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Septimus Heap: The Magykal Papers Hardcover – Jun 23 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books; 1 edition (June 23 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061704164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061704161
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #228,882 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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This book itself is as well written and amusingly charming as the rest of the series. It has no real story of it's own but includes several journals that expand upon the characters feelings and reactions to events that happen in the series. The little pamphlets written by Silas and the restaurant reviews are cute to read, and the history of the Castle makes for useful background information. All in all I would be happy to say it was a good book, had I bought a physical copy. But as I stated in the header


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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4d48798) out of 5 stars 41 reviews
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d791f8) out of 5 stars Entertaining, but not a stand-alone product July 7 2009
By science gal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Magykal Papers is a charming compendium of "published" (Pamplets, restaurant reviews, etc) and private papers (journal entries, etc) which, together, help to increase our understanding of delightful world created by Angie Sage. The "papers" are loosely collected into chapters corresponding to different regions of the Castle, such as the Palace and the Wizard Tower.
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.
29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d7924c) out of 5 stars Appetizer book July 29 2009
By Sandy Rhoad - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you are thinking (or reviewing) that this book is a sequel - forget it. If you find yourself hungry at 3 pm and dinner isn't until 6 pm and you eat a small snack -- that's what this book is about. It is a menu of the books preceeding it. It is a very GOOD menu because it reviews all the characters, their situations, the places you travel in the book and much more. If you think of it as an interim book - something to "tide you over" until the next book, then you will purchase and enjoy and not give bad reviews because it wasn't "enough". Good book and a wonderful addition to the shelf with your Sage collection.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d79528) out of 5 stars Just wonderful! July 11 2009
By go vegan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
You can tell that this book was written with love. Even the physical book itself is exceptional, with glossy pages and full-colored drawings of all the main players in the books, along with their backstories. I love books that give behind the scenes tidbits about the stories, and I have them for Artemis Fowl and Leven Thumps, and I'm glad that now there's one for Septimus Heap.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d79420) out of 5 stars Septimus Heap: The Magyal Papers May 1 2010
By A. J. Lafferty - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a nice graphic book that goes behind the scenes to let you see a little of the history of the castle and the people and things within it. It is a nice little side event to the series.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4d7960c) out of 5 stars Beautiful!! July 9 2009
By Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Angie Sage's Septimus Heap series, and this addition makes it even better. The illustrations alone in this book are worth it--this book helps you visualize the world she has created!