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Darke (Septimus Heap #6)

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In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged ...more
Hardcover, 641 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Robert
Roar! Flagon the Fierce and Friendly Welsh Dragon [see profile pic and other photos] here with my second Goodreads review. I reviewed The Other Wind last time.

Roar - so Robert really likes Angie Sage (he met her once) but I've gone off her a bit because of this book; there's a Pesky Dragon in it. (Angie Sage calls it a Darke Dragon but it comes to the same thing.) We Dragons have enough bad press already, without contemporary authors adding to it with their books with Pesky Dragons in! Roar! At
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Dana Salman
Can't wait can't wait can't wait!!!
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Well. I finised it, and I'm disappointed. Not that the story was disappointing. It was typical Septimus Heap. Septimus, now fourteen, must undergo his Darke Week, and what he wants to do is rescue accidentally-Banished ghost, Alther Mella, from the Darke Halls. But pretty soon, an old menace finally makes his move; Merrin Merredith has beseiged the Castle with a Darke Domaine, trapping everyone in a giant pool of suffocating Darke Magyk. Exciting
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Dion Yulianto
Jul 09, 2014 Dion Yulianto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mengikuti serial Septimus Heap karya Angie Sage, kita ibarat turut mengikuti pertumbuhan tokoh-tokoh utama di dalamnya, sekaligus menikmati perkembangan ceritanya, yang semakin ke sini semakin seru untuk dibaca. Terdiri dari total 7 buku, seri Septimus Heap berkisah tentang kehidupan seorang penyihir anak dalam sebuah dunia antah-berantah tapi oleh penulisnya masih berada di Bumi, walau setting waktunya juga kurang jelas pada zaman apa. Kelima seri ini telah terlebih dulu diterjemahkan oleh Pen ...more
Jonathan

When the novel Magyk was first released I picked it up tentatively and read it through. I was impressed with the humour, worldbuilding and zany characterisation that the author invented. Of course, I was much younger and less mature, more open to accepting anything as fine literature, so part of me wonders how I would view Magyk now, through more experienced eyes. Unfortunately any novel concept, no matter how novel or within a novel, must eventually wear out. And by this sixquillionth entry the
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Laila
Jun 21, 2011 Laila rated it really liked it
Great book, though Angie Sage must have been a little scatter brained. It seems as though, with all the minor plots she has made, she can't keep up with them. Still, part of one of my favorite series.
Seamaiden
Jan 23, 2016 Seamaiden rated it really liked it
The book was good. During the first half of the book, I was really annoyed by Jenna and Septimus' behaviors. I was so annoyed that I didn't want to read anything about them. I actually wanted to read more about Syrah and Beetle. I am glad there was more Beetle in this book and he had such a good ending. Also, I would like more Wolf Boy.
I am not sure what I think about the plot. I mean...I was interested in seeing what would happen, but I rolled my eyes more than once. Merrin was annoying as hel
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Michele
Jun 20, 2011 Michele rated it liked it
I like this book, #6 in the Septimus Heap series. I like Septimus Heap. I like the crazy concoction of characters that inhabit the Castle and the the world surrounding it. I like the intricacy of the plot and multiple steps required to solve the problem of the story, which in this book is a spreading fog of Darknesse spurred on by that trouble-making apprentice of the deceased Dom Daniel. I like how the characters evolve and change and new things happen to them.

However, I think I might be growin
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Kara
Feb 23, 2015 Kara rated it really liked it
I am now in the middle of Darke and it is just what the summary is about. Alther Mella has been banished in the prologue. Marcia makes a safety curtain and it has been broken. I am now at chapter 38 and Septimus and Jenna decide to take Spit Fyre, Septimus' dragon, up to the sky because it is the only place that is safe. This book is intriguing and has action and excitement on every page. Even though I have not finished the book yet, I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it is not my ...more
Denicemarcell
have been notified today, April 1, i am a winner of a copy of this title, YAY!
Wow!! rec'd a store copy this week in addition to the advanced reading copy. I am amazed.

started reading this on my vacation. Generally not an issue its book 6 and i never finished chapter 1 of book 1. Necessary knowledge from the previous books is woven into the story without disruption to the plot reminders for those who have read books 1-5 and info for those of us who haven't.
I am not finding myself attaching to a
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Kathy Davie
Sep 16, 2015 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Sixth in the Septimus Heap series for middle-grade readers and revolving around Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son. The primary focus is actually on Beetle followed by Septimus and then Simon.

My Take
I absolutely adore how well Sage enters into a child's mindset with their attitude, thoughts, and behaviors. I recognize myself as a child as well as the adult who's watching the kids mess up. AND, to be fair, the kids are doing a pretty good job of life.

It's really Beetle who's the hero
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Deedee
Feb 14, 2011 Deedee rated it it was amazing
it is going to have to be a good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!or i will cry and email her at least 100 emails why it wasnt good.
Negin
Apr 11, 2015 Negin rated it it was amazing
فقط میگم عالی بود:/ بقیه رو بعدا میگم
Aashish Sood
Jul 08, 2011 Aashish Sood rated it liked it
Having read the first five books of the series earnestly, it was for quite some time that I have been waiting for Darke to come out.

I wouldn’t say that the long wait was a wasted effort; though the book fell short of expectations. At least in my case.

In this volume, Merrin Meredith, apprentice to necromancer Domadaniel and now wearing his two faced ring has decided upon himself to setup a Darke Domaine in the castle and overcome even the Wizard Tower, with the help of his faithful THINGS. This D
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Rebecca
Jun 10, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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H
Jul 20, 2011 H rated it really liked it
Another good Septimus Heap book. I read the last few hundred pages while waiting for Harry Potter, and it was a really good fit. I liked how Merrin actually became a threat in this book, as he's been knocked down and dismissed in all the others. It was nice that he had his time to shine, even if it was in a bad way. I also liked seeing more of Simon and seeing him and Septimus work together. Also Marcellus and Marcia work together; that was somewhat comical, considering how they feel about each ...more
Emily
Mar 16, 2013 Emily rated it it was amazing
Wrote reviews for the first 5 books already, *sigh* I've just been saying the same things. Okay, basic rundown: If you read the first 5 books and liked them, then why are you even reading reviews for this book and considering whether or not to read it? Just pick it up and get going, the Septimus Heap series is awesome, book 6 wont disappoint you. If you didn't like the first 5 books, wow I'm impressed that you managed to slug through 5 books in a series that you didn't like. Well, I do not encou ...more
Mersaydez
Apr 11, 2011 Mersaydez rated it really liked it
I got an advanced copy of this book (the uncorrected proof) in the mail and I thought that this book, Darke, was really, really good. It was quite fast-paced and it was action-packed as well. Some of the things that happened were things that I just were not expecting and I greatly enjoyed the twists that Sage put into the story. However, the thing that bothered me most was the characters. I just didn't like Jenna, throughout most of the book, with her (view spoiler) ...more
Maryam
Apr 07, 2012 Maryam rated it it was ok
I feel that Sage is dragging this series for too long. In my opinion, it should have ended with Queste, that was pretty good. I didn't enjoy Syren. And then Darke. I got to say, though, that I liked Darke much better than Syren, but I still found it rather dull. I am glad that Beetle took that Jinn person's spot as Scribe leader, but UGH, I couldn't stand Jenna. She was such an annoying brat. She should just learn to stay out of the Heaps' way. And I didn't like Septimus either. He was acting to ...more
Lori Anderson
Jul 09, 2011 Lori Anderson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, history, for-zack
Absolutely love this series. Anyone who misses the Harry Potter series will like this one, I promise.

This is probably my favorite book of the entire series. It keeps you on the edge of your seat as the "Darke" (the bad magic)threatens to overtake the kingdom. The Darke also tasks the strongest wizards, and for a while, the reader wonders who will come out unscathed (spoiler -- not everyone makes it).

Dragons, magic rings, mysterious dark clouds, "Things", ghosts (the good kind), a reunited son
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Karyn Kar Mun (Thy Evil Queen)
Jan 03, 2012 Karyn Kar Mun (Thy Evil Queen) rated it did not like it
At this stage I'm wondering why I even want to complete reading this series. I should have stopped at Syren. Never wanted to slap fictional characters as much as I found myself wanting to slap Jenna (spoilt brat, almost never in any state other than irritable/exasperated, must have everything her way and be damned to others! *stamps foot*), and Sarah. The world can die for all she cares if only her pet duck survives, yes? =.= I wanted to slap Nikko too, but that was in the previous book. In this ...more
Anne
Jan 25, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
Shelves: youth-mg-ya
I really like the imagination and ideas of Sage's world, the ghosts, the witches, the quirky characters and locales, so I keep up with the series even though there is not an overarching plot through the books so they do tend to sprawl and meander.
That said, this book was just an okay read for me. Sage keeps every character from every book coming back and at this point in numero 6 she's just got too many in rotation at once. So many that most are sleeping or tranced out but still in the book for
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Elise Edmonds
Aug 24, 2015 Elise Edmonds rated it it was amazing
My favourite book of the series. Septimus learns to balance Magyk and Darke. Jenna becomes a witch and finally grows up. Beetle finds out where he really belongs. Simon makes recompense. Marcia and Marcellus accept each other. Merrin finds both his potential and his doom.
Kara
Aug 01, 2011 Kara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For the last 5 years the newest book has come out just before my birthday so my husband knows just what to get me. Funny thing is most years I forget all about it and then I am so excited for my book. I get such a kick out of this series. Each time I get a new book I reread all the books in the series before reading the newest one.

The series has Harry Potter like elements with magic and wizards and a young male hero but is not so dark and a very different writing style. There isn't really one bi
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Elizabeth
This one had a slow start but once it picked up I didn't want to put it down. It starts with Septimus stressing out about his upcoming darke week and therefore doesn't want to help Jenna with her problem in the palace and she asks Beetle for help who starts feeling like a second fiddle to Septimus. Then a darke domaine takes over and our friends have to save the day but will they do it in time? Exciting news for Beetle emerges and they figure out who wolf boy is. I really enjoyed this one but li ...more
Flora Smith
Jul 11, 2011 Flora Smith rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
I loved this book! I think this is the best out of all the Septimus Heap books so far. This is a continuation of the story as it left of in Syren (which I didn't care for). Merrin Merridith is back with the two faced ring and has the whole castle under a DarkDomain. Jenna and Septimus' birthday is interrupted and chaos ensues. Many of the characters do alot of growing up and families come together in unexptected ways.
Mohmmad Mahdi
بله درست دیدین ... پنج
:))

هرچقدر جلدای دو و پنج کسل کننده بود این جلد هیجان انگیز بود ... که البته پشت جلد کتابم نوشته هیجان انگیز ترین جلد
:-"
این جلد داستان دارک شده بود ... سیاهی ( صیاهی :) ) کل قلعه رو گرفته
و برعکس جلدای اول که انگار نویسنده دلش نمیومد برای کاراکتراش چالش ایجاد کنه تو این کتاب اینقدر مشکل ایجاد کرد که من هی داشتم فکر میکردم چجوری تا آخر کتاب میخواد اینا رو حل کنه

در کل خیلی عالی بود :)
نشر افق قرار بود نمایشگاه کتاب قبلی جلد آخر رو بیاره ولی هنوز که هنوزه از جلد بعد خبری نیست :
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Hamid Sabri
During the novel ‘Darke’, Septimus’ character and personality. Septimus started out brave, but ended up cowardly. First, once Septimus saved his parents in the story ’Syren’ he became very brave. He became so brave that he challenged the OverLord Rahkpa which wounded him as close to death. Also, once he lost against the OverLord he gave up and ran away, hiding from everyone around him. As Sage said, “I can’t fight him, and I won’t. Now get away from me and go home” (Sage 67). In conclusion, Sept ...more
Elizabeth
Feb 02, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Sage has accomplished something truly remarkable, in my opinion. She has created a series that gets better and better with each book, something that does not happen often (usually there’s more hills and dips). I feel like with every review, I say “This is my favorite book in the series” and now, yes, I am going to say it again: This is my favorite book in the series. The sad thing is that I think this is the penultimate book; the seventh (how appropriate; seven is a Magykal number) and last book ...more
Jefferson
Feb 01, 2015 Jefferson rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, children
The opening line of Darke (2011), "It is a Darke and stormy night," recalls Bulwer-Lytton's infamous line while using a capital D, an extra e, and bold font to evoke a different Darke. Readers who have made it to this sixth book in Angie Sage's engaging young adult magical fantasy series about Septimus Heap know that the Darke is a selfish, evil use of magic opposed to the selfless, good kind called Magyk. This novel is both a journey into the Darke and an invasion of the Darke into the light.

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Devynb
Jan 15, 2015 Devynb rated it really liked it
In this awe-inspiring finale, a single boy will stand against the wave of darkness that threatens to take over his home and his kingdom. But this isn't just any boy... it's the seventh son of a seventh son, Septimus Heap. After seeing how great the other five Septimus Heap books were, I didn't expect the author to be able to invent a last book that was strong enough to wrap up the series. However, her powerful language kept me addicted to the story until its final page. There were a couple time ...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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Septimus Heap (7 books)
  • Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
  • Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2)
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“That, dillop brain, is what getting close to the Darke does. It makes you think only of yourself. It takes you away from people you care about. And now you don't have anyone to talk to and it serves you right.” 23 likes
“Aunt Zelda always said: the thought is the seed for deed.” 7 likes
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