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Format:
Title:
Queste
Author:
ISBN:
9780060882099

9781442024649

9780329699710

9780061568206
Edition:
1st Harper Trophy ed.
Publication Information:
New York, N.Y. : HarperTrophy, 2009, ©2008.
Physical Description:
596, 8 pages : illustrations, map ; 19 cm.
Series title(s):
Number in series:
bk. 4.
General Note:
Includes preview of Syren.

"Katherine Tegen books."
Summary:
Nicki and Snorri are trapped in Time, and Septimus Heap goes on a quest to find the House of Foryx, a place where all Time meets.
Reading Level:
Ages 9 up.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader MG 5.8 18.

Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.8 18 124181.
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Summary

Summary

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?


Author Notes

Angie Sage was born in London in 1952. Although she initially attended medical school, she left to study graphic design and illustration at an art school in Leicester, England. After graduation, she began illustrating books and then later moved onto writing. She is the author of two children's series: Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-9-Fans of Septimus's previous adventures will welcome Sage's latest installment with an eagerness the book deserves. There are fearsome dealings afoot for 12-year-old Septimus Heap, and this time they begin with the foolish Darke Magyk of Merrin Meredith. When Merrin summons Things to do his bidding and aids a malevolent ghost of the first Chief Hermetic Scribe, the result sends Septimus on a Queste. No apprentice has ever survived such an ordeal, but the boy is determined to use this chance to find his brother Nicko, now trapped in time in a mysterious place called the House of Foryx. With his sister Jenna and friend Beetle by his side, he will either succeed in rescuing Nicko and his girlfriend or fall victim to a curse that has claimed too many others. Newcomers to Sage's world would do very well to read earlier books in this series before embarking on this latest title. Characters are almost overly abundant and many crop up in a chapter called "Endings and Beginnings" without making an appearance in the rest of the book. But fans looking for enjoyable characters, a well-paced plot, and the author's customary use of humor and verve will not be disappointed in this newest chapter in Septimus's life.-Elizabeth Bird, New York Public Library (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Princess Jenna is determined to rescue her foster-brother Nicko from the past, and she needs apprentice Septimus Heap and scribe Beetle to help her. Alas, Septimus has been tricked into going on a dangerous Queste. The many subplots and secondary characters are overwhelming, but fans of the previous books should enjoy this humorous and richly textured adventure. (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Kirkus Review

Still showing no signs of strain, the saga of wizard-in-training Septimus Heap cruises through its fourth episode--and 2,200th page--thanks to generous wads of breezy charm, gusts of spectacular Magyk and a buoyant plot combining drama and comedy in just the right proportions. Here young Princess Jenna draws Sep and his bookish buddy Beetle along in her wake as she determinedly sets out for the remote House of Foryx to rescue time-lost brother Nicko and his companion Snorri. Unbeknownst to the others, Sep is also unwillingly engaged in a usually fatal Queste. Among the teeming cast, which is further swollen by crowds of ghosts and malicious Things, Sep's erstwhile stand-in Merrin Meredith takes on new prominence as a hilarious touchstone for trouble, with an infuriating gift for escaping the worst consequences of his actions. Zug provides finely detailed portraits or spot art at each chapter opening, the volume comes with a "Magykal CD" (not seen) and Sage closes with several seemingly unrelated vignettes tantalizingly labeled "Endings and Beginnings . . . ." Sail on, Septimus. (Fantasy. 10-12) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

The Septimus Heap series remains one of the best outcomes of the young-wizard furor catalyzed by Harry Potter. In Sage's solid fourth outing, Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle hope to retrieve two characters trapped in the past, but discover too late that their rescue mission has inadvertently launched Septimus into the larger, feared Queste that shadows every apprentice's destiny. The coincidence of the overlapping quests is a little hard to swallow, but everything else goes down easily thanks to vibrant storytelling and inventive flourishes.--Mattson, Jennifer Copyright 2008 Booklist