Saturday, January 29, 2011

Series Spotlight: Septimus Heap Series by Angie Sage (+ Giveaway)

As an effort to continue my series spotlight I received a suggestion on Twitter this week to feature the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage (Thank you @GRGenius).  Perfect timing since I just got the first book for my Kindle for free earlier this week.

I am interested in this series but have never read it, so dear readers, tell me what you think about this series, is it amazing, pretty good or just ok?  Does it lag in the middle of the series and pick up steam again or is it great all the way through?  Your honest thoughts are what I am asking for, for myself and for others who have not read this series.  No spoilers please is all I ask.

Comment away and I'll giveaway a book of your choice under $10 from Book Depository to one lucky person who leaves a meaningful comment (you don't have to have read the books, just say something about the books, whether you want to read them or would never care to).  Open to anywhere the Book Depository ships free.

I'm really curious about this series because I am always looking for books to recommend to my 10-year-old who is just about finished with all the Goosebumps books which are his love :)  So would a 10-year-old boy like these books?

Also through 2/1 you can receive the Magyk ebook free:  Kindle     Nook    Kobo

So a little more about the series:

Magyk (Septimus Heap, Book 1) Flyte (Septimus Heap, Book 2)Physik (Septimus Heap, Book 3) Septimus Heap, Book Four: QuesteSeptimus Heap, Book Five: Syren

Magyk:  The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? 

Flyte:   Following the events of Magyk, Septimus Heap continues his apprenticeship with ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, and Jenna is enjoying her new life as a princess. But something seems amiss; does the Darke Magyk still linger in this royal preserve? This installment of the exciting adventure series features a few new characters, including a memorable dragon.

Physik: Silas has only himself to blame for sparking the plot of the third Septimus Heap installment. Unsealing a long-forgotten room in the palace, he accidentally unleashes the formerly inert spirit of malevolent old Queen Etheldredda. Five hundred years of downtime have not mellowed the scheming monarch; in fact, she's now eager to enact a devilish plan to make herself immortal and omnipotent. To neutralize her, Septimus and his allies must go into corrective overdrive. Plot surprises, engaging characters, and snappy wit

Queste: There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans—they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx

Syren: In this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. 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 cat-shaped 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 entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna's father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship's hold.

Thanks for joining in - I'll draw the winner next Saturday so I'll close entries on Friday 2/4/2011.


debbie said...

They sound like books a 10 year old would like. I haven't read them myself. Could you get one at a library first to see if it is worth buying?

Ricki said...

I just downloaded the free copy of Magyk the other day but have not had a chance to read it yet.

Lynossa (Deranged Book Lovers) said...

I've read 4 Septimus Heap and I think it's suitable for 10 year old kid. It's quite easy to understand, enjoyable, not too dark, quite funny, and has some moral messages that I consider as important part for children and MG novels.


Theresa @ Fade Into Fantasy said...

I also just downloaded the first book in this series, Crystal :) I haven't read it yet, but am actually looking forward to it.

Kulsuma said...

This series really interesting. I've seen it around and I do want to read it in the future. I think it's appropriate for a ten year old to read.


Karen said...

I've read the first 3 books of the series, but then I kinda lost track of it! I hope to go back and read it someday :]


Germaine Dulac said...

I babysat a nine-year-old who LOVED this series. He plowed through all five books and then re-read them. I even read a few pages myself, and it seemed like a fun fantasy series. :)

BJ said...

Just downloaded the first book and my son is currently drooling to get to it.....He's 13...I guess he's been trying to get it at school but it's always out....
So I'm going to read it first and see what the hype is about.
thanks a bunch.

sablelexi said...

I've been wanting to read this series, and was lucky enough to pick up the first 4 books used. The first is om my tbr pile.

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

Meredith said...

Sounds like a series my son would like, he just finished the Harry Potter books, and loves fantasy, magic, and sci-fi genres.

meredithfl at gmail dot com

Vivien said...

I have a 10 year old little brother who really enjoys this series. I think it's appropriate for a 10 year old. It should turn out well enough for you :)

deadtossedwaves at gmail dot com

throuthehaze said...

I absolutely LOVE this series. It is good all the way through in my opinion and I definitely think a 10 year old boy would enjoy this series :)
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

linaramz said...

I also downloaded Magyk but haven't read it yet. I'm really looking forward to reading it though.

Oh Goosebumps. Totally loved those when I was a kid along with all the awesome Animorphs books. ;)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Sophia said...

I've read this series and absolutely loved it! The characters are fun to read about, and the plot lines are good for a children's book. The books are a bit lengthy, but they don't lag and you want to keep reading until you reach the end. I recommended it to my 11 year old brother and he loved the series as well.

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GMR said...

Yay! So glad you're trying the series! It really is a good read through and through with enough action to keep you turning pages but enough story to ensnare the imagination. My usual comment on it is that it's like if Harry Potter ever had a younger brother. Septimus Heap would be it. It's lighter on the magic but high on adventure. Can't wait to see what you think...happy reading!

justpeachy36 said...

My daughter is a big fan of Septimus Heap. She is 10 and had a difficult time with reading. She started reading these books and it really peeked her interest and got her reading for pleasure. Which is wonderful!

samantha35 said...

great giveaway
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Lisa R/alterlisa said...

Have downloaded Magyk and looking forward to reading it.


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Hilde said...

I downloaded the first book for free too (well, as free as Kindle books get in Europe anyway - we have to pay $2 for them). The series first caught my attention when I was browsing a fantasy/sci fi bookstore in Sydney about a year ago, but I never got around to reading it. I'm looking forward to seeing what it's like.

Laura H. said...

Although I haven't read this series yet I do love these covers. They're so Harry Potter-esque and I LOVED the Harry Potter books. But I have heard a lot of great things about the series. Yeah, I would be one of those to read the books.


Mary Ellen said...

The Septimus Heap books are really popular at the library where I worked. I've not read them yet but they are on my "To read" list.
An eleven year old that I buy books for each Christmas loved the Percy Jackson series and the Hatchet books by Gary Paulson.

Jules@OneBookShy said...

My 10yr old nephew has been hounding me to read this series since he got started with it. He made sure his school librarian kept getting them for him. I think he's read all of them at least twice!

Thanks for the giveaway.

onebookshy at yahoo dot com

Orchid said...

I personally haven't read this series yet, but it does sound like a pretty interesting read (will see if my library has a copy). ^_^

hauntingorchid (at) aol (dot) com

Spav said...

I haven't read this books, but they do sound like an interesting read for a 10 year old.


lvng.books said...

I'm currently readin Physik (book 3), and even though I think that a 10 year old will love the series, I thought they are 'just ok'. They're easy to read, but the first two books didn't seem as compelling as some of the other series out there can be. But I have to say, it's a nice and easy read, and Angie Sage has obviously thought about everything she put in her books.

Maybe I will think differently of the series after I've read Physik (and Queste and Syren, which are already on my bookshelf) but for now, just entertaining, but great for kids in the hidden morals and adventure.

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