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In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged brother, Simon Heap, Septimus and Marcia Overstrand battle the spreading Darkenesse. Will Septimus succeed in protecting his Magykal world? Written with Angie Sage's characteristic humor, Septimus Heap, Book Six: Darke is a compelling fantasy adventure filled with surprises, thrills, and laugh-out-loud moments. Readers will revel in the action-packed story as they realize the wisdom of Magyk--that all things are meant to be part of a living whole.


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In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged brother, Simon Heap, Septimus and Marcia Overstrand battle the spreading Darkenesse. Will Septimus succeed in protecting his Magykal world? Written with Angie Sage's characteristic humor, Septimus Heap, Book Six: Darke is a compelling fantasy adventure filled with surprises, thrills, and laugh-out-loud moments. Readers will revel in the action-packed story as they realize the wisdom of Magyk--that all things are meant to be part of a living whole.

30 review for Darke

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Darke (Septimus Heap #6), Angie Sage Septimus Heap is a series of fantasy novels featuring a protagonist of the same name written by English author Angie Sage. In all, it features seven novels, entitled Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the first (Magyk) in 2005 and the final (Fyre) in 2013. Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from Darke (Septimus Heap #6), Angie Sage Septimus Heap is a series of fantasy novels featuring a protagonist of the same name written by English author Angie Sage. In all, it features seven novels, entitled Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the first (Magyk) in 2005 and the final (Fyre) in 2013. Alther Mella has been Banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction - He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone. With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged brother, Simon Heap, Septimus and Marcia Overstrand battle the spreading Darkenesse. Will Septimus succeed in protecting his Magykal world? تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه سپتامبر سال 2011 میلادی عنوان: سپتیموس هیپ: کتاب ششم صیاهی (سیاهی)؛ نوشته: آنجی سیج؛ مترجم: مهرداد مهدویان؛ تهران، افق، 1391؛ در 670ص؛ شابک 9789643698263؛ چاپ دوم 1392؛ موضوع داستان برای نوجوانان از نویسندگان امریکایی سده 20م نقل نمونه متن: (امشب شبی سیاه و توفانی است؛ ابرهای تیره در ارتفاع پایین روی قلعه می‌چرخند؛ و هرم طلایی نوک برج جادوگر را می‌پوشانند؛ توی خانه‌ هایی خیلی پایین‌تر، مردم با ناراحتی در خواب غلت می‌زنند، در حالی‌که صدای غرش آسمان‌غرمبه توی خواب‌های‌شان می‌دود، و کابوس‌ها را از آسمان پایین می‌فرستد؛ برج جادوگر مثل شیء نورانی عظیم‌ الجثه‌ ای، بالاتر از سقف خانه‌ های قلعه، قد علم کرده است، در حالی‌که نورهای ارغوانی و نیلی جادویی، دور هرم رنگین‌ کمانی نقره‌ ای براقش می‌چرخند، و بازی می‌کنند؛ داخل برج، جادوگر مخصوص توفان که سر کارش است، با بی‌تابی در سرسرای بزرگِ کم‌نوری راه می‌رود، و مرتب صفحه‌ ی توفان را بررسی می‌کند، و نیم‌ نگاهی هم به پنجره‌ ی‌‌ ناپایدار دارد، که موقع توفان کمی‌ وحشت می‌کند؛ جادوگری که سر کارش است کمی عصبی است؛ توفان معمولاً تأثیری روی جادو ندارد، ولی تمام جادوگرها داستان حمله‌ ی بزرگ رعد و برق را در زمان خیلی دور می‌دانند، که جادو را برای مدت کوتاهی از برج جادوگر بیرون کشید، و اتاق‌های جادوگر ویژه را بدجوری سوزاند؛ هیچ‌کس نمی‌خواهد این اتفاق دوباره بیفتد، به‌ خصوص جادوگری که به خاطر توفان سر کارش است)؛ پایان نقل تاریخ بهنگام رسانی 11/02/1400هجری خورشیدی؛ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robert

    Roar! Flagon the Fierce and Friendly Welsh Dragon [see profile pic and other photos] here with my second Goodreads review. I reviewed The Other Wind last time. Roar - so Robert really likes Angie Sage (he met her once) but I've gone off her a bit because of this book; there's a Pesky Dragon in it. (Angie Sage calls it a Darke Dragon but it comes to the same thing.) We Dragons have enough bad press already, without contemporary authors adding to it with their books with Pesky Dragons in! Roar! At Roar! Flagon the Fierce and Friendly Welsh Dragon [see profile pic and other photos] here with my second Goodreads review. I reviewed The Other Wind last time. Roar - so Robert really likes Angie Sage (he met her once) but I've gone off her a bit because of this book; there's a Pesky Dragon in it. (Angie Sage calls it a Darke Dragon but it comes to the same thing.) We Dragons have enough bad press already, without contemporary authors adding to it with their books with Pesky Dragons in! Roar! At least there is a Non-pesky Dragon, too and that Dragon has been around for several books in this series. But people mostly only remember the bad press when they meet an actual Dragon like me. We should all try to treat each other as individuals, though, and not assume folks are Pesky just because of malicious rumours! I'm much more likely to give you a cuddle than a clawing if I meet you! Roar - but the rest of the book was fun and funny, with Sage's usual collection of entertaining and somehow down-to-Earth-despite-all-the-Magyk characters.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dana Salman

    Can't wait can't wait can't wait!!! *************** Well. I finised it, and I'm disappointed. Not that the story was disappointing. It was typical Septimus Heap. Septimus, now fourteen, must undergo his Darke Week, and what he wants to do is rescue accidentally-Banished ghost, Alther Mella, from the Darke Halls. But pretty soon, an old menace finally makes his move; Merrin Merredith has beseiged the Castle with a Darke Domaine, trapping everyone in a giant pool of suffocating Darke Magyk. Exciting Can't wait can't wait can't wait!!! *************** Well. I finised it, and I'm disappointed. Not that the story was disappointing. It was typical Septimus Heap. Septimus, now fourteen, must undergo his Darke Week, and what he wants to do is rescue accidentally-Banished ghost, Alther Mella, from the Darke Halls. But pretty soon, an old menace finally makes his move; Merrin Merredith has beseiged the Castle with a Darke Domaine, trapping everyone in a giant pool of suffocating Darke Magyk. Exciting and fast-paced, Darke takes Septimus Heap to a whole new level. I just have a few points to make. One: Two characters introduced in the previous book Syren whom I really was looking forward to seeing more of - Syrah and Jim Knee - do nothing throughout the entire course of this story. Just a heads up for those of you who haven't read it yet. But yes, Syrah is still unconsious and Jim Knee is hibernating (which stinks because he could've been really helpful). Two: Septimus and Jenna are down-right irritating at the beginning of the book, to the point of just plain unlikeable. Jenna especially seemed to me a real pain. She never reacts the way she should. Three: Beetle pretty much takes over Septimus's role at the beginning of the book (which is fine by me, as he's my favorite character), then disappears later (no, he does not *ehem* *ehem*). And because he's so nice and Jenna's so mean, their relationship didn't have the ending I'd been hoping for. A second let-down. Four: Marcellus and Simon have alot more to do in this one. About time. Five: *spoiler* I think Marcia should've been alot more shocked that Marcellus had actually cut off Merrin's thumb. They treated it as no big deal. I mean, yikes! Six: *spoiler* After all that worrying and preparing, the Darke Halls weren't nearly as bad as I'd been expecting (or hoped). Seven: *spoiler* Beetle becoming the Chief Hermetic Scribe, though not unexpected, was a great moment. All I can say is that Darke was all I'd been expecting, and I enjoyed it. Really I did. The only problem now is that I'll be waiting on tenterhooks for the next book and after that there'll be no more. It's kinda depressing. Harry Potter all over again. But I'll worry bout that later. After all there is still the one book. Meanwhile I'll be rereading all my favorite parts in the Septimus Heap series. Favorite Septimus Heap Moments (in case you're interested): Magyk: -Preparing the Sheild Bugs with Marcia. -DeFrosting the Hunter and 'refreshing' his memory. So funny! -Scrying in the duck pond and finding out Boy 412 is Septimus Heap. Touching moment. Flyte: -Getting lost in the forest and being rescued by Benjamin -Camp Heap: meet Sam, Edd, Erik, and Jo-Jo! -The Summer Circle, with the Witch Mother warning Nicko and Septimus not to 'go to the circus'. Lol. -Boy 409 and Boy 412 reunite. Awesome. -Holing up in the Doll House. Creepy. -Trapped in the Port Witch Coven house. Creepier. -Spit Fyre hatches! Physik:-Beetle helps Jenna figure out how to find Septimus. Ever the helpful friend, Beetle. -After Spit Fyre lands on Snorri's boat. Poor Snorri. -Septimus is dogged by Hugo Tenderfoot. Cute little boy! -Jenna goes through the Queen's Way and meets Broda Pye and her doppleganger ancester, Esmeralda! -Jenna, mistaken for Esmeralda, is forced to attend her 'mother's' feast, looks up to thank the servent boy who has just spooned sauce into her duckling-free bowl, and sees that it is Septimus. Wonderful moment. -Everything from the feast until they go back through the Glass of Time. -Septimus cures Beetle. Queste:-Merrin applies for the Scribe's job while Beetle is in charge. Hilarious! -Marcia finds out Septimus has been visiting Marcellus. And then goes to visit Marcellus. Uh-oh, we're in trouble. -Meeting Ephaniah Grebe. -Camp Heap again. I really like Sam too. -Jenna owns Beetle and Septimus by pulling the door of the Hut open. Lol lol lol. -Septimus breaks the news to Hotep-Ra that the Queste has been Darkened by Tertius Fume. Oh Well. -Finding Nicko in the House of Foryx. Happy days. -Catchpole and the writing on the door. That man's a riot. Which reminds me, I haven't heard mention of Catchpole at all in this book. Darke I mean. Huh. -Marcia, Spit Fyre and Sarah meet everyone outside the House of Foryx. Alls well that ends well. Syren: -Septimus sends a letter by Pigeon Post. Lol lol lol. -The performance on deck the Cerys. Way to go Spit Fyre! -Barney tries to give Septimus his SafeCharm. Cute little kid! -Merrin mugs Barney Pot. Poor Barney! -Merrin meets Jim Knee. Lol, lol, LOL!! -Wolf Boy has to feed Lucy Gringe to the Grim. Yeah. Not gonna happen. You don't mess with Lucy Gringe. -Septimus meets Syrah Syara. -Septimus escapes the Syren. -The Book of Syrah Syren. Creepy. Sad. -Aunt Zelda makes Merrin appologize to Barney on an onlooker-filled street. Ha ha. -The whole affair with trying to stop the army of Jinn. Humurously crazy. -Syrah discovers she is over 500 years old. And faints. All I can say is, she'd better meet Julius Pike's ghost once she wakes up. -Returning home. Everyone's okay. Darke!:*Spoilers* -Beetle and Jenna go out on a date! Yeah, that is what it is. -The Boomerang Charm takes Beetle back to the Manuscriptorium. -Gothyk Grotto, Igor, Matt and Marcus. -The Cordon -Simon makes a choice between saving his mother or risking the lives of the inhabitants of the castle... -Sarah forces Septimus and Simon to get along. -The cute ghost girl in the Darke Halls. -Dragon Battle! -Rescuing Beetle from the Hermetic Chamber. -Foxy tells Beetle he is the new Chief Hermetic Scribe. -Simon and Septimus finally call it quits. Footnote: on second thought, I'll give this 3 stars and Syren 4: Syren was a bit better than this. nother footnote: on third thought, this is as good as Syren. So four stars.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    I'm getting dangerously close to the end of this series and frankly, since I've come to love and appreciate it, I wouldn't have minded if it had 15 more books. Sticking to a series can be hard but once you get over the hesitation it feels amazing to keep visiting the same world over and over again. Provided the books are good, of course. -I would say that the sixth Septimus Heap book was darker than the rest, not only would it be a pun but it'd also be true. The whole Castle was at serious risk t I'm getting dangerously close to the end of this series and frankly, since I've come to love and appreciate it, I wouldn't have minded if it had 15 more books. Sticking to a series can be hard but once you get over the hesitation it feels amazing to keep visiting the same world over and over again. Provided the books are good, of course. -I would say that the sixth Septimus Heap book was darker than the rest, not only would it be a pun but it'd also be true. The whole Castle was at serious risk this time and not everyone survived in the aftermath. -I loved Simon's turnaround. The actual redemption arc started two books ago but now he was officially accepted. -Three people infuriated me so much their stupidity drove me to muttering under my breath; Jenna, Sarah and Merrin. -Finally, Wolf Boy has a known past. And a name! -The book was a little too long. -Nicko and Snorri. What's the deal? -Septimus was a bit ungrateful when it came to Marcia. She cares about him greatly and he always under-appreciates it. -Will the rest of the Heap brood ever come out of the forest? It'd be awesome if everyone has grown up significantly in the last book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juey

    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW I THINK THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK ANGIE SAGE HAS EVER WRITEN!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING IN THE STORY WAS SOOOOOOOO WELL PLANNED OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ FYRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU DIDN'T READ THE SEPTIMUS HEAP SEIRES, GO AHEAD AND GRAB THOSE BOOKS RIGHT NOW. I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU WILL LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT!!!!! PLEASE RRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD IT!!! 😁😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍👍👍😁😁👍😁👍👍👍😁👍😁😁👍😁😁👍👍😁😁👍👍👍😁😁😁👍😁👍😁👍👍😁👍😁😁👍😁👍😁😁😁😁👍 WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW I THINK THIS WAS THE BEST BOOK ANGIE SAGE HAS EVER WRITEN!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING IN THE STORY WAS SOOOOOOOO WELL PLANNED OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT TO READ FYRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IF YOU DIDN'T READ THE SEPTIMUS HEAP SEIRES, GO AHEAD AND GRAB THOSE BOOKS RIGHT NOW. I PROMISE YOU THAT YOU WILL LLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEEEEE IT!!!!! PLEASE RRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD IT!!! 😁😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍👍👍😁😁👍😁👍👍👍😁👍😁😁👍😁😁👍👍😁😁👍👍👍😁😁😁👍😁👍😁👍👍😁👍😁😁👍😁👍😁😁😁😁👍😁👍😁👍😁😁👍😁👍😁😁👍👍👍😁👍😁👍👍😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍👍😁👍👍😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍😁👍😁😁😁😁👍😁😁😁😁👍👍👍👍👍😁😁👍👍👍😁👍😁😁👍😁👍👍👍👍👍👍👍😁👍😁👍😁👍👍😁😁😁👍👍😁👍😁👍👍😁👍👍👍👍😁😁👍👍👍😁👍😁

  6. 4 out of 5

    Seamaiden

    The book was good. During the first half of the book, I was really annoyed by Jenna and Septimus' behaviors. I was so annoyed that I didn't want to read anything about them. I actually wanted to read more about Syrah and Beetle. I am glad there was more Beetle in this book and he had such a good ending. Also, I would like more Wolf Boy. I am not sure what I think about the plot. I mean...I was interested in seeing what would happen, but I rolled my eyes more than once while reading the story. Me The book was good. During the first half of the book, I was really annoyed by Jenna and Septimus' behaviors. I was so annoyed that I didn't want to read anything about them. I actually wanted to read more about Syrah and Beetle. I am glad there was more Beetle in this book and he had such a good ending. Also, I would like more Wolf Boy. I am not sure what I think about the plot. I mean...I was interested in seeing what would happen, but I rolled my eyes more than once while reading the story. Merrin was annoying as hell. However, what was more annoying is that in every book no one let's another person finish their sentence when something dangerous happen. I mean, after so many times that the whole Heap family was in danger, you, people, should know to shut up when someone tries to tell you there is danger somewhere. Just shut your mouth, do what you are told to do, and if it was not as it appeared to be, just let the person explain to you what made them do such a thing. For God's sake! And give Marcia some credits. During her time, everything Darke seems to happen and her Apprentice is not the most normal person ever. Geez. Anyway, one more book to go and I am kind of sad they are over, yet I don't think they can stretch further. Therefore, let's walk out of the Darke and into the Fyre.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laila

    Great book, though Angie Sage must have been a little scatter brained. It seems as though, with all the minor plots she has made, she can't keep up with them. Still, part of one of my favorite series. Great book, though Angie Sage must have been a little scatter brained. It seems as though, with all the minor plots she has made, she can't keep up with them. Still, part of one of my favorite series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Elizabeth

    To get right to it, I think Darke was a whole lot more padded than it needed to be. There was too much time spent on people just hiding out in the dark, with very little plot to drive the book forward. I'm still excited for the final book, because I knew the 5 previous books to be much better than this, but this is definitely a low point for the series. To get right to it, I think Darke was a whole lot more padded than it needed to be. There was too much time spent on people just hiding out in the dark, with very little plot to drive the book forward. I'm still excited for the final book, because I knew the 5 previous books to be much better than this, but this is definitely a low point for the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Smith

    Such a fun and lovable series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    Enjoyed the whole series

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michele

    I like this book, #6 in the Septimus Heap series. I like Septimus Heap. I like the crazy concoction of characters that inhabit the Castle and the the world surrounding it. I like the intricacy of the plot and multiple steps required to solve the problem of the story, which in this book is a spreading fog of Darknesse spurred on by that trouble-making apprentice of the deceased Dom Daniel. I like how the characters evolve and change and new things happen to them. However, I think I might be growin I like this book, #6 in the Septimus Heap series. I like Septimus Heap. I like the crazy concoction of characters that inhabit the Castle and the the world surrounding it. I like the intricacy of the plot and multiple steps required to solve the problem of the story, which in this book is a spreading fog of Darknesse spurred on by that trouble-making apprentice of the deceased Dom Daniel. I like how the characters evolve and change and new things happen to them. However, I think I might be growing slightly bored with this wonderful cast of characters. I think that I want more of Septimus himself. Septimus is the title of the series, yet his actions are not even the most important ones of this particular story. He simply is not in enough of the plot. I would still recommend it if you are a Septimus fan. However, if you have not read any of the earlier books in the series, I suggest starting at the beginning with Magyk. This story really does not make a lot of sense without the background of the earlier books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Denicemarcell

    have been notified today, April 1, i am a winner of a copy of this title, YAY! Wow!! rec'd a store copy this week in addition to the advanced reading copy. I am amazed. started reading this on my vacation. Generally not an issue its book 6 and i never finished chapter 1 of book 1. Necessary knowledge from the previous books is woven into the story without disruption to the plot reminders for those who have read books 1-5 and info for those of us who haven't. I am not finding myself attaching to a have been notified today, April 1, i am a winner of a copy of this title, YAY! Wow!! rec'd a store copy this week in addition to the advanced reading copy. I am amazed. started reading this on my vacation. Generally not an issue its book 6 and i never finished chapter 1 of book 1. Necessary knowledge from the previous books is woven into the story without disruption to the plot reminders for those who have read books 1-5 and info for those of us who haven't. I am not finding myself attaching to any character. (Princess) Jenna is likeable and given what i know so far I am sympathic toward her.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I am now in the middle of Darke and it is just what the summary is about. Alther Mella has been banished in the prologue. Marcia makes a safety curtain and it has been broken. I am now at chapter 38 and Septimus and Jenna decide to take Spit Fyre, Septimus' dragon, up to the sky because it is the only place that is safe. This book is intriguing and has action and excitement on every page. Even though I have not finished the book yet, I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it is not my I am now in the middle of Darke and it is just what the summary is about. Alther Mella has been banished in the prologue. Marcia makes a safety curtain and it has been broken. I am now at chapter 38 and Septimus and Jenna decide to take Spit Fyre, Septimus' dragon, up to the sky because it is the only place that is safe. This book is intriguing and has action and excitement on every page. Even though I have not finished the book yet, I would rate this book a 3 out of 5 stars because it is not my favorite book in the seris.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Deedee

    it is going to have to be a good book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!or i will cry and email her at least 100 emails why it wasnt good.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Sixth in the Septimus Heap series for middle-grade readers and revolving around Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son. The primary focus is actually on Beetle followed by Septimus and then Simon. My Take I absolutely adore how well Sage enters into a child's mindset with their attitude, thoughts, and behaviors. I recognize myself as a child as well as the adult who's watching the kids mess up. AND, to be fair, the kids are doing a pretty good job of life. It's really Beetle who's the hero Sixth in the Septimus Heap series for middle-grade readers and revolving around Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son. The primary focus is actually on Beetle followed by Septimus and then Simon. My Take I absolutely adore how well Sage enters into a child's mindset with their attitude, thoughts, and behaviors. I recognize myself as a child as well as the adult who's watching the kids mess up. AND, to be fair, the kids are doing a pretty good job of life. It's really Beetle who's the hero in Darke. And Simon achieves his wildest dream, lol. Meanwhile, Septimus is obsessed with his own upcoming trials, and in my opinion, his narrow focus left it open for that Darke Domaine. It is a story of tidying up what with Banishing that nasty old Tertius (oops), catching up with Merrian, discovering Wolf Boy's origins, rescuing the Manuscriptorium (and appointing much better management!), rescuing and yet more rescuing. Dang, these Darke Magyk Things could be lawyers! Oops, I think maybe our lawyers are Darke Magyk lawyers!! Eeek. Sage has the Things slipping and sliding around words like nobody's business. Poor Simon. He is working so hard to gain forgiveness from everyone he's wronged. It really is impressive, and still, I can't blame some of his victims for not trusting him. There's another lesson in here besides atonement. This one is about the consequences of not thinking. Part of the theme in Darke is about growing up. There's more responsibility, a sense of being adrift and cut off. That desire to retreat back into a childhood where Mum and Dad took care of the bad things. It's also about adults having to come to terms with those under them becoming more responsible, having to share their time with others. And somehow finding forgiveness for wicked deeds. Sage using the other wizards (and the floor!) to amp up the tension about Septimus' upcoming Darke Week was effective. I was cruising, er, reading along, and being quite complacent about Septimus getting through this. How hard can it be? Look at how much he's accomplished already! The gross factor is amped up in this one. Just reading about Mrs. Gringe's stews are enough to make ya gag…urgghhh…bathroom…gotta get to the bathroom…make way…! And it gets worse when you read of the Port Coven's meal…urkkkk… Then Lucy encounters her mother's attitude. Oh. Boy. I know the real reason Lucy ran off! I'm surprised her dad hasn't made a run for it! Larry's new, oily personality will crack you up. I hope shopkeepers don't read this one. Don't want to give them ideas! The "ladies" staffing the Tally Hut in the market already have some odd ideas about dealing with customers. Enough so, that I'd be making a run for it. "He wouldn't be spending any time in this dump, he thought, but it would suit the Things nicely. It would keep them out of his way too, and he could hang out wherever he wanted. And do whatever he liked. So there."I loved that scene at the Manuscriptorium's Pending Cupboard when all the scribes gather 'round and divert Jillie Djinn. She is such a pill. I sure enjoyed Beetle getting a bit of a comeuppance with her as Marcia's Emissary, lol. I also loved how well Jenna thought on her feet at the Doom Dump. Phew. A couple of niggles… I am curious as to why someone has to be entombed in the Hermetic Chamber. Then there's Jenna's and Sarah's stubbornness. They are both so irritating in this. I wanted to smack 'em both around. For Jenna, it is a part of that maturity thing, sigh. I don't know what Sarah's excuse is. There's a very definite feel to Darke of Sage slowly winding the Septimus Heap series down. It's nicely done, and I'll miss him once I read the last in the series, Fyre . The Story Simon and Princess Jenna will be celebrating their fourteenth birthdays at the Palace this year. It's an age when children are acknowledged as independent, responsible enough to make their own decisions. Yep, shake in fear, Mom and Dad! Marring the festivities… Okay, layering a deep gloom over our heroes' anticipation of the fun, is Marcia having Banished Tertius (yay!), but also Banishing Alther. They have to get him back out of the Darke Places. A place so Darke that the adventurer's return is most unlikely. Worse, Magyk is all wonky, and Marcia is desperate for Septimus to put off the start of his Darke Week. But not going would leave Alther trapped forever…and allow the Darke Domaine to spread throughout their world. The Characters Septimus Heap, a.k.a., Sum, is now a Senior ExtraOrdinary Apprentice to Marcia. Spit Fyre is Septimus' very tricky dragon ( Flyte , 2). The Heaps are… …a family of regular people and wizards. Mum, Sarah, gave up her Magyk and now keeps house at the Palace for Jenna, the daughter she and Silas, an Ordinary Wizard, raised. Simon is the oldest son and did a lot of bad things in his efforts to learn Magyk quickly. The obstreperous Lucy Gringe is the daughter of the gatekeeper, and she ran off with Simon. Thunder is Simon's horse who's come in search of Simon. Benjamin Heap was Silas' father. Niko Heap, another son, has been jumping through time with Snorri Snorrelssen. Alfrún Snorrelssen is Snorri's mother and a Spirit-Seer who sees ghosts. Snorri and her mother will be testing the Alfrún for seaworthiness; Olaf Snorrelssen is a ghost and Snorri's father who'll drift out with them. The Wizard Tower is… …where the wizards all live. Marcia Fusspot Overstrand is the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, the one in charge and a little too concerned about her place in history…hmmm. She's also mistress to her ExtraOrdinary Apprentice, Septimus. Jim Knee, the jinnee from Syren , 5, is hibernating in Marcia's sitting room. Alther Mella is the ghost of the last ExtraOrdinary Wizard. He and Alice Nettles, another ghost, have finally begun that longed-for relationship. Rose is the new sick bay Apprentice Wizard working the night duty. Syrah Syara is being held in the Disenchantment Chamber, and everyone is hoping she comes through the process safely ( Syren ). Hildegarde Pigeon is an Ordinary sub-wizard who recovered from her Thing possession in Queste , 4; Pascalle and Thomasinn Thyme are sisters who perform escort duty for Beetle; and, Bertie Bott is left to guard the Cordon. Marcellus Pye is an ancient Castle Alchemist (and Queen Etheldredda's son) who took Septimus as an Alchemie Apprentice 500 years ago. The Palace is… …where Princess Jenna lives with Ullr, the shifting Spirit-Seer kitty/panther she had been watching for Snorri. Maxie is Silas' ancient wolfhound, and Ethel is a waistcoat-wearing duck. An assortment of ghosts work at the Palace including Sir Hereward, a ghost who guards the princess' bedroom doors; Godric; and, Gudrun the Great who guards the Palace Gate. The late Queen Cerys was Jenna's birth mother; she died fourteen years ago. Milo Banda is Jenna's birth father. Barney Pot also works at the Palace. His uncle, Billy Pot, is the Dragon Keeper by Appointment. The Bringer of the Book is bringing Marcia's doom to Jenna and forcing Jenna to accept that it is her Day of Recognition. Port is… …the town where everyone lives and most of the action takes place. Maureen owns the Harbor and Dock Pie Shop. And I really want an egg pie. I have no idea what it is, but it sounds so tasty! Sally Mullin runs a Tea and Ale House with her name on it. It's located just above the New Quay where her new boat, the Annie , is moored. Mr. Gringe is Lucy's father and Mrs. Gringe's long-suffering husband. Well, once you read about her cooking, you'll feel as if you're suffering too! Rupert Gringe is Lucy's brother who is apprenticed to Jannit Maarten, a boatbuilder. Rupert is walking out with Maggie, the Port barge skipper. Dolly Bingle works in the fish shop down at the New Quay. The Gothyk Grotto is a junk shop where Marcus and Matt Marwick, twin brothers, work for Mr. Igor. Ma Custard's Cake Shop. Terry Tarsal has a shoe shop. Beetle Beetle has taken a job with Larry who runs Larry's Dead Languages Translation Service. Beetle's in love with Jenna and would do anything for her, although you'll begin to wonder at the end of the story. Maizie Smalls lights the torches in Wizard Way and struck a deal to light the Palace's candles. Binkie is her cat. Stanley is a Message Rat who re-instituted the Message Rat Service. He has high hopes for his ratlets: Flo, Mo, Bo, and Jo, a.k.a., Florence, Morris, Robert, and Josephine. (In Syren, they were named Sydney, Lydia, Faith, and Edward *shakes her head wonderingly*) The Magykal Manuscriptorium and Spell Checkers Incorporated is… …where Beetle Beetle used to work. Now, Merrin Meredith (he raised the Things in Queste , 4, and then journeyed to Port to wreak havoc) works as the chief clerk and is squatting in the Palace. Well, okay, "works" is a very flexible concept for Merrin. He is achieving his goals of havoc in the Manuscriptorium, especially with Jillie Djinn, the OCD Chief Hermetic Scribe. Ephaniah Grebe, a half-man, half-rat, is the Conservation, Preservation, and Protection Scribe. Foxy is the new Chief Charm Scribe (his dad used to be the Chief Hermetic Scribe before Jillie). The rest of the twenty-one scribes include Romilly Badger and Barnaby Ewe who are quick-thinkers and Partridge. The Northern Traders' Market is a fair where one can find gifts for anyone for the MidWinter Feast. Makers' Mile is a new section of the market where locals can sell. The Tally Hut is a jewelry stall run by Sophie Barley. Supposed to be, anyway. The Port Coven is… …a group of really nasty Darke witches including Pamela the Witch Mother, Linda is Pamela's wicked, vicious protégé, Dorinda, Veronica, Daphne, and the traitorous Marissa Lane who are living in the Doom Dump. Nursie works for them and is the landlady of The Doll House. Dungeon Number One is… …the center of Marcia's horrible nightmares. Tertius Fume was a very bad ghost (the latest evil was in Syren ). Well, he's been a mean, nasty ghost for a long time. Things are a kind of mean, nasty human figure that most people can't see. DomDaniel was a really wicked Darke Magyk wizard who wore the insidious Darke Two-Faced Ring. A Darke Domaine is a foggy pool of Darke that grows and lures people in with false promises. The Darke Disguise will hide your true nature. Storm Wizards keep an eye on the weather. Fetching forces the Fetched to keep moving until he reaches the place to which he is Fetched. Darke Week is the time when an ExtraOrdinary Apprentice must experience Darke and find a balance between Darke and Magyk. A Call Out is an emergency measure when danger threatens the Palace or the Wizard's Tower. The Longest Night sounds like Christmas with its feasting and lights and gifts. It seems to be part of the MidWinter Feast. Synchronicity is when dragon and Imprintor become One, a very rare occurrence. A P-I-W is a Princess-in-Waiting. And doesn't Marcia just hate that! The Cover and Title The cover is a background of grayish browns, itself the cover of an embossed book, Darke Index, the ultimate book on Darke Magyk. Darke is in a deep copper foil with the series information at the top in gold with the author's name at the bottom, also in gold. The book is held closed by an old and battered length of lilac satin ribbon atop of which is a battered tin box in green and cocoa brown with a pivoting, shaped brass handle. The title is the focus, the Darke Magyk that is overwhelming the Palace and Port.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Livia

    I literally live for all that Beetle content. He is clearly the best character in this series. And that's saying something. I find that Darke, just like every book in the Septimus Heap series, has great character work for every single character. And there are a lot. Most of them are not even written to be likeable (like Marcia), but they feel so real you can't help but fall in love with them anyway. I have to admit though, Jenna and Septimus are starting to get on my nerves. Jenna just spends the I literally live for all that Beetle content. He is clearly the best character in this series. And that's saying something. I find that Darke, just like every book in the Septimus Heap series, has great character work for every single character. And there are a lot. Most of them are not even written to be likeable (like Marcia), but they feel so real you can't help but fall in love with them anyway. I have to admit though, Jenna and Septimus are starting to get on my nerves. Jenna just spends the entire book making bad decisions and treating Beetle like shit (which I took as a personal attack btw). And Septimus, on the other hand, just treats everyone like shit, acts like the world revolves around him and acts like a dumbass towards Simon (my second child). (The Simon redemption arc ?? So gooooood, people. So good.) "Ask yourself who anyone would rather be- Septimus Heap, ExtraOrdinary Apprentice, loved and respected by all in the Castle, with a brilliant future ahead of him, or Simon Heap, disgraced, exiled and living a hand-to-mouth existence in the Port with little to hope for?" I would gladly kill Septimus any day to save Simon Heap. Just saying. Another thing I wanted to mention is the art in this book. The illustrations have been pretty much the same since the first book, with a few new ones here and there, but I feel like they went all out in Darke. They were all new illustrations that made the story come even more alive. Soooo in conclusion, I would say that Darke is a clear improvement from the last few installments. Physik, Queste and Syren just didn't do it for me. They all kind of lacked the Magyk feeling I got used to in the first two novels. Darke definitely met my expectations, and I can't wait to read Fyre, which I don't remember a single thing about. Again. But are we really surprised? We're talking about me here. I'm out.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Non Ratchanon

    The story is so much better than Syren. It’s exciting and very intense, not boring at all. I enjoy the core story very much but I really annoyed Jenna and Septimus’s interaction at first. Some characters have illogical and stupid thinking like they are in soap opera (Sarah and Silas Heap to be specific). The unique writing technique of Angie is the timelines between chapters are overlap which is fascinating. Although, it’s also a weak point (e.g. Jenna and Nicko pop up themselves from very far p The story is so much better than Syren. It’s exciting and very intense, not boring at all. I enjoy the core story very much but I really annoyed Jenna and Septimus’s interaction at first. Some characters have illogical and stupid thinking like they are in soap opera (Sarah and Silas Heap to be specific). The unique writing technique of Angie is the timelines between chapters are overlap which is fascinating. Although, it’s also a weak point (e.g. Jenna and Nicko pop up themselves from very far place, side characters were left behind almost instantly after they have finished their job). I think Angie is not good at handling many characters and she just tossed those interesting characters away like she ditched Sep’s four brothers into the wood. It would be so much fun if she can use those characters more. Furthermore, there are sooo many conflicts (even on the same page) that would definitely irritate the reader. Angie has not planned well before she write. She made many limitations in the first half of the book but in the second half she completely forgot about them or wrote something carelessly to break those limitations. For example, Sep got something that cannot be in the wizard tower but in the final arc he is standing in the room on top of the tower, Marcia desperately want to get out of the tower but cannot do that because of the shield(nothing can go in or out) - just a couple of chapters after that Simon easily get into the tower by secret door which is obviously a sloppy writing. Overall, this book has the most serious Darke’s plot, it’s getting more dangerous and closer to the ending. Both rising action and falling action are more intense than any previous books even though the climax is a bit messy. Darke has the same addicted vibes like many books before. I’ve finished Darke in two days.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    That stinking Merrin Meredith is back, threatening the Castle with the power of the Darke. Only Septimus, his dragon Spitfyre, and Princess Jenna can stop Merrin from covering the entire city in Darkeness. I loved this book! The plot is full of action and magic and twists. I adore the characters, and I love how they grow and learn throughout the series. This book was particularly emotional for the Heap family as prodigal son, Simon, strives to win back his family’s love and trust. My only troubl That stinking Merrin Meredith is back, threatening the Castle with the power of the Darke. Only Septimus, his dragon Spitfyre, and Princess Jenna can stop Merrin from covering the entire city in Darkeness. I loved this book! The plot is full of action and magic and twists. I adore the characters, and I love how they grow and learn throughout the series. This book was particularly emotional for the Heap family as prodigal son, Simon, strives to win back his family’s love and trust. My only trouble was the vast number of side characters. They are all quirky and sweet and interesting and memorable, but there are just SO MANY of them. I could barely keep track of who was who. I can follow about 20 main characters and then I start losing track. I just adore this series! The intertwined plots are so complex and imaginative. Really good story telling in the writing style that puts the reader right into the middle of the action and tugs at your heart strings.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nighteye

    The most exiting one so far :) septimus plays a smaller role during the first part of the book which gives us more insight about the others thanks to longer texts about each character + great and exiting story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Frederike

    As the title already gives away, there is a lot of Darke going on in Darke, which makes for a gripping read, since our protagonists are clever, creative and inventive enough to come up with enlightening solutions

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ilana

    Three stars because I'll forever be bitter about how Angie Sage completely wrote out Snorri Snorrelson. Snorri was a great character and deserved better, and that's all anyone needs to know. Three stars because I'll forever be bitter about how Angie Sage completely wrote out Snorri Snorrelson. Snorri was a great character and deserved better, and that's all anyone needs to know.

  22. 4 out of 5

    connie

    Wish they went into the witchiness of it all a bit more Slow start but very satisfying as per usual

  23. 4 out of 5

    Aashish Sood

    Having read the first five books of the series earnestly, it was for quite some time that I have been waiting for Darke to come out. I wouldn’t say that the long wait was a wasted effort; though the book fell short of expectations. At least in my case. In this volume, Merrin Meredith, apprentice to necromancer Domadaniel and now wearing his two faced ring has decided upon himself to setup a Darke Domaine in the castle and overcome even the Wizard Tower, with the help of his faithful THINGS. This D Having read the first five books of the series earnestly, it was for quite some time that I have been waiting for Darke to come out. I wouldn’t say that the long wait was a wasted effort; though the book fell short of expectations. At least in my case. In this volume, Merrin Meredith, apprentice to necromancer Domadaniel and now wearing his two faced ring has decided upon himself to setup a Darke Domaine in the castle and overcome even the Wizard Tower, with the help of his faithful THINGS. This Darke Domaine grows outward from the palace and is now threatening to overwhelm the entire city. Septimus is worried about his Darke Week where he must encounter the Darke and successfully avoid being lost in it. Unfortunately, the ghost of Ex-extraordinary Wizard, Alther Mella, has been banished Marcia Overstrand, the current Extraordinary Wizard, in a mistake and is not present to help. On the other hand is Princess Jenna in a tiff with the Port Witch coven. Beetle, on the other hand, involved in the entire charade in more than one ways: Having a crush on Jenna, past association with Manuscriptorium, association with Marcia etc. Positives of the book: The character of Beetle has been developed a lot with a good ending for him, for a change. Since both Jenna and Septimus are coming of age, 14 years, in this volume; they both are coming to terms with the expectations that they have to fulfill – Jenna as the queen to be and Septimus as the possible candidate for Extraordinary wizard. Negatives of the book: While a lot of talk and impression were given as to Septimus having to go into Darke Halls to retrieve Alther, that bit went off fairly quickly and I felt that it could have been developed on at all. Especially since it seemed that visiting Darke Halls was all the more urgent for the removal of Darke Domaine. More than usual detailing on Darke Domaine; at times felt it to be too lengthy and kept on going on and on. At times Jenna and Septimus seemed a bit more childish. But I guess that can be explained as being a part of adolescence. I was kind of looking forward to see more of Syrah and Jim Knee but they both were absent throughout. A very surprising element was when Marcellus did something which I would have never expected him to do. That was a real nice bit. Though, all in all a nice read and I will give it a 3.5 out of 5 rating.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mersaydez

    I got an advanced copy of this book (the uncorrected proof) in the mail and I thought that this book, Darke, was really, really good. It was quite fast-paced and it was action-packed as well. Some of the things that happened were things that I just were not expecting and I greatly enjoyed the twists that Sage put into the story. However, the thing that bothered me most was the characters. I just didn't like Jenna, throughout most of the book, with her (view spoiler)["I don't want to be safe" att I got an advanced copy of this book (the uncorrected proof) in the mail and I thought that this book, Darke, was really, really good. It was quite fast-paced and it was action-packed as well. Some of the things that happened were things that I just were not expecting and I greatly enjoyed the twists that Sage put into the story. However, the thing that bothered me most was the characters. I just didn't like Jenna, throughout most of the book, with her (view spoiler)["I don't want to be safe" attitude and just how annoying she was. Another character that bothered me was Sarah Heap when Marcia Overstrand was trying to tell Sarah to get out of the castle so that she (Marcia) could Quarantine the castle and put a SafeSheild over it so that the DarkDomaine could not move past the castle and engulf the entire place. Though I know where she's coming from, Sarah Heap just pissed the crap out of me. She wouldn't even lissten to Marcia and then she risked the safety of everyone pretty much for a stupid duck and Jenna blamed it all on Marcia, which I didn't like very much. Septimus's attitude also bothered me. He just seemed out of character throughout most of the book. I didn't like the way he was treating Simon, but I guess I could see where he was coming from considering that Simon had tried to kill Jenna. Jenna was just really stubborn and an overall annoying character to me. (hide spoiler)] Throughout the whole book, the series as well, my favorite character has been Marcia. Her character just seemed the most realistic to me and her reactions to all of the situations that went on seemed like the ones that I would have done. Overall, however, I thought the book was pretty darn good and I would reccommend it to anyone.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As Septimus and his sister, Princess Jenna, turn fourteen, all is not well in the city of The Castle. Jenna discovers something Darke in the palace attic--but no one will believe her. Septimus is facing the most challenging week of his apprenticeship, when he has to establish a connection with Darknesse and try to rescue a ghost that his mentor accidentally banished to the Darke realm, and he's a bit preoccupied. Simon Heap, trying to repent from turning Darke some years ago, is abruptly and unw As Septimus and his sister, Princess Jenna, turn fourteen, all is not well in the city of The Castle. Jenna discovers something Darke in the palace attic--but no one will believe her. Septimus is facing the most challenging week of his apprenticeship, when he has to establish a connection with Darknesse and try to rescue a ghost that his mentor accidentally banished to the Darke realm, and he's a bit preoccupied. Simon Heap, trying to repent from turning Darke some years ago, is abruptly and unwillingly hauled back into that world, and his family--not to mention the entire city--is at stake. All because of that wretched Merrin Meredith, the world's most unpleasant failed apprentice. Time is running out for The Castle... While this book is just as clever and creative as the rest of the series, like its title, it was quite a bit darker, and so I didn't enjoy it quite so much. I'm not much of a fan of zombies, and while the Darke Things that take over the city aren't technically zombies, they give the same feel. But still, this will be a winner for kids looking for action combined with magic and horror and well-drawn characters, mostly recurring from previous books. What I really like is that Sage shows the lessons the characters learn for the most part, rather than telling it--several bull-headed characters get themselves in deep doo-doo because they refuse to listen when people are trying to save their lives, and while the characters themselves may not have learned the lesson (even if they do survive), it will be obvious to the readers. Sometimes even mothers have to do what someone tells them, if they don't want to open the entire city up to zombie domination. Good lesson. Oh, and don't think I didn't notice that Sage named one of her characters Bertie Botts.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lori Anderson

    Absolutely love this series. Anyone who misses the Harry Potter series will like this one, I promise. This is probably my favorite book of the entire series. It keeps you on the edge of your seat as the "Darke" (the bad magic)threatens to overtake the kingdom. The Darke also tasks the strongest wizards, and for a while, the reader wonders who will come out unscathed (spoiler -- not everyone makes it). Dragons, magic rings, mysterious dark clouds, "Things", ghosts (the good kind), a reunited son Absolutely love this series. Anyone who misses the Harry Potter series will like this one, I promise. This is probably my favorite book of the entire series. It keeps you on the edge of your seat as the "Darke" (the bad magic)threatens to overtake the kingdom. The Darke also tasks the strongest wizards, and for a while, the reader wonders who will come out unscathed (spoiler -- not everyone makes it). Dragons, magic rings, mysterious dark clouds, "Things", ghosts (the good kind), a reunited son and mother, a duck (yep, a duck), and a tight-knit family dominate the pages. Long-held grudges are mended. Old places within the kingdom are revisited after many books ago. Long-asked questions are answered. The lovely pencil illustrations in this entire series are an equal delight. And of course, I love the detailed maps. Can't say enough good things. Sure, it's meant for kids and young adults, but just like Harry Potter, grown-ups will love it, too. Highly recommended (but start with Book One). Lori Anderson Blog Shop

  27. 5 out of 5

    H

    Another good Septimus Heap book. I read the last few hundred pages while waiting for Harry Potter, and it was a really good fit. I liked how Merrin actually became a threat in this book, as he's been knocked down and dismissed in all the others. It was nice that he had his time to shine, even if it was in a bad way. I also liked seeing more of Simon and seeing him and Septimus work together. Also Marcellus and Marcia work together; that was somewhat comical, considering how they feel about each Another good Septimus Heap book. I read the last few hundred pages while waiting for Harry Potter, and it was a really good fit. I liked how Merrin actually became a threat in this book, as he's been knocked down and dismissed in all the others. It was nice that he had his time to shine, even if it was in a bad way. I also liked seeing more of Simon and seeing him and Septimus work together. Also Marcellus and Marcia work together; that was somewhat comical, considering how they feel about each other. I felt a little letdown about the whole Wendron witches business, because it seemed like the last book (I think it was the last one, when Jenna was almost kidnapped?) hinted at rumbles to come, but there wasn't anything about them except Marissa's appearance. Also I missed Wolf Boy, but it was fun to learn a little bit about his past, and I wished Syra had been in it more than as a comatose filler. Also, it sort of felt like pretty much everything plot-wise in the series had been resolved but the end wasn't really a series end, so I'm curious about if there will be another book and, if so, what it will be about.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Wrote reviews for the first 5 books already, *sigh* I've just been saying the same things. Okay, basic rundown: If you read the first 5 books and liked them, then why are you even reading reviews for this book and considering whether or not to read it? Just pick it up and get going, the Septimus Heap series is awesome, book 6 wont disappoint you. If you didn't like the first 5 books, wow I'm impressed that you managed to slug through 5 books in a series that you didn't like. Well, I do not encou Wrote reviews for the first 5 books already, *sigh* I've just been saying the same things. Okay, basic rundown: If you read the first 5 books and liked them, then why are you even reading reviews for this book and considering whether or not to read it? Just pick it up and get going, the Septimus Heap series is awesome, book 6 wont disappoint you. If you didn't like the first 5 books, wow I'm impressed that you managed to slug through 5 books in a series that you didn't like. Well, I do not encourage giving up books, but I'm afraid if you read book six and still don't start liking it then you'll just end up hating this series even more... All I can say is you never know what might happen and that I totally love this series. Truthfully I love this book as much as the ones before, but I think that's only because when a series gets long the plot starts to slow down and stuff. But I would definitely want to read this book whether it's slow or not because I just love knowing what happens to the characters and stuff in the future.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    For the last 5 years the newest book has come out just before my birthday so my husband knows just what to get me. Funny thing is most years I forget all about it and then I am so excited for my book. I get such a kick out of this series. Each time I get a new book I reread all the books in the series before reading the newest one. The series has Harry Potter like elements with magic and wizards and a young male hero but is not so dark and a very different writing style. There isn't really one bi For the last 5 years the newest book has come out just before my birthday so my husband knows just what to get me. Funny thing is most years I forget all about it and then I am so excited for my book. I get such a kick out of this series. Each time I get a new book I reread all the books in the series before reading the newest one. The series has Harry Potter like elements with magic and wizards and a young male hero but is not so dark and a very different writing style. There isn't really one big evil throughout all the books so much as a threat that must be conquered each time. Likable characters and good fun! I enjoy the writing and the plot twists and turns. I recommend this fun easy-read series to anyone, young and old.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    This one had a slow start but once it picked up I didn't want to put it down. It starts with Septimus stressing out about his upcoming darke week and therefore doesn't want to help Jenna with her problem in the palace and she asks Beetle for help who starts feeling like a second fiddle to Septimus. Then a darke domaine takes over and our friends have to save the day but will they do it in time? Exciting news for Beetle emerges and they figure out who wolf boy is. I really enjoyed this one but li This one had a slow start but once it picked up I didn't want to put it down. It starts with Septimus stressing out about his upcoming darke week and therefore doesn't want to help Jenna with her problem in the palace and she asks Beetle for help who starts feeling like a second fiddle to Septimus. Then a darke domaine takes over and our friends have to save the day but will they do it in time? Exciting news for Beetle emerges and they figure out who wolf boy is. I really enjoyed this one but like I said it took a little longer to get into then the books in this series normally do. I can't wait to see how it all will eventually end.

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