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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Magyk: Septimus Heap Book 1 by Angie Sage


The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved Septimus?

This book is a very well written children's book, and while I do believe that it is safe enough for children of all ages to read, I would have to believe that only children who are developed enough to sit down through very long stories would be able to actually comprehend and connect the dots to this lengthy, but beautifully woven piece of work. So I would have to say that this is a 7+ book and I say seven very loosely. Not all seven year olds will be able to handle the girth of this book, but for sure, they would enjoy having it slowly read to them night by night. Keep in mind however, that the Old English type, may very well have an affect on the child's development of spelling, and be sure to explain that to them thoroughly.

I will have to give this book four stars, as its length might very well be it's downfall in the younger readers category. However, the world Sage creates is unlike most I have ever read. It has an "old time" feel to it allowing for you to delve into the world and get lost in its ancient need for candle lights and the "Old English" spellings. I rather enjoyed the play on words that Sage brings into this world, giving a realistic feel to the time-frame she wants you to live in with the characters. The character development is phenomenal. She genuinely creates a hate for characters you're meant to hate (much like "Taddy Dearest" in the Celestra Series by Addison Moore and Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter) as well as a respect for others. It's almost palpable the atmosphere she gives in the small details and the creation of different "unknowns" that aren't real items in this world, but, once explained, make absolute sense in the world of Septimus Heap.

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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