Still, it is fun to watch events unfold. This is the first volume in the series (of which there are three books to date), and it is a fun-filled, suspenseful, enjoyable read. It contains elements typical of fantasy novels (a princess raised in hiding, an orphan unaware of his heritage, an evil overlord who usurps the throne, etc.), but the telling is fresh and creative, and the characters are delightful - definitely not stock fantasy characters. I particularly enjoyed the ExtraOrdinary Wizard with her pointy purple snakeskin boots and gruff exterior that hides a heart of gold, as well as the ghost of the previous ExtraOrdinary Wizard. He can only go to places he went when he was alive, which puts a crimp in his spying on the bad guys when they start meeting in the former ladies room, because, as a well-brought-up young man, he'd never set foot there in his life!

Although this is the first book, it is a stand-alone novel with a satisfying, conclusive ending. I am definitely looking forward to revisiting Sage's fantasy world in the next installment of the series. Many thanks to Deslily for the recommendation!

Books in the Septimus Heap series to date:
  1. Magyk (2005)
  2. Flyte (2006)
  3. Physik (2007)
Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) by Angie Sage (Scholastic, 2005)

12 comments:

  1. Oh! So glad you enjoyed this book! I liked the whole trilogy and a 4th installment is coming in April! This group and the Inkheart series are wonderful ..

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  2. My first thought was "Ooh, what a cool cover" and then I read the synopsis and it sounds really cool. I've already got a hold for Moon Called at the library but I might have to pick this up as well!

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  3. Oh, Deslily, here we go again! I have the first Inkheart on my TBR pile, awaiting its turn. This one was lots of fun!

    Ladytink - I'm excited you got Moon Called - I can't wait to hear what you think of it! I think you'll enjoy this one, too. And I do love hearing how you use the library! :-)

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  4. oh man lol.. i love Inkheart alot!! more than Septimus even!! I am chewing my nails waiting for Inkdeath to come out!.. the movie Inkheart comes out next year!! starring Brendon Frazier!

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  5. Deslily, I'm glad to hear you say that - someone recently told me they "couldn't get into" Inkheart, and I'd been so looking forward to it. It looks like my kind of book, though. And the movie sounds like fun, too! If I had more time I'd branch out with a movie blog, but I don't think that will happen any time soon!

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  6. This sounds wonderful! And like Ladytink said, the cover is very cool.

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  7. Oh Inkheart is an awesome book! I'm actually about to re-read it.

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  8. I like the cover, too, Nymeth - it's one of the reasons I read it. Every time I saw it on the shelf at my library, I'd think "I have GOT to read that." And when Deslily recommended it on top of that, I bumped it up to the top of my pile. I'll have to do the same with Inkheart. If you think it's worth a reread, Ladytink, I'm definitely excited about reading it!

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  9. ladytink:
    When I get a date for Inkdeath to finally come out here in the US (it's released in Germany) I fully intend on re reading both Inkheart and Inkspell !!

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  10. When people happily reread a book it is always a good sign!

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  11. I keep meaning to get this series, I know it's rubbish but I love the covers!

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  12. It's funny - we all know not to judge a book, etc., etc. - but don't we all think, "Ooh, cool cover!" Silly but true!

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