Thursday, September 12

Fyre: Book Review


Angie Sage

Katherine Tegen Books
April 16th 2013
Middle Grade | Paranormal | Fantasy
Official Blurb - 
Now that Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle are fourteen years old, they have assumed larger roles in their Magykal world. Beetle is the Chief Hermetic Scribe of the Manuscriptorium and Jenna will soon be Queen, but Septimus is still battling the remnants of the Darke Domaine, which will remain until the power of the evil Two-Faced Ring is destroyed forever. To accomplish that, the ancient Alchemie Fyre must be relit—a task that sends Septimus to the very origins of Magyk and Physik, testing both his skills and his loyalties to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand and Alchemist Marcellus Pye.

In a journey that encapsulates the entire Septimus Heap series, Septimus continues to discover who he is and expand upon his Magykal power and skills. fyre weaves together every character from the series and incorporates many of the Magykal places from each book. Written with Angie Sage's distinctive humor and heart, Fyre is the grand finale that celebrates the greatest Magyk of all: When the Fyre inside is kindled and when the Time Is Right, anything is possible.

I am sure many would like to compare this series to Harry Potter. It does have wizards after all. But making that comparison would set readers up for some disappointment. This series is nowhere near as deep and certainly not as serious. You needn't fear these books will scare your children. It is like all the villains have safety corners on them. So there really is never a chance of things getting bad.

This book really wanders quite a bit. At times there is definitely more tangent then forward momentum for the story. I just don't think any of the characters could take anything seriously. But finally after many many tangents and silly moments the book concludes. I wasn't as satisfied with the ending as I was hoping. It felt more like an open ending just in case the publisher wants more books in the future.