Magyk – Septimus Heap Series (Angie Sage) Book Review

Magyk Book Review, Angie Sage

Recently I’ve been re-reading an old favourite series – The Septimus Heap books, written by Angie Sage (whom I have had the pleasure of meeting). I expect these reviews will be a bit shorter than previous, save the final book, ‘Darke’. These books are wonderful, I hope I’ll be able to impart to you all how worthwhile they are to read.


In Magyk, we follow the Heap family; a large, rather poor family living in a ramshackle room in the castle, in a collection of homes called the Ramblings. We have father Silas Heap (an Ordinary Wizard), his wife Sarah Heap and the boys: Simon, Sam, Edd, Erik, Jo-Jo and Nicko (all in age order, without checking. Pride? Yes). The seventh son, Septimus, is the seventh son of a seventh son: powerfully Magykal. Problem is though, he died as a baby. Jenna, the adoptive daughter of the Heap family, is not all she seems; and when ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand (a practitioner of good Magyk is always a Wizard. Even a female. Witches are something different altogether, and they aren’t necessarily all bad) turns up and whisks her away for her own safety, all is not well in the castle..


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The Dwarves (Markus Heitz) Series Review

The Dwarves Series Review, Markus Heitz

   The Dwarves is a series I only found last year, whilst browsing around in Waterstones. Markus Heitz wasn’t an author I’d ever heard of before, but hey, that doesn’t mean anything. Come on, a black book with an exceedingly grumpy looking Dwarf chap on the front, combined with a blurb telling of a lost Dwarf whom has the burden of his people thrust onto him? How could I not? In this review I’ll be reviewing the series as a whole rather than single books, but I’ll reference them all.


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A note on books, and growing up.

Recently, my brother picked up the latest Artemis Fowl novel from the library; ‘The Last Guardian’. I wasn’t feeling to great, so I decided to set a day aside for reading it, as something not too heavy, and adequately amusing. Now, I’ve read all of the Fowl books (including the Fowl Files, excluding the Graphical Novels, for anybody interested). Now, the original book, ‘Artemis Fowl’ was first published in 2001; I would have been five years old. Obviously, I didn’t read it at the age of five, but I guess I would have read it at about eight or nine.

That’s probably at the younger end of Colfer’s target audience, but as I loved reading, my ‘reading age’ was advanced. At that age, I thought it was great. The silly jokes and bluffs, the textbook heroes and villains and the amazing rescues. Now though, quite a few years on; the things I like to read are clearly a bit more advanced. However, when a book is released of a series that I’ve been enjoying the past godknowshowmany years, do I want to read it? Of course I do!

I can’t help but be disappointed though, and I’m sure this is the case with many others. The jokes on Mulch’s arse no longer appeal to my sense of humour, nor is the plot complex enough to keep me totally focused. Is the book still a success? Yes. It’ll still appeal to those ten year olds like it appealed to me.

So, just in case you’re considering reading something like this; the latest in a previous favourite set of books: be wary (Alex Rider has the same sort of issue). Keep in mind that it might not be aimed at the age you are now, so just try and enjoy it for what it is. Should you still buy it? Maybe. You can always get it from the library if you don’t want to pay for it (*1).

Note: Some series are designed to grow with their reader base. Rowling’s Harry Potter, for example. The first book is light and funny, ad obviously there’s an issue the book is based around, but it isn’t too heavy. I loved it when I read it as a child. The last book is rich with emotion and loss, and rather adult themes like that. I still enjoy that now, as Rowling’s books have grow at relatively the same pace as her audience: Harry and Co. have grown up with us.

(*1) I’m always going on about libraries, I know. They’re great places. Books to read for free. Need I say more?

11/22/63 (Stephen King) Book Review

11/22/63 Book Review, Stephen King

11/22/63, one of the latest masterpieces from Stephen King, is not the sort of book I would catch myself reading. It was fiction of course, but not a dwarf, dragon, orc, elf or hobbit in sight. Not one. It was the title that caught me as I browsed around in Smiths. I immediately wanted to know what this date referred to. Having researched this later on, I decided to order the book.

11/22/63 follows Jake Epping, a recently divorced English teacher living in modern-day America. Jake receives a call from a friend, Al Templeton, summoning him to meet him. All is not well, as Al appears to have an advanced state of cancer that had not been present twenty-four hours earlier. Al shows Jake a door in his diner that would transport him back to 1958; where Al had spent many years of his life. Continue reading

Welcome!

Welcome, all. Greetings and salutations. Hello, hello.

We are about to set off of on an adventure, an experience through untold worlds. We will meet many people and watch many great events, I am sure. How will we do this? Which trusty steed shall carry us through the frenetic chaos of imagination that awaits us? Books, of course!

I will be reviewing the books I read onto this blog, in the hope that I can pass on in part, my love of books. I am sure that many of you that will read these pages will already have an avid love of books. I hope that I can open your eyes further to what it out there; and to show and share with you the things I love.

So, what exactly will I be writing about? Whatever book takes my fancy, of course! However, the genres that I expect will be most prevalent are:

Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Adventure, Sci Fi and perhaps a kiss of romance.

I am indeed, a lover of fiction. The unreal, the impossible and the insane. Is there anything better than the deeds and adventures of the magical, the brave, the unsuspecting, the reckless and the wronged?

Here are a few of my favourite (yes, English English) authors.

J.R.R. Tolkien (and C. Tolkien), Terry Pratchett, Darren Shan, J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Angie Sage.

In my reviews, I will try my utmost to disclose as little of the plot as possible, despite a personal belief that foreknowledge will not dampen the experience one bit. I don’t know anybody that actively reads book reviews to decides what to buy; but for those that will read here to see whether a book is worth buying, I shall refrain. When do I read book reviews? After I’ve read the book! It interests me to learn what other people thought of the book in comparison to my own thoughts.

The books I review will not necessarily be new. Some will be fairly old. Classics don’t become classics overnight, and though a classic will not need my review to make it great; I’m sure someone will be interested as to my opinions.

So, let us venture forth.

Anar calúva tielyanna.