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The Magyk Begins Here
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. The Heaps take her 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 Magyk Begins Here
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. The Heaps take her 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?
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.
Silas drew closer to the Castle, and he could see the lights flickering through the trees as candles were placed in the windows of the tall narrow houses clustered along the outside walls. It was the longest night of the year, and the candles would be kept burning until dawn, to help keep the dark at bay. Silas always loved this walk to the Castle. He had no fear of the Forest by day and enjoyed the peaceful walk along the narrow track that threaded its way through the dense trees for mile after mile. He was near the edge of the Forest now, the tall trees had begun to thin out, and as the track began to dip down to the valley floor, Silas could see the whole Castle spread before him. The old walls hugged the wide, winding river and zigzagged around the higgledy-piggledy clumps of houses. All the houses were painted bright colors, and those that faced west looked as if they were on fire as their windows caught the last of the winter sun's rays.
The Castle had started life as a small village. Being so near to the Forest the villagers had put up some tall stone walls for protection against the wolverines, witches and warlocks who thought nothing of stealing their sheep, chickens and occasionally their children. As more houses were built, the walls were extended and a deep moat was dug so that all could feel safe.
Soon the Castle was attracting skilled craftsmen from other villages. It grew and prospered, so much so that the inhabitants began to run out of space until someone decided to build The Ramblings. The Ramblings, which was where Silas, Sarah, and the boys lived, was a huge stone building that rose up along the riverside. I t sprawled for three miles along the river and back again into the caste, and was a noisy, busy place filled with a warren of passages and rooms, with small factories, schools and shops mixed in with family rooms, tiny roof garens and even a theater. There was not much space in The Ramblings but people did not mind. There was always good company and someone for the children to play with.
As the winter sun sank below the Castle walls, Silas quickened his pace. He needed to get to the North Gate before they locked it an pulled up the drawbridge at nightfall.
It was then that Silas sensed something nearby. Something alive, but only just. He was aware of a small human heartbeat somewhere close to him. Silas stopped. As an Ordinary Wizard he was able to sense things, but, as he was not a particularly good Ordinary Wizard, he needed to concentrate hard. He stood still with the snow falling fast around him, already covering his footprints. And then he heard something—a snuffle, a whimper, a small breath? He wasn't sure, but it was enough.
Underneath a bush beside the path was a bundle. Silas picked up the bundle and, to his amazement, found himself gazing into the solemn eyes of a tiny baby. Silas cradled the baby in his arms and wondered how she had come to be lying in the snow on the coldest day of the year. Someone had wrapped her tightly in a heavy woolen blanket, but she was already very cold: her lips were a dusky blue and the snow dusted her eyelashes. As the baby's dark violet eyes gazed intently at him, Silas had the uncomfortable feeling that she had already seen things in her short life that no baby should see.
Thinking of his Sarah at home, warm and safe with Septimus and the boys, Silas decided that they would just have to make room for one more little one. He carefully tucked the baby into his blue Wizard cloak and held her close to him as he ran toward the Castle gate. He reached the drawbridge just as Gringe, the gatekeeper, was about to go and yell for the Bridge Boy to start winding it up.
"You're cutting it a bit fine," growled Gringe. "But you Wizards are weird. Waddyou all want to be out for on a day like this I dunno."
"Oh?" Silas wanted to get past Gringe as soon as he could, but first he had to cross Gringe's palm with silver. Silas quickly found a silver penny in one of his pockets and handed it over.
"Thank you, Gringe. Good night."
Gringe looked at the the penny as though it were a rather nasty beetle.
"Marcia Overstrand, she gave me a 'alf crown just now. But then she's got class, what with 'er being the ExtraOrdinary Wizard now."
"What?" Silas nearly choked.
"Yeah. Class, that's what she's got."
Gringe stood back to let him pass, and Silas slipped by. As much as Silas wanted to find out why Marcia Overstrand was suddenly the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, he could feel the bundle beginning to stir in the warmth of his cloak, and something told him that it would be better if Gringe did not know about the baby.
As Silas disappeared into the shadows of the tunnel that led to The Ramblings, a tall figure in purple stepped out and barred his way.
"Marcia!" gasped Silas. "What on earth—"
"Tell no one you found her. She was born to you. Understand?"
Shocked, Silas nodded. Before he had time to say anything, Marcia was gone in a shimmer of purple mist. Silas spent the rest of the long winding journey through The Ramblings with his mind in turmoil. Who was this baby? What did Marcia have to do with her? And why was Marcia the ExtraOrdinary Wizard now? And as a Silas neared the big red door that led to the Heap family's already overcrowded room, another, more pressing question came into his mind: What was Sarah going to say to yet another baby to care for?
Silas did not have long to think about the last question. As he reached the door it flew open, and a large red-faced woman wearing the dark blue robes of a Matron Midwife ran out, almost knocking Silas over as she fled. She too was carrying a bundle, but the bundle was wrapped from head to toe in bandages, and she was carrying him under her arm as if he were a parcel and she was late for the post.
"Dead!" cried the Matron Midwife. She pushed Silas aside with a powerful shove and ran down the corridor. Inside the room, Sarah Heap screamed.
Silas went in with a heavy heart. He saw Sarah surrounded by six white-faced little boys, all too scared to cry.
"She's taken him," said Sarah hopelessly. "Septimus is dead, and she's taken him away."
At that moment a warm wetness spread out from the bundle that Silas still had hidden under his cloak. Silas had no words for what he wanted to say, so he just took the bundle out from under his cloak and placed her in Sarah's arms.
Sarah heap burst into tears.Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk. Copyright © by Angie Sage. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Posted May 3, 2010
This was just one of those books that I could not put down! The story was very complex. I loved all the spells, characters and the story! I think readers will love to read about Jenna, Boy 412, Nicko and all the other fabulous characters in this book as they go on wonderful adventures in the land of Magyk!
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Looking for a fresh, new, fantasy? Then the Septimus Heap series is the series for you. I know that most people are fantasy lovers, and it's hard to find another series to read, other than Harry Potter. I myself couldn't stop reading Harry Potter, even after I'd read the entire series dozens of times. Finally, I made myself look for new books to try, and my hand happened to brush the spine of this wonderful book. I opened it's pages, and practically got sucked into it. I visited this awesome world of Septimus Heap, laughing at his joys, and despairing at his losses. I never got bored or tired of this book, and kept on reading it to the end. After reading through this series, I looked for more and more books, exporing through the world of possibilities. This book showed me that there are other great books out there, though I had thought not. I really would recommend this inspiring book to readers of all ages, so they can experience the magical world of this young boy. Go ahead; try something new.
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Posted October 8, 2009
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I coordinate a reading program at a school and am a parent of a pre-teen. I bought this book for my son and ended up enjoying it so much that I added it, and the subsequent books in the series, to my personal book library.
Septimus Heap is from a large and poor magical family. He is the seventh son of a seventh son, which makes him desirable to both good and evil.
This entertaining story of how this young man develops into a hero is a must read.
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Posted December 5, 2008
The book Magyk, by Angie Sage, and the first in the Septimus Heap series, truly is magical! This story introduces you to a new world, where magic isn¿t wizards waving wands. Anybody who wants to study and learn magyk can do so, using spell books and charms. In the whirlwind of action, you grow to love each character, and get to feel you know them personally through their well-developed personalities. Jenna, the princess who was unknowingly adopted by the Heap family when her mother was assassinated right after she was born. Septimus, the seventh son of the seventh son, who was kidnapped at birth and accidentally brought to the Young Army as Boy 412. The Apprentice, who was accidentally switched with Septimus when they were babies, and now believes himself to be Septimus Heap, is apprentice to the evil Necromancer and ex-ExtraOrdinary Wizard, DomDaniel. Other colorful characters are Marcia Overstrand, the current ExtraOrdinary Wizard; the ghost of her mentor, former ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Alther Mella; Nikko, Septimus¿s and Jenna¿s boat-crazy older brother; Aunt Zelda, the White Witch and Dragon Keeper who lives in Marram Marshes; Sarah and Silas, the Heap parents; and, of course, Maxie, the Heap family wolfhound! <BR/> <BR/> When DomDaniel returns and renews his efforts to kill Princess Jenna and ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia, and to take over both the Wizard Tower and the Castle, the Heap crew knows there¿s trouble. They go with Marcia and the unwilling Boy 412 to hide out in Marram Marshes with Silas¿s Aunt Zelda, who is notorious for her disgusting cabbage recipes. While there they encounter many amusing creatures, like the Boggart, the huge swamp snake, the fishing boat occupied by chickens, and, of course, the feisty little Shield Bugs. After Marcia is tricked and kidnapped by DomDaniel, Nikko, Jenna, and Boy 412 have to risk the perils of his personal barge to try and save her. After an enchanted storm buries the barge deep in the mud pits, it¿s time for the Heap family, and Boy 412, to find out some surprises about their pasts. Of course, that¿s not until after the kidney and cabbage casserole!<BR/> <BR/> This book is fast-paced and full of surprises and mysteries. I think an obviously strong point of Angie Sage¿s writing is imagery and description. You truly think you¿re tromping through the Marram Marshes, sailing the enchanted Dragon Boat of Hotep-Ra, navigating the halls of the Ramblings, or riding the moving staircase up to the Wizard Tower. Even in the darkest situations the tone stays cheerful, and the characters keep senses of humor, making this book a light-hearted adventure, perfect for a reader of any age.
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Posted September 21, 2009
This series is often compared to Harry Potter, but I think in many ways it's much different. The only parallels that I see are that it involves a boy, who at one point is an orphan, and magic. Definitely written for a younger audience, the Septimus books have a tendency to be a little silly sometimes and the endings easily resolved. However, in contrast, Sage deftly creates an interesting world with often odd and humorous characters who have the ability to surprise the reader.The plot structures of each story vary, and, to any fantasy reader's great joy, she doesn't use the same antagonist throughout every single book. Some of the characters switch sides, and other, new bad guys emerge as the series progresses. Also, unlike many series writers, Sage will start a chain of events that last throughout several books, continuing to hook readers from book to book. She does not wrap everything up neatly, but is still able to finish a book in a way that makes the story seem complete. Then, the reader has the anticipation of discovering how some of the issues that arise in earlier books will unravel in later additions.
One of the things that I love specifically about this book in particular is that it's about a boy, Septimus Heap, who has no idea that he is, in fact Septimus Heap, nor does he understand that he's the hero or protagonist of the story. In fact, nearly the entire story he spends thinking he's someone else entirely. This was a new and interesting twist on the typical boy with magic powers story, and Sage does an excellent job of creating interesting scenarios that surprise and delight, especially for readers who explore this genre a lot. She seems to break many of the typical fantasy tropes and creates what is a unique and enjoyable story. I recommend this to all readers 9+, skewing more toward boys.
-Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com
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Posted October 16, 2008
This book is amazing i thought it was going to be another harry potter imitaiton but it is so much better and is worth the 3 days you may spend reading it in my case it was less
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Posted March 20, 2009
This was very disappointing to read. After borrowing it from my sister, I started it right away, thinking it would be a great book (according to the summary). I was horribly wrong. The discription is bland, and it goes way too fast for me, even moreso than the Warriors series. Sorry, all of you this-book-is-a-five-star-book people.
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Posted December 9, 2008
This book is one that should not touch the inside of your bookbag or the top of your desk until you are finished reading every last page of it. Angie Sage and Mark Zug are amazing people and I wish that they would write more. This book captured me on the first page and did not lose me until the series was over. I will reread it until I die. This book is amazing. I can't wait to see what they do next.
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Posted March 9, 2009
This was as good a read as the first Potter book. It me laugh, cry and want to find out what comes next form the first page to the very end. I can hardly wait to read the second book in the series.
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Posted July 8, 2009
This is a magical, funny book that's full of hope. I can't wait to read the 2nd book of the series. I was afraid that this book was going to be a copycat of Harry Potter. Boy, was I ever wrong. Move over Harry, Septimus Heap is in town!
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My dad gave this book to me. At first I was reluctant to read it. I forced myself to read two chapters. It was hard to understand at first but got more interesting. I decided to read more. After several chapters I thought it was great. Now I'm reading the whole series and am waiting for the next book to come out. There will be seven books in all. I'd recommend this book to just about everyone who could understand at least part of it. Overall it is great. I am ten years old.
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Posted December 3, 2008
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"Magyk", the first book in a truly fantastic fantasy series, called "Septimus Heap", by Angie Sage is a book that will most certainly not have readers bored for even a millisecond. A wonderful author, Angie Sage puts just the right characters, scenes, and places in the book to make the reader just want to keep reading and reading and reading, without putting the book down. "Magyk" is a real page turner that anyone of any age will surely enjoy completely!
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Posted October 17, 2008
AS A HARDCORE READER, IN FANTASY, I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS ITNTRESTING. BUT ITS NOT AT ALL.WHEN THERES A TIME OF SUSPENSE THE REACTION IS NOT THRILLING FROM THE CHARACTERS.WHEN ITS TIME FOR ACTION ITS ALWAYS AVOIDED. AND THE BOOK IS ALSO TO FAIRY AND FRENDSHIP TYPE. ITS LACK THE CHILL AND THRILL THAT FANTASY'S ARE MENT FOR. AND IT WILL DEFINETLY NOT KEEP YOUR ATTENTION.NO OFFENSE BUT THIS BOOK IS FOR THOSE GIRLS WHO LIKE FANTASY BUT NOT THE REAL SPIRTI OF ACTION. AND I DEFINETLY ADVISE YOU TO TAKE MY ADVISE.IT DOESNT MATTER IF YOU DONT BELIEVE, BUT IN THE END IT MAY BE YOUR LOSS NOT MINE.FOR THOSE WHO AGREE WITH ME, READ SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT BOOKS, HARRY POTTER, LOOKING GLASS WARS, LAST APPRENTICE,AND FOR SOME COMEDY,DEFINETLY READ DIARY OF A WIMPY KID!
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Posted October 21, 2008
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This absorbing story of the young Septimus Heap will keep you in suspense and wanting more the whole time. Once it is over you will not be able to wait for the next book and good news, you don't have to! Angie Sage has written four books to this series as of now and she may write more.
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Posted June 20, 2009
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I remeber reading this book a couple of years ago and finding it very funny. To me it was like a fairytale with some twist. Its very good but may be boring at times. Now that Iv found it again I have to finish the series.
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I liked it. Especially for the first book in a series. There were a few things about the writing that bugged me, but thankfully it's fixed in the second book. I love the characters and the scenery. This whole series is worth the read. Septimus is awesome (again, especially in the second one!)
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