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.
©2007 Angie Sage; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"Terrifically entertaining....Fans of the first book will be delighted with this sequel to Septimus's story." (Voice of Youth Advocates)
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.
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 ;-)
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.
Illini fan and bibliophile
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.
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.
I loved how Gerard Doyle was able to create numerous, distinct voices, and I never was confused over who was actually speaking.
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.
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.
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!
YES Jerard Doyle performs this story very well.
The scene where septimus flies the dragon. It was crystal clear, and amazingly interesting
jerard Doyle is always brilliant. I also liked the inheritance cycle, which he preformed.
Of course. The whole series was that way.
It was very interesting. And there is a lot of irony.
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.
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.
Donna Marie - I enjoy books with action and romance - as well as the classics.
This book is part 2 of the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage - if you enjoyed the first magical book this one is even better!
The characters just come to life in this story - the writer did a very good job!
The story is just more interesting - I actually dislike reading but listening to a book is different and I love this. I am able to keep track of what is going on and I can listen to this book at work while I am still doing my job.
Yes but to give it away in this review would give away parts of the story - read the book! :)
I'll be sad once I reach the end of the series
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
What a fun series, I love how all the characters are so perfectly original and surrounded by a wonderful story that just keeps getting better with each book. It is fantastic how there is always new magic in so many avenues of Septimus's young life. Dragons, wolf boys, ghosts, magic all wrapped up in generations of splendid wizardry. Gerard Doyle's individual voices are so good that it is easy to forget that it is just one person. An excellent, clean story for all ages that moves along at just the right pace to keep it captivating and exciting. Looking forward to the next book.
"Great kids book"
Flyte is a brilliant read and well narrated although the voices are a little over the top for some.
The children (7 and 9) loved this just as much as they did the first episode. Good listening for the whole family.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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