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In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged ...more
Hardcover, 641 pages
Published June 7th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Darke (Septimus Heap #6), Angie Sage

Septimus Heap is a series of fantasy novels featuring a protagonist of the same name written by English author Angie Sage. In all, it features seven novels, entitled Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the first (Magyk) in 2005 and the final (Fyre) in 2013.

Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from
Roar! Flagon the Fierce and Friendly Welsh Dragon [see profile pic and other photos] here with my second Goodreads review. I reviewed The Other Wind last time.

Roar - so Robert really likes Angie Sage (he met her once) but I've gone off her a bit because of this book; there's a Pesky Dragon in it. (Angie Sage calls it a Darke Dragon but it comes to the same thing.) We Dragons have enough bad press already, without contemporary authors adding to it with their books with Pesky Dragons in! Roar! At
Dana Salman
Can't wait can't wait can't wait!!!

Well. I finised it, and I'm disappointed. Not that the story was disappointing. It was typical Septimus Heap. Septimus, now fourteen, must undergo his Darke Week, and what he wants to do is rescue accidentally-Banished ghost, Alther Mella, from the Darke Halls. But pretty soon, an old menace finally makes his move; Merrin Merredith has beseiged the Castle with a Darke Domaine, trapping everyone in a giant pool of suffocating Darke Magyk. Exciting
Sara Saif
May 25, 2017 rated it really liked it

I'm getting dangerously close to the end of this series and frankly, since I've come to love and appreciate it, I wouldn't have minded if it had 15 more books. Sticking to a series can be hard but once you get over the hesitation it feels amazing to keep visiting the same world over and over again. Provided the books are good, of course.

-I would say that the sixth Septimus Heap book was darker than the rest, not only would it be a pun but it'd also be true. The whole Castle was at serious risk t
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I CAN'T WAIT TO READ FYRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sep 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book was good. During the first half of the book, I was really annoyed by Jenna and Septimus' behaviors. I was so annoyed that I didn't want to read anything about them. I actually wanted to read more about Syrah and Beetle. I am glad there was more Beetle in this book and he had such a good ending. Also, I would like more Wolf Boy.
I am not sure what I think about the plot. I mean...I was interested in seeing what would happen, but I rolled my eyes more than once while reading the story. Me
Nov 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
Great book, though Angie Sage must have been a little scatter brained. It seems as though, with all the minor plots she has made, she can't keep up with them. Still, part of one of my favorite series. ...more
Michelle Sedai of the Brown Ajah
To get right to it, I think Darke was a whole lot more padded than it needed to be. There was too much time spent on people just hiding out in the dark, with very little plot to drive the book forward. I'm still excited for the final book, because I knew the 5 previous books to be much better than this, but this is definitely a low point for the series. ...more
Jun 15, 2011 rated it liked it
I like this book, #6 in the Septimus Heap series. I like Septimus Heap. I like the crazy concoction of characters that inhabit the Castle and the the world surrounding it. I like the intricacy of the plot and multiple steps required to solve the problem of the story, which in this book is a spreading fog of Darknesse spurred on by that trouble-making apprentice of the deceased Dom Daniel. I like how the characters evolve and change and new things happen to them.

However, I think I might be growin
have been notified today, April 1, i am a winner of a copy of this title, YAY!
Wow!! rec'd a store copy this week in addition to the advanced reading copy. I am amazed.

started reading this on my vacation. Generally not an issue its book 6 and i never finished chapter 1 of book 1. Necessary knowledge from the previous books is woven into the story without disruption to the plot reminders for those who have read books 1-5 and info for those of us who haven't.
I am not finding myself attaching to a
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am now in the middle of Darke and it is just what the summary is about. Alther Mella has been banished in the prologue. Marcia makes a safety curtain and it has been broken. I am now at chapter 38 and Septimus and Jenna decide to take Spit Fyre, Septimus' dragon, up to the sky because it is the only place that is safe. This book is intriguing and has action and excitement on every page. Even though I have not finished the book yet, I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it is not my ...more
Feb 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
it is going to have to be a good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!or i will cry and email her at least 100 emails why it wasnt good.
Kathy Davie
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Sixth in the Septimus Heap series for middle-grade readers and revolving around Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son. The primary focus is actually on Beetle followed by Septimus and then Simon.

My Take
I absolutely adore how well Sage enters into a child's mindset with their attitude, thoughts, and behaviors. I recognize myself as a child as well as the adult who's watching the kids mess up. AND, to be fair, the kids are doing a pretty good job of life.

It's really Beetle who's the hero
Jan 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased-2020
I literally live for all that Beetle content.

He is clearly the best character in this series. And that's saying something. I find that Darke, just like every book in the Septimus Heap series, has great character work for every single character. And there are a lot. Most of them are not even written to be likeable (like Marcia), but they feel so real you can't help but fall in love with them anyway.

I have to admit though, Jenna and Septimus are starting to get on my nerves. Jenna just spends the
Non Ratchanon
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reread
The story is so much better than Syren. It’s exciting and very intense, not boring at all. I enjoy the core story very much but I really annoyed Jenna and Septimus’s interaction at first. Some characters have illogical and stupid thinking like they are in soap opera (Sarah and Silas Heap to be specific). The unique writing technique of Angie is the timelines between chapters are overlap which is fascinating. Although, it’s also a weak point (e.g. Jenna and Nicko pop up themselves from very far p ...more
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
That stinking Merrin Meredith is back, threatening the Castle with the power of the Darke. Only Septimus, his dragon Spitfyre, and Princess Jenna can stop Merrin from covering the entire city in Darkeness.

I loved this book! The plot is full of action and magic and twists. I adore the characters, and I love how they grow and learn throughout the series. This book was particularly emotional for the Heap family as prodigal son, Simon, strives to win back his family’s love and trust.

My only troubl
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-but-read
The most exiting one so far :) septimus plays a smaller role during the first part of the book which gives us more insight about the others thanks to longer texts about each character + great and exiting story.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Three stars because I'll forever be bitter about how Angie Sage completely wrote out Snorri Snorrelson. Snorri was a great character and deserved better, and that's all anyone needs to know. ...more
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wish they went into the witchiness of it all a bit more
Slow start but very satisfying as per usual
May 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed the whole series
Aashish Sood
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Having read the first five books of the series earnestly, it was for quite some time that I have been waiting for Darke to come out.

I wouldn’t say that the long wait was a wasted effort; though the book fell short of expectations. At least in my case.

In this volume, Merrin Meredith, apprentice to necromancer Domadaniel and now wearing his two faced ring has decided upon himself to setup a Darke Domaine in the castle and overcome even the Wizard Tower, with the help of his faithful THINGS. This D
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
I got an advanced copy of this book (the uncorrected proof) in the mail and I thought that this book, Darke, was really, really good. It was quite fast-paced and it was action-packed as well. Some of the things that happened were things that I just were not expecting and I greatly enjoyed the twists that Sage put into the story. However, the thing that bothered me most was the characters. I just didn't like Jenna, throughout most of the book, with her (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Lori Anderson
Jul 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, fantasy, for-zack
Absolutely love this series. Anyone who misses the Harry Potter series will like this one, I promise.

This is probably my favorite book of the entire series. It keeps you on the edge of your seat as the "Darke" (the bad magic)threatens to overtake the kingdom. The Darke also tasks the strongest wizards, and for a while, the reader wonders who will come out unscathed (spoiler -- not everyone makes it).

Dragons, magic rings, mysterious dark clouds, "Things", ghosts (the good kind), a reunited son
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
Another good Septimus Heap book. I read the last few hundred pages while waiting for Harry Potter, and it was a really good fit. I liked how Merrin actually became a threat in this book, as he's been knocked down and dismissed in all the others. It was nice that he had his time to shine, even if it was in a bad way. I also liked seeing more of Simon and seeing him and Septimus work together. Also Marcellus and Marcia work together; that was somewhat comical, considering how they feel about each ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wrote reviews for the first 5 books already, *sigh* I've just been saying the same things. Okay, basic rundown: If you read the first 5 books and liked them, then why are you even reading reviews for this book and considering whether or not to read it? Just pick it up and get going, the Septimus Heap series is awesome, book 6 wont disappoint you. If you didn't like the first 5 books, wow I'm impressed that you managed to slug through 5 books in a series that you didn't like. Well, I do not encou ...more
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
For the last 5 years the newest book has come out just before my birthday so my husband knows just what to get me. Funny thing is most years I forget all about it and then I am so excited for my book. I get such a kick out of this series. Each time I get a new book I reread all the books in the series before reading the newest one.

The series has Harry Potter like elements with magic and wizards and a young male hero but is not so dark and a very different writing style. There isn't really one bi
This one had a slow start but once it picked up I didn't want to put it down. It starts with Septimus stressing out about his upcoming darke week and therefore doesn't want to help Jenna with her problem in the palace and she asks Beetle for help who starts feeling like a second fiddle to Septimus. Then a darke domaine takes over and our friends have to save the day but will they do it in time? Exciting news for Beetle emerges and they figure out who wolf boy is. I really enjoyed this one but li ...more
Flora Smith
Apr 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, young-adult
I loved this book! I think this is the best out of all the Septimus Heap books so far. This is a continuation of the story as it left of in Syren (which I didn't care for). Merrin Merridith is back with the two faced ring and has the whole castle under a DarkDomain. Jenna and Septimus' birthday is interrupted and chaos ensues. Many of the characters do alot of growing up and families come together in unexptected ways. ...more
Aug 11, 2020 rated it liked it
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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)
  • Physik (Septimus Heap, #3)
  • Queste (Septimus Heap, #4)
  • Syren (Septimus Heap, #5)
  • Fyre (Septimus Heap, #7)

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