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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  116,756 ratings  ·  5,232 reviews
The first part of an enthralling new series leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters, clever charms, potions and spells. Ages 9+.

The 7th son of the 7th 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 n
Hardcover, 564 pages
Published May 11th 2005 by Katherine Tegen, Harper Collins
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Darkwolfluna173 Yes. As good as Harry Potter. The second series is called The Toddhunter Moon trilogy, in case you were wondering.
Darkwolfluna173 This is a kid's book. The characters are 10-14 through the whole series.…moreThis is a kid's book. The characters are 10-14 through the whole series.(less)

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colleen the convivial curmudgeon
Jun 04, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
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,
Ahmad Sharabiani
Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1), Angie Sage

Magyk (an archaic spelling of "Magic") is a fantasy novel written by English author Angie Sage. It is the first book in the seven-book Septimus Heap series.

The sequel, Flyte was released in March 2006, Physik in March 2007, Queste in 2008, Syren in September 2009, Darke in July 2011, and Fyre in 2013.

The book cover of Magyk alludes to the diary that the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia makes for her apprentice, Septimus Heap. The cover also depicts Septimus's Dr
Aug 08, 2015 rated it liked it
This was pretty good. A nice, quick, easy read that kept me entertained. I especially enjoyed the whimsical tone throughout. I would have liked to see a bit more emotional depth and moral ambiguity from the characters though. This book doesn't really "go there." Also a tad long for middle grade. Still, a good read, especially for kids, I'm sure. ...more
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5000-2020
Why have I never read this book before? I enjoyed it so much. There was a little bit of Harry Potter about it but I love those books too so this was a good thing.

As in Harry Potter people are born to be wizards or they are not. Magic is performed through spells which have to be studied and learned. Septimus Heap is a seventh son of a seventh son and is therefore expected to be more magical than normal, but right at the beginning of the book he appears to die and be replaced by another abandoned
 Li'l Owl
*Audiobook Edition*

Magnificent!! Memorizing! Delightful! Bursting with danger and where treachery can be found hiding around every corner!
I am completely stunned that Magyk by Angie Sage is her debut??!!

Silas Heap pulled his cloak tightly around him against the snow. It had been a long walk through the Forest, and he was chilled to the bone. But in his pockets he had the herbs that Galen, the Physik Woman, had given him for his new baby boy, Septimus, who had been born earlier that day.

It was
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I read this book many, many moons ago! I loved it then and I love it now. Things from the book came back to me as I read them.

Septimus Heap was taken away as a newborn child with the nurse saying he was dead...he was not. He was taken away to turn him into something else. In his place there was left a baby girl that was found by the father, Silas Heap. It's funny this happens right as their baby is taken.... hmmm.. wonder who she is.

So the house is full of
Joseph Delaney
REVIEW: MAGYK by Angie Sage

I have just read and enjoyed ‘Magyk’ by Angie Sage. It is the story of Septimus Heap, a wizard apprentice.
I noticed a few similarities to my own Spook’s Series. For example both Tom Ward and Septimus Heap are both seventh sons of seventh sons. Also pointy shoes are mentioned and a boggart features! Of course there are differences too. Angie Sage’s book features wizards who are wielders of magic. In my books the Spook and his apprentice practise a craft and use salt an
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
Mar 05, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Tina ➹ the girl who lives in Fandoms
1.5 Star
half Star for the whole book & I'm being generous to add 1 Star as a bonus for the amazing promising first 9 chapters (the reason I couldn't give this book 1 star) which didn't last longer, RIP

(D: Dreadful)

I really wanted to like this series; cool name, cool covers, cool titles, I've read cool things & saw cool arts about it. magic & everything, it sounded a lot like Deltora.
but it appeared it wasn't.
for one thing, it was Slow.

long story short: this wasn't for me.

Warning: ranting review,
Lilla Lillianna
Jul 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Amazingly good written. Clever, funny, and magical. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  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
George Jankovic
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Of course one could draw paralells between this book and Harry Potter. Rats to send verbal messages instead of owls etc. but so what?

I find the book creative, cute and funny. How can you not like pens that can write in any color--if they are in good mood.

Or a pet rock named Petroc Trelawney, which mostly sleeps but you need to feed it and take for a walk daily. Ingenious!!

And you can write your magical ideas on anything. Even on "(preferably unbuttered) toast."

Even though the point of view is
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Apr 05, 2010 rated it did not like it
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
Mohammed Arabey
Dec 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Let's do as Boy 412 and Review some Facts..with my opinion.

FACT ONE. Not Urban-Fantasy: BAD
I was hoping for another Harry Potter kind of mixing real world with 'Magyk'.

FACT TWO. Rich World, smoothly built, easy to follow: GOOD

FACT THREE. Interesting Characters, nice family: GOOD

The Heaps...and The Supreme Witch 💜💜

FACT FOUR. Cliché Villains: BAD
And talking Rats act as humans, BAD. Really BAD.

FACT FIVE. Good mystery in the beginning.. a very good start: GOOD

FACT SIX. Action packed climax: BAD yet;
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
This book was an interesting and unexpected read, I picked it up yesterday in Waterstones and started it in the car on the way home but then found myself unable to put it down and finished reading it in less than 24 hours. The most interesting thing for me was that this book is very much like a prequel book that the author doesn’t think about until after they’ve written the rest of the series but it was in fact the first book in the series. And Septimus Heap who I suspect will be the main charac ...more
Aug 13, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya
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
May 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This would have been a perfect YA novel if it were a bit shorter. I feel all the side routes this book took stole from the story.

However, I really liked Boy 412 and knew about his history almost from the beginning. I liked Jenna and Nicko too. The story overall was fun and I enjoyed it.
Oct 07, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Mar 02, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Book 1 of the Septimus Heap series is cute, clever, and innocuous enough for children. It’s not brilliant. Unlike Harry Potter, this tale of adolescent wizardry really is appropriate for young kids. It didn’t interest me, whom some might describe as an adult. But it was entertaining enough to finish.

Plot twist? I guessed. Surely you guessed? But even though I already knew, I did like how the moon revealed the truth. 🌝

In my opinion, JK Rowling writes with a more active tense. Much of this narrat
4.5 stars. I really enjoyed this, it was such a fun read.
Sara Saif
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it

I enjoyed this despite the fact that:
a) It was a tad on the slow side.
b) It gives a really weird introduction to the world, magyk and everything else in general.
c) For the most part, nothing happens.

This series is in the “what to read after Harry Potter” lists and is the principal reason why I wanted to read it. While it’s a fun book, it’s certainly nothing like Harry Potter. I felt a little underwhelmed by it all. The world of the book and the magyk in it doesn’t feel very cohesive and well-de
Alexis Rogers-Esparcia
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was the second time I've read this book! It is one of those books that get better each time you read it!
I read the audiobook with my 11 year old as a mother daughter buddy read! We laughed and laughed! The end made us cry big happy tears!
It's most definitely a children's book. A very simple and easy read but that doesn't make it any less of a wonderfully written story. It's up there with the greats like potter, the hobbit and all those other children's books that every child must read!
Siona St Mark
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A really fun first book to a great middle grade series. I think people of all ages will enjoy the book because of the smart and sometimes ironic writing and the characters that are well developed and full of heart. These books are often compared to Harry Potter because of their similar subject matter and for the age range their marketed for, and even JK Rowling’s transphobia aside, I still think these books are better. Would definitely recommend.
Feb 09, 2010 rated it did not like it
One word for you: CLICHE
Overall, this book was a little disappointing. It was simply alright. It wasn't bad, but I wasn't that into it either. I was certainly right when I said this would be a light read. It was VERY light. The book just seemed a little undeveloped. It was like it COULD have been great, but it just wasn't. It had the potential, but it was just undeveloped and thin. Maybe it's because this book is clearly for a younger audience, maybe I'm reading this way too late, maybe I would've really liked it if I ...more
Mitchel Broussard
Jun 22, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya-fiction
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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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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Septimus Heap (7 books)
  • Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2)
  • Physik (Septimus Heap, #3)
  • Queste (Septimus Heap, #4)
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