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Syren (Septimus Heap #5)

4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  21,919 ratings  ·  652 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 September 29th 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
Kathy Davie
Fifth in the Septimus Heap fantasy series for young middle-grade readers and revolving around Septimus, a young magykal Apprentice.

My Take
Syren is a whimsical fantasy sure to appeal to children (and adults, ahem, *she said with a grin*) complete with the gross and the responsible that will make you laugh and worry. I do love a children's story that places children in adult-like positions in which they make decisions, realize truths, help each other, and save the day…*grin*…
"…possibly not much mo
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
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
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
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
Fascinating. I never thought about what it would be like to be possessed by a mermaid. Marcia reminds me a little bit of the old lady who I live with. Except, I'm not really her apprentice, just her assistant. Until we go on the ship, I mean.
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
This series is improving with each book; Sage is getting better and better with plot and character development. Syren is my favorite in the series so far because of the great atmosphere in some of the scenes. I also really love the magic system; Sage has done some great worldbuilding in the Septimus Heap series and I look forward to reading more about it.

Lucy Gringe, you are so great! I’m glad that you got a big role in this book. Also, Wolf Boy, you’re amazing too. I think these two characters
Syren (2009), the fifth book in Angie Sage's entertaining and magical Septimus Heap series, begins about two days after the end of the fourth one, Queste. While Beetle, Jenna, Nicko, Snorri, and Ullr are in the far Trading Post being entertained on the Cerys, the splendid ship belonging to Jenna's biological father Milo Banda, Septimus is getting ready to fly there on his dragon Spit Fyre to pick them up. Newly promoted to Senior Apprentice of the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, the boy ...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
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
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
My book is called “Syren” by Angie Sage my book is about Magic.This is a bit what I read,it 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 presence that sings to Septimus—can he escape the persistent call?
There is some,Trouble
Rebekah Rochester
So Syren wasn't quite as good as Physik or Queste - but it was heaps and heaps (pun unintended!) better than Magyk and Flyte. The plot was exciting with an edge of mystery and Tertimus Fume's plan for Marcia's downfall was intricate and tied together all the loose storylines which had seemed unrelated to begin with. I also liked the 'mood' of this book - the feeling of isolation, mystery, long-buried secrets and ancient Magyk was amazing to loose yourself in as you read.

One issue I feel was deal
"Syren", the 5th book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie sage is a real page turner. After rescuing Niko and finishing his Queste, Septimus returns to the Wizard Tower to find that he has been upgraded to Senior Apprentice! With his new rank, he heads off immediately to pick up his friends. On the way back however, disaster strikes, and Spetimus, Beetle, Jenna, and Spit Fyre are all trapped on and island with a girl only Septimus has seen. On page 228 it says, "He flew steadily on until he was ...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
تهش خیلی بهتر از اولش بود
قبول نیس. من به مدت خیلی! این جلدارو متوالی خوندم، حالا باید صب کنم تا کلیییی وقت:((
کلا مدل آنجی سیج اینجوریه که یه ایده پیدا میکنه(بیشتر اوقات خوب!) بعد شروع میکنه به نوشتن و هی مقدمه چینی! تا نصف کتاب قشنننننگ رد شه! بعد داستان اصلی مینویسه ترجیحا کمتر از مقدمه، بعد وسط داستان تو 3-4 تا فصل قضیه رو به یه هپی اندینگ زیبا میرسونه! تازه هیچ انگیزه ای هم برای خوندن جلد بعد بهت نمیده! میگه خوب، من بعدیو مینویسم تو خواستی نخواسیم نخون:/
کاملا خسته کننده بود این جلد. ین
Fletcher B
Syren is my least favorite in the septimus heap series. The plot sounds good but it just drags on and on. And i don’t know if it was just because it was just because it was followed by Queste and Physik or it was just to long with its 628 pages. I don’t blame Angie for being fatigued after 5 books. The Syren also doesn't do much either. I know it brings The Cerys to them that’s it.

The overall idea isn’t bad, if it was smaller it would’ve worked. Overall i gave this book for an interesting ide
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.
Courtney Lake
In Syren, we see Septimus' angsty side emerge.

After attempting to fly home through a massive storm with Jenna and Beetle, the trio find themselves marooned when SpitFyre's tail is struck by lightening. While they are stuck there, Septimus (and only Septimus for most of the book) meets an earlier ExtraOrdinary Apprentice: Syrah. Unfortunetly the beautiful, talented girl is possessed by a spirit (Hey, no ones perfect).

Septimus spends most of the story incredibly paranoid after what befell him in
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Septimus Heap (7 books)
  • Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
  • Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2)
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