***THIS IS A SERIES BOOK***
PLEASE DO NOT READ UNTIL AFTER MAGYK!
It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As Apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the fine arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the Princess and enjoying the freedom of the Castle.
But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on revenge. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?
For those of you who insist on reading the review on this one without reading the review for the previous book, this is a children's book, I recommend ages 7+ but keep in mind this is a very long book, and best read with an adult. It contains "Old English" and thus might confuse some adults, let alone children.
Sage does it again, creating an interwoven story that tells a tale of adventure, fear, pain and triumph, and overall teaches a great lesson. Don't give up! By now you should have read Magyk, but in case you haven't, there is a link at the bottom to its review and you should stop reading here. Seriously, stop reading. In the last book you learn the true identity of Septimus Heap and Jenna, or Princess Jenna. You also follow the Darke Wizard, DomDaniel, which is quite grotesquely shown at the end of the book as a skeleton that rises from the marsh. *shudder* that freaked ME out and I am an adult. So please be sure to censor your children as needed!
This book gets a solid four heart review. I love the world created, but from book one to book two, you start seeing more and more "Old English" popping up and it can become a bit tiresome. I personally switched to audiobook at this time so as to avoid constant eye twitching each time words were spelled "wrong" You can follow in my footsteps, or you can teach your child how the English Language has evolved to not have an "E" on nearly every word's ending, or that usually a "Y" isn't needed in nearly every word either. That being said, I still think that the character development, as well as the dastardly deeds of a deranged delinquent (my choice of words not hers and I LIKE THEM :D Lol) are quite well written. You are able to watch as Princess Jenna, gets to grow feelings for the title she suddenly has, and how Septimus starts to learn that maybe Marcia Overstrand is a bit Over dramatic? Again, I suggest this read as a beautiful follow up to Magyk.
Thanks for listening to my opinion!