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Physik by Angie Sage
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May 15, 2011

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In "Physik" we find that when Silas Heap and Gringe the gatekeeper accidentally sets free the spirit of an evil Queen Etheldredda, everything seems to be in trouble. The Queen sends Septimus to her 500 year old son Marcellus Pye who drank the potion of Immortality. The old Marcellus then sends him back in time to the young Marcellus Pye and there Septimus becomes his apprentice and learns about "Physik". (To do so, Marcellus pulls Septimus through a substance called The Glass, basically a portal through Time.) Marcia learns about Septimus' departure from Marcellus's book I, Marcellus in the Wizard Tower library, when she finds a note, 500 years old with Septimus's writing in it.
Jenna and Nicko, with the help of Alther Mella and Alice Nettles, try to find Septimus. On their way they meet Snorri Snorrelssen, a fifteen-year-old Northern Trader girl. Jenna, Nicko and Snorri fall through a glass into the past 500 years back. There Jenna is mistaken for the lost princess Esmeralda and dragged to Esmeralda's mother, the living Queen Etheldredda. At the banquet celebrating the return of "Esmeralda", Jenna is being served when she looks up to find Septimus disguised as a palace boy. Together all of them try to pass back through the doors of time, but Etheldredda and Marcellus come in arguing about when the Queen is to have the Drink of Immortality. Although Marcellus warns the Queen that the drink is incomplete, she nevertheless drinks.
They then discover Jenna and co. hiding in the Alchemie Chamber. Etheldredda drags Jenna to drown her but in the process she herself gets drowned when she blows a whistle to summon her boat and provokes the NightUllr. Since she drank the incomplete potion, her spirit has an incomplete form-- neither immortal nor a complete Spirit, but a 'substantial spirit' that can move and touch things but still be Passed Through. Septimus, Jenna, Nicko and Snorri's cat Ullr then start their journey through the Doors of Time, but Nicko chooses to stay behind 500 years into the past to look for Snorri.

'After a while Jenna said, "If Nicko ever does Come Through, how will he find his way back?"
"Nicko will find a way, Jen. He always does," replied Septimus, sounding more hopeful than he really was, for it was not long since Nicko had mistaken an ant for a footpath and gotten them both lost in the Forest.
"And Snorri..." said Jenna. "I really liked Snorri."
"Yeah. So did Nik. That was the trouble."'
-Physik, page 458

Septimus and Jenna return to the Castle, much to the surprise and delight of Marcia Overstrand, who welcomes her apprentice back with an enormous hug ('"Oh, Septimus, Septimus!" She swept up the emerging Septimus into her arms and swung him around, much to his complete amazement, for Marcia did not do hugs'). But Etheldredda's ghost tries to kill Jenna with the I.P. (Infant Princess) bullet that was named for Jenna by the Assassin in Magyk. She is about to shoot the bullet when Alice Nettles hurls herself in front of Jenna and the bullet kills her. The reason that this is possible is that Alice's original initials were I.P., making it possible for the bullet to hit. Marcia then draws a BoneFyre from Spit Fyre's fire and destroys Etheldredda's portrait; hence Etheldredda and her pet, the Aie-Aie, which had caused a Sicknesse all through the Castle, are finished. Septimus, with his Physik knowledge is able to brew up an antidote for the Sicknesse and soon all is well. He promises to make a potion for Restoring youth for Marcellus and in return Marcellus would give him back his Flyte charm.

i l0ve physik and the adventure of septimus in the past (500 years ago)..

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