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Syren (Septimus Heap #5)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  17,020 ratings  ·  581 reviews
In this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie pre...more
Hardcover, 628 pages
Published December 8th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2009)
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Brett Sullivan
5th book of a seven book series, Warner Bros have brought the film rights and will start movie production as soon has harry potter has finished. Get those signed first editions while you can!
Syren is pure awesomeness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved it sooooo much that I could read it over and over and over again!!!!!!!!!!
Dana Salman
Kinda disappointing after Physik and Queste, but I suppose I was judging based on the thickness of the book compared to the others and the title. The Syren hardly plays any role in the plot. I mean, yes she's the one who lures The Cerys over and takes over Syrah but that's it. And Syrah in turn doesn't do anything in this book, and it just makes me want to read more Septimus Heap, the fact that she falls unconsious and doesn't wake up. Septimus's obsession with her is a little annoying, I mean,...more
Five books seems to have finally gotten to Angie Sage. With the return of the Wizard Apprentice, Septimus Heap, the book seems to have lost quite a lot. Like they say, "sometimes bigger doesn't always mean better." Slow moving, the book took quite a while to get into things. And when it did, oh boy. The usual charm of characters that I hold Sage in pristine for, is lost. I quickly lost my love for the characters. It was heart-breaking. The plot was confusing as well. I wish she had put more into...more
Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle successfully rescued Nicko and Snorri in the previous book. Now Septimus has been promoted to Senior Apprentice. To celebrate his new-found freedom, he decides to take Spit Fyre and retrieve his friends who had stayed behind after the rescue. Meanwhile, Aunt Zelda has decided to appoint Wolf Boy as the next Keeper. She has also Seen that Septimus is heading into incredible danger and sends him a LiveSafeCharm which is intercepted by Merrin Meredith. Merrin releases Ji...more
At this point, fatigue is setting in, and I feel like this book just wasn't as good as the others. Most of them got off to slow starts, but nothing much happens in Syren for the first 300 pages. There's an awful lot of filler, and for some reason CattRokk has to be described by every single character. Also, the main plot device is getting repetitive - Jenna/Septimus/Nicko is kidnapped or otherwise stick somewhere, the others rescue him/her. Honestly, at this point they should just all be chained...more
Teresa B
Apr 05, 2010 Teresa B rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fantasy/mythology fans + kids
This may be my favorite of the Septimus Heap books, but if you haven't read the previous tales don't start here. They truly are written as one VERY long story which happens to take place in several long books, so beginning mid-series will make you miss out on too much to fully appreciate the plot of each installment.

In Syren, Septimus and his friends encounter a number of seemingly random obstacles as they pursue various objectives. Along the way, a number of "Oh, no!" decisions by some charact...more
Lenore Webb
Have you met Septimus Heap? Well, I had not til we bumped into each other this month. I am watching out for Christmas presents right now. And I found not just one but a whole series of them for my neighbors daughter. Thankfully Septimus was willing to be included in the endeavor.

Who is this character? Well, for that we would have to go back to the beginning. All the way back to Magyk. For that is the first book in this series. Septimus Heap Septimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son, who...more
probably ages 7-14.
eptumus Heap, the extraordinary apprentice, he has survived the dangerous quest and has just been named senior apprentice. But when flying over the ocean on his dragon Spitfire to get his friends, brother, and sister Septumus comes across a mysterious island that has a magical draw to those who come across it. Septumus starts to hear voices but tells himself it’s just a dream and keeps going. After getting his friend Beetle and sister Jenna they are caught up in a lightning...more
Annie Baker
This book was the latest in the fantasy series about a Wizard Apprentice named Septimus Heap. The first four books totally enchanted me with richly imaginative characters and palapable imagery for the settings. The stories were so deep and suspenseful I could scarcely tear myself away from the books. This book did not live up to its preceding books, but was still an over all okay book. The plot was not nearly as rich and the new characters were not very dimensional. It seemed that the author was...more
This series is often compared to Harry Potter, but I think in many ways it’s much different. The only parallels that I see are that it involves a boy, who at one point is an orphan, and magic. Definitely written for a younger audience, the Septimus books have a tendency to be a little silly sometimes and the endings easily resolved. However, in contrast, Sage deftly creates an interesting world with often odd and humorous characters who have the ability to surprise the reader. The plot structure...more
Jan 25, 2010 Gloria added it
Shelves: advisory-10
counts as two books

The book Syren starts after the previous book, Queste, Snorri, Beetle, Jenna, Nicko, and Ullr are at the harbor. Jenna’s father convinces them to stay on his ship. Aunt Zelda gives Wolf boy a challenge for becoming the first male keeper. Wolf boy finds Simon Heap at the Harbor and he was looking for Lucy. He went to the House of Port Witch Coven and he needs to feed Grim and cut off the tentacle tip. The witch brought Lucy to feed Grim, but they escaped. Aunt Zelda wants to gi...more
Flora Bateman
Like all of the previous Septimus Heap books, I really enjoyed this one. Septimus and his siblings are getting older and wanting to have more freedoms and responibilities. You also see the complications of relationships, the princess Jenna and her father Milo try to make a connections after all the years of never knowing one another. What I didn't like was the attempt to integrate our technology into their world. It just didn't quite fit. Those things seemed very out of place in a world that has...more
Ian Roditi
Todavía debato si debí darle la cuarta estrella, pero no. 3 está bien, después de todo 3 significa que me gustó, ¿no?

Este es el quinto libro de la serie sobre Septimus Heap, la familia Heap y todos los que los rodean.
Imaginense que alguien escribiera una saga de libros sobre la familia Weasley de Harry Potter. Algo así es este asunto. Pretty lovely indeed.

Este libro en especial está escrito como si fuera una alfombra; todo empieza por las orillas, desde todos lados y las cosas van avanzando haci...more
For those of you following the Septimus Heap series, Syren concludes a story arc that begins with Physik and continues with Queste.

Something about this story really caught my interest, more so even than the earlier Septimus Heap books. I remember as I was reading it thinking "wow, this is really 5-star material!" although now I have trouble recalling what it was. I think I can boil it down to three separate things:

1. Syren continues in the "nothing is quite as it seems" mould of all the Septimu...more
Janie Johnson
I couldn't help but rate this book a 5 star. Wow it was so much better than it's predecessors. I am really enjoying this cast of characters. In this installment we meet some new characters and also revisit with all the old favorites as well. This series really does get better as it goes, and this is by far my favorite of the 5 I have read thus far. And now I am looking forward to reading Darke!

In this installment Septimus is home fresh 2 days from his 'quest' and he goes on the journey of a life...more
Alex Krueger
Angie Sage did a great job with Syren. Definetly one of the best books I have ever read. It blends the Magyk world with a little bit of newer technology, and mystery. It gave three main perspectives, and they were all interesting. I definitely thought that Syrah Syara being Possessed was very interesting. I haven't seen that before and it was very well blended in with the series. One of my favorite things in the book was the Red Tube. A Magykal spin on a submarine and the things they do with it...more
Perhaps my least favorite Septimus Heap book. It all seemed too far removed from the rest of the series. It happened in a new location that is not revisited in later books, although it is mentioned briefly. The lighthouse is mentioned, and its architecture inspires something in a later book that is important, but that could have been handled differently making the knowledge of CattRokk unnecessary. There are new characters introduced. Most only appear here in Syren. Of those that do reappear in...more
This was a good installment on the Septimus Heap story, but it is starting to feel that there is actually no overall story line, just some books with the same characters getting into dire trouble all the time. What is their end goal? Hmmm.
Bailey Ba
Septimus Heap must once again help his friends in Syren by Angie Sage. Septimus’s friends Jenna, Beetle, Nicko, and Snorri were left behind at the end of Queste by Angie Sage to save time. But when taking Beetle and Jenna home on Spit Fyre the dragon, a storm comes. Spit Fyre’s tail gets struck by lightning, stranding everyone on an island in the middle of the ocean. Although the island is beautiful, dangerous secrets and inhabitants lurk all around.
Will Spit Fyre get better? How long will Septi...more
omg this will be awesome when it is released!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Review in portuguese by blog MON PETIT POISON

Essa é uma série fofa que fala de magia e aventuras de Septimus Heap e também a sua família, cada vez mais ele se envolve em confusão e a gente descobre um pouco mais do reino, seja voltando no tempo, seja porque antigos fantasmas voltam de sei lá onde, ou simplesmente porque novos problemas surgem para a família Heap e os moradores do castelo e claro, para os magos.

Dessa vez a gente para conhecer um pouco de alguma parte distante do reino, por ser ch...more
Syren has never meant anything to me (unlike the rest of the series), and this re-read made me understand why.

1. It's boring.
The first 250 (of 400) pages are a little like a lead-up to... something... there must have been something that happens 100 pages later. From there on, it's pretty much "the end". Admittedly the series has always had a bit of a problem with the pacing, but this time reading the book was really hard due to mysterious sleepiness that occurred after a few pages.

2. It's pointl...more
Charlyn  Trussell
Oct 17, 2009 Charlyn Trussell rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grade 5 and up
I nearly devoured the entire book the first weekend after I got it and then realized that it would be gone too soon and doled out the rest of the book through the week to be finished today. I recommend it for those who have made it through the rest of the series and still want more.

Marcia rewards Septimus with a promotion for successfully having returned from his queste and he promptly uses his new freedom to leave on a personal quest to retrieve his friends from the Trading Post. Aunt Zelda's...more
Book review of Syren

Syren is a book about girl named Syara. She was possessed by an

evil spirit after she escaped the questing boat and swam to one of the

islands of Syren. After she was possessed for 500 years, she met a boy

named Septimus Heap. He was stuck on the island because his dragon,

Spit Fyre, crash landed on Syara’s island. Spit Fyre had badly injured

his tail and even though Septimus knew some phisyk, there was nothing

he could do. Septimus meets Syara when she offers to help Spit F...more
'Syren' is book five of the Septimus Heap series, and unfortunately just like book three 'Physik', and book one 'Magyk' I found that 'Syren' was really slow going to start with. I've mentioned previously that author Angie Sage tells the story from many different perspectives, and when I say many, I mean not only Septimus Heap, his sister Jenna, his best friend Beetle, his brother Nicko and other close acquaintances, but almost every secondary or tertiary character has his perspective told. This...more
Deborah Sloan
Great Fantasy reading from teens through adults. I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the others in this series.
We are huge fantasy fans in our house and when I saw a chance to review this book at The Product Review Place I knew I just had to grab it. This fabulous series by author Angie Sage will give Harry Potter fans a new tooth to chew. I totally loved this book! WB has grabbed up the movie rights for this series and I can't wait to see it on the big screen.

Septimus Heap Book Five Syren...more
Having returned successfully from his Queste, Septimus Heap sets off on his dragon Spitfyre to bring home Princess Jenna, Beetle, Nicko, and Snorri, whom he'd had to leave across the sea. He finds them on Milo Banda's ship (Jenna's errant father), which has just loaded a mysterious and immensely valuable treasure into the cargo hold. As Septimus flies home with Jenna and Beetle, a storm causes Spitfyre to crash on the island of a dangerous Syren. Meanwhile, Aunt Zelda has sent Wolf Boy on a Task...more
So in the spirit of general goodreads acceptance, we are conveniently going to ignore the fact that I am in my mid-20s and have gotten sucked into a series intended for 10-12 year olds.

So, now that's over with, this was a good book and part of a wonderful series but I don't quite think its the best in the series. Like all the other Septimus books, the artwork is wonderful. They're simple grey scale sketches but they portray the characters wonderfully and you get a good sense of the spirit of th...more
Aug 17, 2010 Evy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: series
"It is Nicko's first night out of the House of Foryx, and Jenna thinks he's going a little crazy," or so the story goes. Syren, the 5th book of the Septimus Heap series, really relies on the previous 4 books. Had you, on a whim, picked up Syren and began to read, you would not understand a word of the tale until you went all the way back to the very first sentence of the very first book.

I even had trouble remembering why Septimus did this, or why Wolf Boy was even on a task at all. However, I de...more
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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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