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ANNOUNCING 7 Months of Septimus Heap

March 17, 2015
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Hey everyone! Today’s post is one of those random ideas you get in your head at midnight, and I’m happy to say it’s a pretty fun idea, even it had me scrambling to write down all my thoughts before *trying* to go back to sleep. Let’s just say this wonderful, brilliant idea had me up tossing and turning, and I don’t even think that’s a bad thing. Okay, enough rambling on my part. It all started when I woke up annoyed with my daily schedule, eating breakfast and grumbling about the standardized tests I would have to take that week at school and already feeling tired just thinking about the fact that I had four hours of volleyball practice later that day. It was a bit of a negative morning, that is, until I checked my email inbox. taylor fig   What do you guess was in my inbox? C’mon. Guess. You know you want to. Fine. I’ll just tell you. My favorite author in the history of the world, Angie Sage, had emailed me. You see, I wasn’t expecting an email from her. And it really made my day. So, before I go on this fun idea, I wanted to say thank you one more time. Thank you, Ms. Sage, for writing books that have changed my life, and thank you for taking time to email me, helping me with these posts and ideas, and for being lovely in general. I also want to thank HarperCollins for supplying images and features for later posts. To continue, Angie was actually replying to a question I’d tweeted at her a few weeks ago about the cover/synopsis of her newest book, SandRider, and when that information would be released. She graciously replied and sent me the cover image. sandrider angie sage cover   This cover is very unique, just as the covers of Angie’s past books. The illustrator, Mark Zug, painted this by hand in his studio. Just take a second to admire the beauty, all of the color, and the intricate details that must have taken hours to paint with perfection. I don’t think I’ll ever be done admiring this cover. I’m actually getting ahead of myself, however, especially if you (yes, you, the person reading this post!) have not read the Septimus Heap series yet. And that’s actually what this whole post is about. Half of this post is my rambling, but here’s the point: I want to introduce new readers to seven books that have been my favorite since the start. Everyone has those books that bring back years of nostalgia and happiness with every soft fingering of the much worn and loved pages. I’ve grown up with Angie Sage’s Septimus Heap series, and they’ve truly shaped me with their memorable and humorous characters, complex and unique plots, distinctive and extraordinary writing, and heart-warming moments of family, friendship, and love. Septimus is a middle grade series, but I find that everyone from ages eight to one hundred would probably love it just the same. I’d like to share Angie Sage’s stories with you, as they are really just a whole lot of magic inside pages and pages of stories from another world–a world that is so easy to slip into as a reader. Come join me in the world of Septimus Heap. There are seven months until Angie Sage’s newest addition to the Septimus spin-off trilogy, SandRider publishes. And throughout those seven months, I’m going to be challenging you and everyone else in the entire world to read one Septimus Heap book each month. So, if you’re looking for a new series to binge on, or for an amazing gem of a read, go pick up the first book, MagykLater this month, I’ll be publishing a mini-review of Magyk full of quotes, pictures, and general rambling. Every month’s Septimus post will feature the next book in the series, until, voila, seven months have past and Angie Sage’s new release is on the shelves. Be sure to tweet your progress with #7monthsofSeptimus to @Realradreads, @AngieSageAuthor, and @HarperChildrens and link any reviews or thoughts to this post! I encourage you to pick up this series and immerse yourself in the magic. Even if you don’t, please share this post with someone you know will. This series already has so much love, and each book deserves every reader and his brother, and more. Check out Magyk‘s synopsis, and check out the book itself, too. magyk cover

The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby’s father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus? The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

In conclusion, I challenge you to read Magyk by Angie Sage this month! Watch the blog for more Septimus posts, and enjoy your reading! Be sure to tweet your progress, share your thoughts, and to enjoy everything in the world of Septimus Heap!


    1. Same! Pathfinder was great, too. I think I’ll challenge readers to pick it up on the release week of SandRaider!

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