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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.

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toby-loc

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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