Reviews for Physik


Booklist Reviews 2007 April #1
Few fans of the best-selling Septimus Heap series will be disappointed by this excellent third adventure, which counters the fraying novelty of the DomDaniel plotline with a brand new villain--a former queen whose malevolent spirit is accidentally released from an enchanted portrait. Along with a deadly epidemic, the spirit brings turmoil to the kingdom and to Septimus, who is forcibly apprenticed to an alchemist living many centuries earlier. Rescue efforts wind up trapping more members of the Heap family, as well as a visitor from the far North, in the same situation. The time-travel elements are head spinning, but moments of faltering logic will go unnoticed as readers savor the quirky storytelling, marked by a sprawling, omniscient purview and plenty of entertaining tangents. With entries as strong as this one, Sage's efforts will continue to stand strong within the crowded young-wizard niche. ((Reviewed April 1, 2007)) Copyright 2007 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Septimus, apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, gets pulled into the past, leaving the usual unlikely gang of family and adventurers to rescue him. The ghost of an evil queen attempts to entrap them; meanwhile, a not very frightening disease threatens the royal palace. Despite some missed notes on the humor, this is an intricate, energetic romp of a fantasy. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2007 March #1
Showing no signs of reaching a climax, this Potter-esque series ambles past its 1,500th page with another escapade that casts apprentice Magyk-worker Septimus and apprentice princess Jenna into various dangers in a setting well-stocked with ghosts, near-ghosts, secret passages, magical creatures, comical stock characters and dark doings. Newly sprung from centuries of imprisonment in a portrait, the treacherous, not-quite-dead Queen Etheldredda and her rat-like, plague-spreading familiar embark on a campaign to retake the throne by killing Jenna and stranding Septimus 500 years in the past. To help foil the Queen, Sage trots in several colorful new additions to the already-bewilderingly large supporting cast, including alchemist Marcellus Pye, who has discovered the secret of eternal life but needs Septimus's special talents to add "eternal youth" to the tincture, and a seafaring young woman (with, oddly, a masculine name) whose cat changes into a panther at night. Readers unfamiliar with the two previous episodes will flounder--but stay entertained nonetheless, thanks to the speedy pace of events and, boosted by expressive vignettes at many chapter heads, strong-minded characters. (map, appendices) (Fantasy. 11-13) Copyright Kirkus 2007 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2007 April #2
Favorite series continue this spring, including the third book in the Septimus Heap series, Physik, by Angie Sage, illus. by Mark Zug--a fitting title for an adventure in which the hero travels back in time to serve as apprentice for an alchemist. How he gets there is nearly as interesting as the mission itself: Silas Heap unSeals a room in the Palace that frees the spirit of a horrid queen who pines for everlasting life and drafts Silas into her cause--her son the alchemist is essential to her scheme. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2007 June

Gr 4-10-- In the third volume in the series, the young Apprentice to the Extraordinary Wizard yearns to go beyond his training in Magyk to Physik, an ancient form of healing championed by the great Physician Marcellus Pye. He gets his chance when the decrepit, 500-year-old Marcellus kidnaps Septimus back in time to help him turn his ill-fated tincture for everlasting life into one for everlasting youth. Princess Jenna, joined by Nicko and his love interest, a new character named Snorri, goes searching for a way to reach Septimus and bring him back to his rightful time. She must also elude the ghost of Marcellus's mother, Queen Etheldredda, who is bent on murdering the princess so she can assume the throne. Explanations of time travel are wisely avoided: "at that point, Septimus' brain refused to think anymore," and many other plot elements are juggled successfully. There are too many characters to keep track of, however, including lesser figures who are not presented with enough background information. Readers will quickly warm up to the stars of the book, sketched with liberal doses of humor, and all back in top form. Chapters alternate points of view, keeping suspense high, while lots of vivid details portray a palace life humming with Magyk. Fans of the series will enjoy the secrets that are revealed as Physik delves deeper into the labyrinthine palace walls and will eagerly await the next installment.--Emily Rodriguez, Alachua County Library District, Gainesville, FL

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VOYA Reviews 2007 June
In this third installment of the Septimus Heap series, while Septimus tries to discover a cure for a mysterious disease sweeping through the Castle and its environs, Jenna must deal with an unwelcome ghost of a dreadful queen from the past, who manages to have Septimus yanked through a mirror to the Castle five hundred years earlier so that he can assist her son, an alchemist. Determined to bring Septimus back, Jenna finds help from a young Northern Trader named Snorri, Sep's brother Nicko, Spit Fyre, Stanley the rat, and a host of others-ghost, animal, and human alike. When Jenna and her companions also go back in time, the full story of the horrible plotting Queen Etheldredda emerges, but Septimus and Jenna respectively find a cure and dodge a bullet. The story starts off with what seems to be an incident disconnected from Septimus, Jenna, and the other main characters of the story and then follows new and very likeable Snorri and her changing cat, which might leave some readers a bit confused. But Sage quickly heads back to the travails of Septimus and Jenna, as well as many others of the enjoyable cast, weaving the bits and pieces into a magykal tapestry of merriment, bordered by Sage's quick wit. By the middle of the tale, readers will be indubitably hooked-worrying, laughing, and gasping over the nonstop adventures of this engaging troupe. Fans of the first two books will not be disappointed with this installment and will certainly hope for more.-Mary Ann Darby PLB $18.89. ISBN 978-0-06-057738-4. 4Q 5P M J Copyright 2007 Voya Reviews.

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