Magyk (Septimus Heap Series #1), by Angie Sage

Magyk (Septimus Heap Series #1)
written by Angie Sage             
illustrated by Mark Zug
published by HarperCollins Publishers

Why did I pick this book: I chose to read this book because I am a huge Harry Potter fan and fantasy fiction fan. Yes, I know, I’m a thirty-three year old mom of two but I like to read books that allow me to escape every day life and walk through a world of fantasy.

Did I enjoy this book: Yes, I did and I will read the next book in the series, Flyte. However, I found it to be slow in a few parts and kind of confusing. There is so much detail, Magykal spells and charms but not a lot of explanation. For example, why is the Physik Woman called the Physik Woman? Why is the White Witch the White Witch?  Theses are only two of many questions that I asked myself. However, these questions did not stop me from reading finishing this book. The answers were not needed to continue reading the story…the answers would have been nice though. 

Some of the characters talk incessantly to the point that you just want to say, “enough, I get the point.” But that is the charm of these characters and you get the feeling that the other characters listening to them feel the same as you..”enough already!” These parts made me chuckle a bit because how real they felt to me.

Another confusing/off-putting part was that the author uses a lot of capitalization that don’t quite make sense to me. I know they are there for a reason but I’m not sure what that reason is. And the “misspellings” — i.e. DarkeMagykalPhysik — take a while to get used to. But once you get past that, it is an enjoyable read. I laughed out loud at some parts and felt my breath catch at others. And I wanted to know what happened at the end. 

Would I recommend it: Yes. My advice is to stick with it to the end. It is worth it.

Will I read it again: Too soon to tell. I want to see how the rest of the series plays out.

About the book – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS: Magyk started with the birth of the seventh son of the seventh son but the seventh son, Septimus Heap, was taken from his mother and pronounced dead by the Midwife that delivered him. When his father, Silas Heap was out getting herbs for his wife and newborn son, he stumbled across another newborn child crying in the snow. He took this child, a baby girl, home with him. When he returned home to find that his son had died and that the Midwife had taken him, the family took in the girl child, named her Jenna, and raised her as their own. 

The story then jumps to 10 years later, and finds Jenna the only girl with six brothers in a Wizard family living in a small apartment. How do we know the family is a Wizard family, besides the author telling us so? All of them, except one, has the mark of a Wizard…green eyes.And can you guess which child does not have the tell-tale green eyes? That’s right, Jenna. The family soon learns that Jenna, who does not have green eyes, is, in fact, the princess that was saved after her mother, the Queen, was assassinated. The story then progresses to the hiding and protecting of the princess, or Queenling as she is referred, and the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand.

Soon, more eccentric characters are introduced. Boy 412, who starts out wary of the Heaps and the ExtraOrdinary Wizard who try to help him but whose true identity isn’t learned until the end of the book. DomDaniel, the Darke wizard, who comes to take back his position as ExtraOrdinary Wizard. Stanley, the Confidential Message Rat. And Alther Mella, the ghost of the ExtraOrdinary Wizard that Marcia succeeded. These are just a few of the many characters that we meet throughout this adventure that is suspenseful, exciting, and keeps you guessing.

If you have read it, let me know what you think!!!


  1. Good review sis! I’m reading it right now! I will let you know what I think!

  2. This story is about a magykal family that lives in the Ramblings with seven children. Only that one child isn’t blood related. In this story it tells the journey of this family, this family’s last name is Heap. When the evil necromancer DomDaniel trys to do some stuff, it tells the magykal happenings of trying to get rid of him.