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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Fyre: Septimus Heap Book 7 by Angie Sage


Now that Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle are fourteen years old, they have assumed larger roles in their Magykal world. Beetle has become the Cheief Hermetic Scribe of the Manuscriptorium and Jenna is waiting to be crowned Queen, but Septimus is still battling the remnants of the Darke Domaine, which will remain until the power of the evil Two-Faced Ring is destroyed forever. To accomplish that, the ancient Alchemie Fyre must be relit-a task that sends Septimus to the very origins of Magyk and Physik, testing both his skills and his loyalties to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand and Alchemist Marcellus Pye.

In a journey that encapsulates the entire Septimus Heap series, Septimus continues to discover who he is and to expand upon his Magykal power and skills. Septimus Heap, Book Seven: Fyre weaves together every singular character from the entire series and incorporates many of the Magykal places from each book. Written with Angie Sage's distinctive humor and heart, Fyre is the grand finale that celebrates the greatest Magyk of all: When the Fyre inside is kindled and when the Time Is Right, anything is possible.

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 earlier books, but this book should be placed at a 9+ or possibly even more, 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. To read the previous book reviews: Please Select the image for Magyk for book 1, Darke for book 6, and Syren for book 5.

Now, onto the review! Fyre, is a bit harder to handle than Darke or Queste were, because of the amount of death that accompanies this book. I would actually recommend that you just read it yourself before bringing it in front of your child, just to be safe. There are scenes where disfigurement is noted on two of the characters, as well as bringing up how a set of wizards kill several people and that some of the beloved characters come to an end in this book, but luckily, those characters are let go of peacefully. The more disturbing ones are more centrally located when the two wizards (whom I will leave you to find out yourself) first appear in full and leave a wake of a few bodies.

Angie Sage, wonderful writer that she is, gets yet another set of happy hearts, she fulfills all the needed points of character development, mystery to even experienced readers such as myself, as well as scene ambiance. She never ends a book without tying up all loose ends of minor characters so that you know what has happened to every person whom you ever meet in her worlds. Her books are morals based, and help children to critically think about how to handle a situation and how to determine self reliant skills to know how to make hard choices and what would be the better route to take in a difficult situation.

Thanks for listening to my opinion! ***And be sure to check in tomorrow for our Halloween Special!***

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