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:

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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:

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Toby

 

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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Illustrations by Mark Zug:

Septimus Heap 

Marcia Overstrand

Jenna Heap

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O. Beetle Beetle

Darke

 

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Darke – Septimus Heap, Book Six

Angie Sage

Katherine Tegen Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011

Septimus has reached the point in his Extra-Ordinary Wizard Apprentice training that he must now work with Darke Magyk. In the meantime, Merrin Meredith establishes a Darke Domaine in the Palace and tries to take over the whole Castle. Marcia Overstrand, Jenna and Beetle to the rescue. And where is Septimus during all of this chaos? That is but one of many mysteries in this book!

 Main characters

o   Septimus Heap, Senior Extra-Ordinary Apprentice to  – well, you-know-who
o   Jenna,  P-I-W, or Princess-in-Waiting
o   Beetle,  formerly of the Manuscriptorium, invaluable to Marcia since Sep is missing
o   Spit Fyre,  almost a full grown adult dragon, fights the battle of his life

Secondary characters, the usual suspects:

o   Lucy Gringe,  determined to marry Simon soon
o   Simon Heap,  determined to win back acceptance and forgiveness with his family
o   Merrin Meredith aka Daniel Hunter aka Septimus Heap,  determined to rule the world with his Two-Faced Ring
o   The Port Witch Coven, determined to capture the Princess for themselves

New characters – not many this time around –

o   Larry of Larry’s Dead Languages Translation Services, also Beetle’s new employer after Jillie Djinn from the Manuscriptorium  canned him in the last book
o   Igor, Matt and Marcus of the Gothyk Grotto where you can buy all sorts of darke magykal items
 

This has been yet another amazing adventure of Septimus Heap. Angie Sage doesn’t disappoint at all. She writes with non-stop action and humor, weaving many different viewpoints seamlessly throughout the entire book.

Rating: 5 paws for another magykal book that makes me want to go on a queste of my own and experience the wonder of flyte!

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Courtesy: Somerset County Gazette

Somerset County Gazette: Angie Sage cuts the ribbon to open the new library.

POPULAR children’s author and illustrator Angie Sage was on hand at North Town Primary School to open their new library.
Children and staff dressed up for the occasion and Angie cut the ribbon to officially mark the grand reopening.
The library was recently refurbished and Angie stayed around to do a book signing after school.
Cllr Justine Baker was also present to donate a generous cheque of £1,500 to the school on behalf of Somerset County Council.
She said: “Each county councillor gets health and well being money to give as a grant to schools.“The money will be used to pay for a workshop to teach children about healthy living and another on drugs awareness.”

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Syren  – Septimus Heap, Book 5

Angie Sage

Katherine Tegen Books, an Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2009

Book 5 takes place immediately after the end of book 4, Queste. When I say immediately after, I mean the next day! We find Septimus stranded on a beautiful island with his friends and Spit Fyre where he is drawn into a mystery that answers some questions but raises more. (After all, we do have 2 more books after this one!) As always there’s a huge cast of characters, some new, most reoccurring, but always entertaining!

 Main characters

o   Septimus Heap, young apprentice to Extra-Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand who seems to get into trouble a lot.

o   Jenna, young princess who will be Queen of the Castle when the Time is Right

o   Beetle, best friend to Septimus, likes FizzFroot drinks

o   Spit Fyre, Septimus’ almost full grown dragon whose favorite breakfast is bananas and sausages

o   Ullr, the beautiful orange cat who transforms into a panther at night. (He is a main character because he’s a cat of course!)

Secondary characters, the usual suspects:

o   Nikko, brother to Septimus Heap, lover of all things nautical

o   Snorri, Northern Trader girl who inadvertently got mixed up in the craziness that is the Heap world

o   Wolf  Boy, aka Boy 409, former Young Army and Septimus’ best friend before Beetle

o   Lucy Gringe, love of Simon Heap’s life

o   Simon Heap, outcast brother of Septimus

o   Milo Banda, wandering father of Jenna

o   Merrin Meredith aka Daniel Hunter aka Septimus Heap, who took Beetle’s job at the Manuscriptorium and holder of the Two-Faced Ring (which is filled with darke magyk and is very important in future books)

New characters

o   Barney Pot, young nephew of Billy Pot, Dragon Keeper, and had the bad luck to run into Aunt Zelda.

o   Jim Knee – “an exotic figure wearing a yellow cloak, jerkin and breeches, all topped off by a hat…that looked remarkably like a pile of ever-shrinking yellow doughnuts…” pg 77

o   Theodophilus Fortitude Fry, described as “a most unpleasant—and deeply superstitious—skipper [of the Marauder].”  Pg 137

o   Jakey Fry, “a redheaded boy with a mass of freckles and watery green eyes like the sea.” Pg 138

o   The Crowe Twins, crew members of the Marauder—“were theoretically, identical, but one was fat and one was thin….They were exceedingly stupid…their eyes were as blank and pale as those of a dead fish on a slab….” Pg 138

o   Miarr Catt, Watcher at the CattRokk Light, “a lighthouse perched on a rock in the middle of the sea, the very top of which resembled the head of a cat, complete with ears and two brilliant beams of light that shone from its eyes.” Pg 232

o   Syrah Syara , “her thin, straggly dark hair framed a careworn face covered in freckles. Septimus had the distinct feeling he had seen her before—but where?”  Pg 360

As with all the previous books, I found this one equally entertaining. Laugh-out-loud moments, an exciting mystery and we learn a bit more about life before Septimus’ time (the Days of Beyond, which is the time way before anyone remembers). Once again, Angie Sage weaves mystery and magic, all the while keeping the story moving forward towards an exciting end.

Rating: 5 paws!  

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Reviewer: Toby toby headshot2

Courtesy: Wikipedia
Angie Sage (born 19 June 1952)[1] is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes MagykFlytePhysik,QuesteSyrenDarke and Fyre. She is also the illustrator and/or writer of many children’s books, and is the new writer of the Araminta Spook series.

Angie Sage grew up in Thames Valley, London and Kent. Her father was a publisher. He would bring home blank books that she would fill with pictures and stories. Sage first studied medicine, but changed her mind and went to Art School in Leicester. There she studied Graphic Design and Illustration. She began illustrating books after college. Then she progressed to writing children stories, including toddler books and chapter books. Her first novel was Septimus Heap: Magyk.