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.