Posted by: Nyxks | July 12, 2007

Physik

Physik (Septimus Heap Book Three)
by Angie Sage © 2006
Katherine Tegen Books (Sci-Fi Book Club edition)
ISBN 0-06-057737-7
544 pages
Hardcover
$17.99 (U.S.)
Reviewer: Mike Gleason

The adventures of Septimus Heap continue. He has survived ten years as Young Army Boy 412; a year and a half as Apprentice to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard (Marcia Overstrand); being despised and attached by his older brother (Simon); having a foster sister who is a Princess; and acquiring a dragon. What awaits him in this volume?

How about a bit of time travel? A rather large bit of time travel, actually. Septimus finds himself the victim of a thoroughly unpleasant Queen (five centuries of death might make even the most even-tempered individual a bit testy, and Etheldredda was not THAT even-tempered in life).

This book is a bit lighter in tone than the preceding one. There is more, if not frivolity, happiness. There are still dark undercurrents, but they are not as dominant in this book. There are even instances which are positively humorous. For those readers familiar with the MYTH series by Robert Aspirin there are similarities to Skeeve and Gleep.

Is this the end of the series? I doubt it. First of all, there are several unanswered questions; too many character conflicts unresolved; and Septimus ended this story by announcing he was going fishing. We have to find what he catches, although the astute reader will have a good indication regarding the answer to that question.

I have really enjoyed this series so far. It appeals to both the younger reader (say from mid-teen on) and the adult reader. There are no great magical truths here. It is simply good, enjoyable escapism.

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