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Friday, May 27, 2011

Darke

by Angie Sage

I have really enjoyed the Septimus Heap series.  Septimus is the seventh son of a seventh son in a line of wizards.  In Magyck, the first in the series, Septimus is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead.  That same night the boy's father comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born baby girl.  The following books reveal who this baby girl is and what happens to Septimus and, eventually, the adventures they share together.

As with the five earlier books, there are sinister forces at work in Darke. One of the characters has been Banished and Septimus must enter the Darke in hopes of retrieving him.  The Darke Domaine finds a way to enter the Castle and eventually engulfs it.  And a threatening Darke dragon is on the loose.

The covers of the books in this series are fun and creative, too - each cover looks like a locked book.  This picture shows the books in the correct order.  I haven't read them in order and I feel like I've been able to follow along quite well, but it would probably be best to read them order.  
I applaud Angie Sage for the wonderful, magical world she has populated with quirky, lovable characters.  Even thought the books are written for a 9 to 14 year old audience they held the interest of this 60 year old.  I enjoyed the writing, the suspense, the humor, the setting and, most of all, the characters.

Warner Bros. is working on a movie of the first book which I look forward to with great anticipation.

4 comments:

Kristen M. said...

This is a series that I definitely want to get to at some point. I'll have to hurry if I want to beat the film!

Kailana said...

I have owned the first book in this series forever and STILL haven't read it!

Zibilee said...

My son and daughter love these books, and are always trying to get me to read them. Perhaps it's time to give them a try!

Anglers Rest said...

I have the first in the series and the second book, which I have not read as yet. Bought in hardback, they are a lovely set of books. I didn't realise they were working on a film, but am delighted.