Septimus Heap, a review.

Aravind U. Shenoy

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Book series:
Angie Sage

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On January 16, 2014
Last modified:January 16, 2014


A good read on magic and people.

When the average creative enthusiast comes across a reference to fiction, their thoughts cross over to magic, myth, action, heroes, and a divine purpose. They follow a character often isolated from society, or on the run. Often interactions between the characters is of fear, or awe.
But then you come across books where the hero lives in an alternate world, living his own life, facing challanges which test his mettle without creating a tragedy. These stories touch the soul as people can relate to the setting: Of living life as it comes without focusing too much on joy or sadness.
The Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage takes a step towards this  premise.a young army expendable and the friends he makes there generates a different perspective in the boy as he grows hardworking, reasonable and understanding. His experiences and adventures through flight, time travel, dark magic, an ill fated quest, training a dragon and rescuing a damsel possessed by a malevolent spirit are all portrayed vividly. But the selling factor is the extent to which the characters have been brought to life, and their inter personal relationships given focus. Whether it be sibling rivalry, a mother’s anxiety, a sister’s affection, a neighbor’s warmth or a colleague’s jealousy, the series is filled with gray people, not on the side of light or darkness, but in the realm between. This model’s the real world well, and the author’s skill and efforts in creating a world filled not just with magic, but emotion as well is thoroughly appreciated.

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