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The fourth book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard. New York Times Bestselling Series "Breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions." --Kirkus Reviews (s The fourth book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard. New York Times Bestselling Series "Breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The Septimus Heap series remains one of the best outcomes of the young-wizard furor catalyzed by Harry Potter." --ALA Booklist There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans--they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in Physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?


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The fourth book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard. New York Times Bestselling Series "Breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions." --Kirkus Reviews (s The fourth book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard. New York Times Bestselling Series "Breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "The Septimus Heap series remains one of the best outcomes of the young-wizard furor catalyzed by Harry Potter." --ALA Booklist There's trouble at the Castle, and it's all because Merrin Meredith has returned with Darke plans for Septimus. More trouble awaits Septimus and Jenna in the form of Tertius Fume, the ghost of the very first Chief Hermetic Scribe, who is determined to send Septimus on a deadly Queste. But Septimus and Jenna have other plans--they are headed for the mysterious House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets and the place where they fervently hope they will be able to find Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped back in time in Physik. But how will Septimus escape the Queste?

30 review for Queste

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Queste (Septimus Heap, #4), Angie Sage Septimus Heap is a series of fantasy novels featuring a protagonist of the same name written by English author Angie Sage. In all, it features seven novels, entitled Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the first (Magyk) in 2005 and the final (Fyre) in 2013. The quest of the fourth book, Queste (published in April 2008), is a journey to the House of Foryx, in which "all times meet", to bring back Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped there after Queste (Septimus Heap, #4), Angie Sage Septimus Heap is a series of fantasy novels featuring a protagonist of the same name written by English author Angie Sage. In all, it features seven novels, entitled Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre, the first (Magyk) in 2005 and the final (Fyre) in 2013. The quest of the fourth book, Queste (published in April 2008), is a journey to the House of Foryx, in which "all times meet", to bring back Nicko and Snorri, who were trapped there after the events of the third book. Spoiler Alert Septimus is sent on this mission to Darken his Destiny for Merrin Meredith, who now holds the Two Faced Ring by a ghost called Tertius Fume. Assisted by Jenna and his friend Beetle, among others, he pieces together a map to the House of Foryx. When they reach the house, Septimus meets Hotep-Ra, the first ExtraOrdinary Wizard, while Jenna and Beetle find Nicko and Snorri. Marcia and Sarah Heap arrive outside the house on Spit Fyre, and they return together to their own time. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه نوامبر سال 2008 میلادی عنوان: سپتیموس هیپ: کتاب چهارم گرداب؛ نویسنده: آنجی سیج؛ مترجم: پرتو اشراق؛ تهران، ناهید، 1387؛ در 436 ص؛ سپتیموس هیپ کتاب چهارم؛ شابک: 9789646205918؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 21 م داستان زندگی سپتیموس هیپ، سراسر حادثه، و پر از رخدادهای خیال انگیز است، اینبار نیز، با رخدادی جادویی همراه است. در قلعه، غوغایی برپاست، مرین مردیت، با نقشه های شوم برای سپتیموس بازگشته، دردسرهای خطرناک، و رویدادهای عجیبی در انتظار سپتیموس، و «جنا» ست. اینبار در خیال آنجی سیج: روحِ نخستینِ دست نوشته یِ سحرآمیز، ترتیوس فیوم نام دارد، که برای سپتیموس و «جنا» نقشه ها کشیده، و خیالهای جنایت آمیز، در سر میپروراند. روح دست نوشته ی سحرآمیز، میخواهد سپتیموس را، به گرداب مرگبار بیندازد، و درتله ای گرفتار کند، که خلاصی از آن ممکن نیست. اما سپتیموس و «جنا» هم خیالات دیگری در سر دارند، بر آن هستند که در جستجوی خانه ی فوریکس برآیند، و این خانه در جایی عجیب است. جایی که زمان در آنجا حضور دارد، جایی که ناامیدانه تلاش میکنند، «نیکو» و «اسنوری» را که در گذشته به دام افتاده اند، نجات دهند؛ آیا سپتیموس میتواند از گرداب مهیب که در راه پیش روی خویش دارد، به سلامت عبور کند؟ ا. شربیانی

  2. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Ok, so I'm always on the lookout for a series I'll enjoy as much as the late lamented Harry Potter. This is not quite it, but it's not too bad, if you're 12 and need a good summer read. Or if you still remember what it was like to curl up on the window seat on a rainy day in July with nothing more to do than to lose yourself in a fantasy novel complete with wizards, dragons, quests, and Stanley's Message Rat Service. My excuse is I have nephews and nieces.... Who need the occasional birthday pre Ok, so I'm always on the lookout for a series I'll enjoy as much as the late lamented Harry Potter. This is not quite it, but it's not too bad, if you're 12 and need a good summer read. Or if you still remember what it was like to curl up on the window seat on a rainy day in July with nothing more to do than to lose yourself in a fantasy novel complete with wizards, dragons, quests, and Stanley's Message Rat Service. My excuse is I have nephews and nieces.... Who need the occasional birthday present.... This is the fourth book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, and while she doesn't quite have the imaginative originality and brilliance of J. K., she's not bad, and there are some decidedly original touches in the series, which began with Magyk, Flyte, and Physik. Her world is a little cosier than Potter's, though there are dark wizards with evil on their minds. Each volume is a page-turner, and if there are more, well, I'll read those too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    While I really enjoyed the first three books, I feel that Angie Sage has really hit her stride with this one. Now that all of the characters are firmly situated in their Magykal world, she can focus on certain protagonists without the feeling (as in the third book) that she is including a few vignettes to remind us about the existence of all the various cast members. Once again the short chapters move things along quickly as we ping-pong between different places and characters, but most of the n While I really enjoyed the first three books, I feel that Angie Sage has really hit her stride with this one. Now that all of the characters are firmly situated in their Magykal world, she can focus on certain protagonists without the feeling (as in the third book) that she is including a few vignettes to remind us about the existence of all the various cast members. Once again the short chapters move things along quickly as we ping-pong between different places and characters, but most of the narrative sticks with Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle as they embark on a Queste to find Nicko and Snorri, last seen disappearing 500 years into the past.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sara Saif

    This is definitely not going to get darker. The tone of the book remains true to its predecessors; light, amusing and juvenile and I think I’ve gotten used to it. It’s funny how in every book, one of the Heaps goes missing and the rest embark on a perilous journey to find him/her. There is a lot going on at first, multiple things are introduced at once, but then they all fall together with ease and things go in a single direction. I have to say, the love the Heap siblings share is absolutely end This is definitely not going to get darker. The tone of the book remains true to its predecessors; light, amusing and juvenile and I think I’ve gotten used to it. It’s funny how in every book, one of the Heaps goes missing and the rest embark on a perilous journey to find him/her. There is a lot going on at first, multiple things are introduced at once, but then they all fall together with ease and things go in a single direction. I have to say, the love the Heap siblings share is absolutely endearing. Jenna, Septimus and Nicko are so frickin’ adorable and they care so much for each other. Particularly how all the older brothers care for their little sister and brother, it just makes me ‘aww’ and wish that I too had heaps and heaps of older brothers. This was, as usual, a fun book. It added yet more to the world of Septimus Heap and made some exciting revelations.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Mimi 'Pans' Herondale

    Loved it the second time I read it!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Wardrip

    Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com The fourth tale of Septimus Heap delivers action, adventure, magic, and a good share of surprises. The tale begins when Nicko Heap and Snorri, who in a previous book found themselves transported out of their own Time, discover a clue that might allow them to return to their home Time. However, the path home is a tricky one: Nicko and Snorri must find their way to the mysterious House of Foryx, "the place where all Times do meet." Once they are there Reviewed by Candace Cunard for TeensReadToo.com The fourth tale of Septimus Heap delivers action, adventure, magic, and a good share of surprises. The tale begins when Nicko Heap and Snorri, who in a previous book found themselves transported out of their own Time, discover a clue that might allow them to return to their home Time. However, the path home is a tricky one: Nicko and Snorri must find their way to the mysterious House of Foryx, "the place where all Times do meet." Once they are there, the difficulties are not over. Finding and entering the House of Foryx is hard enough, but once they are in, they must wait for someone from their own Time to enter before they will be able to leave and return home. Meanwhile, the notes regarding Nicko and Snorri's preparations for this journey have survived until Septimus's time, under the care of the long-lived alchemist Marcellus Pye. Using the notes and lists that Nick has left behind, Septimus and Jenna are able to figure out what it is that Nicko and Snorri are attempting, and set off to reach the House of Foryx themselves, so that their appearance might allow Nicko and Snorri to return to the correct Time. However, their plans are complicated by the pernicious ghost of Tertius Fume, who contrives to send Septimus against his will on a Queste from which no apprentice wizard has ever returned. While the plot rambled in places, I enjoyed the overall arc of the story, and in the end I was glad for the slow development at the beginning which built up to the climax. Sage's characterization was impressive; I got a good idea of the relationships that had formed between characters in previous books, as well as a sense of their internal states and motivations. Her large cast of secondary characters was deftly managed as well. As a newcomer to the series, getting my bearings was slightly confusing, but after a while I began to understand the backstory better, thanks to the author's hints and insinuations at what had happened before this book. There were still moments when I felt like I was missing out on something--moments where I was sure that the emotional impact would have been greater had I read the previous three books in the series--but overall I was still able to enjoy it, and would recommend it thoroughly.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yolanda Smith

    This is my favorite of the series so far, and has definitely convinced me to keep reading the series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    P.M.

    When "Physyk" ended, Nicko and Snorri were stranded in Marcellus Pye's time. Septimus and Jenna were determined to retrieve their brother Nicko no matter what and perhaps Snorri incidentally. Meanwhile, Merrin Meredith has muddied the waters by creating a Thing which he offloads on Tertius Fume who is just looking for a way to create havoc for Marcia, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard. Septimus is tricked into accepting a Queste stone from which no Apprentice has ever returned alive. Luckily, Marcellus, When "Physyk" ended, Nicko and Snorri were stranded in Marcellus Pye's time. Septimus and Jenna were determined to retrieve their brother Nicko no matter what and perhaps Snorri incidentally. Meanwhile, Merrin Meredith has muddied the waters by creating a Thing which he offloads on Tertius Fume who is just looking for a way to create havoc for Marcia, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard. Septimus is tricked into accepting a Queste stone from which no Apprentice has ever returned alive. Luckily, Marcellus, who is now living in this time, has given Septimus Nicko's notes which contain a map to the House of the Foryx where they might be able to save Nicko. When the map is damaged, O. Beetle Beetle, Inspection Clerk at the Manuscriptorum, knows just the person (?), Ephaniah Grebe, to restore it. What follows is a journey into the unknown to find the lost ones. I loved this book. Some of my favorite characters have leading roles: Stanley, Spit Fyre, and Beetle. Beetle's sledding adventures are hilarious. However, I am deeply disappointed that there is only one more book in the series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MountainLaurel

    While this book was good, I didn't think it was as well done as the other Septimus Heap books. The story seemed less developed, without as many of the little details that make everything work out in the end so well and cleverly as in the other books. But I still liked it and I look forward to reading Septimus #5! ...I just hope it's a little more original. While this book was good, I didn't think it was as well done as the other Septimus Heap books. The story seemed less developed, without as many of the little details that make everything work out in the end so well and cleverly as in the other books. But I still liked it and I look forward to reading Septimus #5! ...I just hope it's a little more original.

  10. 5 out of 5

    ✨Susan✨

    Extraordinary wizards, flying dragons, dragon rings, chanting witches, fairy boats, time travel, talking rats, magical mirrors, trees, sleds, floors, wolf boys, shape shifting cats and questing stones. What more could you want in a fantasy. These are exciting, suitable adventures for young children and adults alike.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Josephine

    This is my most favorite out of all the books in the series that I've read so far. I love Spit Fyre's humour, it made the book more enjoyable [Merrin's idiocy too, LOL!]. Looking forward to reading the next book! ^_^ This is my most favorite out of all the books in the series that I've read so far. I love Spit Fyre's humour, it made the book more enjoyable [Merrin's idiocy too, LOL!]. Looking forward to reading the next book! ^_^

  12. 5 out of 5

    Avery (ThePagemaster)

    DISCLAIMER: Would have read this book sooner, but a friend of mine paid for my Warped Tour ticket at the last minute and I HAD to go. Such an improvement over the last book, Physik, where it felt eerily too similar to Prisoner of Azkaban, when it came to the time travel element. Plus, It was boring. This installment is what the title says, a Quest(e) to undo the events of what happened at the end of the last book. Also, it's a quest until the very end; there's no true bad guy that Septimus and Jen DISCLAIMER: Would have read this book sooner, but a friend of mine paid for my Warped Tour ticket at the last minute and I HAD to go. Such an improvement over the last book, Physik, where it felt eerily too similar to Prisoner of Azkaban, when it came to the time travel element. Plus, It was boring. This installment is what the title says, a Quest(e) to undo the events of what happened at the end of the last book. Also, it's a quest until the very end; there's no true bad guy that Septimus and Jenna and the group face off with at the end, but with the introduction of the character Tertius Fume, another ghostly ExtraOrdinary Wizard of the distant past involved in the Darke arts, it did add a darker tone, for a middle chunk of the story. Plus, there is growth to the characters. You see Septimus try out new Magyk in dire times and even Beetle, who is generally the timid best friend but excels in, basically a library *raises hand*, shows some some stronger development. At this point, I believe this was where I stopped, originally, with the Septimus Heap series--the first time around. The last three books are unknown to me so....this will be fun :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Deborah

    This is the fourth book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, and I have to say that it's as good as the other three. I enjoy the characters, the settings, the stylistic originalities. It is not a Harry Potter clone, it can stand well on its own. Good story, likable people, cool magic, even a dragon and some ghosts thrown in, with enough chilling "Darke Magyk" to raise the hair on the back of my neck, without being as scary as some of the later Potter books. Nice for younger fans, and I thi This is the fourth book in the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, and I have to say that it's as good as the other three. I enjoy the characters, the settings, the stylistic originalities. It is not a Harry Potter clone, it can stand well on its own. Good story, likable people, cool magic, even a dragon and some ghosts thrown in, with enough chilling "Darke Magyk" to raise the hair on the back of my neck, without being as scary as some of the later Potter books. Nice for younger fans, and I think it would make a great read-aloud series for a family as well.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I just love these books! It was witty and kept you on the edge of your seat. It is amazing what kind of creative story lines Angie Sage is able to come up with. I highly recommend it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    E

    AWESOME BOOK!! This is totally my favorite Septimus Heap book. Now on to Syren!

  16. 5 out of 5

    These Violent Delights (Robin)

    Great series for young kids who are not yet ready for Harry Potter or are looking for a similar story to dip there toes into. Beloved series of my childhood.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Cynthyage

    QUESTE takes Septimus, Jenna and Beetle in search of Nicko and Snorri, to bring them back from the past. They go to Marcellus Pye, who has remembered some information from his 500 year old memory and provides them with some notes from Nicko and Snorri. The notes say that they planned to travel to the House Of Foryx where all times meet, and there they expected to come back to their time. Jenna takes the notes back with her to the Palace. In the meantime, Merrin Meredith travels to the Castle in h QUESTE takes Septimus, Jenna and Beetle in search of Nicko and Snorri, to bring them back from the past. They go to Marcellus Pye, who has remembered some information from his 500 year old memory and provides them with some notes from Nicko and Snorri. The notes say that they planned to travel to the House Of Foryx where all times meet, and there they expected to come back to their time. Jenna takes the notes back with her to the Palace. In the meantime, Merrin Meredith travels to the Castle in hope of destroying Septimus. He bumps into Jenna who drops all the notes of Nicko and Snorri, they get wet. Jenna goes to the The Manuscriptorium and asks Beetle to help her replace the notes. Beetle then takes her to the restoration specialist Ephaniah Grebe. Ephaniah is a half man-half rat being. He Restores the pages and binds them in to a book, but they still miss one piece, the center of the map to the House of Foryx. Merrin, in the meantime, takes the job of a scribe in the Manuscriptorium. There he meets the ghost of Tertius Fume, the first Chief Hermetic Scribe. Tertius makes him transfer the loyalty of the Thing to him and assures that he will send Septimus on a perilous Queste. Tertius Fume arrives at the Wizard Tower along with the ghosts of all the previous ExtraOrdinary Wizards and announces that they are about to draw the Queste stone. Septimus feels a Darkenesse inside the urn where the stone is kept and tells that a Thing is there to sabotage the draw. They escape the Wizard tower as Tertius Fume puts it under Siege. But accidentally Septimus takes the Queste stone from Hildegard thinking it to be a safe charm despite what Marcia says about taking charms from strangers. Septimus, Jenna and Beetle start their journey to the House of Foryx. Sam Heap shows them the way. They eventually reach the House and find Ephaniah near it. He had found the last missing piece of the map but was possessed by the Thing. Septimus, Jenna and Beetle enter the House of Foryx, but accidentally all three of them go inside. There Septimus is taken inside a door by a girl named Talmar Ray Bell and Septimus finds himself face to face with Hotep-Ra, first ExtraOrdinary wizard. In the meantime Jenna and Beetle find Nicko and Snorri and all of them try to escape the House of Foryx. Just as they were about to leave, Marcia and Sarah arrive outside the house on Spit Fyre, so all of them are able to return to their own time.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I found I got through this Septimus Heap book much quicker than the others. It still took a while to get going but the end of the previous book (Physik) felt like much more of a cliff hanger than the previous books in the series so Queste felt like more of a sequel than just another book with the same characters. I wanted to find out what had happened after the last book so I was eager to get going. I was pretty impressed to, I’ve liked the other Septimus Heap books but the series seems to be ge I found I got through this Septimus Heap book much quicker than the others. It still took a while to get going but the end of the previous book (Physik) felt like much more of a cliff hanger than the previous books in the series so Queste felt like more of a sequel than just another book with the same characters. I wanted to find out what had happened after the last book so I was eager to get going. I was pretty impressed to, I’ve liked the other Septimus Heap books but the series seems to be getting better the further I get into it and I found a big difference with this book. I think this book was a bit more individual, a lot of the time I find the Septimus Heap books could just be any other book about wizards, you know it has everything you would expect from a wizarding novel but nothing that really sets it apart. I found with this novel that it was more like Sage had created another world, the forest and all its contents felt rather original, although there were still sections that were the type of things that are pretty standard to fantasy novels (not that that’s a problem, it’s just nice to have something different). There was one thing I didn’t like in this book though and that was the sections with Merrin. I can’t say I ever really liked Merrin but I had some sympathy for him and that was pretty much destroyed by this book, and it was more or less uneccersary. I think Sage could have filled his role easily some other way seeing as he was basically there to secure one small plot point. I thought using him to secure that point was actually a little unrealistic and I could think of a few other ways in which it could be introduced without using Merrin.

  19. 4 out of 5

    CekMoNSter

    Well, After a rather disappointing continuation in the previous book (my personal opinion, so no heart feeling) I was surprised to read the next book Queste which was as good as the First book in the series. The story continues with Septimus treating the people from Sicknesse, and later had himself preoccupied with his assignment as an Apprentice. ON the other end, the fake Septimus Heap with the real name of Merrin Meredith has a plan on his own. (I hate this boy!!!) Anyway, he made a deal with Well, After a rather disappointing continuation in the previous book (my personal opinion, so no heart feeling) I was surprised to read the next book Queste which was as good as the First book in the series. The story continues with Septimus treating the people from Sicknesse, and later had himself preoccupied with his assignment as an Apprentice. ON the other end, the fake Septimus Heap with the real name of Merrin Meredith has a plan on his own. (I hate this boy!!!) Anyway, he made a deal with an evil ghost name Tertius Fume (A betrayer!!A cheater!! !) Using his scrupulous method he tricked the EAW to make her apprentice to do a QUeste. Anyway, the journey continue with Septimus, Jenna and Beetles embarking on a Journey ( I`m not fond with the way Septimus hiding things from Jenna) to find their missing brother NIcko. I find that the end of the castle siege was quite funny because DomDAniel is forever gone when his bone was being eaten by Spit Fyre for breakfast! A nice reading indeed!!NUff said!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I'm at the beginning of Queste now and it is already very interesting. Nicko cannot be found still, you'll have to read the book before this, Physik, or you won't understand what is going on, and people are searching for him everywhere. Nicko and Snorri have been stuck in another time period during the 1500s for 6 months now. To add more excitement, the apprentice of Simon Heap, Septimus' brother, has some dark plans to take Septimus' place and have everyone call him Septimus like they did befor I'm at the beginning of Queste now and it is already very interesting. Nicko cannot be found still, you'll have to read the book before this, Physik, or you won't understand what is going on, and people are searching for him everywhere. Nicko and Snorri have been stuck in another time period during the 1500s for 6 months now. To add more excitement, the apprentice of Simon Heap, Septimus' brother, has some dark plans to take Septimus' place and have everyone call him Septimus like they did before, you'll have to read starting form the first book because it doesn't backtrack that much and it won't make sense. So far, I like the book Queste better than Physik by Angie Sage.

  21. 5 out of 5

    3 no 7

    Note: Review was written by the child who read the book. “Queste” book four in the Septimus Heap Series, is one of the most adventurous in the series. The amazing storyline has drama and comedy in just the right proportions. The book is about Septimus and his friends embarking on a Queste, but on their way there, who knows what will happen. The story is consists of 49 chapters, all very intriguing. As Septimus embarks on his Queste, he is also on a quest of his own. The treacherous adventure wil Note: Review was written by the child who read the book. “Queste” book four in the Septimus Heap Series, is one of the most adventurous in the series. The amazing storyline has drama and comedy in just the right proportions. The book is about Septimus and his friends embarking on a Queste, but on their way there, who knows what will happen. The story is consists of 49 chapters, all very intriguing. As Septimus embarks on his Queste, he is also on a quest of his own. The treacherous adventure will take you on the greatest Queste you have ever experienced. The fourth book is truly, THE very best in my opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Aman McSkirtySkirt

    A character strength that Septimus had in this story is Perseverance. He shows this by pushing through the Darke Spell cast in the passage by standing his ground and summoning all of his Magyk to defeat the Spell

  23. 5 out of 5

    Baige

    Such a cute book. This series gets better with each story. I'm loving them! Such a cute book. This series gets better with each story. I'm loving them!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Davie

    Fourth in the Septimus Heap fantasy series for middle-grade readers and revolving around the Heap family. The focus is on Beetle. My Take It takes almost 200 pages before we start to get to the purpose of the story, and thoughout, it's an odd combination of Roald Dahl, Harry Potter, and Disney with that fun sense of gross that Dahl brings to a story — I mean, a banana-bacon chew?? ewww — the supportive camaraderie of Harry Potter and his friends, and the cartoon craziness of Disney. This is a story Fourth in the Septimus Heap fantasy series for middle-grade readers and revolving around the Heap family. The focus is on Beetle. My Take It takes almost 200 pages before we start to get to the purpose of the story, and thoughout, it's an odd combination of Roald Dahl, Harry Potter, and Disney with that fun sense of gross that Dahl brings to a story — I mean, a banana-bacon chew?? ewww — the supportive camaraderie of Harry Potter and his friends, and the cartoon craziness of Disney. This is a story that you should read as soon as you can after the first three. That four years since I last read a Septimus Heap has left me very confused as to who, what, how, or why. A nice lesson in here from Simon: he no longer wants to become a wizard the easy way, through the Darke. He wants Lucy to be proud of him. It's a silly story with lots of action, drama, and laughs. Children will adore it, and adults may well get a laugh as memories of fanciful childhood dreams surface. The Story It's Jillie's fault. Putting that ad up. Just anyone can apply and Jillie will take him! And that anyone just happens to be Merrin, er, Daniel Hunter. It's that bargain Merrin makes with Old Tertius who will send Septimus on a Queste from which he will never return. But he won't go alone, for Beetle, Princess Jenna, and Ullr will go on Queste with him. If they can escape the Witch Mother. And the Thing. The Characters Beetle Beetle, a.k.a., Cockroach, is the Front Office and Inspection Clerk at the Magykal Manuscriptorium and Spell Checkers Incorporated where he inspects the Seals in the ice tunnels. His mother, Pamela Beetle-Gurney, lost her husband, Brian, shortly after young Beetle's birth. Jillie Djinn is the Chief Hermetic Scribe and Beetle's boss. Foxy is one of the more highly strung scribes. Partridge is another of the scribes. Ephaniah Grebe is the half-rat, half-human Conservation, Preservation, and Protection Scribe who lives and works in the basement. Marcellus Pye is the 500-year-old Last Alchemist with whom Snorri and Nicko have been staying. He's also the one who kidnapped Septimus through the Glass and for whom Septimus was Pye's Alchemie Apprentice. The Heaps are… …a scattered family with some living in the Castle and others in the forest. In the Castle is Sarah Willow Heap, Sep's mother who was trained as a healer and gave up Magyk; Silas, her wizard husband; Maxie, their wolfhound; and, Jenna, their daughter (well, Milo is her real father) and the Princess and heir to the Castle. Jenna's pets include Ethel, the crocheted-waistcoat-wearing duck. Ullr is a Transforming cat Jenna is watching. DayUllr is a regular mottled orange house cat; NightUllr is a panther. Silas' father, Benjamin Heap, was a Shape-Shifting wizard who now lives as a western red cedar somewhere in the Forest. Demelza Heap is an ancestress who used to sell fine glass apparatus until she disappeared. The Wizard Tower is where… …that lying young Septimus is stuck with Marcia Fusspot Overstrand, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard. Boris Catchpole is a night porter (demoted from failed wizard); he had been a Deputy Hunter back in the Young Army. Spit Fyre is Septimus' dragon. He's a challenge to keep fed and be a good little dragon. Camp Heap The four sons living in the forest with a coven of witches include Sam, Edd, Erik, and Jo-Jo. Castle staff There aren't many servants in the castle, only Cook, Cleaner, the WashingUp Boy, and the Housekeeper. The Castle is, however, stuffed with ghosts, including Sir Hereward, a ghost guard. The unhappy Billy Pot is in charge of mowing the lawn and collecting Spit Fyre's dung. He's about to become the Dragon-Watcher. Hildegarde Pigeon is a sub-Wizard on door duty at the Palace. Message Rats Stanley is an ex-Message Rat and an ex-Secret Service Rat who still has his instincts. He's thinking of starting the Message Rat Service back up. Dawnie is not his wife any longer. Humphrey was his old Message Rat Service boss who retired six months ago. When the RatStranglers had formed up. In the town Mrs. Gringe is the wife of the gatekeeper and Lucy's mother. Micky Mullin is the ferryman and one of Sally Mullin's many nephews; she runs the Sally Mullin's Tea and Ale House. Jannit Maarten is a boatbuilder to whom young Nicko is apprenticed. Rupert Gringe is nearing the end of his Articles. The Grateful Turbot Tavern offers up beds and haunts. Olaf Snorrelssen is the ghost of a Northern Trader, and he chooses to make his first Appearance to Merrin. A mistake. Terry Tarsal is a shoemaker with a purple python. Ma Custard runs the All-Day-All-Night Sweet Shop where Merrin gets his licorice snakes, toffee termites, spider floss, and more. The Gathering of the Ghosts are… …ghosts of all previous ExtraOrdinary Wizards. They come together when the Apprentice draws a stone from the Questing Pot. Maurice McMohan has advice for Septimus. Julius Pike is another who lost Apprentices. Syrah Syara and Talmar Ray Bell were Apprentices lost on Queste. Marcus Overland was an Ordinary Wizard. The Ghost of the Vaults is one of the Ancients, ghosts over 500 years old. He's very unpleasant and refuses to tell anyone his name. Beetle has figured out that he's the very first Chief Scribe: Tertius Fume. Eldred and Alfred Stone are the brothers and tunnel ghosts trapped in the Emergency Freeze. Moaning Hilda is an Ice Wraith. The Toll-Man is a greedy, nasty bugger of a thief. The Wendron Witches' Summer Circle Morwenna is the Witch Mother. Marissa (she's hooked up with Jo-Jo) and Bryony are some of her witches. The Old Quarry is a cave where the witches spend the winter. Madam Agaric was Morwenna's predecessor. The House of Foryx is… …the Place Where All Times Do Meet is also a Place of Waiting. You can only leave when someone arrives, and then you have to enter into their time. It's the DoorKeeper's fault that they all fall in. The Guardian of the House is a nasty, vicious woman. Brat and Fowler are two of the Guards. Nicko Heap has been gone for six months with Snorri Snorrelssen, who had a grandmother, Herdis Laursdottir, who lost a sister, Ells. Alfrún is Snorri's mother. Snorri also has a sister named Herdis. Old Mother, a.k.a., Ells Laursdottir, is a stallholder who happens to be from the same time as Nicko and Snorri. Hotep-Ra was the Castle's very first ExtraOrdinary Wizard, and he set up the honor of the Queste. The Akhu Amulet is the symbol and source of the power of the ExtraOrdinary Wizards. Alther Mella was the last ExtraOrdinary Wizard. Alice (she had been the Chief Customs Officer at the Port) was the one he had loved, but their careers had been too important. Now that she's dead, Alther intends to change that. The bad guys include… …Simon Heap is the son who went bad and ran off with Lucy Gringe. Thunder is Simon's horse. Merrin Meredith, a.k.a., Daniel Hunter and Septimus Heap, is Simon's sulky assistant. His previous master had been the almost indestructible DomDaniel who had constantly called him stupid. A Glass is a portal to another time from which it is near impossible to return. Things are a kind of human figure that most people can't see. A good thing as they're mean, miserable, and nasty. The Cover and Title The oxblood cover with its gilt border and gilt trim in the corners is fun with its punched out holes along the left edge and the turquoise ribbon "binding" the book together with more turquoise ribbon wrapping around a gold button to keep the book closed. The outer edge of the cover is aged, curling parchment, furthering the impression of an old ribbon-bound book. The series information, title, and author are also in a gold foil. The pebble of lapis lazuli is the Questing Stone. The title is the journey, the Queste, upon which the quartet sets out, desperate to find Nicko and Snorri, sort of.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kailey (Luminous Libro)

    A disgruntled old ghost has rigged the Questing Stone draw, sending Septimus on a suicide mission against the rules of Magyck Apprenticeship. No matter what Septimus does, he cannot escape the deadly Queste, and he ends up dragging Jemma and Beetle along with him through dangerous forests, and across deadly cliffs, to face the dreaded Foryx monsters and find the secrets of Time. The world-building gets more and more phenomenal with each book in this series, as we discover further depths of magic A disgruntled old ghost has rigged the Questing Stone draw, sending Septimus on a suicide mission against the rules of Magyck Apprenticeship. No matter what Septimus does, he cannot escape the deadly Queste, and he ends up dragging Jemma and Beetle along with him through dangerous forests, and across deadly cliffs, to face the dreaded Foryx monsters and find the secrets of Time. The world-building gets more and more phenomenal with each book in this series, as we discover further depths of magic and fantasy. I love how twisty the plot is, where every small detail can have a huge impact on the story. I love the interesting and complex characters and how they all interact. I am growing to love Beetle's character more and more through this series, and I loved that he played a more central role in this book. Jemma and Septimus are fantastic characters, as always. Nicko and Snorri also make an appearance from the depths of Time, and magic surrounds everything they do. Loving this series!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ali D

    I am so pleasantly surprised how much I'm enjoying this series! I wish I had finished it when I discovered it as a child. Sage does a great job at advancing the story and finding ways to not only age the main characters, but incorporating consequences for things that happen in previous books...which is completely fair because some of these things do take some time after the fact to surface. I'm just so enthralled with this book in particular, mainly because I felt like the stakes were much higher I am so pleasantly surprised how much I'm enjoying this series! I wish I had finished it when I discovered it as a child. Sage does a great job at advancing the story and finding ways to not only age the main characters, but incorporating consequences for things that happen in previous books...which is completely fair because some of these things do take some time after the fact to surface. I'm just so enthralled with this book in particular, mainly because I felt like the stakes were much higher. Yes there are still some points that a touch too convenient but I also recognize that I'm probably not the target reading audience lol I also still really appreciate the summaries at the end of the book for some of the other, lesser characters and what they're up to...so smart and thank you for not making excruciating silly chapters about what they're doing/did. Absolutely wonderful, the few paragraphs about each one are just the right size. Beginning the rest of my queste to read the whole series...and probably buy them all once I'm done. Onward!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Brenner

    3.5. Found it slower than the last book, which I enjoyed. Glad to see more of Beetle and the other heap boys.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Nighteye

    All of those before can be read without needing the one before but here a vital part of the book influencing this making it a duology with book 3. Still good, likable characters and some not so, nice illustrated and still the same expanding good and clever world.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookish Plans)

    {Rated G} I enjoyed jumping back into the characters and it was great to see more from the rest of the Heap brothers who have been living in the forest. But, I did find that certain parts kind of dragged and there were a few things that didn’t quite make sense to me in the scheme of things. Perhaps those will be explained more in the next book? Over all, I did have fun reading about the House of Foryx and how it’s a place where all times meet. And it’s great to see Septimus keep growing as a cha {Rated G} I enjoyed jumping back into the characters and it was great to see more from the rest of the Heap brothers who have been living in the forest. But, I did find that certain parts kind of dragged and there were a few things that didn’t quite make sense to me in the scheme of things. Perhaps those will be explained more in the next book? Over all, I did have fun reading about the House of Foryx and how it’s a place where all times meet. And it’s great to see Septimus keep growing as a character. I’m starting to really like his best bud, Beetle too. He reminds me a bit of Ron Weasley. 🧙🏻‍♂️

  30. 4 out of 5

    Téa Belog

    each time i read one of these books its just like "how many times will i cry about the heap family?" and i always underestimate each time i read one of these books its just like "how many times will i cry about the heap family?" and i always underestimate

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