Septimus Heap: The Magykal Papers Hardcover – Jun 23 2009
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Praise for the Septimus Heap series: 'We can't get enough. More, please!' The Times 'Full of hurtle-paced humour' The Telegraph 'Her yarn scoots along like a dragon-boat with the wind in its sails' Sunday Times Praise for the Magykal Papers: 'Enthusiasts will avidly devour this ... there is much to read ... 'genuine' documents are reproduced and diagrams and drawings all add to the enticement and involvement' School Librarian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Angie Sage was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She now lives in Somerset in a very old house that has a 480-year-old painting of King Henry VIII on the wall. The seven books in her original Septimus Heap series are international bestsellers. She is also the author of the Araminta Spookie series.
Mark Zug has illustrated many collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering and Dune, as well as books and magazines. He lives in Pennsylvania.
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DO NOT BUY THE KINDLE VERSION
It is very annoying to read on the kindle. The individual sections, that have no connection to each other and would have merited a page break in a written copy, merge with less than a paragraph break and no headers to indicate the change.
I don't have the printed book, so I can't speak on it's editing, but the Kindle version is a mess. There are constant spelling errors (or auto corrects that make no sense) The section that suffers most from this is Marcia's journal. The best example:
"Woke late a er ano er Dungeon Number One nightmare"
While it's easy to figure out - it would have been just as easy for someone to fix it.
Also some of the pictures and maps did not translate well to the kindle. They are tiny little things crammed into less than 1/4 of the screen and impossible to make out. I have several other books on my kindle that include maps and pictures that have been properly sized to be visible on the screen, so again this seems to be the fault of poor editing. It took me just over an hour to read, I find it irritating that someone couldn't have spent the same amount of time checking it for errors.
If you love Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series I suggest picking this book up, but do yourself a favor and avoid the Kindle version. My rating would have been higher if it had been easier to read on the Kindle.
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Some Pros Include:
1. Ms. Sage's trademark gentle humor is present thoughout most of the book. I particulary enjoyed the tour pamplets by Silas Heap.
2. The book begins with a bit of the history of the Castle. Just how did the Castle come to have a Queen? You learn that here
3. Fabulous illustrations. I enjoyed seeing how mark Zug envisions the Heaps and the Wizards, especially Alther Metha.
4. While there is limited new material, the sections tend to add tremendously to the overall depth of the world being created by Ms Sage. For example, you gain empathy for Sarah Heap and difficult it must be for her to have been separated from her sons.
1. A note of caution - this is NOT a stand-alone book. Appreciation of it requires that you read the other books in the series first.
2. Some of the material was rather redundant, others simply didn't add much backstory. For example, for this book to make any sense you will have to read Magyk. Well, in that book you cover the rules for the Message Rat Service, so it is redundant to repeat it here. The journal entries don't seem to add much backstory.
Overall, this was a pleasant, quick read. I am looking forward to the next installation of the series, Syren.
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