Queste (Septimus Heap Series #4)

Queste (Septimus Heap Series #4)


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The fourth 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

“Breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“The Septimus Heap series remains one of the best outcomes of the young-wizard furor catalyzed by Harry Potter.” —ALA Booklist

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 plansthey are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in Physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060882099
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/23/2009
Series: Septimus Heap Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 624
Sales rank: 59,520
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 940L (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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Septimus Heap, Book Four: Queste

Chapter One

Nicko's Release

Jannit Maarten, boatbuilder, was on her way to the Palace.

Jannit, a lean, spare woman with a long stride and a sailor's pigtail, had never in her strangest dreams thought that she would one day be tying up her rowboat at Snake Slipway and heading for the Palace Gates. But, on a chilly gray spring day, here she was, doing just that—and feeling more than a little apprehensive.

Some minutes later Hildegarde, the sub-Wizard on door duty at the Palace, looked up from her night-school assignment titled "The Politics, Principles and Practice of Transformation." She saw Jannit hesitantly walking over the wide plank bridge that spanned the ornamental moat and led to the Palace doors. Happy to have a break, Hildegarde jumped to her feet with a smile and said, "Good morning, Miss Maarten. How may I help you?"

"You know my name!" said Jannit, amazed.

Hildegarde did not tell Jannit that she made it her business to know everyone's name. Instead she said, "Of course I do, Miss Maarten. Your boatyard repaired my sister's boat last year. She was very pleased with the work."

Jannit had no idea who this sub-Wizard's sister could possibly be, but she could not help wondering what boat it was. Jannit remembered boats. She smiled awkwardly and took off her battered sailor's boater, which she had worn especially for her visit to the Palace—it was Jannit's equivalent of a party frock and tiara.

"Ladies are welcome to keep their hats on," said Hildegarde.

"Oh?" said Jannit, wondering what that had to do with her. Jannit did notthink of herself as a lady.

"Is there someone you wish to see?" Hildegarde prompted, quite used to tongue-tied visitors.

Jannit twisted her boater around in her hands. "Sarah Heap," she said. "Please."

"I will send a messenger. May I tell her what it is you wish to see her about?"

After a long pause Jannit replied. "Nicko Heap," she said, staring at her hat.

"Ah. Please take a seat for a moment, Miss Maarten. I will find someone to take you to her right away."

Ten minutes later Sarah Heap, thinner than she had been but still in possession of the usual quota of Heap straw-colored curls, was at the small table in her sitting room. She gazed at Jannit with worried green eyes.

Jannit was perched on the edge of a large sofa. Although Jannit felt ill at ease, this was not the reason she was on the edge of her seat. It was because that was the only space left on the sofa—the rest was covered with the clutter that always seemed to follow Sarah Heap. With a couple of plant pots digging into her back and a teetering pile of towels settling cozily up against her, Jannit sat up very straight and then almost jumped off the sofa as a soft quacking came from a pile of clothes beside the fire. To Jannit's amazement, a pink-skinned, stubble-covered duck wearing a multicolored crocheted waistcoat emerged from the pile, waddled over and sat beside her feet.

Sarah clicked her fingers. "Come here, Ethel," she said to the duck. The duck got up and went to Sarah, who picked it up and sat it on her lap. "One of Jenna's creatures," Sarah said with a smile. "She never was one for pets and suddenly she has two. Strange. I don't know where she got them from."

Jannit smiled politely, unsure how to begin telling Sarah what she had to say. There was an awkward silence and at last she said, "Um. Well . . . it's a big place you have here."

"Oh, yes. Very big," said Sarah.

"Wonderful for a large family," said Jannit, immediately wishing she hadn't.

"If they want to live with you," said Sarah bitterly. "But not if four of them have decided to live in the Forest with a coven of witches and they refuse to come home, even for a visit. And then of course there's Simon. I know he's done wrong, but he's still my first baby. I miss him so much; I would love to have him living here. It's time he settled down. He could do a lot worse than Lucy Gringe, whatever his father says. There's plenty of room for them all here—and children, too. And then there's my little Septimus. We've been apart all these years and there he is, stuck at the top of that Wizard Tower with Marcia Fusspot Overstrand, who whenever she sees me has the nerve to ask if I am enjoying seeing so much of Septimus. I suppose she thinks it's some kind of joke, since I hardly ever see him now. In fact ever since Nicko . . ."

"Ah," said Jannit, seizing her chance. "Nicko. That's what—well, I expect you can guess why I'm here."

"No," said Sarah, who could but didn't want to even think about it.

"Oh." Jannit looked down at her boater and then, very purposefully, put it on top of a pile of something behind her. Sarah's heart sank. She knew what was coming.

Jannit cleared her throat and began. "As you know, Nicko has been gone for six months now and as far as I understand, no one knows where he is or when—indeed, if—he is ever coming back. In fact—and I am very sorry to say this—I have heard that he will never return."

Sarah caught her breath. No one had dared to say this to her face before.

"I am very sorry to have to come here like this, Madam Heap, but—"

"Oh, it's Sarah. Please, just call me Sarah."

"Sarah. Sarah, I am sorry, but we cannot struggle on without Nicko any longer. The summer season is looming, when even more foolhardy idiots will be putting to sea to try and catch a few herring. They'll all be wanting their boats ready, plus the fact that the Port barge is in . . .

Septimus Heap, Book Four: Queste. Copyright © by Angie Sage. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

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Queste (Septimus Heap Series #4) (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 467 reviews.
Jamie19 More than 1 year ago
This book takes you through time and on queste that you can get lost in. The queste is like no other that I have read. You go through times that you ae almost jumping up and down, bitting your nails, and sreaming because it's so thrilling and mysterious that it feels like you can't get to the answer quick enough. And when you get there you feel like it was worth the nail bitting, screaming and jumping up and down.
Swimmerman10 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book! The characters all seemed very real there was not a dull moment in the book. I had trouble putting it down! The story was written in such a way that it sounds like it really happened and each setting painted a vivid picture in my mind. It was exactly as I would have imagined it. I think Queste is a great book for children 11-13 as the plot might be a little confusing to younger children. Overall, Queste was a great read and the rest of the series just keeps on getting better and better......
Lilly_Dunn More than 1 year ago
This book is for all fantasy lovers. They will find it very enjoyable, even though it is a bit slow at times. Queste is a book for all ages, not just for teens. Im 11 and thought it was pretty cool. (WARNING: THIS BOOK MAY NOT MAKE SENSE IF YOU DID NOT READ THE OTHER BOOKS)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books so far and i just finished the third book phisk amd it was amazing. And i have a feeling this book will be no exception. It will hopefully answer the question all of the falthfull readers have been wondering, will Septimus get snori and niko back??? Will septimus forget about gim and her and move on to being the greatest wizard??? Who knows. I will hopfully find out soon
DonDJ More than 1 year ago
A great find. As with the other three, I was taken away on a majical journey. I highly recomend this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have really enjoyed reading these books. I like sci-fi fantasy books and have read Jordan's Wheel of Time and many other series including Harry Potter. This is a simple yet interesting series.
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. As each book passes, more and more interested elements reveal themselves about the world that Angie Sage has created. I love the concept of the House of Foryx, the Witch's Way, the Queste and how it was initially intended to work, but that it was distorted from its original purpose. Also, Hotep-Ra showing up in the House of Foryx was another great twist that I didn't see coming. On a literary note, Sage has proven to have a keen ability to continue to evolve her characters from story to story in a way that's not only enticing to readers, but also shows a larger character arc that makes the characters seem very palatable. I could imagine myself in this world, interacting with these magical people. Septimus and Jenna especially wrestle with many internal issues that often mirror the difficult circumstances that happen around them. It's brave of Sage to show that the two main protagonists can make the wrong decisions, which lead to catastrophic things happening in not only their lives, but the lives of everyone else around them as well. Even throughout books four and five, Jenna still struggles over the fact that her decision to lead Septimus into the room with the two-way mirror in book three has split her family apart. I recommend all the books in this series to readers 9+. -Lindsey Miller,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this newest edition of a much loved saga of a boy wizard apprentice struggling to find himself in a Magykal world, we see each character going to a new and deeper level as the main cast progresses in age and wisdom. The story begins with Merrin Meredith, alias Daniel Hunter, alias Septimus Heap, trying to send Septimus on the deadly Queste from which no ExtraOrdinary Apprentice has ever returned. He enlists the help of " Old Goat-Face" Tertius Fume, first Chief Hermetic Scribe, to do this. Of course, if someone is trying to put Sep in harms way, Jenna, Beetle, Sarah, Silas, Alther, and Marcia will be there to back him up! Another tale of family, friendship, and Magyk written by masterful Angie Sage. I liked how much the three characters sent to The House of Foryx matured and used present and past learnings to assist them. I was not impressed by the fact that Sage tried to keep Seps Questing status hush-hush until Chapter 36. (Although it is revealed in passing in 28) I enjoyed the concept of a Siege and the Gathering. This book was sweet and funny, and I reccomend it to all new and established fans of Seps adventures.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book series I would recomend it to anybody!
apd412 More than 1 year ago
Queste, the forth book in the Septimus Heap Series, continues where book three left off. The story is exceptional and just plain entertaining for readers of all ages. I can't wait for book five to continue the fun.
MRR62 More than 1 year ago
I have found all the books (so far) of Septimus Heap (by Angie Sage) to be engaging and entertaining. Though I sometimes pre-guess what is to be revealed, that does not diminish but rather enhances the thrill of the story. Though intended for young readers, I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good story (I'm 46...)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Have you ever been on a Queste? If not just wonder, the adventures begin when you open this book. From the palace, to the forest, and to the house of Forx, adventures lie everywhere. .In this epic journey far a way to a place where all times meet. Septimus Heap travels along with his sister Jenna, and his best friend Beetle, but what lies ahead? A mixture of witches, magic, and enchantment, this book will never leave your hands until your finished. This is the best book ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yall need a cooler book you know!The resan I hate this book is because it's soooo boring!
libraryclerk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Exciting, can't put it down. Why do I have to work 40 hours a week, clean house, etc.....Oh, life will get in the way sometimes.
Mad_Martel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Queste is about a young wizard named Septimus Heap. While he is about to go on a Queste he has to look for his brother. What he doesn't know is that the Queste ends where he finds his brother. And if he wants to come home alive he has to out run a Beast. And the seven questing guards. While everyone else in the castle is worried that he won't come back alive. Like every other person who went on the Queste.
kw50197 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Queste unfortunately does not feel like much of Quest story. Although Septimus is on a Queste, for most of the book it feels as if he and his friends are simply "going with the flow" while attempting to find a way to reach Nicko and Snorri.And there are loose ends to the story as well. Tertius Fume and Merrin Meredith are both unrepentant and do not get their just desserts at the end of the story. In fact, they are free to cause more havoc in the future. Beetle remains jobless after being unfairly fired by the Chief Scribe.Then, there is Septimus's meeting with Hotep-Ra. This is after all the First ExtraOrdinary Wizard and he does not even spend any time trying to learn more about the magical items he has inherited like the Dragon Boat.The only bright spot to the story seems to be Simon Heap's rehabilitation. Simon finally sees the error of his ways and is determined to redeem himself. Hopefully, this paves the way for a Heap family reunion.
midkid88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is just as good as the previous three because it kept you in the action and let you know what was going on in all the different groups. The book stayed true to the characters and story line, but also through in some surprises. You are introduced and reintroduced to a couple of characters that only bring more to the story. An excellent read.
devilish2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Seemed to lack a little of the humour of the previous three books, it's still there, just maybe not as much. There was less that was new in this book. Marcia Overstrand is still fabulous.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun continuation of the adventures of Septimus Heap and his friends. The wizard apprentice Septimus, along with Jenna and Beetle, are determined to rescue Nicko and Snorri from another time. However, there is also a plot afoot to send Septimus on a perilous quest which no one has returned alive from. As always, Angie Sage writes with a touch of humor and amusement that gives this series a fun tone and engaging atmosphere. The large cast of characters provides many avenues of exploration and I look forward to reading more of Septimus's adventures.
bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
For earlier books in the Septimus Heap series, this is a ****spoiler warning****.In the end of Physik, Jenna and Septimus managed to return to their own time, but Nicko and Snorri are still stuck in the past. Determined to get them back, Septimus runs into problems with Marcia Overstrand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard who isn't about to lose her apprentice again. Meanwhile, Merrin Meredith returns, still bearing a grudge against Septimus. Will Merrin successfully Darken Septimus' destiny?I have continued reading this series half because I am interested in the plots and finding out what happens to Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle, and half because I'm being stubborn about at least allowing myself to read Syren (book 5) for the first time before giving up entirely. But I'm getting less and less enthralled by this series. Though I do enjoy the plots, the author seems to be operating on the principle "Why use 2 words when you can use 30?" So listening to this on my commute - which sometimes meant 10 minutes that hardly moved the story forward at all - was often extremely frustrating. To cap it all off, the final chapter is essentially an epilogue that ties every loose end that I don't need to know about and gives me every backstory that isn''t worked into the main story. Disappointing.
sirfurboy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Queste is a wonderful book in an amazing series. Probably the best story of the set thus far, although the first one - Magyk is also excellent. I am very glad I read these.The series will inevitably be compared with Harry Potter, as both are wonderfully funny tales set in a world of magic, and with some other plot similarities. But the Septimus Heap books are not obviously derivative of the Hary Potter phenomenon. They stand very well on their own merits.There are still some loose ends so I suspect Angie Sage is not done with this series yet. We will see.In thuis story we see Septimus, Princess Jenna and Beatle searching for Nikko and Snorri, lost in the past at the end of Physik. But Merrin Meredith also re-emerges as a villain, which leads to an attempt to darken the destiny of Septimus Heap.The plot is more intricate than previous novels. There are perhaps a couple of areas where perfectionsist would quibble over plot details, but if you read it for the story you won't care at all. Highly recommended - this series is a new favourite of mine.
hoosgracie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a great series. This continues the story begun in book 3. Can't wait for book 5.
bookwitch24 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite series. Characters you love (or love to hate) and interesting plot lines. A fun read for all kids, even if you¿re just a kid at heart.
Jadesbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was so much fun for me to read. I really enjoy Septimus Heap, his family and their friends. This is probably their biggest adventure so far, and it's full of hazzards, problems, love, loyalty, friendship and family. It's such an easy book to read and enjoy - well worth my time. I love that each book has a little bit at the end to give us just a bit more insight into the charachters of the books, answer a question or two or just give a fun fact that was I think was cut from the book. I believe that everyone should give Septimus' story a try.
Tori-R More than 1 year ago