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(Septimus Heap #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  50,886 ratings  ·  1,304 reviews
The third book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard.

New York Times Bestselling Series

"Few fans of the best-selling Septimus Heap series will be disappointed." --ALA Booklist

"Readers will be indubitably hooked--worrying, laugh
Hardcover, 545 pages
Published March 27th 2007 by Katherine Tegen Books
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 Li'l Owl
Entertaining, exciting, and a humdinger of a cliffhanger at the conclusion!

"Are you okay? Have you looked in to the Glass yet?"
Jenna's voice came from the cupboard.
"Um…yes. I'm looking now.... "
"What can you see? "
"Nothing....nothing.... it's just dark.... oh, wait.... I can see something now... it—it's weird... an old man... staring at me. He looks kind of surprised."
"An old man?" asked Jenna.
"Oh, that's odd.... "

"What?" Jenna could bear it no longer. She hurtled down the steps and arrived i
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! ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jun 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Another fun adventure.
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Jan 10, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library
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
John Conrad
Jan 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Not my favorite. Some of it was a bit confusing and unlike the other books where everything wrapped up. This did not. There was too much focus on new characters who didn't really fit with the story. ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The best thing about this third installment is that it features an entirely new and unique plot. After the first two books, I was worried that I would have to keep reading about how they defeat Domdaniel, but this book features a new villain who is unique, interesting, and helps with the worldbuilding as well. I daresay these books are getting better and better.
Kathy Davie
Feb 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy, history
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
May 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, juvenile-lit
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
Nov 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children, fantasy
The third entry in Angie Sage's seven-book Sepimus Heap series, Physik (2007), begins with Septimus' feckless father Silas the Ordinary Wizard and his coarse "friend" Gringe the North Gate Gatekeeper (two of the many fallible adults whose mistakes make life interesting for Sage's child heroes and readers) "UnSealing" a Sealed room in the palace attic so that Silas may keep safe there his prized colony of sentient board game counters. By opening the Sealed room, the clueless men release two malev ...more
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is another very enjoyable book suitable for reading aloud to children. The daughter of a wizard has more adventures with some of her brothers and a dragon.
Allison K
Sep 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
its a good book about many different queens and kings throughout generations, and how some try to take over and some try to stop the others from taking over
Dec 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 11, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Jeretta Hall-Robinson
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
Madeline O'Rourke
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unhauled
Everything about Physik is crazy, but so interesting.

This instalment of the Septimus Heap series doesn't just expand upon the lore of the world, but throws in so many new elements that are completely unexpected, from alchemy to time travel to ghosts trapped in paintings and ice tunnels! It may not be my favourite novel in the series purely from an enjoyment perspective, but it is certainly unexpected and fascinating in terms of world-building. And this is finally where the series starts to pick
Apr 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile, fantasy
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June Pace
Mar 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I haven't left any real reviews on this series yet...been simply too busy.

It's a very odd series. Some of it is really captivating and a couple of the main characters. Then some of it is just too much, too out there, hurts the flow of the story, in my opinion. And there's so much going on's a lot to take in. And she capitalizes the oddest words at the strangest times, kinda bugs me. However, again, her characters are well defined and have strong voices and I'm
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Septimus and his family are threatened again, this time by the ghost of Queen Etheldredda the Awful. Princess Jenna and Septimus team up to stop her from going through with her evil plans to take over the Kingdom, but of course there are many obstacles, magic conundrums, and secrets from the past to be discovered and overcome.

There are so many vibrant characters in these books, and I love the main characters, Septimus and Jenna. I was so interested in the twisty plot! There is a lot going on in
Jan 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This only gets better and better!

Things to expect from book No. 3:

- Alchemy
- Time travel (via looking glasses)
- Shapeshifting panther
- Viking trader girl, sailing her own damn ship
- Evil Murderous Ghost Queen
- A somewhat untrained dragon

I really like the characters in this series, but I have to admit: SPIT FYRE (The dragon) might just be my favourite ❤️
Ullr is pretty cool, too...
They just add that little extra... every time someone went “Oh, no, SPIT FYRE!!!” I couldn’t help but laugh!

Melissa T
The third installment in the series is still full of adventure and fast paced, but I found that I didn't quite enjoy it as much as the previous two books. I can't quite put my finger on why though.

I'm thinking that since this is a 7 book series I'm going to read book 4 and then take a break before finishing.
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
The 11 year old and I are reading this together and thoroughly enjoying it. The other books so far have been a little better, but Etheldredda was truly dreadful, and Marcellus was a truly great character, neither a true hero or villain.
Aman McSkirtySkirt
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A theme in this story is:
Family can always be separated, but are never truly apart (in more ways than one)
Joanna Zhong
Sep 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Yolanda Smith
Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: finished-in-2019
This series has been intriguing. I enjoyed this volume slightly less than the first two, but I definitely want to keep reading the series.
Jan 03, 2021 rated it liked it
I like the story well enough, but I would just like to point out how irritating it is that people address each other by name ALL THE TIME, even when they're the only two people around for miles. It is tedious and distracting to me (on audio, particularly). Other than that unfortunate detail, it's a fun and entertaining story. ...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. She also wrote the Todhunter Moon series, and 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 Spookie series.

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Other books in the series

Septimus Heap (7 books)
  • Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)
  • Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2)
  • Queste (Septimus Heap, #4)
  • Syren (Septimus Heap, #5)
  • Darke (Septimus Heap, #6)
  • Fyre (Septimus Heap, #7)

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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.”
“Been having a fight with your blankets, Septimus?" A familiar voice echoed down the chimney. "Looks like you lost," the voice continued with a chuckle. "Not wise to take on a pair of blankets, lad. One, maybe, but two blankets always gang up on you. Vicious things, blankets. ” 37 likes
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