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Physik (Septimus Heap #3)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  33,314 ratings  ·  892 reviews
When Silas Heap unseals a forgotten room in the Palace, he releases the ghost of a queen who lived five hundred years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and is still up to no good. Her diabolical plan to achieve everlasting life requires the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous Alchemist and Physician. And when Jenna and Septimus bec ...more
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Corrinne
Jul 11, 2007 Corrinne rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
You know, I hate book reviews. I always feel so inadequate when I like a book other people have panned, and although I don't know of anyone who has read this series and didn't like it at least somewhat, I still feel that my support of these books is on shaky ground. (insert slightly whiney voice here) But I really like these characters! And I really like the plots! And I really like the crazy narratorial style! We zoom around from person to person and it works for me, but then I'm always interes ...more
Jean
I'm a big fan of this series! Ghosts, witches, dragons, spells, secret cupboards and tunnels, boggarts, sailing ships, queens, wizards, herbs and magic rings...everything you could possibly imagine in a magical castle realm. Mix that with Shakespearean-style mischief: comedy-of-errors (very human errors!) and mistaken identity. And, on top of all that, the characters are lovably ordinary; the children make friends in a natural, uncalculated way, and the adults are so...imperfect. Lots of fun!
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

I have to state that it's taken me a very long time to write my review of PHYSIK, mostly because it took me such a very long time to finish the book. Although I absolutely loved MAGYK, and was nearly as impressed with FLYTE, it was much harder for me to get into the story of PHYSIK. I wasn't immediately struck by the newly introduced characters, and even some of my old favorites were, at first, acting quite different than they had originally. That being said, t
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John Conrad
I think this is the best of the series so far. It is very suspenseful and enjoyable to read. A new character, a trader girl enters the scene named Snorri. She is a nice addition to the growing list of protagonists, and Nicko takes a liking to her (possibly because of their mutual fascination with boats). Also, a new villian, Queen Etheldredda enters the scene. She drags Septimus and a few others that follow him 500 years into the past and traps them there. Now they need to get back to their time ...more
Hanah
It's kinda like Harry Potter mixed with the Lord of the Rings meets like the Time Warp Trio or something. I've really gotten into them, but they're long. The fourth one, Queste is almost 600 pages and the rest are like 500 some. They usually take me a month to read unless it's the weekend and I have nothing else to do, then it takes like three days. My mom, brother and I all are reading them right now.
Susan
This was not my favorite in the series so far. It seemed like it took too long to get to the actual plot, and became tedious with far too many new, inconsequential characters added too quickly. I think that a quarter of the story and several characters could have been left out. The last few chapters were full of updates and information about the characters that could have been avoided if the story had flowed correctly. I hope the wonderful pacing that made the first two books so good is reestabl ...more
Shelly
Anyone who knows me well knows that I struggle with books involving time travel. I'm fully aware of these issues, and I know I should just get over it, so I tried not to think to hard about logistics, etc, when I stumbled upon time travel in this book. My tactics seemed to have worked, because it didn't bug me too much here, but in trying to not pay too close attention to the details, I find that I can't really make an intelligent statement about how time travel worked in this book, so...

This b
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Aaronaldridge
When I started this book I thought wow... Another Angie Sage book... How fun -_-.
Just kidding actually when I started reading this book I was so excited I have read the first, second and fourth book. Those books were great and this book just added how much more I am respecting this series. I like the way the author set it up so silas would open the door to the nasty Queen Etheldredda was held up in. My least favorite character has to be Queen Etheldredda I just hate her she gives me a weird fee
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Kathy Davie
I've finally figured out why I enjoy this whimsical, fantasy series so much---it's the focus the books have on seeing everything from the children's rather adult perspectives. I adore the detail and feel of the scenes which Sage writes as well as the connection she builds between the reader and the characters. Each is an individual and one bonds with them.

In this third installment of the Septimus Heap series, Septimus is enthralled with the medical discoveries of a, he thinks, 500-year-dead wiza
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Roos
Nov 06, 2009 Roos rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erie Afrit
Recommended to Roos by: Furious
Shelves: 2009, teenlit, fantasiana
Meski berdasarkan hari, review ini dijamin tidak menceritakan keseluruhan cerita di Buku Physik, hanya sedikit seru-seruan dan lucu-lucuan aja karena banyak tokoh yang unik dan lucu-lucu.

Buku 3 Physik ini tidak terlalu seru, tidak banyak intrik. Tapi yang istimewa adalah Septimus belajar dan menelusuri rahasia kekuatan Alkemie dan Physik yang notabene kayak pelajaran ilmu kesehatan, jadi selain ahli sihir sepertinya anak ketujuh dari generasi ketujuh memang mempunyai banyak kelebihan, seperti di
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Ann
Feb 28, 2011 Ann rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Septimus Heap Fans
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
3 1/2 stars

Another enjoyable installment in the Septimus Heap series.
In this tale, we find ourselves wrapped up in plots involving time travel, magical mirrors, a young dragon, a Sickness (which the Rats get unjustly blamed for and hunted... :-/ not sure how I really felt about that) and a Ghost who appears to be more "solid" than she should.

I do like the characters in these books, and I like the ideas Sage has. I'm not sure how I feel about the increasingly multi-person perspectives, but if you
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Kara
I am now at the beginning of Physik by Angie Sage and it is very confusing. First of all, a ghost of a queen from the 1500s pops out of a picture with her deadly pet. This happens because someone releases the locked door to the attic, where the picture is. She is known as the most awful queen ever. Now her pet is biting people with its deadly tooth, and people start dying. The queen starts annoying everybody. The whole castle is out of whack all because someone unlocked a door to an attic with t ...more
Michael
In Physik we learn that Septimus Heap's 7 book cycle is not going to turn out like Harry Potter: a seven volume mystery collection about a good guy vs a Darke bad guy where the third volume is about time travel. Ok, well, uh, the third volume is about time travel, but that's not the point! The point is, here we learn that DomDaniel, the ultimate bad guy from Magyk, The Darke Toad novella, and Flyte, is not the only bad guy in the story. But I'm getting ahead of things …

Unlike Harry Potter, these
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Rebekah Rochester
Physik is up there with Queste as my favourite Septimus Heap book! Magyk and Flyte feel a bit disjointed compared to the long-term plotline running through Physik, Queste and then, to a lesser extent, Syren. Queen Etheldredda more than makes up for the two-dimensional-ness of DomDaniel - what a brilliant and, at times, quite alarming villian! I LOVED the element of time-travel - the world of the Tudor-esque Castle was rich, detailed and hilariously imagined. The moment at the banquet was pure jo ...more
Janie Johnson
This is probably one of my favorites of the Septimus Heap series, although I have not yet read the last three of the series. This is a reread for me so I could complete the series with the previous books fresh in my mind. I have thoroughly been enjoying entering this magical world and revisiting all these amazing characters again.

I love how the Author makes this story so colorful and so alive. I could imagine living among these people and practicing magic and owning dragons and such. The world t
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lupa biasa na kasih bintang berapa untuk cerita ini. edisi yang turun sekaligus naik dibanding dua buku sebelum na. sebener na cuma 2,5 bintang. tapi berhubung ga bisa, jadi pembulatan aja.

kenapa turun dan naik? karena ga disebut lagi istilah satu tahun lewat satu hari. seneng aja ma istilah ini. ga sadar klo yang selama ini kita peringati sebagai satu tahun adalah lewat satu hari. di lewat satu hari itulah biasa na ada perayaan, dan seneng aja dengan penyebutan hal ini oleh penulis.

meningkat. s
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Lins
Enjoyed this whole-heartedly. This series seems to be grabbing me tighter and giving me more interesting characters and situations the further through it I get; whether that is because I am getting more involved with the characters, or because the writing is changing, or the storytelling, i don't know, I'm reading these for fun and am not going to analyse them. All I know is that I enjoy each book more than the last.

This one gave us a wonderful new character in the form of Snorri the rebellious
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Jenben8426
This is the 3rd book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. Just as I rated the 2nd one, I would rate this one a 3 1/2 stars as well, but the book just tends to ramble a bit. I do like the story a lot, but it almost seems like it goes on a little too much. There are times when I feel that problems are solved too easily, and other times when everything gets too complex. I do love the point of view of the story though. It is so different to hear everyone's thoughts at random points in the stor ...more
Jessica
Synopsis:
When Silas Heap unSeals a forgotten room in the Palace, he releases the ghost of a Queen who lived five hundred years earlier. Queen Etheldredda is as awful in death as she was in life, and she's still up to no good. Her diabolical plan to give herself everlasting life requires Jenna's compliance, Septimus's disappearance, and the talents of her son, Marcellus Pye, a famous Alchemist and Physician.

Review:
So, these books are fun to read. They're quick paced with quite a bit of humor. My
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Sally
Ok this is the 3rd book in the Septimus series and it hasnt dissapointed a bit. (Please do not compare it with Harry Potter as I have found lots of pple doing) I am nearly done with this book and cannot put it down once I start reading.

It starts off with a mystery illness going round the castle. No one is allowd to go out after dark. A young girl (Snorri)who is a trader and seer (can see all ghosts wheather they want her to or not arrives at the port We also have Queen Etheldredda but 500 years
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Lindsey
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
Gloria
In the book Physik, Septmus Heap found a secret room and accidentally set free the ghost of Queen Etheldredda. Queen Etheledredda was a queen who lived 500 years ealier and she has a evil plan to make her live forver. She needs a lot of help from her son Marcellus Pye asnd the help of Jenna. The queen sends Septimus to meet her son. Her son goes back in time an teaches Septimus about physik. Jenna falls back in time and was mistaken for Princess Esmeralda, the daughter of Queen Etheledredda. Jen ...more
Renee
Jul 22, 2008 Renee rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 4th-9th
Physik is the third book in the Septimus Heap series. Septimus Heap’s father, Silas, unknowingly releases the evil ghost of Queen Etheldredda who wants to be Queen again. The Queen captures Septimus and brings him back 500 years in order to help her son Marcellus Pye, an alchemist and a physician, create a potion for everlasting life. Septimus Heap’s friends and relatives fight to get him back to the present and thwart the Queen’s plan. Some background knowledge is assumed, but the book is still ...more
Jeretta Hall
As usual with this series, it was fantastic! A great continuation of the tales of Septimus and Jenna. I truly enjoyed the plot and all the characters. I, of course, hated Etheldredda and all that she did. This proves what excellent writing it is: when the character is utterly horrible and you are suppose to hate them, then you actually do. I also liked the dynamic between Marcia and Septimus. It has changed a little, but I think for the better. I nearly cried when Alice died, but that does make ...more
Ruby
Hmm. I have a hard time making up my mind about this part in the series.

On one hand, I'm very enthusiastic about it. The characters are a lot of fun and they are all very lively and quirky - there are no words to describe Marcia's awesomeness. I like how the world has developed from the first book and the characters have so as well, especially Septimus. I also like how there is romance in this book, but it's very very quiet and in the background.

On the other hand however, I think there's a seve
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Emma
I tried persevere. I really did. I read the first two from beginning to end. I couldn't do it with this one. The tediousness and annoyingly long paragraphs explaining every thought and action became too much for me! The book could really have been done in 100 pages...if that.

I ended up skimming quickly through it, after reading the first ten chapters, and then I read the bits at the end about what happened to characters. I got the gist of the book just by doing that and saved myself many more d
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Ethan.w
Iam curentley reading this book andso far so good at the beginingthis girl goes on a boat and rides to the other side of the country and she gets a rented house in the tavern and she sneaks outside and goes by the shore and uses a teliscope to look out in the ocean and she seas a ghost boat and she uses her ghost eyeglass and liooked at the ghost and was fasinated.This kind of relates to me because one time i went into a cave and looked at the rocks and saw gold and it was so cool.I think that t ...more
Anna Morino
I think this book was one of the best in the series. It kept me engaged, and the events were all very interesting. I loooooooove how the author, Angie Sage, writes about what happened to the characters after the book ended or what happened during the book when other things were happening. Since Septimus Heap had time traveled, it must have been hard to keep track of what was going on for the writer, but she wrote it very clearly. One of the best books I have ever read. The writing is still funny ...more
Isaacrangel
My book Physik, by Angie Sage, was an amazing fantasy book. This is the third book in the series about Septimus Heap. What I like about fantasy books is that mostly anything can happen; that’s what I liked about this book Physik. In this book the evil queen gets released and she tries to do her plans again after being sealed away for 500 years. She wants to give herself everlasting life. If she does get everlasting life, she will be unstoppable. Septimus Heap tries to undo what he has done by re ...more
Theresa
The ghost of a long-dead queen appears, coinciding with a mysterious Sicknesse overwhelming the populace and the sudden disappearance of Septimus. I enjoy this series, as would a lot of people into the Harry Potter theme, but this book was not as good as the first two. I feel like the author is introducing TOO MANY new characters and that the focus has shifted away from Septimus and Jenna, my two favorite characters. I was too distracted by other people's secondary story lines.
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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 was suddenly horribly afraid that the Antidote would not work. He glanced nervously at Marcia, who whispered, "It will work, Septimus. You must believe in it."
Physik isn't like Magyk," said Septimus unhappily. "It doesn't matter whether you expect it to work or not. Either it does or it doesn't."
"I doubt that very much," said Marcia. "A little belief in something always helps.”
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A Magnificent Banquet, being
A Thanksgiving for the Safe Return
Of our Beloved Daughter,
Princess Esmeralda.

Bring your own plates.”
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