StarChaser

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StarChaser
TodHunter Moon, Book 3

Angie Sage
Illustrations by Mark Zug
Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2016

From the dust jacket, “Almost one year ago, Alice TodHunter Moon left her PathFinder village to become Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap. The Castle still fills Tod with wonder – its’ hard to believe all that Magyk comes from the great block of lapis lazuli beneath the Wizard Tower.

“But in faraway lands, the brilliant blue stone is crumbling to dust. Soon the destruction will spread to the Castle and the Wizard Tower with its Magyk and come tumbling down. It seems that the Orm Egg that Tod rescued from the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr was the KeyStone holding the Enchantment of the lapis lazuli in place. But the Egg has hatched now and the KeyStone is no more.

“Somehow, from somewhere, another KeyStone must be found—but how?

“This final installment of the TodHunter Moon trilogy celebrates how hard work, selflessness, and the courage to be who you are can create a harmony that spans the seas and stars.”
As with the other 2 books in the trilogy, I enjoyed this TodHunter Moon book immensely. I know I’ve said this before – but it bears repeating – the author has created a world chock full of richly drawn characters, both good and evil, human, animal and monster! I had no trouble immersing myself in Tod’s world. I went with her as she traveled the Ancient Ways, across the world to new lands and met some pretty dangerous creatures and people. I experienced her panic when she first had to do an important spell on her own and then her joy when it worked. I felt her sorrow and guilt at being torn from her family and friends to warn Septimus of impending doom. And I was with her when she made up her mind to find another Orm Egg – no matter what.

Yes, as the publisher says, the story does celebrate hard work, selflessness and courage; but don’t read it for the lessons it holds. Read it for the pure fun and adventure of the story. This is definitely a trilogy we will be adding to our permanent library!!! And, as an extension of the Septimus Heap saga, this trilogy holds up well on its own – but read the other books for more background on all the wonderful secondary characters! There are some scary moments and sad events, but that’s life, right?

Rating: 4 out of 5 paws for the book, but 5 out of 5 paws for the trilogy! In a world filled with exciting adventure, harrowing danger, scary monsters and evil villains, it is always grand to read where faithfulness and loyalty to one’s friends wins out – as it should – and, in the end, good triumphs over evil.

Reviewer:

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Toby

 

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SandRider

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SandRider
TodHunter Moon, book 2

Angie Sage
Illustrations by Mark Zug
Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint HarperCollins Publishers, 2015

From the dust jacket, “It’s been two months since Alice TodHunter Moon – who insists on being called Tod – left her home in the seaside PathFinder village to pursue a life of Magyk in the Castle. Being Apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap is tricky, though—there’s loads of new Magyk to learn, and she dearly misses her friends Oskar and Ferdie. But at least she’s mastered the UnSeen Charm.
“She’s lucky she has, too—that UnSeen will come in handy when she sets out with Oskar and Ferdie on a perilous journey to retrieve the Egg of the Orm from the Desert of the Singing Sands. If they don’t reach the Egg before it hatches, the new baby Orm could imprint on the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr, giving him unlimited Magyk to do with what he wishes….
“Bursting with humorous and poignant moments, SandRider celebrates the satisfaction of taking charge of one’s path in life—unexpected adventures and all.”

So, you’re probably wondering, what the heck is an “Orm?” An Orm is a gianormous worm who eats solid rock and excretes the gem stone lapis lazuli, which is extremely important for crafting Magyk. When it hatches it’s like a baby dragon but at some point it transforms into a worm. The previous book Pathfinder the saw the egg stolen by the evil sorcerer Oraton-Marr, who wants an unlimited supply of lapis for himself so he can be the most powerful wizard in the world. In SandRider it’s a race against time with the good guys versus the bad guys to get to the Orm first so when it hatches it will imprint for good and not evil.

Another rollicking adventure by Angie Sage that is, at turns, harrowing, frustrating, and exciting. Her new character TodHunter Moon is very likable and the reader roots for her the whole way, hoping she will get to the Orm in time. (I can’t tell you, of course – that would spoil it for those who want to read it!) These stories are well-crafted, fast-paced and once they grab hold you have to keep reading until you get to the end. I’ve already started the third book, StarChaser, and it promises to be just as exciting as the other two.

Rating 4 out of 5 paws because I love a good adventure story with a little mystery and a whole lot of Magyk thrown in!!

Reviewer:

toby-loc

Toby

Pathfinder

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Pathfinder
Todhunter Moon, Book One

Angie Sage
Illustrations by Mark Zug
Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2014

From the dust jacket: “When Alice Todhunter Moon was five years old, she saw a beautiful golden Dragon Boat fly over her Pathfinder village. She knew at once that the boat was Magykal. That was years ago, before her mother died, her father disappeared at sea, and the Garmin took her best friend Ferdie.

“Now it’s up to Tod and Ferdie’s brother Oskar to rescue Ferdie from the Garmins’ keeper, the malevolent Lady. Their journey takes them to the Castle, where they receive help from the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap and ex-ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand. But the Lady’s brother, Darke sorcerer Oraton-Marr, has a plan that will put everyone Tod holds dear in danger. To save her people, Tod must embrace her identity as a Pathfinder and navigate the Ancient Ways, mysterious Magykal paths leading to unfamiliar—and sometimes dangerous—lands.

“Taking place seven years after the story arc of the original bestselling Septimus Heap series, Pathfinder celebrates the joy of discovering one’s own personal Magyk and of choosing the path that lets that Magyk flourish and grow.”
It’s been several years since I read the Septimus Heap series so it was nice to be reunited with some familiar characters in Pathfinder. It’s like being reunited with old friends and the author kindly catches the reader up on what has happened in their lives since the last book ended. But this book is about new characters in the wide orbit of Septimus Heap. We go on an exciting journey with Tod, from her almost idyllic home life, to the mysteries of being a Pathfinder, to the terrible danger of Darke Magyk. The story is immensely readable, full of adventure and magical events. Even if you’ve never read the Septimus Heap books, you’ll find this book entertaining because while it ties in with those previous books, it is also able to stand alone – well, with the other two books in the series! I’m starting the next one tonight and I can wait to find out what happens with Tod, Oskar and Ferdie as they do battle with Oraton-Marr!

Rating 4 out of 5 paws because Angie Sage does not disappoint!

Reviewer:

toby-loc

Toby

 

Birthday Books

Mom had a birthday recently – these are the books she got for us to read ( the first two came from our grandmom – the others came from a gift card she got from her nephew!) We can’t wait to read them all.

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Don’t they look wonderful?  The Todhunter Moon book will have to wait – it is the first of a trilogy so we will wait until all three books come out before reading it. After the Heroes of Olympus series is done, Piper will be reading the Lili St.Crow series again, culminating with Kin. After that, I think it will be the Chemical Garden series! But who knows? 

Fyre

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Fyre, Septimus Heap, book seven

Angie Sage

Katharine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2013

This is the final book in the Septimus Heap series and its main focus is on DeNaturing the Two-faced Ring, the darke implement formerly of Merrin Meredith’s left thumb (which Marcellus so deftly removed in Darke – the thumb and ring). Here, all the roads we have been down previously converge into solving the darke problems that have plagued the Castle for so long. But before all that happens, Marcellus is up to something and Marcia and Beetle are trying desperately to figure it out and solve the mystery of the puddles in the middle of the Big Freeze where everything is frozen and nothing should be melting. Also, the Time is Right for Jenna to become Queen (at only 14!) and she is swept off on a traditional journey by the ghosts of her mother and grandmother. We make another trip to the House of Foryx (where all Times meet) and flye once more on the Dragon Boat.

Main characters  

  • Septimus Heap, Senior Extra-Ordinary Apprentice to Marcia Overstand and sometime Alchemie Apprentice to Marcellus Pye
  • Jenna Heap, whose Time-Is-Right to become Queen of the Castle
  • O. Beetle Beetle, who was picked to be the new Chief Hermetic Scribe of the Manuscriptorium.

Secondary characters

  • The Forest Heaps, Sam, Edd, Erik and Jo-Jo are back from living wild in the forest
  • Wolf-Boy aka 409 aka Marwick, back from being an orphan to being one of identical triplets and is now Keeper  
  • The Dragon Boat, back from the brink of death after lying in a coma for more than 3 years
  • Syrah Syara, back from the Disenchantment Chamber where she has been recovering after living 500 years as a possession of a Syren.
  • Alther Mella, back from being Bannished (Septimus rescued him in Darke)
  • Jim Knee, a jinee back from hibernation
  • Jillie Djinn, back from the dead as a ghost who must spend a year and a day on Marcia’s sofa because that is where she died.

New characters  

  • Shamandrigger Saarn and Dramindonnor Naarn, two Masters of the Darke Arts and Warrior Wizards whose essence resides in the Two-Faced Ring and whose shared goal is to conquer the world and rule it in Darkenesse.
  • Edmund and Ernold Heap, long lost brothers of Zelda, uncles to Silas, turn up and in their own incompetent way create havoc in the Castle.
  • Dugius Drummin, leader of human-like creatures who live underground and work in the Alchemie Chamber.
  • Alice TodHunter Moon, whom we meet at the end of the book in a small paragraph and will learn more about her when the author publishes her first TodHunter book in October, 2014. I can’t wait! I’ll probably have to fight Laura for the review because the protagonist is a girl but since it is a spin-off of Septimus Heap, I should get the privilege. I’m quite sure there will be a battle!

It goes without saying – but I’m going to say it anyway – I loved this book and this series. It had adventure, mystery, humor, sadness, magyk and dragons – not to mention a wonderful orange cat with a black-tipped tail.

Rating: a definite 5 paws for a rollicking good time!

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cropped-jan-1-2005c.jpg Reviewer: Toby

Illustrations by Mark Zug:

Septimus Heap 

Marcia Overstrand

Jenna Heap

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