Thursday, April 16, 2015

Book Review: Septimus Heap #1


By Angie Sage

Just jumping right into this one. :) Yes, we read eBooks on a Nook as well as regular books. We tend to prefer turning pages to tapping the screen, but love reading either way.


There is a very interesting twist to this book. Nasty people should not be in charge and I hope the evil wizard gets overthrown. Right now, I'm not so sure. We will have to continue reading this series to see what happens.


I love how the quest theme is used in this opening book. It goes through the story line of several characters; lots of quests to follow.


A dragon! I love dragons. So very powerful. The friendly and unfriendly are very interesting. I'm looking forward to seeing how Septimus uses his new found power.


Aunt Zelda is awesome! The best characters are often under appreciated by the characters they are helping. Zelda is one of those.


A great read! But this is no romp in the park. Dark things happen in this book - death, destruction, etc. It is the first in a long series and I am hoping good or light wins over dark in the end. I'll have to keep reading to find out, but I think the ride will be bumpy.

Xyra's Review

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk by Angie Sage
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This was very interesting. Intrigue, identity switches, castles, wizards, evil wizards, henchmen, unusual creatures, and a dragon! If you know anything at all about the books I like (and the fandoms to which I claim) then you know I would almost have to like this book. However, those things alone could not keep me if the story and writing were not captivating.

As the first book in a series it does it's job well...setting the stage for what is to come. We meet the Heaps and ordinary wizard family, but not really that ordinary. Silas is himself the seventh son of a seventh son as his Septimus is. They are special, but Silas's priorities are slightly different from those who seek power.

We are introduced to a new type of society with an interesting hierarchy and living quarters. The ramblings is the first apartment style domicile I have encountered in a castle setting.

There is light and darke; and darke threatens light. Not really a surprise there - the good vs. evil plot line is practically standard in adventure and fantasy novels.

Aunt Zelda is a hoot! Loyal to her position. Not a disciple of Julia Child or even Rachel Ray for that matter. LOL But she's caring and quite talented.

Marcia...the Extraordinary Wizard...she has a very unique personality. She likes having power and control as well as dressing to show off her part. i am very interested to see what her tutlage does for Septimus.

I also really want to see what happens with Jenna, Nicko, Simon and the rest! Looking forward to book 2. :)

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Don't forget to check out the Kid Lit Blog Hop
We found a couple of books to add to our to read list (Rasmus and the Vagabond by Astrid Lingren & New Shoes by Susan Lynn Meyer) and a post on making a bee watering hole (Jump Into a Book: Secret Garden Wednesday).

Best wishes,


  1. I really enjoyed the Septimus Heap series when I had some students into it a few years back. I look forward to hearing what you think as you continue on with them. Thanks for sharing with the #KidLitBlogHop!

    1. That's good to hear. I have to put an order in at the library for book 2. :)

  2. I'm glad you enjoyed it! Septimus Heap is one of my favorite series. :)

  3. Glad you enjoyed your foray into the Septimus Heap series! They are wonderful for fantasy fans. Thanks for stopping by the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

    1. Thank you! Just got word that book 2 is waiting at the library for pick up. :-D

    2. Too funny when the smiley face gets broken. :-D

  4. I love Zelda and Boggart! Although Boggart has been described as "seal-like", I see him as more otter-like (I think because I adore otters so much). I found out when I was looking up synopses for books three and four to jiggle my brain about which book was boring to me, three or four, I came across information that there is to be a movie AND there is a second series of books based in the Septimus Heap world started; the Todhunter books! I will go and get the link. :D

    1. Funny you should say that about Boggart. I see kind of a combination of seal and otter...something along the lines of a Dr. Seuss character.

      Not sure I need a movie on these books, but it would be an interesting franchise.

      LOL we have a friend whose name is very similar to that second series title.

  5. Here is the Septimus Heap blog link.