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In this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie preIn this fifth book in the Magykal series, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus—can he escape the persistent call?Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna's father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship's hold.Charismatic storyteller Angie Sage continues Septimus Heap's Magykal journey with more laugh-out-loud adventures, more enchanting charms and spells, and an ever-deepening understanding of the interior life of a young hero....

Title : Syren
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ISBN : 9780747594154
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 628 Pages
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Syren Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-05-22 07:00

    Syren (Septimus Heap, #5), Angie SageSyren is the fifth book in the child fantasy Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. It was released on September 29, 2009 by HarperCollins and Bloomsbury Publishing. She went on a book promotion tour for Syren as well as a contest to promote it further. The story continues from the previous release Queste and deals with Septimus going to pick up his friends from a distant land. While coming back they are trapped in an island and there they learn of an evil plan to destroy their homeland, The Castle. The rest of the story deals with how Septimus and his friends save their home and destroy the evil coming their way.تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه جولای سال 2011 میلادیعنوان: سپتیموس هیپ: کتاب پنجم سایرن خبیس؛ نویسنده: انجی سیج؛ مترجم: مهرداد مهدویان؛ تهران، انتشارات افق؛ چاپ نخست 1388، چاپ سوم 1393، در 642 ص، شابک: 9789643697341؛در «سایرن خبیس» سپتیموس، در یکی از هفت جزیره‌ سحرآمیز گیر می‌افتد؛ و به اتفاق اژدهایش: «آتش آب‌دار»، جینا و بیتل، دنبال راه فرار می‌گردد؛ اما جزیره عجایبی دارد که یکی پس از دیگری آشکار می‌شوند: روح دختری به نام سیرا که توسط شبحی پلید به نام سایرن تسخیر شده، و موجودی عجیب که برای سیپتیموس آواز می‌خواند. ا. شربیانی

  • Brett Sullivan
    2019-06-19 07:14

    5th book of a seven book series, Warner Bros have brought the film rights and will start movie production as soon has harry potter has finished. Get those signed first editions while you can!

  • ade_reads
    2019-06-13 07:49

    Wow, setelah merasa agak kecewa dengan buku keempatnya, buku kelima ini makin menarik ternyata... Petualangan Septimus makin asyik dan bikin penasaran. An ever-deepening understanding of life of a young hero. Makin banyak juga bagian yang bikin ketawa-ketawa saat membacanya, terutama bagian-bagian saat Jim Knee muncul, hahaha... kocaakk!. Suka!. Dan, Jenna, aku makin suka juga sama karakternya.

  • Dana Salman
    2019-06-08 06:05

    Kinda disappointing after Physik and Queste, but I suppose I was judging based on the thickness of the book compared to the others and the title. The Syren hardly plays any role in the plot. I mean, yes she's the one who lures The Cerys over and takes over Syrah but that's it. And Syrah in turn doesn't do anything in this book, and it just makes me want to read more Septimus Heap, the fact that she falls unconsious and doesn't wake up. Septimus's obsession with her is a little annoying, I mean, he hardly knew the girl, and she's five years older than him. It was the same case as Snorri and Nicko. Why can't Angie make her relationships more gradual? And Stanley doesn't show much either. That's a shame.On the bright side, some new characters I really would like to see more of are introduced here, such as the lazy 'Jim Knee', the jinnee, and Miarr and his futuristic Red Tube, and Skipper Frye and his goons. Plus I'm hoping for more of Ephaniah Grebe and Catchpole, who's great for a laugh. This series is addictive, I'm glad I picked up on it! Can't wait for Sep Heap #6!

  • Emily
    2019-05-31 13:46

    Five books seems to have finally gotten to Angie Sage. With the return of the Wizard Apprentice, Septimus Heap, the book seems to have lost quite a lot. Like they say, "sometimes bigger doesn't always mean better." Slow moving, the book took quite a while to get into things. And when it did, oh boy. The usual charm of characters that I hold Sage in pristine for, is lost. I quickly lost my love for the characters. It was heart-breaking. The plot was confusing as well. I wish she had put more into it. Then we lose almost all of the characters that first appeared in the other four books. Again, I was saddened. Hopefully, the next one will hold this series together for me.

  • Sara Saif
    2019-06-13 13:03

    I really did. Totally in the flow, I can now sit back, relax and read the madness unfold. The Syren bits legit spooked me out while I was reading them last night. So much that I went to bed scared. Well done, middle-grade book, well done indeed!I don't know why but I don't feel like explaining what happened in these books. I've been writing uncharacteristically short reviews for them. I will try and undo that here:So, in the last book Septimus, Jenna and Beetle were trying to get Nicko and Snorri back into their own time. They did and the book ended before all of them could go home. In this one, Septimus and Co. get sidetracked by getting marooned on a Spirit Island. We have three groups: Septimus, Beetle and Jenna then Nicko, Snorri and Milo Banda then Lucy Gringe and Wolf Boy. All go their separate ways do their separate things and then their paths converge.-I love how Angie Sage begins the book with multiple threads and then all of it slowly and perfectly fits into place at the end. The transition from wtf-is-even-happening to it-all-makes-sense is so smooth I love it! -I'm a little annoyed that no one has bothered to give Wolf Boy a proper name yet. I mean, come on, it's been years. How hard is it to give someone a name? Instead of being called 409 or Wolf Boy give the guy a real name like Paul or something. -I've been secretly hoping that Merrin would come back from the darke side but the little weasel remains a giant thorn in the backside till date. -I've also slowly come to appreciate how badass Marcia is. Like, she's literally the most powerful woman in the Castle with a temperament to match and when she sasses people it makes me happy.-Can Septimus and Co please age and be 17 or whatever? I like growth in a series both psychological and physical. They all seem to be stuck at 13. Part of the reason I left How to Train a Dragon series is because the repetition combined with the fact that time refused to pass tired me out.

  • Atharva Shah
    2019-06-18 11:50

    Syren is the fifth book in the world of Septimus Heap series and a great one, with a huge page count. I read the paperback edition of the book sometimes switching to Ebook and ended up reading it in five days and giving it a straight five star. This book has been so well written and planned that I can barely find any flaw and its better than the previous books in the series and much like Magyk. Angie extends the Magyk Universe discovering new haunted Islands and introducing new maps and locations to the reader. These locations have a unique climate and changes the mood of characters in the book like Cattrock Light, The Peele, Sand Dunes, Star Island,etc. Also sage introduces two new ship namely Cerys and Marauder in the book and they have a lot of Pirat-ish things in common. The character development is very well and the secondary characters many of them which are new like Jim Knee, Linda, Syrah Stars(My favorite), Miarr, Jack, Theodolite, Barney Pot, etc have been introduced with their own particular story and nature and a fixed behaviour and speech which makes the reader indulge band enjoy these characters heartily. Septimus, Beetle, Milo, Lucy, Wolf Boy, Jenna, Nicko can be considered as a major characters who have grown a lot. Septimus has been awarded his Senior Apprentice and this marks the series coming to its midway. Even the plotlines of Jenna, Wolfboy, Lucy were not at all boring. Here, the author tries to introduce a lot of new things in the magical world skipping all the previously important landmarks and characters like the Castle, Marfan Marshes, Simon, Zelda, Marcia, Silas, Sarah, Merrin. I love the Grim Feeding Part and find it very funny and horrifying at the same time. Even the bind between Spit Fyre and Septimus is clearly and particularly explained in the earlier chapters. There is a a closeness and sometimes argument between the major characters. The Pigeon Post was also excellent. The Syren and the Syarh Syara part is the one which amazes and wonders me in the most in the book. It is delicate and a bit horror and emotional for to reader. Septimus reacts to things and events in the book very naturally. Milos new band and Theodolite's new band in the book is well portrayed. I was very shocked as the final plot was revealed which included that Fume has allied with the Syren to destroy the castle and do blue bluffing Milo to capture warrior Jinnies and transport them through the underground ice tunnels. The ending will be understood by the person who has involvingly read the first four books. The character Jim Knee is the real spotlight as he is dramatic, Humorous, and wary. I would strongly recommend this book to every Magical Genre reader with a great twist. It involves potions, charms, chants, safeguards, Jinnies, Dragons, Haunted Islands, Spirited Souls, Pirates, Ghosts, Wizards, Cat-Man, And a load of great heroes and villains that will be sure to entertain you. The descriptive Nature of Sage of various locations and landmarks is at the epitome and paramount here, reaching its highest potential and giving the reader a world full of fantasy and beyond imagination and also teaching him about how to interact with people and understand and help them. A truly great and fantastic Read.!!!Plot

  • hpboy13
    2019-06-17 08:55

    At this point, fatigue is setting in, and I feel like this book just wasn't as good as the others. Most of them got off to slow starts, but nothing much happens in Syren for the first 300 pages. There's an awful lot of filler, and for some reason CattRokk has to be described by every single character. Also, the main plot device is getting repetitive - Jenna/Septimus/Nicko is kidnapped or otherwise stick somewhere, the others rescue him/her. Honestly, at this point they should just all be chained together and call it a day.As usual, once the action really does start, the book kicks major butt. It's just that I waited too long and was somewhat disengaged by that point. Honestly, Sage could have spent fifty pages getting everyone to the island instead of 300, and then let the action begin.Among the highlights, I have to hand it to the unlikely coupling of WolfBoy and Lucy Gringe - the latter has especially grown on me. And I thoroughly enjoyed Marcia and Zelda butting heads as well. Best part, however, was the very snarky genie, who made me crack up with every line of dialogue. More of him please!Still, Syren is the low point of the series for me.

  • Kathy Davie
    2019-06-14 11:47

    Fifth in the Septimus Heap fantasy series for young middle-grade readers and revolving around Septimus, a young magykal Apprentice.My TakeSyren is a whimsical fantasy sure to appeal to children (and adults, ahem, *she said with a grin*) complete with the gross and the responsible that will make you laugh and worry. I do love a children's story that places children in adult-like positions in which they make decisions, realize truths, help each other, and save the day…*grin*…"…possibly not much more intelligent than the average Port fish crate — indeed, there were some Port fish crates that might have successfully disputed that."It's not all roses for that wicked Merrin. For every evil deed, he gets a fright of one sort or another. I keep hoping he gets his! Then there's that nasty, little Linda who scares the pants off me! Now, Jim Knee, he is a crack-up. A jinnee with an annoyed-child attitude who snarks off in his mind and to the Great One, lol."…in fact it was down to Spit Fyre's innate ExtraOrdinary Wizard-ignoring skills."There are multiple sub plots in Syren that find Tertius Fume at the center of them all. And Sage is tying together all sorts of loose ends that involve Septimus' time-traveling past as well as why Jenna's father was missing for so much of her life.That Milo is an obnoxious, bragging man with a need for power and control. It's part of why I had to laugh when Spit Fyre started inhaling their fancy dinner with Milo pulling fiercely on the other end of the tablecloth!There are some scenes which are confusing, and on second look, stay confusing, yet Syren is fun to read with great visuals from Sage. It's a child's view of life with all the bravery, scariness, and treats a child imagines.It's freedom, a badly injured dragon, a deserted island that turns out not to be so deserted after all, and the most humongous betrayal. I cannot wait to read Darke, 6, and find out what happens next!The StorySeptimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus — can he escape the persistent call?Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna's father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship's hold.The CharactersPort is…the town where the Heaps and Princess Jenna live and is the home of the Wizard's Tower, the Manuscriptorium, and the Ramblings. Barney Pot has joined the Castle Cubs, a type of Boy Scouts. Uncle Billy Pot tends Spit Fyre. Alther Mella and Alice Nettles are ghosts who live in the striped tent on the Palace grounds.Septimus Heap, once known as 412 in the Young Army, is the seventh son of a seventh son and an ExtraOrdinary Apprentice under Marcia. House Mouse serves Septimus. Spit Fyre is the dragon he Imprinted in Flyte, 2.Nicko Heap and Snorri have been hopping through time on their adventures. He's gone from a carefree boy to a sober one who thinks before he speaks. Simon Heap is Septimu's wicked brother who wanted to learn Darke Magyk. Lucy Gringe is his girlfriend who's gone missing (Queste, 4). Sleuth is his Tracker Ball that Marcia appropriated. Maureen runs the Harbor and Dock Pie Shop. Mistress Sarah Heap is the mother who raised Jenna and the other little Heaps, and she is now in charge of the Palace. Silas Heap is their wizard father, and his arthritic wolfhound is named Maxie. Princess Jenna and her panther/kitty, Ullr, usually live in the Palace. Domino is her horse. Good Queen Cerys was Jenna's birth mother, murdered some twelve-and-a-half years ago, who now guards the Queen's Room. The bragging Milo Banda is Jenna's birth father, a roguish merchant with a ship, Cerys. Jem is a deckhand with some experience in Physicking and the Darke.The Wizard's Tower is……where the wizards live. Marcia Fusspot Overstrand is the ExtraOrdinary Wizard. Hildegarde Pigeon had been possessed by a Thing in Queste, 4.The Magykal Manuscriptorium and Spell Checkers Incorporated is……where Beetle Beetle used to be the Front Office Clerk until he was fired by Jillie Djinn, the idiotic Chief Hermetic Scribe. Ephaniah Grebe is half-human and half-rat and does restorations, when he's not recovering from events in Queste. Romilly Badger is the new Inspection Clerk. Partridge is one of the other scribes. Merrin Meredith, a.k.a., Septimus Heap and Daniel Hunter, is now the very nasty chief scribe who's rarely at work. He had been Simon Heap's apprentice and still has a too-greedy desire for Darke Magyk.Tertius Fume is a plus-500 years old mean old ghost, one of the Ancients, the former first Chief Scribe, and a seven-day ExtraOrdinary Wizard back in the time of Hotep-Ra, his best friend. Well, former best friend. Tertius was the assassin who tried to kill Hotep-Ra who Banished him. Tertius is also the Ghost of the Vaults.Aunt Zelda lives in her patchwork dress and the Keeper's Cottage in Marram Marshes outside Port. Wolf Boy has been her Apprentice, her Intended Keeper, really, and Aunt Zelda has sent him off on the Task. Until Wolf Boy, a.k.a. 409, fell off a bridge, he had been Septimus' friend in the Young Army. The Boggart will guide Wolf Boy out of the Marshes.Jim Knee is the jinnee with his hat of ever-shrinking yellow donuts in the SafeCharm. He's been looking forward to his release from the bottle, but expected a LOT more from Septimus. Before he became a jinnee, he was a turtle trader's fourth wife.The Ramblings is……a neighborhood in Port. Larry owns Larry's Dead Languages where he does translations. Stanley is a Message Rat who has restarted the service and has hopes of the four rescued ratlets: the quiet Sydney, the snuffly Lydia, the confident Faith, and the boisterously silly Edward. Dawnie is Stanley's ex-wife, and he doesn't seem to want her back anymore.The Marauder is skippered by Theodophilus Fortitude Fry, the former Joe Grub of a family of wreckers, hates women. He was Deakin Lee's first mate on his pirate ship. Jakey Fry is the skipper's much nicer son. Thin Crowe is Fry's other seaman, another nasty and stupid man. His twin, Fat Crowe, is just like him.Una Brakket is an agent of some sort. Not the good sort, though.The Port Coven is……a group of nasty Darke witches that includes Pamela the Witch Mother, Linda is Pamela's protégé, Dorinda, Veronica, and Daphne. Their cats are bloodsuckers.Star IslandCattRokk Lighthouse has been……manned by Guardians of the Light, a.k.a., the Watchers or Keepers, which, um, somehow bred with cats at some point. The lighthouse is one of four Living Lights lit by an ancient Sphere of Light set to indicate the range of the Syren's Call. Miarr Catt is the last Watcher. His cousin, Mirano, the last of his family, has disappeared. The unlovely Fat Crowe is his co-Watcher.Syrah Syara is an Apprentice who never returned from a Queste. Julius Pike had been her ExtraOrdinary Wizard. She becomes Syren when she must return to the Peepe, the Dwelling Place of this possessive spirit on Star Island.The Trading Post is……a town for Traders. Harbor Twelve is one of the wealthier ones. Harbor One is one of the poorer. The Pigeon Post Office is quite efficient. Mr. Higgs, the bosun on a ship some 500 years ago, has (had?) a net loft in the Trading Post. The House of Foryx is the Place Where All Times Do Meet in Trading Post territory, the truth of which was revealed in Queste.An ExtraOrdinary Wizard is the head wizard. There are two types of SafeCharm: regular and alive. The Task involves the Port Coven and the need to be the GrimFeeder. The Grim is a gruesome Darke creature with tentacles who lives in the drains. A ghoul's fool is also known as a phantom's bantam, a specter protector, but the real name is a Spirit's Bondsman, someone who has sold his soul to a ghost. A Possession Wraith is like a ghost but does not keep its shape when it moves.In today's Port, the Harbor Master is constantly quarreling with the encroaching Honest Joe, a chandler. The Twenty-One Gang is a group of mostly ex-Army boys. A FlashBoard is a magykal skateboard.The Cover and TitleThe cover is a gorgeous tea-stained blue teal background with lots of gilt for the debossed series name, the title, the author's name, and most of the icons including the squiggles and the pitchforks. The metallic corner "reinforcements" are copper aged with verdigris. The object is what saves the day, a gold carved flask with a spiral metal handle and a stopper topped with strange writing sealed with red wax.The title is but one of the great evils, the Syren, who betrays all.

  • Kendall 2/3
    2019-06-10 08:00

    Turns out I finished this like A MONTH AGO and never moved it off of my currently reading shelf!

  • Samm Serrinnitty
    2019-06-08 14:04

    I love the series. But I’m starting to get fed up with the female characters. Particularly Jenna and Marcia. They’re always interrupting with stupid questions, sometimes they’re really dense and don’t realize what’s happening until it’s already happened! In a world of magic, why is it so hard for them to understand that all things are possible?

  • Seamaiden
    2019-06-05 11:59

    I didn't like this one as much as the previous books, yet it was a good one. I still believe Jenna and the others should listen more to Septimus.

  • Michelle *The Bookish Hobbit*
    2019-06-17 08:53

    A very fun and easy read, despite the length. But, regarding length, I did feel that it wasted pages on things like characters hanging around on beaches and accomplishing nothing, and establishing Milo as a braggart and all-around boorish man (something we already kind of knew); while other plotlines, like Lucy's mission to help Miarr, was covered in just a few pages but was actually pretty important, really. Overall, I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the series.

  • Avery (ThePagemaster)
    2019-06-09 09:08

    Magic. Genies/Jinnis. And Pirates...Bloody Pirates! Reminded me, a lot of Wind Waker, at times.But, will be a taking a break from this series because they are chunkers of books(page length), I fear the series is reaching a plateau effect, for me; they are still fun reads, don't get me wrong, but I'd like to see more. I hope the next book, which is aptly named Darke, does that.

  • Craig
    2019-06-01 11:04

    This was another great book in the series! I love the new setting for it. A tropical island. There were times I felt that the main character made bad choices and if was surprising that the other characters didn't call him on it, but it was a fun story!

  • Lynne Page
    2019-06-17 10:47

    This series continues to get better and better!

  • Lindsey
    2019-06-08 07:59

    This series is often compared to Harry Potter, but I think in many ways it’s much different. The only parallels that I see are that it involves a boy, who at one point is an orphan, and magic. Definitely written for a younger audience, the Septimus books have a tendency to be a little silly sometimes and the endings easily resolved. However, in contrast, Sage deftly creates an interesting world with often odd and humorous characters who have the ability to surprise the reader. The plot structures of each story vary, and, to any fantasy reader’s great joy, she doesn’t use the same antagonist throughout every single book. Some of the characters switch sides, and other, new bad guys emerge as the series progresses. Also, unlike many series writers, Sage will start a chain of events that last throughout several books, continuing to hook readers from book to book. She does not wrap everything up neatly, but is still able to finish a book in a way that makes the story seem complete. Then, the reader has the anticipation of discovering how some of the issues that arise in earlier books will unravel in later additions. For Syren specifically, at first I was a little disappointed that Sage brought out a reference to Greek Mythology as the main antagonist for this addition. I’ve found that what I love so much about this series is its inventive nature and the fact that things like the House of Foryx, the Witch’s Way, the Dragon Boat, etc. are unique elements to this series and thus add something larger to the world of fantasy literature overall. However, as I got through the book, I was able to discover that the specific way in which she brought out the mythology of the Syren was different, and there were other elements, namely the Cat Lighthouse, the submarine, the jinnes, and the reemergence of the ice tunnels, which seem to lead out much further than one would imagine. The only element that I wish Sage would bring back into the books in a very tangible way is some of the magyk that Septimus is learning. The past couple books have seen a lot less of it than some of the originals did. I recommend this to all readers 9+, skewing more toward boys.-Lindsey Miller,

  • Teresa TL Bruce
    2019-06-09 07:48

    This may be my favorite of the Septimus Heap books, but if you haven't read the previous tales don't start here. They truly are written as one VERY long story which happens to take place in several long books, so beginning mid-series will make you miss out on too much to fully appreciate the plot of each installment. In Syren, Septimus and his friends encounter a number of seemingly random obstacles as they pursue various objectives. Along the way, a number of "Oh, no!" decisions by some characters have unexpected results for others. To say anything more here would reveal too much, but there is one clearly labeled semi-spoiler at the END of this review, so consider yourself warned!Tongue-in-cheek humor pushes its way into almost every aspect of this sometimes very frightening tale. I absolutely love the way Angie Sage's characters interact within the story and evolve from one book to the next. Often "almost forgotten" characters from a previous book make "cameo appearances" in subsequent installments of the series. Each book leaves me (and my daughter)eager for the next one.Those who view any kind of magic, witches, etc. as "evil" will not enjoy this series at all. (I have a number of friends within the Christian homeschooling community who have expressed that view regarding the Harry Potter series, etc., equating it with the Biblical prohibitions against sorcery, etc.) On one level I understand and respect their opinion, but my view of THIS type of make-believe magic is that it is completely harmless, especially when there are such clear distinctions between characters whose motives are so clearly "good" or "bad." SPOILING DISCLAIMER: Having said that, there is a character in this book who is "possessed" by an evil syren with a malevolent agenda. As I read this book aloud with my daughter I thought to myself, "Hmm. Wonder where this is going." (It turned out well in the end.) I recommend parental preview for younger readers.

  • Annie Baker
    2019-06-01 12:01

    This book was the latest in the fantasy series about a Wizard Apprentice named Septimus Heap. The first four books totally enchanted me with richly imaginative characters and palapable imagery for the settings. The stories were so deep and suspenseful I could scarcely tear myself away from the books. This book did not live up to its preceding books, but was still an over all okay book. The plot was not nearly as rich and the new characters were not very dimensional. It seemed that the author was running out if fresh material and just settled for a mediocre storyline and antagonist characters this time around. I had trouble sticking with this book and the serious lack of detail had me confused about characters and events in a few places. There are still things that were left unresolved at the end that started out as major points of the storyline. I was disappointed that I read several chapters about certain seemingly main events only to have their outcomes abandoned elsewhere in the book and never mentioned again. Not the same masterful story telling I am used to enjoying in the other Septimus Heap stories. :-( I feel really sad that I wasn't in love with this book like the others. I found many chapters difficult to read bc I was getting so bored. And almost all the characters that were built up in the past books were either scarcely mentioned or completely abandoned. It wasn't all bad, there were several very exciting chapters, I just hope there is another book in the works to tie up all the unresolved events in this one. Perhaps there was a method to the author's omission of detail and resolution.

  • P.M.
    2019-06-07 06:01

    Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle successfully rescued Nicko and Snorri in the previous book. Now Septimus has been promoted to Senior Apprentice. To celebrate his new-found freedom, he decides to take Spit Fyre and retrieve his friends who had stayed behind after the rescue. Meanwhile, Aunt Zelda has decided to appoint Wolf Boy as the next Keeper. She has also Seen that Septimus is heading into incredible danger and sends him a LiveSafeCharm which is intercepted by Merrin Meredith. Merrin releases Jim Knee both physically and magically. When Spit Fyre is seriously injured by a lightning strike, the group is marooned on an island inhabited by 500 year old Apprentice Syrah who is controlled by the malevolent Syren. Somehow Wolf Boy and Simon Heap's love Lucy Gringe arrive on the same island in the company of Miarr, who is trying to retrieve his Light which was stolen by the infamous Capt. Fry and the evil Crowe twins. I loved this book even though Stanley and Boggart has minimal appearances. Poor Spit Fyre had an awful time of it in this episode. I enjoyed all the proverbs which Sep and Wolf Boy quoted from their Young Army days. They had a proverb for every imaginable situation. The author is very witty and has created memorable characters. I am eagerly awaiting the next book and wonder how I can hurry her along.

  • Emma
    2019-05-30 13:59

    probably ages 7-14. Septumus Heap, the extraordinary apprentice, he has survived the dangerous quest and has just been named senior apprentice. But when flying over the ocean on his dragon Spitfire to get his friends, brother, and sister Septumus comes across a mysterious island that has a magical draw to those who come across it. Septumus starts to hear voices but tells himself it’s just a dream and keeps going. After getting his friend Beetle and sister Jenna they are caught up in a lightning storm while on the back of Spitfire. Spitfire gets struck by lightning and they fall down and crash land on the mysterious island. The island is beautiful and Jenna, Beetle, and Septumus start feel safe. But Septumus starts hearing voices again and meets a strange girl on the island. Weird things start happening and to make things worse pirates have come along with an evil ghost named Turcious Fume. Is this island as safe as it seems? I would recommend this to people who like fantasy and/or adventure. This book is suspenseful and fascinating. Angie Sage keeps the reader wanting more.

  • Lenore Webb
    2019-06-11 12:54

    Have you met Septimus Heap? Well, I had not til we bumped into each other this month. I am watching out for Christmas presents right now. And I found not just one but a whole series of them for my neighbors daughter. Thankfully Septimus was willing to be included in the endeavor.Who is this character? Well, for that we would have to go back to the beginning. All the way back to Magyk. For that is the first book in this series. Septimus Heap Septimus Heap is the seventh son of a seventh son, who possesses magical powers, and is apprenticed to ExtraOrdinary wizard, Marcia Overstrand.I jumped in here on Syren and stowed away with Beetle, Jenna, Nicko and Snorri. Here we are all stranded on an island with a Magykal girl named Syrah and a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its light. Septimus is trying to escape the persistent and eerie presence that sings to him. And he’s stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre. Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangle with nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna’s father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship’s hold.

  • Flora Smith
    2019-06-07 11:53

    Like all of the previous Septimus Heap books, I really enjoyed this one. Septimus and his siblings are getting older and wanting to have more freedoms and responibilities. You also see the complications of relationships, the princess Jenna and her father Milo try to make a connections after all the years of never knowing one another. What I didn't like was the attempt to integrate our technology into their world. It just didn't quite fit. Those things seemed very out of place in a world that has a magical basis and uses very little technology. I did love the cliff hanger ending that leaves you wondering what will come next.

  • LeonaCarstairs
    2019-06-05 09:53

    So great, Syren is one of my favorite Septimus Heap books! I loved it. The whole island setting was very well done and put together. If you liked the last 4 SH books I think you will very much enjoy this one and find it as good as the others! As with all the SH books it may look and seem very long but it took me a small amount of time to finish. Entertaining and fantastical, with quirky enjoyable characters this series was so fun to read!

  • Nilsson
    2019-06-08 13:56

    Fascinating. I never thought about what it would be like to be possessed by a mermaid. Marcia reminds me a little bit of the old lady who I live with. Except, I'm not really her apprentice, just her assistant. Until we go on the ship, I mean.

  • Wendy
    2019-06-18 13:07

    This was a good installment on the Septimus Heap story, but it is starting to feel that there is actually no overall story line, just some books with the same characters getting into dire trouble all the time. What is their end goal? Hmmm.

  • Deborah Pickstone
    2019-06-03 10:13

    I enjoyed this one the most of the series so far - I think because the characters are becoming a bit more rounded and less stereotyped. They will always be somewhat simplistic but as children's lit goes, this is a very engaging series.

  • Kiss_me_nicko
    2019-06-14 05:53

    omg this will be awesome when it is released!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Merri
    2019-05-21 11:56

    So, my guess as to the direction of this book was a bit wrong. I thought for sure with the appearance of a “syren” that we’d see the return of the dragon boat :p Though they don’t appear, I’m not disappointed! Once again, Angie does a great job of stitching together threads of plot detail to make one solid story. Things move along at a great pace and the various character mini adventures were exciting and fun! I was especially happy to follow Wolf Boy’s storyline as well as the time with Lucy, who has somehow turned out to be a character I greatly enjoy. I also found the addition of Barney Pot and Jim Knee to be humorous and lively parts of the story. Overall, I enjoyed this adventurous tale and look forward to reading the next book!

  • Lena
    2019-05-23 05:57

    I started out really loving this series, but the MC makes some really poor decisions in this book, mainly driven by arrogance, stubbornness, and snobbery. I really didn't like him at all--he was willfully ignorant at times just to fit the plot, and he never admits it or faces any consequences. For instance, even though an experienced sailor warns him a storm is coming and it's not safe to fly, he forces his dragon to fly through the storm because he doesn't like the sailor. Then his dragon is critically injured, and he never sees it as his own fault. He was just infuriatingly awful all through the book. The side characters are, as always, wonderful. They redeemed the book a bit, especially Lucy, who is hilarious and strong and awesome.