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Flyte versus Fire and Ice

Hey guys,

It’s time for the book reviews to come on! Today we’re gonna have a contest. Drumroll… Flyte versus Fire and Ice! So here’s how it goes: I’ll review both books in this post and there’s going to be a poll at the end of it for you to vote. It’ll be slightly hard to choose as both are the second books in series of six or seven, but I’ll do my best to explain things that happened in its prequel. Enough talk. Books ahoy!


Everything’s off to a new start: Jenna has taken her rightful place as princess at the Palace, moving in with her adopted parents Silas and Sarah, and Septimus is learning the ropes to being the ExtraOrdinary Apprentice to Marcia Overstrand, who has been lately shadowed by her Shadow. They’re settling into their new roles and everything is well… until the dark horseman arrived. Simon, the eldest brother among the seven Heaps, has turned Darke. He is jealous of Septimus for usurping his right to be ExtraOrdinary Apprentice, which he always assumed would be his place. Now Simon is the apprentice to the late DomDaniel and he has been performing gruesome tasks for a year, ordered by the skeleton of his mentor. Simon has kidnapped Jenna to complete his latest task and has taken her to the Badlands, but no one will believe Septimus that Simon is really Darke. While Septimus tries to convince Marcia to search for Jenna, Jenna is being taken to Simon’s Observatory, tucked deep into the Border Mountains. Finally giving up his verbal battle with his mentor, Septimus sets off on his own with Nicko on a quest to find Jenna. But Jenna isn’t the ordinary type of princess; she carves her way out (literally!) and escapes on Simon’s horse. Now that the Heap children are scattered out in the wilderness, what does it take to bring it all together? (Hint: Flyte!)


Fireheart and Graystripe are finally made warriors after hard moons of training. But Tigerclaw’s malevolent presence is still lurking in ThunderClan, buried in secret. Fireheart has to warn Bluestar what Tigerclaw is capable of, to uncover the churning secrets under the surface. Meanwhile, a rift forms between the two best friends with Graystripe’s love in the middle. Graystipe has fallen in love with a cat from a rival Clan; namely, Silverstream of RiverClan. Fireheart is torn between decisions: should he betray his friend and tell Bluestar about the forbidden love, or is Tigerstar’s treachery more important?


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Magyk: Five out of five!

This wonderful first in the series introduces us to the Heaps, a large family with six sons and one daughter. There is a prophecy… “The seventh son of the seventh son shall wield the most extraordinary Magykal power.” Septimus, seventh son to Silas Heap, also the seventh son, comes at last. However, on the day the seventh son to the Heap family arrives to the world, a midwife declares him as dead. On the same day, Silas, journeying home from the Forest surrounding the Castle with herbs for his wife Sarah, discovers a dark-haired baby with violet eyes in the snow. As he enters the gates into the Castle, Marcia Overstrand, newly made ExtraOrdinary Wizard, gives vague instructions to Silas of keeping the baby and raising her as his own. Named Jenna, the baby becomes part of the family… But where is Septimus? A charismatic introduction to the fantastic world of Septimus Heap, with breath-taking moments around every corner.