Wednesday, September 5, 2007


Ok, so I've found yet another series that I am just going to devour! I read this big chunker of a book in just a day, still fitting in school work and my regular job...that will tell you how much I loved this story. Luckily I have 2 more to go!

A first novel by English author Angie Sage, Magyk is also the first book in the Septimus Heap trilogy. The book opens with the seventh son of a Silas Heap, also a seventh son and head of a wizard family, being born to his wife Sarah while Silas is on his way back home from outside the village walls. As he hurries on home, Silas sees a bundle in the snow and hears baby cries coming from the blankets. He finds an abandoned newborn baby girl with brilliant violet eyes and decides he has no choice but to bring her home and raise her as their own daughter. When he arrives home with the baby girl, soon to be known as Jenna, he sees the midwife running out with a baby bundle, screaming that the baby is dead. Silas and Sarah lose their 7th son before they even get to know him.

Fast forward about 10 years and Jenna is still the only girl in the Heap household besides her mother. She loves her life in their small, cluttered house and is completely taken by surprise when the esteemed and rarely seen ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand shows up at the Heap home and states that Jenna is the long-lost Princess, daughter of the deceased Queen, and the Supreme Custodian, head of the castle, wants Jenna dead. Jenna and Marcia, along with her father, one of her brothers and a boy known as Boy 412, flee to Aunt Zelda's enchanted cottage, attempting to hide from the Hunter, sent by the Supreme Custodian.

The kids in this book band together and help the adults to fight off the recurring evil that is sent their way, in hopes of killing Jenna. The story is chock full action, great subplots, and a fabulous adventure. It definitely leaves room for the following book, making me glad I waited so long to read the series. Now I don't have to wait until book 2! I loved Magyk and think all of you will too. Those of you who haven't read it yet at least!


Becky said...

Thanks for the reminder that I need to pick this one up at some point. I generally think of it when I see one of the sequels sitting on the library shelves. Perhaps I'll choose it for the "First in a series" challenge or the "series challenge" in 2008.

Andi said...

I've been wondering about these books for a while (they're so pretty). Thanks for the review!

Debi said...

I thought about using that for the First in a Series challenge as well, as my daughter LOVED it, and has been bugging me to read it. But there's just so many series out there begging to be read! What's a gal to do?!!

Susan said...

Wow, this sounds really good. Thanks for the recommendation.

Stephanie said...

I'm a sucker for a good cover...and this one has it!! I'm definitely adding this to my ever-growing list!