We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two | [Angie Sage]

Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two

It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the princess and enjoying the castle. But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?
Regular Price:$19.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

It's been a year since septimus heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the princess and enjoying the freedom of the castle.

But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?

Bringing fantasy to new heights, Angie Sage continues the journey of Septimus Heap with her trademark humor and clever details.

Want the complete series? Download Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One and Physik: Septimus Heap, Book Three.

©2007 Angie Sage; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"Terrifically entertaining....Fans of the first book will be delighted with this sequel to Septimus's story." (Voice of Youth Advocates)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (1067 )
5 star
 (515)
4 star
 (370)
3 star
 (161)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (9)
Overall
4.3 (557 )
5 star
 (300)
4 star
 (169)
3 star
 (68)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.4 (543 )
5 star
 (316)
4 star
 (157)
3 star
 (63)
2 star
 (7)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-02-10
    Lisa Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-02-10 Member Since 2007
    HELPFUL VOTES
    77
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    195
    22
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    "Still good, but a letdown from book one"

    Angie Sage's second installment was still entertaining, albeit a bit more predictable while the characters were rather more irritating than enchanting, as in the first. But, I can't help wonder if it was the narration that changed things for me. Allan Corunder did such a phenomenal job in the first book. His voices were so riveting, entertaining, enchanting - it was hard for any of us to put the book down. This second narrator was okay - and that was it - just okay. I almost felt as if I needed to reacquaint myself with some of the characters, who seemed totally different than in the first book (example, Marcia was so solid and funny and quirky with her fascinating purple shoes in the first book; in the second, she seemed inept and downright irritating at times - and that to me really stemmed from the narration, not the writing). I miss Mr. Corunder's hilarious interpretations, and I wish I could hear him narrate for all the books. As it is, I'm not sure I'll go on with the series. There certainly isn't a delicious anticipation to get to the next in the series as there was in the first. - A bit of a letdown.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Stevin Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-05-07
    Stevin Oakville, Ontario, Canada 07-05-07 Member Since 2001
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    44
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent - Little Gem"

    My son and I have enjoyed this series alot in the car and at home. Its a pleasure to hear or read something not truely predictedable to the letter. We fell in love with the first book and haven't looked back. We are looking for Sept's new adventures in the next one too. We hope you enjoy this little fun trip into fantasy like we do for our thrid time this year ;-)

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    185
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    93
    40
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    72
    0
    Overall
    "Fun Listen"

    I really enjoyed the first book of the series, and it threw me for a loop when they switched narrators. I really enjoy Gerard Doyle, however, I had just finished the Eragon books he narrated and it was a little strange hearing the characters' voices from another series in this one. I would have given this book 4.5 stars because of that. However, the story itself, is fun and entertaining. And as always, I was looking for a book with no vulgarity or inappropriate language for very young children, yet interesting enough for me. This series definitely fulfill those requirements.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sarah J. Frey Chicago, IL USA 04-23-14
    Sarah J. Frey Chicago, IL USA 04-23-14 Member Since 2009

    Illini fan and bibliophile

    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    14
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Actually Abridged"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is one huge thing I would change about the book - I would include the narration for "What Happened Before . . . "! The Afterwords, for lack of a better term, are one of the more creative elements in Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series. I was looking forward to listening to it.


    What other book might you compare Flyte to and why?

    In some ways, Septimus Heap is a battle of magical good and evil in the vein of Harry Potter. However, where J.K. Rowling's novels become increasingly more mature as her characters and her readers aged, Septimus Heap remains age appropriate for younger readers throughout the series. Additionally, Angie Sage injects her books with more humor that helps keep the books from becoming too scary for most 8-year olds.


    What about Gerard Doyle’s performance did you like?

    I loved how Gerard Doyle was able to create numerous, distinct voices, and I never was confused over who was actually speaking.


    Was Flyte worth the listening time?

    Yes. My only disappointment was the failure of the book to include the content after the final chapter. It definitely cast a pall on the remainder of my drive to work.


    Any additional comments?

    As you can tell from the rest of my review, I loved this book, loved the narrator, and my only disappointment is classifying the book as Unabridged. Shame on the publisher and the author for not noticing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Janeite Washington, DC, USA 04-09-14
    Janeite Washington, DC, USA 04-09-14 Member Since 2006
    HELPFUL VOTES
    61
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    343
    46
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wish they hadn't changed the narrator"

    I love these stories. A fantastic, fun yet riveting with danger at times. But the narrator in this one is not as good as the one for Magyk, He was able to catch the mood and inject fun into the funny parts. This guy reads everything as though it were all the same dour stuff. Disappointed!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    tray United States 05-25-12
    tray United States 05-25-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "AMAZING!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES Jerard Doyle performs this story very well.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flyte?

    The scene where septimus flies the dragon. It was crystal clear, and amazingly interesting


    Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    jerard Doyle is always brilliant. I also liked the inheritance cycle, which he preformed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course. The whole series was that way.


    Any additional comments?

    It was very interesting. And there is a lot of irony.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker 05-31-07 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    42
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    162
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great Fun"

    I really liked listening to the first book Magyk. The story was fun and the narrator so amazing.He really brought the story to life. He did great voices for the characters and his "singing"... Too funny! Unfortunately they changed the narrator and though I liked the story, the listening experience was not as enjoyable as with the first book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Calgary L 09-03-14
    Calgary L 09-03-14 Member Since 2013
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wrong Narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    I kept thinking I was listening to William Joyce's"The Guardians" series - Gerard Doyle uses exactly the same style . Allan Corduner did such a good job on Magyk - I was excited to listen to him again. Why the change of narrator? Wrong choice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 08-30-14
    Jefferson Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Japan 08-30-14 Member Since 2010

    I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    1414
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    256
    229
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1013
    15
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Too Little Magical Magyk, Too Much Movie Action"

    In Flyte (2006), the second novel in Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, eleven-year-old Septimus Heap (seventh son of a seventh son), is now the Apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, happily learning everything Magykal he can, cleaning the library, and dreaming of Flyte, "the Last Lost Art." (Sage uses bold font, capital letters, and archaic spelling to make Magykal things look special.) All is not well, however, in the Wizard's Tower in the Castle. An ominous Shadow has been shadowing Marcia and her ShadowSafe is taking much too long to construct. Worse, Septimus' eldest brother Simon, who resentfully ran away to live in the Badlands and learn magic from the remains of the Necromancer DomDaniel when Sepitmus and not he became Marcia's Apprentice, kidnaps the Princess Jenna (the Heap's adopted daughter), for some nefarious purpose. Without any support from the feckless adults around him, Septimus sets off to rescue Jenna. From there Sage tells a page turning story full of laughs and frights and action that you can imagine entertaining theater audiences.

    There are moments of magical writing in Flyte, as when something moves up through the Marram Marshes "ice white in the moonlight," when a lab emits "a distinctive smell that reminded Septimus of burned pumpkin," and when, after a vivid description of the sentient Dragon Boat, Sage writes, "Deep in a locked hold, which no one had opened--not even Aunt Zelda--beat her heart, silent and slow." Unfortunately, despite all the Magykal Spells, Charms, Hexes, Balms, Potions, Artifacts, Wizards, Witches, and fantastic beings, such moments are rare and lost amid much uninspired writing. There are mundane similes, as when five different times characters drop or sink "like a stone" and as when a character is swatted into the air by a dragon tail "Like a baseball sailing out of the ball park," though there's nary a hint of the sport in the pseudo-medieval magical world. Some things even act as magic-mood breakers, like the Apprentice Belts that Septimus and Simon use like Batman Utility Belts.

    At times Sage's suspense doesn't work because she signals what's really happening before the characters catch on, distancing the reader from their panic attacks (by, for instance, revealing that a pursuing cloud is white instead of black). Perhaps Sage is trying to make her book less scary for kids. (She also caters to kids with plenty of "gross" humor: booger-eating bugs, dragon dung, leaky sewer pipes, Land Wurm slime, cabbage sandwiches, etc.) And although she does introduce the potentially interesting Wolf Boy and Merrin Meredith, her characters, even Jenna and Septimus, feel under-developed, partly because she is so busy writing one exciting action scene after another--which actually begins causing a suspense-numbness. Indeed, despite a fair amount of Flyte going on in the novel, I rarely felt any magical wonder or transcendent exhilaration from the activity, partly because Sage usually shows Flyte during "suspenseful" action scenes.

    If the story and characters were compelling enough, I wouldn't stop to ask questions, but as it is . . . Why would any pirate, no matter how notorious, keep a merchant prisoner in the hold of his ship for seven years instead of killing him or selling him for ransom? Why is Septimus so afraid of heights but dreams longingly of Flyte? Why does Jenna save someone's life at one point and then later angrily ask Septimus why he does the same thing? Why are so many of the ghosts--but not the Queen's ghost--visible to living people? Etc. And because Sage never really explains what Magyk is or how it works, despite Septimus having been Marcia's Apprentice for at least a year, for the sake of her plot she can do anything she wants any time. As a result, I often found myself asking questions like "Why do they use Magyk to make coffee?" or "Why don't they use Magyk to lift up this sunken boat?"

    Gerard Doyle is a capable reader, but less enhancing than Allan Corunder was for the first book. Though Doyle is fine doing a "low, sepulchral voice" and natural enough doing women, his kids start sounding a bit whiny. The audiobook does not include Sage's "What Happened Before. . ." afterword, in which she writes amusing and neat mini-story backgrounds for nearly all the characters who appear in Flyte.

    Flyte is not a bad book. It has many virtues. In addition to being good at telling page-turning stories with a heart, Sage imagines cool things like the Counterfeits board game whose counters have minds of their own. And the ShadowSafe and Doll's House are interesting and creepy. She's good at surprises. And I like her exploration of families: biological, adoptive, surrogate, coven, camp, and more. And I do like Septimus and Jenna and Marcia and Arthel and look forward to finding out how they develop in future books. But if the third book in the series is as disappointing as Flyte, I may regret having bought books 2-7 during an Audible sale. I hope that they will have less movie-ready action and more magical Magyk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bala Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-21-14
    Bala Sunnyvale, CA, United States 08-21-14 Member Since 2011

    @amazon

    HELPFUL VOTES
    15
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    51
    11
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Entertaining and fun."

    I wish they hadn't changed the narrator. Gerard Doyle is still entertaining, but Allan Corduner was inspired. Doyle is so intense in his enunciation it's at times exhausting listening to him.

    The story though continues to be a lot of lighthearted fun, I have the entire series purchased and am looking forward to many many more entertaining hours of easy listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 19 results PREVIOUS12NEXT
Sort by:
  • chris
    3/31/11
    Overall
    "Great kids book"

    Flyte is a brilliant read and well narrated although the voices are a little over the top for some.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    MalakoffFrance
    10/12/07
    Overall
    "Highly Enjoyable"

    The children (7 and 9) loved this just as much as they did the first episode. Good listening for the whole family.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel Norton
    Northern Ireland
    6/24/13
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this audio book as well as the rest of the Septimus Heap series to anyone. This book is full of Witches, Wizzards, Dragons, Magic both good and bad, and everything you can imagine.The story is compelling and will keep you listening the whole way through, and want more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two?

    Jenna getting kidnapped by her brother Simon and no one believing Simon would do something like that. Nicko and Septimus getting lost in the forest and finding Grandpa Bengie who is now a tree. The hatching of Spitfire; and lots more.


    Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favourite?

    Septimus is my favorite character. Although I have to say Gerard Doyle isn't the best performer I've heard for audio books, he's not bad but some of this characters sound a lot alike.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lindsay-Jane
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
    Overall
    "Not just for children"

    I downloaded this book for my granddaughter and found myself listening to it from beginning to end thoroughly enjoyed it, so much so I downloaded the whole series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-4 of 4 results

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.