MagykTitle: Magyk
Author: Angie Sage
ISBN: 0060577312
Pages: 564 pages
Publisher/Date: Katherine Tegen Books, c2005.

Silas went in with a heavy heart. He saw Sarah surrounded by six white-faced little boys, all too scared to cry.
“She’s taken him,” said Sarah hopelessly. “Septimus is dead, and she’s taken him away.”
At that moment a warm wetness spread out from the bundle that Silas still had hidden under his cloak. Silas had no words for what he wanted to say, so he just took the bundle out from under his cloak and placed her in Sarah’s arms.
Sarah Heap burst into tears. (6)

The night that Silas and Sarah Heap’s seventh son Septimus was born, Silas found an abandoned baby girl in the snow. When the midwife wisked away the dead body of Septimus, Silas and Sarah decided to keep the girl, and named her Jenna. Little did anyone know that Jenna would play a role in a battle between good and evil ten years later. Because Jenna might be the key to overthrowing the man who killed the Queen and the head wizard ten years before, on the same day Jenna was found. With the help of some of the Heaps, the current head wizard, and a mysterious Boy 412 who deserted from the enemy army, Angie Sage begins the series with Magyk.

I have to admit, I sort of predicted the ending. Septimus Heap makes an appearance by the end of the book (I hope that doesn’t ruin the ending for anyone) and I’ve heard from other readers that they expected it as well. There are some wonderful hillarious parts in the story however, especially after they cast a memory spell on the bounty hunter who is chasing him, convincing him that among other things he had pimples as a child. What’s also unique for this book is that the author provides conclusions to the minor characters introduced throughout the story, so we find out what happens to the dishwasher and the messenger rat, among others. She casts allusions to what will happen in the second book, which makes readers anxious to confirm their suspecions and predictions. Two sisters just left as I was writing this at work raving about the audiobook version of it, so be sure to check this series out. I’ll be the first to admit that it is on the long side, but the pages are small and the font is large, and the story just makes it a page-turner.

Just one ironic turn of events, I actually read this book the same week as Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede, both of which deal with the seventh son of a seventh son myth. I’ve never heard of this myth before, so it was a suprise to me. Does anyone else have any other books where the “seventh son of a seventh son” is a plot point?