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Magyk (Septimus Heap #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  65,951 ratings  ·  3,477 reviews
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 contrarian  ± (... never stop fighting) ±
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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Rose
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
Ann
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
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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
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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.
Vanessa
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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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Awoosha
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
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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Charlotte
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
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Ben
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.
Monica!
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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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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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
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
Ryn
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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Sarah
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
Idle Hippo
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Sidra
Jul 12, 2011 Sidra rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
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
Mpauli
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
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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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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
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Emma Rj
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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Susan
This story jumps right in from the first page and keeps up a fast moving pace throughout, with ever changing, imaginative characters that were quite and altogether colorful. I was happy to hear that the film rights have been picked up by Warner Brothers and that they have announced that it will be a live action movie, with incorporated computer animated effects. I for one could definitely see all of these wonderful figures come to life. The clever humor sprinkled throughout lightened the feel of ...more
Roos
Jul 24, 2008 Roos rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erie-Afrit..hahahaha...
Recommended to Roos by: Erie Afrit Luar Biasa....
Shelves: fantasiana
Wahahahahaha....Cuma dalam 3 Hari, dengan bangga mendahului seorang Rekan yang ingin jadi murid Penyihir Luar Biasa....hohohohoho...Penyihir Luar Biasa cuma ada Satu/One/Uno/Hiji/Satunggal yaitu Marcia Overstraind....yang lain cuma tiruan alias Palsu...si Domdaniel...hahahaha.

Dan gue dah jadi muridnya...hohohoho....Lulus langsung diberi Buku Harian Magyk...yang gak boleh diberikan ke sembarang orang...alias harus disimpan sendiri...hehehehe. Jadi kalo bacanya dari buku pinjaman...endingnya jadi
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Kathryn
I'm giving this book three stars because there was nothing really "wrong" with it, yet I did not feel especially drawn to it, excited to read it, or curious or caring about the characters. It is definitely NOT filling any sort of Harry Potter void in my heart. (I found myself making excuses for it because it is a "kid's novel"--only to stop myself by recollecting that, so is Harry Potter!) I must say that I listened to this in audibook form, so perhaps some of my lack of interest stemmed from th ...more
Libby
This is a case of being beautiful on the outside - I really liked this book's cover design but was disappointed by the story on the inside. I read a fair amount of children's and YA literature so I think its safe to say that my dislike of this book has nothing to do with the fact that it is written for a younger audience. I didn't like it because it was poorly written, unoriginal and uninteresting - so much so that I couldn't even get to the halfway mark in the book.
Kathy Davie
I enjoyed this very much. Sage managed to combine the child-like perspective without condescending to child-like writing. Very refreshing. The plotline itself is a bit tired albeit set in a unique world with its own unique myth. I'm anxious to discover what happens next.
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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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