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Queste (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

Queste (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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by Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator)

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There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans—they are headed for the mysterious


There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans—they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?

Queste, like all the books in the Septimus Heap series, is filled with nonstop action, humor, and fantastical adventure as Septimus continues his journey of Magykal self-discovery.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Eve Minkin
Queste is a great installment for the series of Septimus Heap books, although the main story line starts slowly and takes a long time to develop. Little time is spent at the climax, and the ending is not extremely clear cut. But fans of the other books will enjoy this one, although it isn't quite as good as the last few. Reviewer: Eve Minkin, Teen Reviewer
Children's Literature - Julia Beiker
In book four of the "Septimus Heap" series, our young adventurers Septimus and Jenna must find a way to locate the House of Foryx where all time meets so they can rescue Nicko and Snorri from a worse fate then dying. Things get complicated fast when Septimus is chosen to pick from the questing stones before he even finishes his apprenticeship. Just when he thinks he has outsmarted the questing stones, he realizes that he has accepted a quest without even realizing he has been tricked by the thing. Now the stone in his hand has turned green and his friends still do not know about it. How will he keep it a secret and still continue to find the House of Foryx? Our poor Beetle helps out his comrades Septimus and Jenna only to have fate boot him out of a job that he loves by making him go along on the quest too. More then one enemy steps in the way of our adventurers and causes havoc throughout this book. Not even surviving the quest that no apprentice has returned from, can save our heroes. The author Angie Sage takes almost 600 pages to tell this epic fantasy and yet the pages fly by like magic. Maybe a spell penetrates the pages that make these characters come to life and brings suspense and unpredictability to this quest. Although action-packed, humor and caring fills the pages as the reader roots for our heroes to outwit and triumph over all the obstacles, including their own fears. This book is part of the "Septimus Heap" series. Reviewer: Julia Beiker
VOYA - Mary Ann Darby
The Heap family is again facing myriad challenges in the fourth of the enjoyable fantasy series, Septimus Heap. Nicko and Snorri are still stuck in the past, and Jenna is determined to mount a rescue. Meanwhile Merrin has grown tired of taking orders from Simon, so he unleashes Darke Magyk in his determination to take revenge on Sepitmus. The ghost of Tertius Fume uses Merrin's Darke Magyk to send Septimus on a Queste, but Septimus is accompanied by Jenna and Beetle, who help in his encounters with witches, an abyss, and howls of beasts on their way to the House of Foryx, the place where all times meet. Septimus manages to unravel the mystery behind the string of failed Questes, rescue Nicko and Snorri, and return with Jenna and Beetle to the Castle with the help of the inimitable Marcia Overstrand. The multiple threads of Sage's saga require the reader's full attention, but her clever wit and enchanting cast, from Septimus to Spit Fyre to Stanley the messenger rat, will keep her audience happy. It is not a series to start in the middle: Sage is building her tale and counts on her readers' knowledge of earlier books for understanding of plot and character motivation. Quiet Septimus seems to be joining the ranks of reluctant hero in a delightful and engaging series that can be shelved alongside the Keys to the Kingdom and Pendragon series. Reviewer: Mary Ann Darby
School Library Journal

Gr 4-9- Fans of Septimus's previous adventures will welcome Sage's latest installment with an eagerness the book deserves. There are fearsome dealings afoot for 12-year-old Septimus Heap, and this time they begin with the foolish Darke Magyk of Merrin Meredith. When Merrin summons Things to do his bidding and aids a malevolent ghost of the first Chief Hermetic Scribe, the result sends Septimus on a Queste. No apprentice has ever survived such an ordeal, but the boy is determined to use this chance to find his brother Nicko, now trapped in time in a mysterious place called the House of Foryx. With his sister Jenna and friend Beetle by his side, he will either succeed in rescuing Nicko and his girlfriend or fall victim to a curse that has claimed too many others. Newcomers to Sage's world would do very well to read earlier books in this series before embarking on this latest title. Characters are almost overly abundant and many crop up in a chapter called "Endings and Beginnings" without making an appearance in the rest of the book. But fans looking for enjoyable characters, a well-paced plot, and the author's customary use of humor and verve will not be disappointed in this newest chapter in Septimus's life.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Still showing no signs of strain, the saga of wizard-in-training Septimus Heap cruises through its fourth episode-and 2,200th page-thanks to generous wads of breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions. Here young Princess Jenna draws Sep and his bookish buddy Beetle along in her wake as she determinedly sets out for the remote House of Foryx to rescue time-lost brother Nicko and his companion Snorri. Unbeknownst to the others, Sep is also unwillingly engaged in a usually fatal Queste. Among the teeming cast, which is further swollen by crowds of ghosts and malicious Things, Sep's erstwhile stand-in Merrin Meredith takes on new prominence as a hilarious touchstone for trouble, with an infuriating gift for escaping the worst consequences of his actions. Zug provides finely detailed portraits or spot art at each chapter opening, the volume comes with a "Magykal CD" (not seen) and Sage closes with several seemingly unrelated vignettes tantalizingly labeled "Endings and Beginnings . . . ." Sail on, Septimus. (Fantasy. 10-12)

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Turtleback Books
Publication date:
Septimus Heap Series , #4
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Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.60(d)
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Angie Sage was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She now lives in Somerset in a very old house that has a secret tunnel below it. The first four books in the Septimus Heap series are international bestsellers. She is also the author of the Araminta Spookie series.

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Queste (Septimus Heap Series #4) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 457 reviews.
Jamie19 More than 1 year ago
This book takes you through time and on queste that you can get lost in. The queste is like no other that I have read. You go through times that you ae almost jumping up and down, bitting your nails, and sreaming because it's so thrilling and mysterious that it feels like you can't get to the answer quick enough. And when you get there you feel like it was worth the nail bitting, screaming and jumping up and down.
Swimmerman10 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The characters all seemed very real there was not a dull moment in the book. I had trouble putting it down! The story was written in such a way that it sounds like it really happened and each setting painted a vivid picture in my mind. It was exactly as I would have imagined it. I think Queste is a great book for children 11-13 as the plot might be a little confusing to younger children. Overall, Queste was a great read and the rest of the series just keeps on getting better and better......
Lilly_Dunn More than 1 year ago
This book is for all fantasy lovers. They will find it very enjoyable, even though it is a bit slow at times. Queste is a book for all ages, not just for teens. Im 11 and thought it was pretty cool. (WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY NOT MAKE SENSE IF YOU DID NOT READ THE OTHER BOOKS)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books so far and i just finished the third book phisk amd it was amazing. And i have a feeling this book will be no exception. It will hopefully answer the question all of the falthfull readers have been wondering, will Septimus get snori and niko back??? Will septimus forget about gim and her and move on to being the greatest wizard??? Who knows. I will hopfully find out soon
DonDJ More than 1 year ago
A great find. As with the other three, I was taken away on a majical journey. I highly recomend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading these books. I like sci-fi fantasy books and have read Jordan's Wheel of Time and many other series including Harry Potter. This is a simple yet interesting series.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
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. As each book passes, more and more interested elements reveal themselves about the world that Angie Sage has created. I love the concept of the House of Foryx, the Witch's Way, the Queste and how it was initially intended to work, but that it was distorted from its original purpose. Also, Hotep-Ra showing up in the House of Foryx was another great twist that I didn't see coming. On a literary note, Sage has proven to have a keen ability to continue to evolve her characters from story to story in a way that's not only enticing to readers, but also shows a larger character arc that makes the characters seem very palatable. I could imagine myself in this world, interacting with these magical people. Septimus and Jenna especially wrestle with many internal issues that often mirror the difficult circumstances that happen around them. It's brave of Sage to show that the two main protagonists can make the wrong decisions, which lead to catastrophic things happening in not only their lives, but the lives of everyone else around them as well. Even throughout books four and five, Jenna still struggles over the fact that her decision to lead Septimus into the room with the two-way mirror in book three has split her family apart. I recommend all the books in this series to readers 9+. -Lindsey Miller, www.lindseyslibrary.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this newest edition of a much loved saga of a boy wizard apprentice struggling to find himself in a Magykal world, we see each character going to a new and deeper level as the main cast progresses in age and wisdom. The story begins with Merrin Meredith, alias Daniel Hunter, alias Septimus Heap, trying to send Septimus on the deadly Queste from which no ExtraOrdinary Apprentice has ever returned. He enlists the help of " Old Goat-Face" Tertius Fume, first Chief Hermetic Scribe, to do this. Of course, if someone is trying to put Sep in harms way, Jenna, Beetle, Sarah, Silas, Alther, and Marcia will be there to back him up! Another tale of family, friendship, and Magyk written by masterful Angie Sage. I liked how much the three characters sent to The House of Foryx matured and used present and past learnings to assist them. I was not impressed by the fact that Sage tried to keep Seps Questing status hush-hush until Chapter 36. (Although it is revealed in passing in 28) I enjoyed the concept of a Siege and the Gathering. This book was sweet and funny, and I reccomend it to all new and established fans of Seps adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book series I would recomend it to anybody!
apd412 More than 1 year ago
Queste, the forth book in the Septimus Heap Series, continues where book three left off. The story is exceptional and just plain entertaining for readers of all ages. I can't wait for book five to continue the fun.
MRR62 More than 1 year ago
I have found all the books (so far) of Septimus Heap (by Angie Sage) to be engaging and entertaining. Though I sometimes pre-guess what is to be revealed, that does not diminish but rather enhances the thrill of the story. Though intended for young readers, I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good story (I'm 46...)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been on a Queste? If not just wonder, the adventures begin when you open this book. From the palace, to the forest, and to the house of Forx, adventures lie everywhere. .In this epic journey far a way to a place where all times meet. Septimus Heap travels along with his sister Jenna, and his best friend Beetle, but what lies ahead? A mixture of witches, magic, and enchantment, this book will never leave your hands until your finished. This is the best book ever!
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I look forward to the reading book 5 in the Septimus Heap series.
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