Book Reviews of Magyk (Septimus Heap, Bk 1)

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Bk 1)
Magyk - Septimus Heap, Bk 1
Author: Angie Sage
ISBN-13: 9780439900119
ISBN-10: 0439900115
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 364
Edition: 2005
Rating:
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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4 stars, based on 15 ratings
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
I loved this series. I am a Harry Potter fan and this series was just as good.
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Helpful Score: 3
Cool YA fiction that's a light fantasy read; definitely NOT a copy of the world of Hogwarts. An adult (me for instance) will find some of the plot a bit predictable but even I was surprised at some of the twists...looking very forward to the rest of the series and also to the possible movie (Warner Bros. has the rights).
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Helpful Score: 2
This is an easy book to read. There are a lot of characters, and the kids are the featured characters. It is about wizards, like the Harry Potter series, but it's not quite as dark. The author seems to have a vivid imagination, and the story is continually moving.
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Helpful Score: 1
Pretty cute story. Bit kiddish but not too bad for adults either.
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Helpful Score: 1
I am in sixth grade and I realy injoyed this book! the characters go on many adventures to fight against the evil domdaniel using magyk. It is one of the best books I have ever read and I can't wait to read the second book!!! I would recomend geting it if you are in middle school.
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Helpful Score: 1
Both of my teenage sons tried to read this book and just couldnt' get into it. They both gave up after the first two chapters.
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Helpful Score: 1
If your looking for the next Harry Potter this probably isn't it. A good story but not quit as engaging. Definately a good book for kids and enjoyable for adults.
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Helpful Score: 1
I tried several times to try to get into this book. I just never could get into.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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Helpful Score: 1
It was good if predictable. I'm really looking forward to reading more in this series though.
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Helpful Score: 1
A good story for kids, but substantial enough for an adult. Looking forward to book #2.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very suspenseful with just the right amount of action.
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Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

If you've been looking for a series that combines the magic of Harry Potter with the imaginative characters of Artemis Fowl, then Septimus Heap and his first book, MAGYK, is definitely the story for you. A quick, delightful read that can stand on its own, MAGYK is, without a doubt, an intriguing page-turner.

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, died shortly after birth. Born to a family of Wizards, there's no telling what he might have become, as his lineage as a seventh son would have made him unbelievably magical. But on that winter night when Septimus died, his father, Silas, found another newborn child in the forest. They named her Jenna, and she grew up thinking that she was the daughter of Silas and Sarah Heap, and the sister of six older brothers--Simon, Sam, Edd, Erik, Nicko, and Jo-Jo. Early on, though, Sarah had her own ideas of who Jenna really was, especially when she heard the news that the Queen had been murdered. Jenna Heap was, undoubtedly, the Princess.

Over the next ten years, darkness came to the Castle and the Ramblings, where the Heaps lived. With no Queen, evil came in the form of the Supreme Custodian, who along with his cohorts banned magic and ended the happiness the Queen's people had once known. As the Heap family attempt to ride out this time of darkness, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, learns of the plot to kill the Princess, which will allow evil to truly take over the Palace. It seems that the only thing keeping DomDaniel, the Dark Wizard, from returning to the Castle is the presence of the Princess, and he plans to remedy that.

What follows is the flight of Jenna, Nicko, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and a Young Army recruit known only as Boy 412 to the Marram Marshes, where Aunt Zelda Heap, a White Witch, will be able to keep them from harm. As events unfold and DomDaniel does everything within his power to track down the girl standing between him and a ruling darkness, the Heap family will have to do everything within their means to stop him--and at the same time stay alive.

MAGYK is a delightful, entertaining story filled with action-adventure and fantasy. With a very large cast of characters who are as diverse as they come, this is one story not to be missed. If you like Harry Potter, you will definitely enjoy Septimus Heap. Filled with twists and turns, this is a story you'll stay up reading long into the night. And although at times predictable, you'll quickly be drawn into the life and times of the Heap family and their magical world.
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Helpful Score: 1
Terrifically entertaining book with charming, memorable characters and exciting adventures throughout. You'll route for the good guys and despise (and occasionally laugh at) the bad guys. There are many nicely balanced scenes where genuine danger and heroic derring-do mesh together very well. A great book to read aloud to younger children. Older children will want to take this book away and race through it breathlessly by themselves. Though not quite as complex as Harry Potter, adults will still greatly enjoy the world and people of Septimus Heap.
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I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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Helpful Score: 1
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

If you've been looking for a series that combines the magic of Harry Potter with the imaginative characters of Artemis Fowl, then Septimus Heap and his first book, MAGYK, is definitely the story for you. A quick, delightful read that can stand on its own, MAGYK is, without a doubt, an intriguing page-turner.

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, died shortly after birth. Born to a family of Wizards, there's no telling what he might have become, as his lineage as a seventh son would have made him unbelievably magical. But on that winter night when Septimus died, his father, Silas, found another newborn child in the forest. They named her Jenna, and she grew up thinking that she was the daughter of Silas and Sarah Heap, and the sister of six older brothers--Simon, Sam, Edd, Erik, Nicko, and Jo-Jo. Early on, though, Sarah had her own ideas of who Jenna really was, especially when she heard the news that the Queen had been murdered. Jenna Heap was, undoubtedly, the Princess.

Over the next ten years, darkness came to the Castle and the Ramblings, where the Heaps lived. With no Queen, evil came in the form of the Supreme Custodian, who along with his cohorts banned magic and ended the happiness the Queen's people had once known. As the Heap family attempt to ride out this time of darkness, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, learns of the plot to kill the Princess, which will allow evil to truly take over the Palace. It seems that the only thing keeping DomDaniel, the Dark Wizard, from returning to the Castle is the presence of the Princess, and he plans to remedy that.

What follows is the flight of Jenna, Nicko, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and a Young Army recruit known only as Boy 412 to the Marram Marshes, where Aunt Zelda Heap, a White Witch, will be able to keep them from harm. As events unfold and DomDaniel does everything within his power to track down the girl standing between him and a ruling darkness, the Heap family will have to do everything within their means to stop him--and at the same time stay alive.

MAGYK is a delightful, entertaining story filled with action-adventure and fantasy. With a very large cast of characters who are as diverse as they come, this is one story not to be missed. If you like Harry Potter, you will definitely enjoy Septimus Heap. Filled with twists and turns, this is a story you'll stay up reading long into the night. And although at times predictable, you'll quickly be drawn into the life and times of the Heap family and their magical world.
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Helpful Score: 1
I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I can see why it's being called "The next HARRY POTTER." Not only is the story appealing to young adults, it will also weave its MAGYK into the hearts of older adults that have always loved a good Fantasy story. And this does not disappoint.

If you were to combine HARRY POTTER, THE WIZARD OF OZ, and any other story where a young innocent boy comes to power, then you'll have entered a truly MAGYKAL world. If you're looking for a quick escape, this book will provide it for you.

I look forward to reading all the other books in this series, just as soon as I can get my hands on them! LOL
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I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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This WHOLE series is terrific! I loved it (even if it is meant for kids).
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Not what i was expecting , but good read
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This is the first book that I've read on my Kindle and I really enjoyed it. Comparable to the Harry Potter series and very entertaining. I look forward to reading the rest of the series in due time.
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This book reminded me a whole lot of [book:Inkheart|28194] which I also only slightly liked. This series is for the very young reader. If you are a young reader, you would probably enjoy this rambling adventure tale involving all kinds of talking critters, magic, wizards and kids. As an adult, I must say that it was an adventure going nowhere. Sure Princess Jenna, Nicko and Boy 412 got in many pickles and found their way out without injury but I just couldn't see the point to the story. The series is supposed to be about Septimus Heap, yet he didn't feature in this book until the very end. This book was totally about saving the princess from the evil wizard who has killed the Queen and taken over the Wizard Tower. As I said, an ok story but definitely for the youngsters.
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My 11 year old daughter...

"10 years agothe queen gave birth to her firstborn child, the future queen. While the queen and the Extra Ordinary wizard were planning a celebration party, an assassin was loading a pistol. The assassin kills the queen. The queen drops her crying baby. The apprentice to the Extra Ordinary wizard grabs the baby. The assassin kills the Extra Ordinary wizard. The apprentice flees to the Wizard tower with the queenling.
A couple of days later the Heap family welcomed their newborn seventh son, Septimus Heap, to their family. The first day of his life he dies.
10 years later spies have found the queenling and plan to kill her at midnight. Will she escape?


I loved this book. I listened to the Audio tape and I found out that when I first read Magyk a year ago I missed a whole bunch of stuff. Anyone who loves Harry Potter or Charlie Bone will love the Septimus Heap series. I read the other books in the series and I love this one more than the others.

I loved the characters so much! My favorite character was Boy 412 and Jenna. They are so realistic. I loved the clearness of the story and how realistic it was (not counting the magyk). I cant wait to read the fifth book of the series called Syren. (Do not skip ahead in the series to books that sound better, read all of them in order!)

Look out for the Septimus Heap books!"
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i love this book. it is so well written especially for a book that is geared at children. I picked it up because i was told that it was comparable to Harry Potter and it is. the only thing that is really different is it is not quite as engaging as Harry Potter. I picked it up every night and read it but i could find myself easily putting it down when it came time to. but all in all i love it.
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Fantastically enjoyable series! Magyk starts you off and draws you in, nothing but fun after that!
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This is a book my son brought home from the school library to read himself. I took a peak inside and was hooked. :-)
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I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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I thought that this story was a bit on the unoriginal side, with the "misplace heir" plot and all. The characters were also a bit over-dramatic at times. The bad guys were really bad and the good guys overly naive. It was like having caricatures done in words instead of images. It was also annoying to see adults, who should know better, act no better than children in their impulsiveness which tended to result with bad endings.

I can't even compare this to something as enjoyable as the Harry Potter books and am not sure a fan of those would necessarily enjoy these. I didn't find them anywhere near as good and I love the HP series. The only real similarities is that there is magic and a bad wizard with his own followers.

I was a bit disappointed with this book, since I thought it would be better. There were times that I wasn't sure that I even wanted to finish it. It was filled with so many cliches from other fantasy stories that at times I was a bit put off by it all.

Overall, not a great read. I only plan to attempt the next two in the series because I have them on hand. One can only hope that it gets better.
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this book is my favorite. it has action and suspense and when i read it, i couldn't wait for the next book.
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Such a great series! Fun and exciting.
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First in the series. Find out why Septimus Heap, 7th son of a 7th son, disappears on the night he is born, to be replaced by an abandoned baby found in the snow by his father. On their 10th birthday, they find out who they really are - both Septimus and Jenna, the abandoned baby girl. Who is Boy 412? Meet the Apprentice and lots of other wonderful characters like Alther (a ghost, Aunt Zelda,Marcia Overstrand, Stanley the Rat and all of the Heaps!
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Really great book, it kept me interested throughout.
Great for the younger crowd as well!