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Publisher's Summary

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.

Want the complete series? Download Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two and Physik: Septimus Heap, Book Three.
©2005 Angie Sage (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Deliciously spellbinding." (Kirkus Reviews)

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Great story

love this story and the seires; The random fanfare between some chapers, not so much. Great experience overall. Nice narration and voice acting.

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a very black and white, good VS bad story

Would you try another book from Angie Sage and/or Allan Corduner?

from Allan Corduner, certainly. his voice is magical, really bring the characters to life for me. from Angie Sage? I may sample them, but from the two books i heard so far, i wont keep them. they warrent one listen, but i don't want the clogging up my library when i will never look at them again.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would have made choices more messy, and characters more complex. if you meet a bad guy he shouldn't be all bad. no one is ALL bad. and same with the good characters. to the point where, since killing is bad, the good character wont kill an enemy, even though the person has attempted to kill them multiple times.

as well, both the fantasy and magical parts of it seem so. . . derisive. they are not there because they play a part, they are there because, the audience is there. it was exacerbating.

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so for instance, there is a group called the custodians, and every one hates them, cause they are being cruel and evil. I think, cool maybe the monache isnt so good, sounds like depth. but no, even the rulers hate them, they dont DO anything about them, they just start imposing rules and the queen is like "well, IIII cant do anything about it, i don't have any power over them." and there is not succession. she just DIES, and well, i guess now THESE dudes are in control. suuuuucks. they have no RIGHT to the throne, but what ever, every one listens to them. oh no, they are taking almost every ones children and putting them into a child army? oh well, not like we have a literal wizard section of our city that could help us. but what ever. fine.

in short, I wish things made more sense

Which character – as performed by Allan Corduner – was your favorite?

I think boy 412

Do you think Magyk needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

yes, but not the book that it got, it needed some more information on the EVERYTHING. i feel so lost. like almost nothing is explained.

Any additional comments?

all in all, this book felt more like listening to the story of a stream line RPG, and not in a good way. there was only one direction for everything to go, and it did. no hard twists, no hard turns. pretty predictable.

one thing that I do want to say that i actually really DID like was the oddity of things. some of the unique ways that some things are put are pretty enjoyable. (the cat that was turned into a duck, the shield bug) and while i love these creative things, it is not enough to keep me coming back. one listen is enough for me.

at the very end of the story, there is a wrap up kinda thing, telling you where secondary characters end up. for good guys EVERYTHING WORKS OUT, and for bad guys, well, their bad, so everything should be bad for them. forever.

the part that bothers me the most. is if some one is bad, they are bad all the way through, and should be treated as such, if they are good, they are good all the way though and will be treated as such, and that bothers me, i understand that this is a young adult book and it wants to instill that, but I came here from reading the keys to the kingdom series, that has hundreds of moral gray areas, and has the main character constantly question them selves and have to choose between two bads.

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Great story, great narration, terrible production.

Would you consider the audio edition of Magyk to be better than the print version?

No

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magyk?

I enjoyed the character development of boy 412 quite a lot.

What three words best describe Allan Corduner’s performance?

Entertaining, charming, intense

Any additional comments?

The music at the end and beginning of each chapter is incredibly annoying, detracts from the narration and generally greatly decreased my enjoyment of the book.

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LOVE LOVE THIS SERIES

I love the narrator in this book, unfortunately he is not the one who reads the rest of the books. I've read the whole series and it is AWESOME!! This series is my 2nd favorite, my favorite will always be the Harry Potter series. The books and the audios are amazing. I love the narrator from the Harry Potter series and I would have loved it if Jim Dale would have narrated this series! He is an amazing narrator!! Allan Corduner has talent to and wish he would have read them all. It's so hard to have different narrators in a audio book series, it makes the 2nd guy not good at all.

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good story with great plot of magical family fun

I liked the performance and the story was engaging. a good listen for all family members and not too high fantasy for someone like me who isn't a big reader of high fantasy.

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If you like Harry Potter this is not what your looking for

I went into this book hoping it would be a good Harry Potter substitute but overall it was a lot different. I felt that the story was quickly developed without much of a supporting history. Now I'm only using the Potter story's because that how I started but I was hoping for more of a suspenseful and epic story that I would want to read more about. There were also a lot of the names of the creatures and even some passerbyers that seemed to be taken straight from Ms. J.k Rolling. Now I know most of the things in her books were taken from actual myths and legends but some weren't and Sage could of used a little more creative imagination to separate herself. But that's just me. Give it a try and see for your self

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Took awhile to get into

I eventually found this story entertaining. It started a bit slow, but looking back you needed to have all of that detail to enjoy the rest of the story. Fantastic performance by the readers!

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Awesome book

It is so awesome I have listened to it multiple times. I liked the brownies

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good

it was a good book, and a good narrator, but the music at the change of book parts was very annoying.

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  • 04-05-17

Inventive children's book

The story is refreshing if lacking in complexity.

Annoyingly loud music between some chapters makes it less good for listening in bed.

Enjoyable in general.

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  • Saheb
  • 07-08-13

Facinating, Good Storyline

Would you listen to Magyk again? Why?

Yes, because it has a good story.

What did you like best about this story?

The dragon boat

Have you listened to any of Allan Corduner’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have and this one is the best.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked how a soldier became the extra ordinary wizard apprentice.

Any additional comments?

No

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  • Rachel Norton
  • 06-23-13

It's Magykal

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this audio book to anyone. This is the first great story in a series of great stories. Angie Sage has created a world full of Magyk, ghosts, princesses, witches, and everything else you can imagine. The audio performance is brilliant and really makes this story come to life.

What other book might you compare Magyk to, and why?

I'm not sure I can compare it to anything else because it's rather unique.

What about Allan Corduner’s performance did you like?

Allan Corduner makes unique voices that are very recognizable.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Septimus is finally reunited with his family at the end, finding out who he is, and where he's from, and why he spent all his life in the Young Army.

Any additional comments?

If you only get one audio book this year, get this one.