Magyk (Septimus Heap Series #1)

Magyk (Septimus Heap Series #1)


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The first book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard.

New York Times Bestselling Series

“A deliciously spellbinding series opener.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Fun, mystery, and rollicking characters.” —VOYA (starred review)

“Fluent, charismatic storytelling.” —ALA Booklist

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of the seventh son, disappears the night he is born, pronounced dead by the midwife. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across an abandoned child in the snow—a newborn girl with violet eyes. Who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to the Heaps' beloved son Septimus?

The first book in this enthralling series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and Magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is the original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060577339
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2006
Series: Septimus Heap Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 608
Sales rank: 55,520
Product dimensions: 5.56(w) x 7.12(h) x 1.22(d)
Lexile: 640L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

ANGIE SAGE was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She loves the sea, spooky old houses, and time traveling (the easy way, by reading history books). Angie has created many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling series Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. She lives in England. Visit her online at and on Twitter @AngieSageAuthor.

Mark Zug has illustrated many collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering and Dune, as well as books and magazines. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Magyk 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1062 reviews.
Bookreviewer74 More than 1 year ago
This was just one of those books that I could not put down! The story was very complex. I loved all the spells, characters and the story! I think readers will love to read about Jenna, Boy 412, Nicko and all the other fabulous characters in this book as they go on wonderful adventures in the land of Magyk!
Padfoot1998 More than 1 year ago
Looking for a fresh, new, fantasy? Then the Septimus Heap series is the series for you. I know that most people are fantasy lovers, and it's hard to find another series to read, other than Harry Potter. I myself couldn't stop reading Harry Potter, even after I'd read the entire series dozens of times. Finally, I made myself look for new books to try, and my hand happened to brush the spine of this wonderful book. I opened it's pages, and practically got sucked into it. I visited this awesome world of Septimus Heap, laughing at his joys, and despairing at his losses. I never got bored or tired of this book, and kept on reading it to the end. After reading through this series, I looked for more and more books, exporing through the world of possibilities. This book showed me that there are other great books out there, though I had thought not. I really would recommend this inspiring book to readers of all ages, so they can experience the magical world of this young boy. Go ahead; try something new.
Barbubblie More than 1 year ago
I coordinate a reading program at a school and am a parent of a pre-teen. I bought this book for my son and ended up enjoying it so much that I added it, and the subsequent books in the series, to my personal book library. Septimus Heap is from a large and poor magical family. He is the seventh son of a seventh son, which makes him desirable to both good and evil. This entertaining story of how this young man develops into a hero is a must read.
VampMan More than 1 year ago
This book is one that should not touch the inside of your bookbag or the top of your desk until you are finished reading every last page of it. Angie Sage and Mark Zug are amazing people and I wish that they would write more. This book captured me on the first page and did not lose me until the series was over. I will reread it until I die. This book is amazing. I can't wait to see what they do next.
Lindsey_Miller More than 1 year ago
This series is often compared to Harry Potter, but I think in many ways it's much different. The only parallels that I see are that it involves a boy, who at one point is an orphan, and magic. Definitely written for a younger audience, the Septimus books have a tendency to be a little silly sometimes and the endings easily resolved. However, in contrast, Sage deftly creates an interesting world with often odd and humorous characters who have the ability to surprise the reader.The plot structures of each story vary, and, to any fantasy reader's great joy, she doesn't use the same antagonist throughout every single book. Some of the characters switch sides, and other, new bad guys emerge as the series progresses. Also, unlike many series writers, Sage will start a chain of events that last throughout several books, continuing to hook readers from book to book. She does not wrap everything up neatly, but is still able to finish a book in a way that makes the story seem complete. Then, the reader has the anticipation of discovering how some of the issues that arise in earlier books will unravel in later additions. One of the things that I love specifically about this book in particular is that it's about a boy, Septimus Heap, who has no idea that he is, in fact Septimus Heap, nor does he understand that he's the hero or protagonist of the story. In fact, nearly the entire story he spends thinking he's someone else entirely. This was a new and interesting twist on the typical boy with magic powers story, and Sage does an excellent job of creating interesting scenarios that surprise and delight, especially for readers who explore this genre a lot. She seems to break many of the typical fantasy tropes and creates what is a unique and enjoyable story. I recommend this to all readers 9+, skewing more toward boys. -Lindsey Miller,
ming_he_wang More than 1 year ago
The book Magyk, by Angie Sage, and the first in the Septimus Heap series, truly is magical! This story introduces you to a new world, where magic isn¿t wizards waving wands. Anybody who wants to study and learn magyk can do so, using spell books and charms. In the whirlwind of action, you grow to love each character, and get to feel you know them personally through their well-developed personalities. Jenna, the princess who was unknowingly adopted by the Heap family when her mother was assassinated right after she was born. Septimus, the seventh son of the seventh son, who was kidnapped at birth and accidentally brought to the Young Army as Boy 412. The Apprentice, who was accidentally switched with Septimus when they were babies, and now believes himself to be Septimus Heap, is apprentice to the evil Necromancer and ex-ExtraOrdinary Wizard, DomDaniel. Other colorful characters are Marcia Overstrand, the current ExtraOrdinary Wizard; the ghost of her mentor, former ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Alther Mella; Nikko, Septimus¿s and Jenna¿s boat-crazy older brother; Aunt Zelda, the White Witch and Dragon Keeper who lives in Marram Marshes; Sarah and Silas, the Heap parents; and, of course, Maxie, the Heap family wolfhound!

When DomDaniel returns and renews his efforts to kill Princess Jenna and ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia, and to take over both the Wizard Tower and the Castle, the Heap crew knows there¿s trouble. They go with Marcia and the unwilling Boy 412 to hide out in Marram Marshes with Silas¿s Aunt Zelda, who is notorious for her disgusting cabbage recipes. While there they encounter many amusing creatures, like the Boggart, the huge swamp snake, the fishing boat occupied by chickens, and, of course, the feisty little Shield Bugs. After Marcia is tricked and kidnapped by DomDaniel, Nikko, Jenna, and Boy 412 have to risk the perils of his personal barge to try and save her. After an enchanted storm buries the barge deep in the mud pits, it¿s time for the Heap family, and Boy 412, to find out some surprises about their pasts. Of course, that¿s not until after the kidney and cabbage casserole!

This book is fast-paced and full of surprises and mysteries. I think an obviously strong point of Angie Sage¿s writing is imagery and description. You truly think you¿re tromping through the Marram Marshes, sailing the enchanted Dragon Boat of Hotep-Ra, navigating the halls of the Ramblings, or riding the moving staircase up to the Wizard Tower. Even in the darkest situations the tone stays cheerful, and the characters keep senses of humor, making this book a light-hearted adventure, perfect for a reader of any age.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing i thought it was going to be another harry potter imitaiton but it is so much better and is worth the 3 days you may spend reading it in my case it was less
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was as good a read as the first Potter book. It me laugh, cry and want to find out what comes next form the first page to the very end. I can hardly wait to read the second book in the series.
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Magyk", the first book in a truly fantastic fantasy series, called "Septimus Heap", by Angie Sage is a book that will most certainly not have readers bored for even a millisecond. A wonderful author, Angie Sage puts just the right characters, scenes, and places in the book to make the reader just want to keep reading and reading and reading, without putting the book down. "Magyk" is a real page turner that anyone of any age will surely enjoy completely!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My dad gave this book to me. At first I was reluctant to read it. I forced myself to read two chapters. It was hard to understand at first but got more interesting. I decided to read more. After several chapters I thought it was great. Now I'm reading the whole series and am waiting for the next book to come out. There will be seven books in all. I'd recommend this book to just about everyone who could understand at least part of it. Overall it is great. I am ten years old.
kidztales1 More than 1 year ago
This is a magical, funny book that's full of hope. I can't wait to read the 2nd book of the series. I was afraid that this book was going to be a copycat of Harry Potter. Boy, was I ever wrong. Move over Harry, Septimus Heap is in town!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am only on the third chapter and i am totally in love with this book. You should totally read this book! Its awesome. I am sorry for the people who dont like this book.
Book-Worm711 More than 1 year ago
This absorbing story of the young Septimus Heap will keep you in suspense and wanting more the whole time. Once it is over you will not be able to wait for the next book and good news, you don't have to! Angie Sage has written four books to this series as of now and she may write more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book you can never put down. This is WAY better than Harry Potter. Never get enough of MaGyK
Doris Boehling More than 1 year ago
Magyk is a great book. Really and truly. It's great for dreamers and a page turner! I mean yes there are some "boring" parts in the story but every book has 'em. :D One time whn i was in B&N bookstore i was looking for a book to take to camp for a week i couldn't find any that fit my liking so i asked te sales lady i told her i was looking for another series to read besides percy jackson and the olympians and harry potter which i had already read. She pointed me in the direction of magic and said to me a lot of hp and pjo lovers are now reading this series it is also about a wizard. I decided to buy it and i loved it! I'm 11 yrs old the book was rlly suspenseful and was definitely a marvelous book. Angie sage did a wonderful job in my opinion. Go ahead and buy the book what exactly is the wordt tht can happen whag u didnt like it well at lst u tried it out. I jst started physic tonight. So stoked. MEEEP.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Recently I finished the last book in this series. I practically cried... until I learned there would be a second series! If you are debating whether or not to read this book, the answer is: READ OR ELSE! I guarentee you'll love it!
book_lover123 More than 1 year ago
I loved this series!  At first I wasn't sure if I would like it, but I loved the whole series! This is nothing like Harry Potter,  but in my opinion much better! I loved the idea of a girl being found in the snow (I won't spoil who she is) and a boy being  pronounced "dead". The questions that had me reading this book, were who is this mysterious girl and what happened to Septimus Heap. So I decided to read the book. You will not be disappointed at all. Trust me! The only reason I gave it 4 stars, is because this book didn't keep my interest at the beginning, but it is still an excellent read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My friend read all of them and said that they so good he read them agen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im not finished but i wanted to say that i love witches, wolverines, wizards and little kids. I just love it. Omg..... its so good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an all ages friendly book, very entertaining, and a series worth its money and time. I am a fast reader, and, at the age of 13, am usually bored and this is personally the best way for me to spend my free time. Iwould just like to.personally thank the author for taking the time to write such a great series. Thanks, Angie Sage!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book! It is a most read book that i subscibe to everyone. You should read it. ANL
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
People should know that it is a kids book, but its way adorable and so fun! I loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like suspense,magyk, and a good cliff hanger you shoul definitly read this book and the rest of the series!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absoultly love this book and the books following afterwards! If you are a Harry Potter fan this is the book and series for you! I am a fan of Harry Potter and after I had finished reading the series again I picked up this series and re-read it. Septismus Heap is the book for magic loving readers!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!! I read it once, and didn't finish it all the way though, so i found it again and i finished it and i LOVE IT!!!!!!!! THIS IS SO AWESOME!!!! You will fall in love with this book. Then you will read the one after this and the one after that and so on. Don't over look this book again, get it NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (: <3 :9