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Summary: Septimus has returned to the castle with an apprenticeship under Marcia Overstand, the intimidating (yet caring) ExtraOrdinary wizard. As his apprenticeship gets underway, trouble is brewing in the magical realm. Marcia spies a Darknesse lingering in the Castle, and she is anxious to be rid of the Dark Shadow. The Darknesse is caused by two-time ex-ExtraOrdinany wizard DomDaniel has risen from his grave at the bottom of the Marram Marshes. Simon helped DomDaniel and kidnapped his and Septimus’s adopted sister, Princess Jenna.
Septimus enlists the help of his brother Nicko and an old friend, Wolf Boy, to find Jenna. Jenna manages to escape from Simon and finds the boys at the Port, but Simon is not deceived by Jenna’s mysterious overnight disappearance. He chases them, thanks in part to Flyte, an ancient charm that gives its owner the ability the fly. Will the four children be able to stop Simon’s relentless chase? Will they be safe within the castle walls or is there danger lurking within too? Most importantly, can the kids uncover the real threat, the source of their misfortunes, in time to stop it? This is the second book in this middle-grade fantasy series featuring a young wizard.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, middle grade reader, read aloud book, reluctant reader
Recommended Age: read together: 9 t o 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Young Reader Reaction: The cover immediately draws you in immediately with its unique diary-like appearance that looks like it came from within the magical world the book is about. Flyte is a wonderfully written book from beginning to end. The mini life stories about certain characters at the back of the book are fun to read, provide insight, are entertaining, and quite humorous. Although the bold-type, intentionally misspelled words can be slightly confusing at times, they are a unique twist to the book and are helpful in signifying spells, charms, and anything magical. There is no shortage of excitement and surprises when it comes to this book, whether it is underground ice tunnels in the summer or a self-renewing banana chew that reappears every time it gets spit out. the characters are well developed, each with their own personalities and singular characteristics that bring them to life.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Flyte gives readers a good fantasy book, complete with adventure, action, and magic for the total package.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a fast-paced, fun read.
Educational Themes: This is a book for pleasure reading. There are elements of choices, consequences, and friendship that you could talk about in a book club setting.
Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, magic, series book
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2013
Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedbook at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.