Reviews for Flyte
Booklist Reviews 2006 May #2
Gr. 5-8. At the close of Sage's Magyk (2005), Necromancer DomDaniel had his bones picked clean by Quake Ooze Brownies--but fantasy evil-doers are a rather resilient lot. Indeed, the dark wizard has recruited weak-minded Simon Heap, still smarting over brother Septimus' claim to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard's apprenticeship, to dispatch future queen Jenna and assist in the villain's resurrection. A cat-and-mouse chase ensues, encompassing a legendary charm that confers true flight and a baby dragon that imprints upon Septimus, and deepening Sage's zealously particularized magical culture (which still involves distracting pepperings of bold-faced lingo). In the absence of the identity mix-up that propelled book one in the Septimus Heap series, similarities to Harry Potter stand out even more baldly--from the presence of benign talking ghosts to asides about enchanted sweets ("FizzFroot," "Mint Blasts"). Purists will scowl, but many readers, won over by Sage's confiding, whimsical tone and tightly interlocking plot elements, will welcome Septimus Heap as their second-favorite wizard. An enclosed CD contains games and other extras to make a nice package. ((Reviewed May 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
Eleven-year-old changeling Septimus Heap, reunited with his family in [cf2]Magyk[cf1], is now a wizard apprentice. When his corrupt oldest brother returns, Septimus, racing to save Princess Jenna, learns to fly, uncovers past secrets, and inadvertently adopts a dragon. Though the quick, multi-threaded plot can be overwhelming, the characters and situations will nevertheless spark sympathy and suspense. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 March #3
The second book of the Septimus Heap series, Flyte by Angie Sage, picks up one year after the launch title, Magyk. Here, Septimus is apprenticed to Marcia Overstand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard who switched him with Jenna at birth in order to protect him, and Jenna is enjoying life as a princess-until the Darke Magyk threatens everyone's sense of security. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2006 June
Gr 4-8 -Septimus Heap, Apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, is back in this sequel to Magyk (HarperCollins, 2005). The defeated, but not destroyed, DomDaniel is still bent on ruling the Castle as ExtraOrdinary Wizard by removing Jenna, the rightful heir to the throne. This time it's Simon Heap who, as the necromancer's new Apprentice, pursues Jenna through both new and familiar territory. Meanwhile, a sinister plot unfolds at the Castle to banish the current ExtraOrdinary Wizard, Marcia Overstrand, by means of a Darke Shadow that follows her around and grows ominously more visible by the day. Readers will find themselves quickly immersed in this imaginative world, moving from one well-crafted adventure to another at a suspenseful pace. While some intricacies of the plot may be lost due to the ungainly cast of characters (listed at the end of the book), others are simply not logical, such as when the good characters allow Simon to escape without so much as a second thought despite his many attempts to murder them. This seems to be an obvious lead-in to the next book in the series, though other questions surrounding Jenna's parents will nag at readers' minds. Those who have been waiting for Flyte to see Septimus Heap grow into his role as Apprentice will not be disappointed and are likely to return for more.-Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL [Page 165]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
VOYA Reviews 2006 February
A year has passed since the Heaps have discovered that their seventh son, Septimus, is alive and well. But the family's joy is not shared by oldest brother, Simon, who sees Septimus as a fraud and upstart who has taken the position of Apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, which Simon thinks should be his. So while Septimus learns Magykal Charms, Simon turns to Dark Magyk to overthrow both Septimus and Marcia. He begins by returning to the Castle to kidnap Princess Jenna. Jenna uses her own wiles to escape Simon, meeting up with Septimus as he searches for her. They complete their journey to the Dragon Boat, which Jenna must visit each MidSummer Night, but Simon pursues with his newfound Flyte ability, determined to wreck the Dragon Boat. Septimus must fly the Dragon Boat, sled through ice tunnels, and wrest Flyte from Simon in order to save Marcia Overstrand, the Dragon Boat, and Jenna This novel is a delightful continuation of the Magykal capers begun in the first of this series,Magyk (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2005/VOYA February 2005). Although the book is written for younger Harry Potter fans, older students and adults can enjoy the series, with its quick pace, humor, and clever cast of characters. Sage is clearly following in the footsteps of other fantasy masters, echoed in twists and turns of the tale that include Septimus's stone from Jenna hatching into a dragon (à la Paolini'sEragon), but the story is terrifically entertaining. Fans of the first book will be delighted with this sequel to Septimus's story.-Mary Ann Darby PLB $18.89. ISBN 0-06-057735-5. 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2006 Voya Reviews.