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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Queste: Septimus Heap Book 4 by Angie Sage


There is trouble at The Caste. Jenna and Septimus have returned from 500 years in the past, but they did not bring Nicko and Snorri with them. Meanwhile, Merrin has returned with Darke plans for Septimus.

Sent on a deadly Queste, Septimus must find a way to survive what no other Apprentice has: he must find the House of Foryx where All Times Do Meet.

With the help of Jenna, Beetle, and a mysterious scribe named Ephaniah Grebe, Septimus sets off on a journey of adventure danger and Magyk.

For those of you who insist on reading the review on this one without reading the review for the previous books, this is a children's book, I recommend ages 7+ for the initial books, but this book does get a little deeper into dark items. Please 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. To read the previous book reviews: Please Select the image for Magyk for book 1, Flyte for book 2, and Pysik for book 3.

Now, onto the review! Queste, is a bit harder to handle than Physik was, because of the amount of "Darke" things in store during the whole book actually. I would actually recommend that you just read it yourself before bringing it in front of your child, just to be safe. I would actually say that this book moves up in scale for children 9+ just because of the deep shadow figures that they could conjure up in their minds.

This book does get a full five hearts however. I was able to listen solely to the audiobook, which makes a large difference in the making of the atmosphere. Gerard Doyle is a wonderful narrator and I would actually recommend that you check out some of his other work as well. He sets a smooth tone, but isn't afraid to give attitude and frustration to his characters as he reads them. 

In Queste, you are introduced to several new areas of this world that Sage has created and it allows you to see everything all over again, the scenery that she creates is actually quite well drawn out without being boringly explained. It allows your imagination to take over where needed, but gives you enough so that the person sitting next to you reading Quest will have a mostly similar mental visualization of the same area that you do. The characters are growing up! This means that they are developing habits, mannerisms, and quirks that are present in this book more than the previous ones. These things aren't dominating nor are they scarce, they are just the perfect medium blend of character spice. So overall I do recommend this book (as well as its audio partner) to be read (listened to).

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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