The first 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
“A deliciously spellbinding series opener.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Fun, mystery, and rollicking characters.” —VOYA (starred review)
“Fluent, charismatic storytelling.” —ALA Booklist
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, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow—a newborn girl with violet eyes. Who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to the Heaps' beloved son Septimus?
The first book in this enthralling series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and Magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is the original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
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A fun easy book
This is a fun easy book. The Characters are vividly written, and the story wonderfully told. I hope this is one of many books under this title.
Hoping for a dramatic improvement...
WOW, I’m astonished by all of the positive feedback this book AND audiobook have received. Straight up, I’m not sure which is worse, the story or the horrific “performance” by Allan Corduner. Harsh? Maybe, but I hate to say it’s my honest reaction. I know Angie Sage has gained much respect for her writings, but not from me with this book.
Let me state that I listen to A LOT of audio books. I don’t have much time to sit and read these days, so audiobooks are my way to take in some really fantastic stories. Almost every recommended story and/or series has been a pleasure; however, the first book in the “Seprimus Heap” trilogy was NOT one of them. In short, the story is contrived, disjointed, overly predictable, has little continuity, and has more plot holes than a screen door. At many times, explanations or the reasoning for certain situations, happenings, or items/characters introduced are either confusingly detailed or simplistically overlooked. Add this to the awful narration and this book was really such a letdown and mess that it was a struggle to get all the way through.
As I stated, I’ve listened to many audiobooks, so, I’ve sat through quite a number of performers and Allan Corduner just does not add anything positive to this audiobook. To be fair, when he simply narrates, he’s not so bad, but his character portrayals are simply awful. No range and very little to no distinction between the characters. He would do well to take a “page” from the likes of Jim Dale, Tim Curry, Paul Michael, and Stephen Frye, just to name a few. And then to add insult, I see that Mr. Corduner narrates the second book of this series as well. Thankfully not the last one, if I can make it to the last book, I look forward to listening to Gerard Doyle -- he’s VERY good. Unfortunately for me, I purchased this entire “Septimus Heap” series all at once. Had I just listened to the first book, I’d have passed on the rest. To top things off it was a huge disappointment to see that Mr. Corduner also narrates Garth Nix’s “Keys to the Kingdom” series. I have heard that this is an amazing string of books and fear it will be ruined by Corduner’s narration. Guess I’ll learn from the past and check out just the first book initially.
I’m going to make a valiant attempt to finish this series -- hopefully the books themselves and the narration will improve so that I’ll have much more positive things to say for the book two and three reviews. Fingers crossed...
The greatest book I have read in a LONG time!
I have to admit, I was a bit sceptical about reading this book. I had a great many people saying it was great, but I really just did not see myself reading this one. So I purchased the audio, and would take it with me on my ipod. I thought, I would just kind of skip though it and that way I would have at least said I knew about it. Well, one thing led to another, and I would sneak out and grab my ipod and listen to it as much as possible. I had never really ever tried an audio book, and so felt a little wierd, but soon was so caught up in the story, I would listen to it proudly, just so long as I could find out what had happened. Soon, everyone I talked to would have to listen to it at some point, and I was just waiting for the time I could get on with the story. I was entranced, and just so you know, NEVER skipped a single word. I am getting ready to get the next book now, and I will get it on audiobook, because now, I have a great many people who would also like to listen. I am 31 years old, and all my co-workers are waiting for the next book too. We have a blast at work listening to it when we can. Thank you Angie Sage!!!!!!