The Septemus Heap series is wonderful for both children and adults. It may seem that Sage was looking over Rowling's shoulder as she created some of the characters, but the storyline is very inventive and certainly engaging. What makes this Audible version so valuable is the reading from Allan Corduner. His voices are brilliant and the story comes alive.
This review is for adults who enjoy smart, fascinating, imaginative 'children's' books. This is NOT one of those. I decided to give this a try because more than one reviewer compared it to Pullman's His Dark Materials. I can't imagine why. 'Magyk' is a silly kiddies book, comparable to something like 'Inkheart', not 'The Amber Spyglass' or even Harry Potter.
It's well read and I'm sure the tots will enjoy it, but that's about it.
(Admittedly I could not bare to listen to more than half of this book, so perhaps it takes a magical turn toward interesting later on. But considering the childish style, predictable storyline and flat characters, I sincerely doubt it.)
The story wobbles between being too predictable ("Boy 412's" true identity was immediately obvious) and too random (the Deus-ex-machina of a buried ship from another era, that just happens to be alive? Oh, come on.)
However, the characters are reasonably engaging, and so are some of the story details. In addition, the reader is good - which always helps.
Not my favorite, but passable.
This is a great book for all ages. It kept me hooked throughout the whole book. I just didn't want to stop listening.
I will usually finish a book. I'll suck it up and get to the end, but I couldn't do it with this one. When the author puts in so much effort to make town walk seem like an epic journey (so much so that the protagonist is wondering how her mother is doing...as compared to 20 minutes ago) I have to bow out.
I think this book is much more limited in its audience than some other popular young adult/kids series. The characters are fun and multifaceted enough to be generally interesting. The story develops nicely but the plot is fairly predictable.
excellent story, great for young kids. Some parts are a bit anoying, like the repeticious mention of boy 412, but all in all a light and playfull story that was a joy to listen too.