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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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  • Amanda
  • Greeley Colorado
  • 09-07-12

Buy it! you won't regret it.

This story is fun, amusing and fresh. I was put in mind of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. I found the story full of whimsy and mayhem. ALL of the characters are confused there is no "Great and mighty know it all" in this story. Even the rat has a point of view.
Your children will be entranced and you will appreciate the mild language and clean humor.
It's not as predictable as I thought it was going to be.

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Surprise ending - enjoyed that!

What other book might you compare Magyk to and why?

If you enjoy Harry Potter, this should appeal to you

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

Nope.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Wait for it... (you'll get it if you listen)

Any additional comments?

Plan to listen to the whole series.

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A great young adult/kids book for all

I loved this whole series, and was sad that there were no more books in it. The charming, eccentric, humorous characters as seen from the kids' point of view were great. Plenty of suspense and scary stuff broken up by the fun and funny. Lots of magical goings on in a world dreamed up by a very imaginative author. I recommend it highly.

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Nice

Kids really liked it. We used it for a road trip and it worked well

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  • Kimberly
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • 04-01-12

Sort of derivative, but engaging enough

This is definitely a children's book, as the language is very simple, and there's some repitition of more complicated storyline. Unlike the Harry Potter series, this is not as appealing to adults. But like Harry Potter, it involves magic, both good and bad, and would probably be enjoyable on a family car trip.
I found the narration enjoyable, even though the vocalizations of characters didn't differ much, one from another. It was more like a straight reading, rather than a more dramatic one.
My ratings are based on this being a children's book.

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  • L
  • atlanta, GA, United States
  • 03-25-12

magyk to a gun fight

***Spoilers***

On one hand a wizard can make someone dive in cold water, freeze, make them forget who are and replace their memories, while on the other hand some assassin is able to shoot the queen and a wizard while all the surviving wizard does is perform a 'shield spell'. Doesn't make sense.

The arch villain is supposed to be all powerful but while the boy is rescuing the wizard in front of him, all he can do is yell at the deck hands to find them. At the end he comes begging for the amulet (which hasn't been shown to have any powers in the whole book) disguised as a boy.

Harry Potter/Artemis Fowl this is not.

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Wonderful book

What made the experience of listening to Magyk the most enjoyable?

It's a book unlike any other, the story is full of twists and turns, I keep wondering what will happen next.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the characters and the way Angie Sage tells the story.

What about Allan Corduner???s performance did you like?

Allan Corduner has an amazing voice, makes the story come to life.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book makes me dream of wondrous lands far away to reach on the wings of imagination.

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  • Dona
  • Hamilton, Australia
  • 03-16-12

Book Was Magyk!

This series was recommended to me a few years ago by another librarian, so I purchased it for my high school. I am now finally getting around to reading the books, thanks to Audible! One word kept coming up and I wondered if the reader could be pronouncing it incorrectly, which seemed strange since he was so good. I thought he was mispronouncing moat but I looked it up in the library's book and it was Mott.

As a teacher-librarian, I encourage students to get involved and predict what they think will happen. I enjoyed doing that with this book and was pleasantly surprised with twists and turns and enjoyed saying, "YES!" when my predictions came true.

Although the story was very interesting and enjoyable, I think it was listening to Corduner read was my favorite part! He, like so many readers for children/youth literature, was FABULOUS! He had so many different and interesting voices and accents.

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Really good listen

Where does Magyk rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Very high - I enjoyed the narration and the story.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters especially the ExtraOrdinary Wizard - she was cranky but endearing. The characters are mostly well drawn out, the story was well done - exciting but well-balanced with humor.

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  • scimone
  • South Windsor, CT, United States
  • 03-08-12

Harry potter fans

What made the experience of listening to Magyk the most enjoyable?

Characters are interesting...creative magic...

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magyk?

discovery of Jenna

What does Allan Corduner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

cool voices

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

funny and interesting

Any additional comments?

Will capture over the Harry Potter fans...