One cold morning, Silas Heap, Ordinary wizard, finds a baby in the snow on his way home. Upon returning to the Ramblings, where he lives, he is confronted by ExtraOrdinary wizard Marcia Overstrand, who tells him to call the baby his own. Over the next ten years, Jenna, an orphan Princess whose mother was assassinated, is raised by the Heaps as their daughter in place of their “dead” seventh son. Until one day, when Marcia returns to take her to a safer place after hearing that a spy caught wind of Jenna’s existence, fearing that they may come to finish her off.
This book has become one of my personal favorites. I have great expectations for the rest of the books in the seven book series, being in the order from second to last, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke, and Fyre. There are many likeable characters, including but not limited to Jenna herself, Boy 412, Aunt Zelda, and the Boggart. One of the more interesting parts of the plotline is that one of the main characters doesn’t know who they really are until the very end of the book. I would recommend this book for people who are in fourth to eighth grade. It deals with a lot of Magyk (not a misspelling), is entertaining, and, at some times pretty amusing. I, being someone who enjoys fantasy novels, would give this book a ten out of ten and two thumbs up!
-Linna C., 8th grade
Looking for a new fantasy novel? Magyk by Angie Sage is the beginning to an amazing series that rivals Harry Potter. Like your other favorites, it includes magic, wizards, evil and a perfect touch of humor.
In a peaceful castle, the queen gives birth to a baby girl with violet eyes. An assassin breaks in to assassinate the two, but fails to kill the infant princess, who is spirited out of the castle. Meanwhile, the Heap family of wizards welcomes their seventh son. Pronounced dead, baby Septimus Heap is taken away in the night. Soon after, Silas Heap, the father, adopts an infant abandoned in the snow (hmm). Ten years later, an assassin returns to finish the job, forcing the princess, Silas, the ExtraExtraordinary Wizard, and some others to flee the area. They seek refuge in the forest, evading the Hunter. What will happen? As we like to say, find out!
This book is particularly interesting because it doesn’t have one specific main character. Sage follows the thoughts of multiple characters throughout the book. In fact, it even details the lives of the antagonists, including the Hunter and evil necromancer. In this way, Magyk is a very unique and creative book. We even get the novelty of exploring the life of a millipede. Sounds like your kind of book? Light humor is mixed into the storyline, so that you can laugh out loud every once in a while. The entire story is written in a lighthearted tone, so it feels very casual and fun to read.
For a veteran reader of fantasy novels, this book will be especially delightful. It’s not difficult to read, yet interesting enough to keep the reader engaged. There are several more books in the series for you to enjoy, so get started quickly. We know there are lots of wizard books out there, but Magyk is one of the most unique and fun to read.
-Phillip X., 8th grade