by Angie Sage
I hardly know where to start telling you how much I enjoyed this book. Syren is written for ages 9-12 and yet it held my interest for all 630 pages. Many Junior and YA adult books are not so well written and as interesting as Angie Sage's series featuring Septimus Heap. I often find myself thinking, "I can see how this would be good for a younger reader." Syren draws that same thought and this additional one, "Totally enjoyable for readers 9 through 99." I loved it.
The writing, the story, and the characters all drew me in. There were several tales of adventure that intertwined throughout and kept me interested. Syren has so many endearing characters that are so vividly described, like Aunt Zelda who looks more like a quilted tent than a woman.
The Septimus Heap series is one of the better fantasy novels I've read and I highly recommend it.