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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Syren: Septimus Heap Book 5 by Angie Sage


Septimus ends up on a captivating beautiful island. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus - can he escape the persistent call?

Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangle with nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna's father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship's hold..

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 (just like the previous book) might need to go up in age. 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,  Pysik for book 3, and Queste for book 4.

Syren, is a delves even deeper than Queste did with its reaches into scary, possibly nightmarish things. Now, in no way am I saying the book is like the grim reaper scary, but to warn you there are some parts where the idea of possession comes into play and this thought can be quite intimidating to younger children. I know my initial review for Magyk was to be for 7+ but like Queste, I would actually say that this book moves up in scale for children 9+. Again, I recommend that parents pre-read chapters that they will read to their children. I will assume, since I am no longer physically reading the books, but rather listening to the audiobooks, that the Old English is still a point of learning for children. Please be sure to explain to your child that not all spellings in this book are the correct current spellings.

This book received a very grand 5 stars, this would be because I am no longer actually seeing the Old English spellings and twitching every few seconds, so I was able to thoroughly enjoy the book. The character development with Beetle across these books is beautifully woven into his growing up and having feelings for someone. Now, I won't give away who or if anything happens! But I will say that it stays G for the entire book. So no worries that your child will be overly exposed to romantic episodes. That being said, there are a few new characters introduced in this book, and some that were slightly touched on in previous books are also brought in and to the front lines. These characters do well for both the story arch, as well as giving the reader someone else to focus on rather than always paying attention to Septimus and his adventures, but not taking away from his adventures either. More like a small reprieve. This story did a wonderful job of surprising me, (which doesn't happen often) and puts good morals into view. I would absolutely recommend this book to be a read, as I have recommended all its predecessors.

Thanks for listening to my opinion!

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