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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
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published May 11th 2005 by Katherine Tegen, Harper Collins
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colleen the fabulous fabulaphile
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,
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.
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
Melissa Martin

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
May 26, 2008 Ann rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Lilla Lillianna
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
P e t t y
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.
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Jennifer Wardrip
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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
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
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
Virgil Ovid Hawkins
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
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
Mar 02, 2008 Charlotte rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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.
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
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
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
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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Kimmy Yates
I read this book back when it first came out. I was entranced. About as entranced as you would be when a lot of us read Harry Potter books. I didnt go on to read the other books in the series, however, that is no testament to how great the book is. I just never found the time at that point in my life. I am thinking now to go on into the other books in the series, as I know these are too good to just walk on by.
Esseve Rin
Sonlara doğru biraz güzelleşmeseydi 1 vericektim.
Bakın neymiş D&R'da indirimde gördün diye her şeyi almayacakmışsın. Konusunu okuyunca ve 5 lira etiketini de görünce "aman canım ne kadar kötü olabilir ki?" demiştim ama baya baya kötü olabiliyormuş. Kitap dediğin okursun akar gider ama bu AK MA DI. Bitsin diye kendimi paraladım resmen. Peki niye bu kadar kötüydü de zorla okumaya çalıştım? Çünkü instagramdaki 5books7days etkinliği için seçtiğim beş kitaptan biriydi ve challenge'ın ortasında d
Jul 12, 2011 Sidra rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Wow. What a read. I think the main thing I liked about the book was that it had so many characters! Usually it's a definite negative point for me. I even avoid superhero league movies as they portray too many characters. BUT this book managed to give all the characters sufficient time. The flow was good, which is saying something as the characters and plot were complicated! And the epilogue! A chapter on ALL the characters that were even slightly narrated in the book got each one of their very o ...more
Magyk plays in a secondary fantasy world and is a middle grade series targeted towards the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson fans.
Silas Heap is a wizard and a seventh son. He and his wife Sarah also have seven sons, but the seventh son who is rumored to be magykal (having really great powers) dies onthe night of his birth. In the same night Silas finds a little newborn girl in the woods and the Heaps take care of her and raise Jenna as their seventh child.

When the true nature of Jenna's birth is re
Aditya Hadi
Magyk adalah dunia sihir tanpa tongkat sihir. Tak ada sekolah khusus sihir, karena sihir adalah sesuatu yang normal dan diajarkan di mana-mana. Di dunia Magyk, berlangsung kudeta yang menyebabkan Sang Ratu terbunuh. Beruntung, Sang Puteri, pewaris takhta kerajaan, berhasil diselamatkan dan disembunyikan di keluarga Heap.

Pengejaran terhadap Sang Puteri terus berlangsung selama 10 tahun. Dipimpin oleh mantan Extraordinary Wizard, jabatan tertinggi dunia sihir, Dom Daniel, yang mengusai Darke (Sihi
This was tough to finish. It wasn't BAD, it just wasn't for me. As many other reviewers have mentioned, some young adult books easily entertain old adults as well but, in my opinion, this book doesn't even fall into the young adult category. I would call this a children's book, for sure.

The plot in this novel just was not cohesive enough for me. Angie Sage does an awful job (imo) of setting up and revealing her story world to us. There are wizards, queens, princesses, seventh sons of seventh son
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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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