Monday, January 25, 2010

Syren by Angie Sage

Title: Syren

Author: Angie Sage

Published: London : Bloomsbury, 2009

Pages: 628

Series: Book 5, Septimus Heap

Snippet: ' "It is a cowfish," said Miarr. "They taste horrible." '

In the fifth book of this Magykal series, Septimus and his friends find themselves on an island whose secrets are as dark and dangerous as its inhabitants. Septimus Heap returns to the House of Foryx with Spit Fyre to pick up Jenna, Nicko, Snorri, and Beetle. But the journey home does not go well and when Septimus and his friends are caught in a storm, Spit Fyre crashes into the Rokk Lighthouse. They are rescued by the lighthouse keeper who is disturbingly sinister, and who has an equally sinister cat And all the while, Septimus is trying to fight the strange pull he's feeling to the island and its mysterious secrets.

Review: I'm a huge fantasy fan and The Septimus Heap series is a great fantasy series. I've loved the first four books and Syren, at book number five, stays true to the Septimus Heap series as a whole.

I must say that Syren is more for a younger audience but it is actually still entertaining and really enjoyable. As the book is in sequence you have to read them in order. So if you haven't read any of the others I suggest you do so before Syren.

One thing I really like and also get really annoyed with is the different story-lines between different characters that eventually tie-in. I thought it was really interesting because it's good to know more than one viewpoint of things. I also get annoyed at it though because I'm always left hanging about what's happening with some of the characters for a while and I really want to know what happened.

I just have to mention that each chapter has a little illustration to go along with it and the illustrations are so great. They're really detailed and I love them.

While at some points I did find Syren to be quite boring, I did enjoy it as a whole. It is definitely worth a read.

Source: Library


  1. I really love this series. As soon as its in paperback (or I get it on Kindle) I'm going to read it.

  2. Like the sound of it. I have seen these around the bookstore, but then translated into Dutch and because there where so many I just didn't bought one. But now I may even look one up at the library, I seriousley hope they have the first one.

  3. I have this book sitting on my shelf, but I never really liked the Septimus Heap series, so I'm not sure I want to.

  4. This looks really good! I haven't read any of this series yet.

  5. Wow I am so confused by that blurb, but that's probably just because I haven't read/heard of this series before. Thanks for making me aware of it!


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