Review: Magyk (Septimus Heap #1) by Angie Sage

Review: Magyk (Septimus Heap #1) by Angie SageMagyk by Angie Sage
Series: Septimus Heap #1
Published by Katherine Tegen on May 11, 2005
Genres: fantasy, magic, middle grade
Source: Purchased
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The seventh son of the seventh 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 new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?

The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

For reasons still unbeknownst to me, it took me a really long time to read this book. I originally started it some time in early 2008, but I didn’t finish it before it was due back at the library…and for some reason, after I’d turned it in I just never checked it out again. Until April 2009. I figured it was time to give it another go, in the interests of diminishing my “stalled” list. I checked the book out once more…but it sat and sat and sat on my shelf until it was time for it to return the library, once again unread. But the day I was due to turn it in, I made a decision. This book was going to get read, whether I liked it or not. So I renewed the book online and sat down that very day to begin my adventure…

And I was not displeased. I suppose the first time around, other factors (liked trying to work and pass all my college classes so that I could graduate) contributed to my lack of enjoyment of the story. It seemed far too long and involved and I just couldn’t seem to keep my attention focused on it. But after picking it up for the third time and making myself devote some effort to it, I discovered that it actually is an incredible story…very interesting and worthy of the hype it has received.

I very much enjoyed the unraveling of Septimus’s story. All the intricate details were so carefully packaged that I, usually a whiz at guessing the angle of the story, was clueless right up until the end. Now that our hero has been revealed, I look forward to continuing the series and exploring his transformation, the fate of the Heap family, the future of Boy 412, and Jenna’s role in it all.

Note: This review was originally written in 2009 and has been posted here for archival purposes. :]


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  1. Fly to the Sky

    Ohhhh!! I absolutely LOVE this series!!! Still haven’t read the last book though…. So glad you liked the first book!!!!

  2. Kelley

    Hmmm… I remember trying to read this years ago, too, and I ended up DNFing it because it just felt too juvenile or something for me. I did think the world and story had a lot of potential, though, but for some reason it just couldn’t hold my interest. Reading this, though, I’m tempted to give it another try. I’m glad you were able to finally read it, and ended up liking it.

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