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Anyone else a fan? As someone who likes the Harry Potter books, I first gave this a try a while back with Magyk as an audibook and was immediately enthralled. A wonderful story, I felt, not just for the fantasy aspect, but also a fantastic tale of suspense and adventure. For me, my second favorite book in the series in Darke, which I felt captured a lot of the magyk (:D) of the first title. The final book in the series, Fyre, just hit the states earlier this week and I'm a good way in. Quite nice so far, on the whole, very much a coming-of-age story and a lot of the humor and charm that makes the series enjoyable.
Puʻu ʻŌʻōAs my handle and avvie say, I am a fan too - although with bits I like and bits I dislike.
Oh yeah, I've seen you around. Have you had a chance to read Fyre yet?
Puʻu ʻŌʻōNo, not yet. When does it come, by the way?
It came out earlier this week in the United States. I believe it was originally schedule to release at the same time in Britain, but actually came out a few days sooner. BTW, have any favorite characters? (And if Septiumus himself is your favorite, that's okay.) Personally, I'm quite fond of Marcia Overstrand. She's a very interesting character— can really get on some people's nerves, but isn't afraid to say what she means and cares deeply about people, even if she isn't always good at showing it.
Puʻu ʻŌʻōSeptimus is kind of bland most of the time. Marcia Overstrand certainly dominates the premises both from an In-Universe perspective and from a reader's perspective - so to speak.
Yeah, Marcia is great. And I think Jenna is a pretty well developed character too, on the whole. Anyway, I just finished Fyre and it was quite good. I won't say anything else for the time being so as not to spoil it.
Cool. Fair warning, though— be prepared for a bit of a jarring change if you continue past the first book on audio, because the remainder of the series is narrating by somebody totally different, as I noted on the Trivia page for the series. I'm not necessarily saying that Gerard Doyle does a bad job in comparison with Allan Corduner, but his take on certain characters is definitely different, and takes a bit of getting used to if you start with the first book.
Child of ChaosI read the first three ages ago. They were pretty good. I still have the first two, so maybe I should start rereading one of these days. I thought it was funny how they had a "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue for all the extremely minor characters at the end of each book.
I just introduced the series to somebody new today, so hopefully it'll soon have another fan. I'm hopeful. The first in the series remains my favorite because of the strong adventure story narrative, though Darke is a close second.
C Ds of the first book now. I'm definitely liking it! Even after I finish this one, though, I probably won't dive into the rest of the series just yet. I tend to bounce around between a bunch of different series and genres, because I often find that reading a bunch of books in a row by the same author gets dull. I've also listened to Inkheart, Clementine, and Fablehaven on CD recently, but I'll wait a bit before continuing any of those series. Actually, I probably won't continue the Inkheart series at all. *sweatdrop*
Puʻu ʻŌʻōEh, I like Darke more as I am familiar about how such stories play out in RL.
So Warner Bros. is going to make a movie adaptation of Septimus Heap. You know who would make a perfect Septimus? Asa Butterfield. :3
Well, Warner Bros. is supposedly going to make a movie, though I wouldn't be surprised if nothing ever materializes, given how long they've been talking about it without actually doing anything. However, I wouldn't argue with the choice of Butterfield.
I think my favorite is Fyre due to almost everyone who had a major part in the previous six books being Back for the Finale. I was a little disappointed that spoiler: Jim Knee literally Slept Through the Apocalypse (the Darke Domaine wasn't the end of the world, but it came pretty close), so I was overjoyed that he's a major character in Fyre. All in all, I felt that Fyre tied things up very nicely. They even got some Maybe Ever After pairings in (I admit, I have a pair of Shipping Goggles that I wear pretty often), such as Septimus/Rose, Beetle/Jenna, and (I think?) Marcia/Milo.
edited 21st May '13 1:18:38 PM by SgtFrog1
Puʻu ʻŌʻōMay I ask you to spoiler that? I have postponed the book until after the exams so that I don't get distracted.
edited 20th May '13 11:35:55 AM by SeptimusHeap
Okay, I spoilered a lot out. I left the bit about Darke in there, because seriously, that's been out for like 2 1/2 years now. I'm really sorry about that! I know how much you want to headdesk after reading spoilers (I raged a lot after accidentally reading a big plot twist in Vision of Escaflowne)
Puʻu ʻŌʻōYeah, I did read Darke. The Jim Knee business looked a bit out of plot device land. Anyhow, out of curiosity, are there any fanfics out there?
Sharp-eyed JayI just finished Fyre yesterday. My two main complaints were that it took over half the book for the bad guys to show up and cause conflict, and that the bad guys sucked. In every confrontation, they never felt like a threat to the heroes. Julius Pike would have made a far better antagonist. Otherwise, I liked it. I had though Septimus and Syrah were getting together, but I suppose Rose is alright. Too bad Stanley didn't do much, as he's my favourite character. With Future Septimus, I thought for a minute that Simon was the ExtraOrdinary Wizard and we were getting the Ultimate Troll Ending.
edited 30th May '13 3:51:49 AM by Lightflame
"Oh great! Let's pile up all the useless cats and hope a tree falls on them!"
Puʻu ʻŌʻōBumping after some time. I just did reread Fyre another time - the settings felt a little surreal there. I have to echo what @20 said, by the way - the bad guys could have used some backstory.
I think the movie's been on hold for a while now. Also, don't they start out ten?
Puʻu ʻŌʻōWell, the first book starts out shortly after their birth, but yeah, they are 10 by the time the story proper starts.
WandererI've finished the first two books after getting introduced by reading half of the third (a leather-bound copy was used as a prop in a show I was in). It's fun stuff, but it's even more of a kid's book than the Harry Potter books were.
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