Who is Septimus Heap? A lost child? An ordinary hero? A powerful wizard? The Magyk begins here.
The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads listeners on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
©2005 Angie Sage (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Deliciously spellbinding." (Kirkus Reviews)
I found the author's ability to tell a tightly plotted and logical story in a fantasy milieu with well-drawn characters to be impressive. Sage is deserving of more popular attention than she has.
This is one of the most satisfying children's fantasy books I've read and listened to I can remember. The characters are vivid and the mythology is clear and believable. As the first book in a series, I can hardly wait for the following instalments to the story! This is a series to keep your eye on. The audible version is
read incredibly well and kept us up all night listening.
Magyk was a great book! It was a light hearted read that I extremely enjoyed. Some parts of it were extremely funny and I found myself laughing often (especially at the expense of the main villain and that pesky hat of his.)
The storyline of this book is extremely easy to follow. There isn't any epic battles or stressful situations that leave you on the edge of your seat. Instead it's fun, whimsical, and interesting. The characters are all developed well without going over board leaving plenty of time to get to know them all without feeling overwhelmed. I loved their personalities, the imagery the author creates, and the overall feeling of the book.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
This story jumps right in from the first page and keeps up a fast moving pace throughout, with ever changing, imaginative characters that were quite and altogether colorful. I was happy to hear that the film rights have been picked up by Warner Brothers and that they have announced that it will be a live action movie, with incorporated computer animated effects. I for one could definitely see all of these wonderful figures come to life. The clever humor sprinkled throughout lightened the feel of the adventure which sets it just a bit apart from the more serious Harry Potter Series. A great, clean read that has an interesting enough plot to keep children as well as adults entertained and I am looking forward to the rest of the Magykal (Septimus), series.
I am a book junkie that can't read in moving vehicles with an hour long commute (public transit). Audiobooks save my life!
I love this book! Harry Potter has been number one on my favorite list for a long time. It has been hard to top the Harry Potter books because those are so great, but this one is just as good!
I loved all of the characters in this book. They are all so unique and the other does well connecting them. The plot is great.
He does great voices; it was so fun to listen to.
Absolutely, positively magical!
When the truth was revealed in the pond.
He truly brings the world of Septimus Heap alive.
Yes and yes. I loved reading this book. I loved listening to it even more.
This is truly a wonderful series. If you loved Harry Potter, you will love Septimus Heap.
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This is a good book. I had never heard of this series before and decided to take a chance. It was worth the gamble. This is definately a good family-oriented fantasy series. Children of all ages will be entertained by this story and Allan Corduner does a fine job at telling it.
I had this book in my library for a few years and sometimes I would start to listen but it didn't grab me. Somehow, I ended up with another book in the series and really enjoyed it. Since then, I've gone back and listened to them all.
There are some books that I like to listen to over and over and keep in the background of the house at almost all times. I am so happy to have six more books to add to this collection because Good Omens, Nightside, Dresden Files and Thursday Next need a break. (If they were records, they would've been scratched through by now.)
I'm an adult and I listen to non-fiction, thrillers, and the other adult "stuff" but it's the lighter stuff that gets played again and again in the tripple digits.
Great piece of work! I marvel at how the story keeps interesting and unstoppable throughout the whole episode without a pause. Would be great if it goes on to more than fifth volume.
My kids and I loved this book. I have to admit that we picked it because of the narrator (loved him from the Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix), but even another narrator would be wonderful in this book. We're on the second book in the series now and have determined that this is an author who leaves no loose ends. Be on the lookout for any character mentioned in even the smallest of ways. My kids (13 & 9) love watching out for that and guessing who is coming into the story next. It's really a great book - wonderful fun.
"Loved this book!"
The narration was superb, the story gripping from start to finish :)
Harry Potter or Discworld Books.
I can't tell you as it will spoil the end!
Yes - all of us did (age from 7 to 44!)
The whole family thoroughly enjoyed this book and we are now hooked. We listened to Book 2 almost immediately and have bought the books too. Cannot recommend highly enough!
"A Good listen for me to colour and knit too."
Found Marcia ' s voice a bit irritating, but other than that really enjoyed it.
Read this as a kid and really enjoyed the series, now as a bored 20yr. old decided to return to it... no regrets, was a fantastic time.
As a young adult I found this book confusing and for that reason I would not recommend this book to a younger generation than me.
It wasn't the narrators fault it was just the book had too much description on one thing
"Undeniably charming story"
Though there were parts of the story that I felt were over-described and under-described respectively, this first book of the Septimus Heap series had an utter charm that was difficult to criticize. Kids will adore the book for sure, and adults who appreciate whimsy and wry humour will forgive the predictable storyline and fall into the journey. The narrator's voices are pleasantly rural for the most part, making for a distinctive and interesting narrative. Overall, an easy and enjoyable indulgence of a book.
"Great for 10 - 13 year olds the"
Friends with children would love this book, easy to listen to for all the family on car journeys
Characters and lots of twists in the story yet easy to keep up.
Well well well this book is amazing till start to finish nothing bad 😛 wait till you listen to all the other books you will be hooked to magic and all
Very well read
It was a fun story, with interesting characters and a wonderful performance.
I found his character voices great fun, particularly Marcia Overstrand and the Tom Jones sound-alike Alther Mella!
"Funny and unpredictable"
I really love this series of books. It's a great mix of fantasy with humour. The plots are creative and unpredictable - one does live in hope that the good will end well, but it is far from obvious how they will get there. I think Angie Sage has done a brilliant job of carving out a unique inch in a crowded market of the fantasy/ magic genre.
Magyk is a great start to the series. It is full of suspense and little funny details. I especially liked the character of Septimus and the way he is gradually revealed, but all the characters are interesting.
The reader for this is good - nice to listen to, good differentiation of characters.
"Good fantasy series with lots of humour"
My 8 year old son has a voracious appetite for fantasy stories and the Septimus Heap audio books are currently keeping him happy.
I like the fact that they are more light-hearted than other books in this genre, there is still some violence but there's also a lot of humour.
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