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PathFinder 2016 Well, finally did it It s been 2 years since its actual publication but I finally went ahead and bought the book after having to accept that no edition without those really annoying unevenly shredded page edges was going to come out and no way was I passing up this gorgeous cover and finally read it I told myself I d refresh my memory and reread Fyre before starting on Sage s new sequel trilogy to one of my favorite series, but I m in such desperate need for new books to read every year 2016 Well, finally did it It s been 2 years since its actual publication but I finally went ahead and bought the book after having to accept that no edition without those really annoying unevenly shredded page edges was going to come out and no way was I passing up this gorgeous cover and finally read it I told myself I d refresh my memory and reread Fyre before starting on Sage s new sequel trilogy to one of my favorite series, but I m in such desperate need for new books to read every year now that I didn t feel like spending the extra time on one I d already read.I m going to admit now, I was pretty worried worried that the Septimus Heap charm would no longer work on me and that any attachment I still have to the series was purely due to nostalgia it s been awhile since my last reread of any of the previous books Also, my anticipation for starting PathFinder was somewhat lessened after flipping through its pages every time I saw a copy in a bookstore and frequently running across familiar names from the original series Marcia, Septimus, Nicko, Jenna, Snorri practically everyone is here, at least mentioned in passing if not actually present I know I was excited about the original cast being in this book when it was first announced, but I was really looking forward to a story completely separate from the Castle and its inhabitants, would in fact have been completely content with small cameos in a single scene.And at first it was actually going really well we re introduced to Tod and her friend Oskar, both of whom live in a village by the sea far away from the Castle, and we get a nice setup of Tod and Oskar wanting to rescue Oskar s sister Ferdie We ve got an interesting new location, new protagonists, new villains And it kept being good in typical Angie Sage fashion, with crazy antics ensuing and escapes and animals and monsters.But then somewhere along the line in fact when the setting returned to the Castle the story screeched to a halt and seemed to switch over the reins to the characters from the original series Tod started to feellike a guest in her own story, and even halfway through the book I still felt like I hardly really knew her.Then I just sort of got caught up in it again, like it was just another Sep Heap book but Todd s presence kept nagging at the back of my mind view spoiler Particularly since Septimus asked her to be his apprentice at the end, because I don t think she ever displayed any real prowess at magyk, aside from her Pathfinder powers, to make Sep think she d be great apprentice material hide spoiler It wasn t all bad though, because heck, I really love the original Sep Heap characters, and missed them It was cool seeing grown up versions of Septimus and Jenna, both of whom are laden with their own responsibilities I found it kind of funny that their overall personalities haven t changed too much, even if they have to act authoritative most of the time I also loved being able to see Simon and Lucy again As far as plot goes, again, for Angie Sage, it was pretty typical of her but I mean that in the best way I only stop at giving this four stars because I felt like the ending was a bit lame, but I don t really expect grand and epic things from Sage to be honest I expect characters in lively costumes and contrary attitudes, charming animal companions and creatures, mystical, exotic places and bustling, friendly locations, and of course, magyk charms and spells And all is definitely present here 2013 Aaaaaahhhh The cover When did that happen Never mind, it s here, and it s awesome, and it looks just so Septimus Heap Wait, what, never mind the cover, we have a plot synopsis OH MY GOSH SEPTIMUS IS GOING TO BE IN IT YES Ohmigosh, a trilogy set in the world of Septimus Heap, seven years after Fyre I m dreaming I don t even care if it s not going to be about Septimus, Jenna, and all the rest of the Septimus Heap clan, it s a given we ll be seeing some of them again anyway and years older, too , and the characters for TodHunter Moon have such awesome names Alice TodHunter Moon, Oscar Sarn and his twin sister Ferdie Sarn that I know they ll be just as loveable as the old characters And after all, it s Angie Sage writing Looking forward to it Can t wait to see the cover This book has been poorly marketed it is a sequel to the excellent Septimus Heap series However, the protagonist is a young girl named Alice TodHunter Moon, who prefers to be called Tod After her father goes missing, and her village is burned, she goes off to the Castle following the wishes of her long deceased mother poorly explained Meanwhile, Tod s friends and William Heap are kidnapped by the evil Garmin Much of the Heap family are involved and together they go on a journey to liber This book has been poorly marketed it is a sequel to the excellent Septimus Heap series However, the protagonist is a young girl named Alice TodHunter Moon, who prefers to be called Tod After her father goes missing, and her village is burned, she goes off to the Castle following the wishes of her long deceased mother poorly explained Meanwhile, Tod s friends and William Heap are kidnapped by the evil Garmin Much of the Heap family are involved and together they go on a journey to liberate the captives from an evil wizard in the ice kingdom searching for an egg that could give him almost limitless power Cliffhanger ending so there will be You choose between two courses And that is the trouble with choosing there is always the one you didn t take It may have been better, it may have been worse, but that s not the point You could not choose both And sometimes, when the tide is running fast, you have only one chance to decide You do your best at the time, with what you know then It s tough, but that s how it goesIt s Septimus Heap, what did you expect Twice I was hit with vicious pangs of feels while I was reading Path You choose between two courses And that is the trouble with choosing there is always the one you didn t take It may have been better, it may have been worse, but that s not the point You could not choose both And sometimes, when the tide is running fast, you have only one chance to decide You do your best at the time, with what you know then It s tough, but that s how it goesIt s Septimus Heap, what did you expect Twice I was hit with vicious pangs of feels while I was reading PathFinder First, when I met Septimus and Co again, all grown up and together like old times and second when I was reading thisThe Wizard TowerOn MidWinter Feast DayThe Extraordinary Wizard, Septimus Heap,Invites you to the Apprentice SupperIn Honor of His Apprentice,Alice TodHunter Moon It made me nostalgic for the time Septimus himself was having his Apprentice Supper thrown by Marcia back in the very first book My baby, all grown up and taking on apprentices of his own now.The legend of PathFinders fits well into the world of Septimus Heap in every way bar one the setting indicates that the world is primitive and yet at the end of Fyre Angie Sage quoted someone, saying that all advanced technology is Magyk and here too PathFinders are supposed to have traveled in a spaceship to the stars and back It is very curious.Like all her previous books, here too, things started off all at the same time but slowly it all effortlessly came together and made sense The other interesting aspect was the prejudice and hate towards PathFinders In a book like this, you don t expect seriousness of that kind but it was there albeit lightened considerably.Tod, Oskar and Ferdie, like Septimus, Jenna and Nicko were adorbs I love them all I also have a very special appreciation for how Simon is treated in these books All he ever wanted was to be recognized for his Magyk and slowly through the years he s been provided with opportunities to prove himself and his biggest wishes have been granted, despite being a minor characters This makes me happy I expected to see Wolf Boy, sorry, Marwick, but he didn t show I know he will because he has an important role in this, being the one who discovered the Ancient Ways and all.Bottom line is GIVE ME ANOTHER I read as much as I could stand It s not that it s bad, it s just too teen oriented for my tastes So, does anyone have any fantasy recommendations Somethingin the adult line, say, on par with Game of Thrones I know that GoT centers on plenty of teens, so it might seem hypocritical, but their characters scenes were handled on a mature level. The first book in a new arc of the Septimus Heap series, telling the story of Alice TodHunter Moon, a young PathFinder who comes to the Castle with a Magyk all her ownSeven years after the events of the original Septimus Heap series, a young PathFinder named Alice TodHunter Moon who insists on being called Tod sets out from her seaside village to rescue her friend Ferdie from the malevolent Lady She receives help from ExtraOrdinary Wizard Septimus Heap and Ex ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, but the Lady s brother, the Darke Sorcerer Oraton Marr, has a plan that will put everyone Tod holds dear in danger To save her people, Tod must embrace her identity as a PathFinder and navigate the often dangerous Ancient WaysFull of Angie Sage s characteristic humor and heart, PathFinder celebrates the joy of discovering one s own personal Magyk, and of choosing the path that lets that Magyk flourish and growPerfect for anyone who can t get enough of the world of Septimus Heap It wasthan I hoped it would be I ll writeonce I ve sorted out my feelings I thought this was a new series but it is a mixture of the Septimus Heap characters with newcomers, Alice TodHunter Moon, nicknamed Tod, and siblings, Oskar and Fergie Tod is at an initiation of PathFinders, a group of children that have the unique powers of being able to breathe underwater Not everyone has this ability and the only way to find out is to risk drowning When Tod observes her aunt eavesdropping on the secret meeting, she talks to her dad about it He says he ll ask the aunt to l I thought this was a new series but it is a mixture of the Septimus Heap characters with newcomers, Alice TodHunter Moon, nicknamed Tod, and siblings, Oskar and Fergie Tod is at an initiation of PathFinders, a group of children that have the unique powers of being able to breathe underwater Not everyone has this ability and the only way to find out is to risk drowning When Tod observes her aunt eavesdropping on the secret meeting, she talks to her dad about it He says he ll ask the aunt to leave but then disappears at sea on a fishing expedition Tod s mother is dead and the aunt takes care of her but is abusive Tod and Oskar are worried about the village Children are disappearing and when Oskar s sister, Fergie, does late one night while sleeping in bed, it becomes personal When Oskar becomes suspicious of some comments made by the aunt, he rescues Tod from monsters The two set out to find Fergie and uncover a villainous plot While the action sequences are good and the monsters interesting, the distractions from referring to incidents in the previous Septimus Heap series from crossover characters left the plot lacking in tightness and cohesiveness If you read that series then you ll probably like this but if you haven t you might be scratching your head in spots.I received an advanced reader s copy and some of the beginning chapter transitions and some backstory were clunky Perhaps it will appear differently in the final copy Once the action kicks into high gear and the plot sticks mainly with Tod then I was hooked I would have preferred less Septimus Heap characters I thought they were a distraction to Tod s storyline I also think that readers will enjoy it most if they are familiar with the Septimus Heap series It is confusing otherwise because Sage mentions many past incidents that happened to characters but doesn t explain them all If she did it would slow the plot down evenwhich is why I think there should have been less.The author creates tension by having the characters disagree with each other even if it contradicts the character s traits Sometimes Oskar would be level headed and other times impulsive Sometimes the adults believed the kids and other times they didn t even though their past history would suggest otherwise I found the pattern tiring, but then I read the book in one sitting and most readers won t do that I was stuck on an airplane for for 10 hours A light entertaining read I was unimpressed by the writing style and felt their was an over abundance of characters as many from the Septimus Heap series made appearances Overall, unsatisfactory Might be enjoyed by a younger reader, but I found the she was this and he was that writing style combined with the point of view jumping to make for unlively reading. This is going to be SO awesome Fyre left me pining for , and while it s not exactly Septimus Heap, at least I still have something to look forward to in the Septimus department I absolutely, positively, cannot wait But somehow I have to. I liked Tod and the Pathfinders, but this book wasn t the thrill that I was hoping for It didn t have the humor that I ve come to expect from Sage, the little plays on words or funny insights into the characters that always made me chuckle aloud as I was listening to the books in the Septimus Heap series The narrator, Nicola Barber, was very good though, and she had big shoes to fill with the men who read Septimus Heap Allan Corduner, who read book one, is tied with Jim Dale as far as I m con I liked Tod and the Pathfinders, but this book wasn t the thrill that I was hoping for It didn t have the humor that I ve come to expect from Sage, the little plays on words or funny insights into the characters that always made me chuckle aloud as I was listening to the books in the Septimus Heap series The narrator, Nicola Barber, was very good though, and she had big shoes to fill with the men who read Septimus Heap Allan Corduner, who read book one, is tied with Jim Dale as far as I m concerned, and Gerard Doyle, who did the rest, is very good too I suspect that I did enjoy this bookas an audiobook than I would have in print, Barber added a lot of emotion and depth to the characters But the book still felt slight, and muchjuvenile than I expected it to Which is OK if that s what the author intended, if she was skewing toward a younger audience I liked that the first series was good for youngish kids but still enjoyable for a wide range of ages, but this one didn t feel as substantial


About the Author: Angie Sage

Angie Sage born 1952 is the author of the Septimus Heap series which includes Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, Darke and Fyre She also wrote the Todhunter Moon series, and the Magykal Papers, an additional book with extra information about Septimus world She is also the illustrator and or writer of many children s books, and is the new writer of the Araminta Spookie series.Angie Sage grew up in Thames Valley, London and Kent Her father was a publisher He would bring home blank books that she could fill with pictures and stories Sage first studied medicine, but changed her mind and went to Art School in Leicester There she studied Graphic Design and Illustration She began illustrating books after college Then she progressed to writing children stories, including toddler books and chapter books Her first novel was Septimus Heap Magyk Angie Sage is married and has two daughters, Laurie and Lois.


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