by Angie Sage Also by this author: PathFinder
on July 5th 2012 Genres: Fantasy & Magic
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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 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.
Welcome back to 7 Months of Septimus Heap! I’d like to apologize for completely missing the August post, and hope that all of you will forgive me for such a late installment.
Let’s here what Angie has to say about Darke:
Angie Sage on Darke:
I approached writing DARKE with the same feelings Septimus had about his Darke week–nervous, excited and not entirely sure how things would turn out. But, like both Septimus and Marcia, I hoped for the best.
Right from the start of the series I knew that there was something very strange beneath the Castle and that somehow, Bleak Creek was part of it. But it was scary stuff and complicated too, and with each book I wrote I found a reason for not going there. But by Book Six I knew the Time was Right—Septimus must do his Darke Week. And I must do my DARKE year.
And so, with the help of Merrin—who was, as ever, waiting to create havoc—the Darke took hold of the Castle. Writing this book was a very interesting journey. I learnt much more about the relationships between all the main characters, especially Septimus and Marcellus, I explored the dreaded Darke Halls beneath the Castle and also, to my surprise I found myself exploring the Ramblings and returning to the Heaps’ old quarters there. With a horse.
DARKE also had some very emotional moments in it for me—the top one being when Sarah Heap welcomes her youngest son back to the home from where, all those years before, he was abducted. Looking back at the book now, I see that all the discoveries in DARKE set me well on the road to writing the Magykal book number seven: FYRE
My Review of Darke:
I personally loved Darke. Why? Because of how action-packed, intense, and exciting this installment was. As Angie mentioned above, family was more present here as the Heaps had a little reunion during all of the danger. In all, Darke showed me a side of the Septimus Heap world that was, well, darke. Characters are shoved into terrifying situations as the novel presses on, bringing our favorite cast of all ages to a new high point in fear and action.
Thank you for joining Angie and me for the latest installment of Septimus Heap! Be sure to finish the last Septimus Heap novel, Fyre, in anticipation for the final post coming later this month. And remember, SandRider is going to be published in only ONE month, so we’ll all be back with Sep and the gang as they have adventures seven years in the future as October rolls around.