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Magyk (Septimus Heap #1)

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The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this my ...more
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Published April 8th 2008 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published March 1st 2005)
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Darkwolfluna173 This is a kid's book. The characters are 10-14 through the whole series.
Darkwolfluna173 Yes. As good as Harry Potter. The second series is called The Toddhunter Moon trilogy, in case you were wondering.
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
Jun 04, 2008 colleen the fabulous fabulaphile rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
I have something of a taste for children's and young adult fantasy stories. I'm a total geek for Harry Potter, and quite enjoyed Fablehaven, Tithe, and Wicked Lovely, amongst others. The thing is there are some children's books which, while written young, can appeal to an older audience, and there are others which are written in such a way as to make the cross-over nigh impossible. This was on of the latter...

Leaving aside the cliched plot and all the other things that people have pointed out,
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Bangadybangz
This was pretty good. A nice, quick, easy read that kept me entertained. I especially enjoyed the whimsical tone throughout. I would have liked to see a bit more emotional depth and moral ambiguity from the characters though. This book doesn't really "go there." Also a tad long for middle grade. Still, a good read, especially for kids, I'm sure.
Rose
Mar 05, 2008 Rose rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long, entertaining, with some humorous lines, and nice chapter illustrations. (British version.) More Harry Potter similarities. I didn’t mind the postscript with what happened to the minor characters. And the prose was certainly better than Paolini’s first book (I somehow can’t force myself to read the second one), and the plot was a lot fresher, too. But there were some negatives as well: too many characters, without a focal character! With no main person to focus and interpret things, it was ...more
Joseph Delaney
REVIEW: MAGYK by Angie Sage

I have just read and enjoyed ‘Magyk’ by Angie Sage. It is the story of Septimus Heap, a wizard apprentice.
I noticed a few similarities to my own Spook’s Series. For example both Tom Ward and Septimus Heap are both seventh sons of seventh sons. Also pointy shoes are mentioned and a boggart features! Of course there are differences too. Angie Sage’s book features wizards who are wielders of magic. In my books the Spook and his apprentice practise a craft and use salt an
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Melissa Martin
www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com

I read this book many, many moons ago! I loved it then and I love it now. Things from the book came back to me as I read them.

Septimus Heap was taken away as a newborn child with the nurse saying he was dead...he was not. He was taken away to turn him into something else. In his place there was left a baby girl that was found by the father, Silas Heap. It's funny this happens right as their baby is taken.... hmmm.. wonder who she is.

So the house is full of
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Ann
May 26, 2008 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of "young adult" fantasy
Recommended to Ann by: Many people have
I actually ended up enjoying this book quite a lot!
It took me a few more chapters than I would have liked to "get into" the story and the characters, but after a while I found that I did feel invested. I liked the distinct personalities of the characters, and how consistent they seemed to be.
It also took a while to understand the magical world. Two parts to this: one, being the good vs. evil statuses and people, how things came about, and what it all meant. I still feel there is more to it all
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Lilla Lillianna
Jul 12, 2008 Lilla Lillianna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazingly good written. Clever, funny, and magical. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Moira Fogarty
Poor Angie Sage. How annoying, to write a book about a young wizard right in the midst of Harry Potter mania! Comparisons are unavoidable, and reading this story in the shadow of Rowling's legacy makes it difficult to properly evaluate the characters and plot without drawing mental links between Boggart and Hagrid, DomDaniel and Voldemort, that leave an adult reader feeling dissatisfied with the world of Magyk.

It is, however, important to keep in mind that this IS a different book, with differe
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P e t t y
Aug 11, 2009 P e t t y rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished-read
This book is totally unoriginal. Even worse, the author try so hard to created her own magical story by replaced a magic wand to a gun. Yes, you heard me, a GUN!!!! I mean, WTF?? A magician using a God damn gun!! This is what I called overly-creative dumb ass. And using bold in some words (e.g Magyk word) totally treat the reader like a total retard. I totally don't get the point!

It's totally pissing me off for the fact that this book get so much praise.

Enough said.
V
Mar 29, 2012 V rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faves, reviewed, fiction
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

If you've been looking for a series that combines the magic of Harry Potter with the imaginative characters of Artemis Fowl, then Septimus Heap and his first book, MAGYK, is definitely the story for you. A quick, delightful read that can stand on its own, MAGYK is, without a doubt, an intriguing page-turner.

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, died shortly after birth. Born to a family of Wizards, there's no telling what he might have become, as hi
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Daniel
Apr 07, 2016 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Prvo da napomenem ova knjiga je pisana za relatiovno mladu populaciju, po mojoj proceni do 12 ili 14 godina starosti. Što znači da je jako ... naivna. Sa druge strane odlično je napisana. Drži pažnju, likovi su interesantni što je i dobto pošto je skoro ceo fokus na njima. World building je veoma slab, tek tolko da se dobije neka ideja a čak ni magični sistem nije previše objašnjen iako se jako puno vrti oko njega.

Nema dosadnih momenata, nema ekspozicije i svet se drži sopstvenih pravila što je
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Awoosha
Jan 15, 2011 Awoosha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ملحمة تفعمها العجائب والغرائب والتعاويذ السحرية والمفاجآت، وعالم فريد ثري بالتفاصيل المدهشة، ندعوك لتدخله، ولن ترغب في مغادرته أبداً

صدر منه بالعربية : السحر و الطيران
Rachael
Apr 05, 2010 Rachael rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this books mainly on the aesthetic value the cover had. The other reason I was so keen on reading this book was because its summary talked about the seventh son of the seventh son (I've always like this superstition). Sadly, when I actually got to reading the book, I was incredibly disappointed.

First of, absolutely none of the characters are lovable - or eve likable. I didn't get attached with any of the characters because they all seemed extremely annoying (especially that dog, Maxi
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Sarah
Sep 06, 2009 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya
Children should read this book as a lesson of what a novel should not be. The plot is pathetic and weak, careening all over the place without ever forming into a cohesive story line. I listened to hour after hour, and it felt an awful lot like when you are listening to someone who takes an hour to tell you a simple story about some mundane task like going to the grocery store. Their story is never all that interesting in the first place, but the fact that they manage to drag it out for such an i ...more
Tilly
Apr 12, 2016 Tilly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
I struggled a bit with this one. A positive aspects of this novel is definitely that I liked the characters. Some of them were really charming and lovely constructed. I also think that as a childrens fantasy series this book had a lot of potential but unfortunately did not realize very much of it. The plotline seemed to me a bit far-fetched and not very well thought though. There were a few very charming and funny scenes which made me smile but at some places I had the feeling that the book does ...more
Lexie
Overall, this book was a little disappointing. It was simply alright. It wasn't bad, but I wasn't that into it either. I was certainly right when I said this would be a light read. It was VERY light. The book just seemed a little undeveloped. It was like it COULD have been great, but it just wasn't. It had the potential, but it was just undeveloped and thin. Maybe it's because this book is clearly for a younger audience, maybe I'm reading this way too late, maybe I would've really liked it if I ...more
Jubilation Lee
I'm not even a little bit ashamed to admit I started out planing to hate this book. 100%, without a doubt, I was going to loathe it. Any book that contains "Bonus Extra Features Inside!!!" automatically makes my Inane List, and the author's decision to place all Speciale, magical, misspelled Wordes in a crazed, Bolde font made my eye twitch. (Twytche?!)

But aw, guys, it was actually adorable! Sage writes visually without going overboard, something that I appreciate in YA lit. ("For a brief momen
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Charlotte
Mar 02, 2008 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody that can keep track off a lot of characters and who doesn't mind reading a longer book.
Recommended to Charlotte by: My Aunt Roxanne
This book is packed with action and I can not say one bad thing about it. It is one my top 10 list.
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, Sila Heap, comes across and 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 whois this mysterious baby girl, andwhat really happened to their belove
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Ben
Jan 30, 2009 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
classic example of choosing a book based on its prominent display location. I saw it was a series, sounded interesting, so I got it. While only begun, it is a fun read so far.

and now, the verdict is, in the words of Simpson's everywhere: Meh.

mildly entertaining, annoying bold, italic , misspelled wordes . The story is ok, but nothing gripping. I actually left it for weeks with only a few pages at the end.

While it wasn't a "bad" book, per se, it isn't one I can recommend at all.
Ryn
Apr 07, 2012 Ryn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been trying to drag myself through this book for the past few days and, if nothing changes, plan to give up within the next 25 pages.

Yes, this is a children’s book. No, I am not a child. However, I still believe that books can be timeless (ageless?). I read Roald Dahl again towards the end of last year and still found it hilarious. I’ve also read a few of Dean Lorey’s Nightmare Academy series and found them funny and well-written. While I wouldn’t jump to read every book in the series in
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Nojood Alsudairi
مع أن الكتاب متوقع إلا أنه محمس جدا
عالم السحرة هنا يختلف عن عالم هاري بوتر حيث تبدأ القصة باستيلاء الشر على الحكم
انتهى الجزء الأول فاتح الطريق للثاني وفي الوقت ذاته كأنه نهاية القصة
اهنيء المترجم
Sam Arnold
I can not say that I didn't enjoy this book because I actually found it a very good read. I have to admit it was a little immature for me in places and I prefer my YA novels to be the older age of the spectrum.

I loved the characters and they were well written and engaging. You can clearly see how the characters will further develop through the books. I have to admit that I guessed the true identity of Septimus Heap very early on but I believe this was intentional. The reader knows a secret that
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ExlibrisLisa
Jun 09, 2016 ExlibrisLisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So ein wunderschönes Kinderbuch <3

Vielen vielen Dank Sabrina dass ich es durch dich doch noch entdeckt und direkt gelesen hab!
Kim
Jan 04, 2016 Kim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-now
Book one.. 7 books in total.

Silas Heaps wife was giving birth to a baby boy they were gonna name Septimus Heap. Silas went to the forest to get some herbs on his way back he found a baby girl bundled up under the bush. He picked her up and literally saved her life. It was freezing out and she was about to freeze to death. He carried her back to his house and at that exact same time the midwife came out of his house carrying a baby wrapped in bandages yelling DEAD!! The baby boy Septimus that hi
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Hannah
One word for you: CLICHE
Cathy
I finished reading this a long time ago but I kept forgetting to write the review, even though I'm 2/3 of the way through the second book already, so I apologize for not having many details in this review. But this jist of it is that this book was just fantastic. It started off a little bit slow and I was a bit concerned, it was a little bit confusing to understand why I was hearing a story about a family and a little girl when the book title seemed to be about a kid named Septimus Heap, but it ...more
Mitchel Broussard
Magyk wasn't BAD, necessarily, it just really pales in comparison to so many other fantasy stories I've read. My main problem with it was the complete lack of a central main character. The series title, Septimus Heap, is supposed to be that main character. However, he doesn't, technically, show up until really late in the book.

Before that we jump between SO many different characters: Jenna, Silas, Marcia, Nicko, bad guys, good guys, and even boggarts, mice and a wolf. I mean those animal na
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Hippo dari Hongkong
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Angie Sage (born 1952) is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the final book which is scheduled to come out later in 2013. Also, she wrote The Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus' world. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children's books, and is the new writer of the Araminta ...more
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