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7 Months of Septimus Heap: Syren

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7 Months of Septimus Heap: SyrenSyren by Angie Sage
Also by this author: PathFinder
Published by Harper Collins on December 10th, 2008
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Middle Grade, Science Fiction
Format: Hardcover
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In this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He’s stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus—can he escape the persistent call?
Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna’s father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship’s hold.
Charismatic storyteller Angie Sage continues Septimus Heap’s Magykal journey with more laugh-out-loud adventures, more enchanting charms and spells, and an ever-deepening understanding of the interior life of a young hero.

Welcome back to the world of Septimus Heap!

syren map In Syren, many new places in the world of Septimus Heap are explored. Read on to hear from Angie Sage herself about the 5th book in her stunning middle grade series. I have also had the opportunity to read an advanced copy of SandRider, the second book in the TodHunter Moon spin-off Septimus series. Read below for my mini-review of the book as well!

Angie Sage on exploring new places in Syren and SandRider!


I was looking forward to writing SYREN because I had already decided that Septimus, Beetle and Jenna needed a holiday. They’d had a busy time in the last four books and it was time for some fun in the sun. However, as we all know, that wasn’t quite how it turned out…

 The setting for SYREN came from my love of the Isles of Scilly just west of Cornwall. They are remote, beautiful and full of ancient Magyk. The previous year I had flown there by helicopter and on that very noisily, smelly journey where we bumped along above the sea it occurred to me that flying a dragon would not be so very different. And so the idea for Spit Fyre’s flight to the Isles of Syren began.

 The Isle of Syren itself is a mix of Tresco and Bryer on the Isles of Scilly. After a long walk across Tresco I found the very place where the ghastly Syren hangs out; and in Hell Bay on Bryer I found the beach where Spit Fyre was going to spend some time with a bucket on his head.

 SYREN was the fifth book in the Septimus Heap series. By then I felt I knew the Castle, the Port and their surroundings pretty well and I wanted to explore the geography of the Sep Heap world further. In QUESTE we had discovered the House of Foryx and I now wanted to put that strangest of places into context and to understand how it was related to the Castle. For me, SYREN was a real voyage of discovery, and underlined my understanding that these books are not fantasy, but set in our distant future.

In the TodHunter Moon series, the exploration continues. In Book 2: SANDRIDER, we venture into a place very different from the Castle—the Red City and its surrounding desert. Unlike the geography for SYREN, I have never been to anywhere like this, but it unfolded before me as though I were walking through a land I had visited many times. It’s exciting when that happens, because then I know the book is going to work out well—both for me and the characters who make it happen.

Real Rad Reads’ Mini Review of SandRider

I savored reading Sandrider. I enjoyed every chapter of it. What really struck me about this Septimus installment (which will be released in October) is how effortlessly Angie Sage brings all of her characters–old and new–into the story in small ways, while taking them on explorations across her ever growing Septimus Heap world. The setting changes and new characters pop up, carrying the story across the page, from character to character, narrator to narrator. I got to catch up with the original characters, and they felt like old friends to me. The book in general was quite fun. The characters got themselves into very crazy situations–witch circles, fast-pace sled races; they even get themselves lost in a place called the Red City. I can only tease you with the adventures inside of this novel. SandRider does not, will not, disappoint.


Want more Septimus? Go check out the 6th book, Darkewhich we will be discussing in August! Happy reading!

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