YMMV / Septimus Heap

  • Angst? What Angst?: Septimus seems pretty unconcerned about the disappearance of Nicko in Physik.
  • Anti-Climax Boss: The Ring Wizards. They have been built up as evil and dangerous, but their magic was thwarted by rocks blocking them from accessing the Alchemical Fyre that would have been used to destroy them. It gets worse when they are matched in power by a much younger Extraordinary Wizard (Marcia) and then quickly put back into their rings in no time at all by an even less experienced princess (albeit, this being her destiny). And all without the main character's help. See also Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Awesome Art: Mark Zug's drawings of the characters and settings in the books.
  • Bellisario's Maxim: Applied by Word of God to many aspects of the setting.
  • Canon Fodder: Numerous details, places, and people across the series.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Some could argue that the series was Jenna's story all along, as she receives more character development than the titular main character. Especially in Darke, when Septimus already had his Moment of Awesome. This is backed up by Septimus' notable lack of participation in the climatic battle of Fyre.
  • Ending Fatigue: The books have an habit of lasting a long time, and even after the climax there is usually still a bit of plot before the end.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Septimus/Jenna and Marcia/Silas, in spite of the fact that Septimus and Jenna are adopted siblings and that Silas is married and has seven kids.
  • First Installment Wins: If you read about Septimus Heap, chances are you will read mostly about the first book, Magyk.
  • Follow the Leader: Or Inspiration for the Work depending on the author's intention. Most obviously, Harry Potter (i.e. Septimus from Harry, Beetle and Jenna from Ron and Hermione (some aspects of the latter duo may have been switched around, making the "Ron" character the smarter one and the "Hermione" character apart of a family with many siblings, but also lacking in arguements), Marcia from Dumbledore and McGonagal (a mix of the latter two; also, apologies for the spelling), the Heap family from the Weasely family, Merrin Meredith from Draco Malfoy (social status aside), the Castle from Hogsmead, the Wizard Tower from Hogwarts (and subsequently Septimus' seven years of education), the ghosts from both (varying rules of death), Alther from Dumbledore (again?), Turtius Fume from Severus Snape (the former lacking the redeeming qualities of the latter, or at all), the Ring Wizards from Voldemort, and so on...)
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The events leading up to the outbreak of the Darke Domaine in Darke bear an uncanny similarity to the Fukushima accident, namely the safety lapses in both cases.
  • Ho Yay: Between Septimus and Wolf Boy.
  • Idiot Plot:
    • Played With in Darke. Sure, it was Merrin Meredith who unleashed the Darke Domaine, but it probably wouldn't have happened without Septimus's and Marcia's poor safety policy.
    • The escalation of the crisis was also hardly the paramount of good decision-making.
  • Informed Wrongness: Jenna is a Barrier Maiden and is told to go away in Syren rather than get into danger, notwithstanding the fact that she isn't outside of the Castle.
  • It Was His Sled: Septimus wasn't actually dead in Magyk.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Tertius Fume. Between dragging Alther into the Darke Halls when he's Banished and sending Septimus on the Queste with a rigged Draw, he's definitively a magnificent antagonist, especially compared to his rather dull predecessors.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The Things' faces, as shown in Darke, look almost weird, rather than scary.
  • Relationship Writing Fumble: Septimus and Jenna, to the point where many readers thought they were going to be the Official Couple. The fumble is strong with this one.
  • Shipping. Many: Septimus/Jenna, Marcia/Milo, Marcia/Marcellus... the list goes on and on.
    • Ship Sinking: Septimus/Syrah, after being teased in Syren and Darke, gets a Thunderflash through the hull in the epilogue of Darke.
  • Slow-Paced Beginning: A few people complained about the length of Queste's introduction, specifically the Merrin Meredith scenes.
  • The Scrappy: Milo Banda is likely the only character in the series who is disliked by some fans due to him being constantly away on travels while his daughter Jenna and the Heap family are in trouble and being generally embarrassing for Jenna. Up to the reader whether his actions in Darke and Fyre redeem him. (Particularly Fyre - he really shapes up.)
  • Uncanny Valley: Septimus's illustration in Darke can be a little disconcerting, what with the absent-minded and distanced look.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Merrin Meredith's image.
  • What an Idiot:
    • Marcia puts up Jenna for the Heaps to adopt in Magyk despite different eye-colors and Magykal powers making them a rather poor hiding place for the princess.
    • What did you intend when running back into the Palace when the Darke Domaine was spreading out, Sarah?
    • Septimus is told not to help fight the Ring-Wizards in the finale. And so, our hero stands there and waits for the fight to end.
  • The Woobie: Sarah Heap. Between losing Septimus, Simon and Nicko at various times and rarely seeing any of them, there is not much happiness in her life.
    • Which makes Fyre all the more heartwarming, as all seven Heaps AND Jenna are attending Simon and Lucy's wedding. It even goes to show that Sarah is finally starting to let go of her life-long anxiety.

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