The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers 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)
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.)
Not for me.
I think a teenager or a preteen would love this book but I am much older and it was of no real interest to me.
And it just felt flat, regurgitated meat from better books. Perhaps it gets better but I didn't make it far past the garbage shoot as it all felt too derivative.
Poked out my ear dums
Can't blame the fellow for trying hard, but his over-the-top enthusiasm for this pablum is about as palatable as a super saturated sugar solution.
All of them
Hopelessly trite and derivative
The story was a lot of fun, but I didn't like the narrator's tendency to quaver his voice all the time. It often sounds like he's about to start crying but it's not really appropriate for all of the situations.
I was swept away from the very first spoken word! Being a Harry Potter fan I did not think I would ever find another story that could capture my imagination so completely and keep me wanting more - Bravo!!!!
I downloaded this book for my 9 year-old son and 11 year-old daughter, both Harry P fans. Charlie really rated this book, humorous and exciting. The look of total concentration and the annoyance at the end of a journey at the CD being switched off said it all! Kate enjoyed it too, possibly with a little less enthusiasm, but gobbled up quickly for all that, which is usually an indication of a good story! She praised both the plot and characters and both kids enjoyed the narration.
"Septimus Heap - Brilliant!"
I downloaded magyk because i liked the look of the title and i am so glad i did! My dad set up audible for me and it gave me the series of septimus heap. I listen to stories at night when i go to sleep and the septimus heaps are the books i listen to most. They are funny, action packed and i love listening to them at aged 19
Well read, exciting story, interesting characters and some humour: both my children (7 and 9 yrs old) loved this book, and are pestering me to get the next in the series. I have to say that the parents enjoyed it too.
"Enjoyed by All"
Having been recommended the book by friends I read the paper version and really enjoyed it (I am a 35 year old woman). I bought the audio version for my son, who's 7, and he listened to it every night, and never wanted it to be turned off. Once he finished it he wanted to try reading the print version. More adventure than magic, with interesting characters and some twists (although I saw them coming) which surprised my son. He's now listening to the second book, Flyte.
a great introduction to a story the whole family enjoyed! have already started on the second book of the series, and we are loving it.
"The start of a great series...."
This book is the first in an ongoing series of books, currently seven. It is an excellent read for young or old, and the imagination of the author makes it a fun story which you just don't want to put down.
I like all of the Septimus Heap books although I am not this particular narrator's No.1 fan I think I was a bit unfair to him in my review of Eragon as I managed to listen to all the Septimus Heap books. It's not a masterpiece but it's entertaining, enjoyable and humorous would be wonderful for kids on a long car journey.
It started well and was well read but the story did go downhill about 3/4 the way through to the point that I couldn't finish it.
"Great introduction to the series!"
This book was amazing and i enjoyed it so much i have allready bought the series on audiobook and am allready on the third book. I just cant get enough.
I did enjoy the book although I thing the plot was abit lame. I had guessed the out come after the second Chapter. That said though I will get the rest of the books in hope that they do emprove. So far though I have to say I far prefer The Brtimaeus Trilogy (Jonathan Stroud) and Phillip Pullams work,Oh and I mustn't for J.K.Rowling.
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