Sunday, June 30, 2013

Magyk (Septimus Heap 1) by Angie Sage

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1)Magyk by Angie Sage
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I know, I know. Five stars? Really? Lets just call this a moment of weakness. I was just in the mood for a whole new world, and then along came Magyk. That's right, I am giving this 5 stars due to the setting. I'm usually a characters-make-the-story kind of person (and they do), but every once in a while I need to see a special setting, and this scratched that itch, and is rewarded thus.

So, I read Magyk back in 2007, but neglected to write anything about it, and frankly, after around 6 years I have forgotten most of the details anyway, so I can only speak to my impressions on this second go around. I liked the plot. I said that one already, but here are my reasons: made up or reinterpreted creatures, geography that affects decisions, a culture/political environment that directly deals with magic... I think it is all there. Bravo.

Sage also goes after the boy-without-parents-saves-everyone plot, but adds a nice twist (I'll avoid a spoiler here, in case someone accidentally stumbles across this review and reads it.) Still, twist or no twist, I think from now on every book I read in this genre that does NOT look or smell anything like the "orphan boy becomes King/Prince/Wizard" plot gets and extra star.

So congratulations Magyk on winning big with this first book. Now lets see how book 2 (Flyte) measures up...