Review and Recommendation: The Septimus Heap Series

It’s a “Free Week” at 4F,1H and it also happens to be Holy Week, the week before Easter. For me, that means plenty of house and food prep. This year finds me doing less and moving slower than I normally would, but still enjoying myself…and I still find it busy.

So this week, I would like to give a quick review of a charming series of books,[please don’t let the next part stop you from continuing], which I have read on the advice of my grandson:The Septimus Heap series.

This delightful series is marketed toward the “Tweens”, ( post kiddie, pre-YA), but unless the kids reading them are really astute and mindful, they will miss a great deal of the nuances, personalities and humor within the lengthy books.

(I believe that other “Seniors” would find them as enjoyable as I have.)

The book page count sometimes into the 600s, but are such enjoyable reads, you never dread the numbers, but the ends. My grandson zipped through them when he was 13, and was not in the least self-conscious about picking them up from the junior book section.

English author Angie Sage has created a world with people who were human, but their world is not ours. Although it is another ‘boy wizard’ series, it has very little in common story-wise with Harry Potter. (That is not to imply that I do not love the HP novels and movies.)

As in the Potter books, evil is always evil, honor, friendship and family are to be maintained, help and forgiveness are a norm. However, Sage’s world is gentler.

Beside the enjoyable humor within the books, there are few truly evil people. The ones who seem bad are often misguided or are converted one way or another. (One terrible character has his memory wiped. Because he was indeed terrible, the ‘good guys’ replaced his thoughts with the understanding that he wants to join the circus to become a buffoon! With the way it is told, it is a LOL moment.)

Adults and older children would get much more out of the subtle hints given throughout the storyline and the continuity of the characters’ characters than younger readers. The situations, surroundings and personalities are incorporated so seamlessly within the series that I seldom saw the significance of many of them until their revelations, and that is one of the best recommendations I can give for any story. Far too often, the plots are all-too obvious to me.

I cannot even begin to describe the artful, and almost continual, dry humor added throughout the story.

I hope that if you have a child in your life who likes to read, you will consider reading this series with them.
If you have a child who doesn’t like to read or has problems reading, I hope you will consider reading this series to them.
I hope you will consider reading this series for yourself.

I wish all of our Christian readers a Happy Easter!

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About Tonette Joyce

Tonette was a once-fledgling lyricists-bookkeeper, turned cook/baker/restaurateur and is now exploring different writing venues,(with a stage play recently completed). She has had poetry and nonfiction articles published in the last few years. Tonette has been married to her only serious boyfriend for more than thirty years and she is, as one person described her, family-oriented almost to a fault. Never mind how others have described her, she is,(shall we say), a sometime traditionalist of eclectic tastes.She has another blog : "Tonette Joyce:Food,Friends,Family" here at WordPress.She and guests share tips and recipes for easy entertaining and helps people to be ready for almost anything.
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8 Responses to Review and Recommendation: The Septimus Heap Series

  1. jeff7salter says:

    great review — definitely brings out the bright spots of this series.
    I haven’t read any of them myself, but some of my grandchildren have devoured the Harry Potter series. I’ll pass along this author to them for consideration.
    Thanks!

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    • If y our grandkids like Harry, they will definitely enjoy Septimus. Please do let them know.

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      • jeff7salter says:

        My nearly 15-yr old grandson was here yesterday for Easter dinner and I showed him the site with Septimus books. He seemed impressed, but was halfway through a harry Potter book that very afternoon.

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      • There is a little “Walter Mitty ” in all of us, I suppose and boys in particular like to identify with the main characters in books. I love the ways in which the characters and the humor prevails in “Sep’s” world, a world that is cozy when it is not being threatened. I am now reading a ‘spin-off’, but Septimus and his people are making cameos. I am stealing a few pages here and there. I tell myself to is to keep up with my grandson to be able to talk about books, but I would just for myself. I do hope your grandson reads and enjoys Angie Sage’s works. Thanks for letting me know.

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  2. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Sounds like a great series! My grandkids are on either side of that age range – seven are high school and up, and two are in preschool. But several of the older ones love to read – I’ll have to share this with them.

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    • If the older kids liked Harry Potter, I would suggest that they try Septimus Heap. As I said, there are many nuances and subtleties that younger children would not appreciate, but I thoroughly enjoyed. The stories are continuing and get to be complex enough to keep adults/young adults interested, esp. after more and more that the reader has taken for granted becomes exposed as more significant than suspected.

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  3. Sounds like a great series. I’ll have to get the books for us. I can read them to Wyatt and I am sure Jess and Quin would both like them too.

    I hope you and your family have a happy Easter.

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    • I hope that you do! I feel now like “Mission Accomplished”!
      I hope you and your entire family have a happy and HEALTHY Easter, Angie.
      Let me know how you like Sep and his folks.

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