Darke by Angie Sage (Septimus Heap, Book 6): Goodreads Review
The Septimus Heap series is an awesome one that I am so glad to have come across. If you are still mourning the end of the Harry Potter franchise and needing your magical fix, then you should definitely get started on these books. The series so far is as follows: Magyk, Flyte, Physik, Queste, Syren, and the book I’m reviewing here, Darke.
The series revolves around a young boy named Septimus Heap who grew up believing he was an orphan, but in time comes to find out he is the most powerful magician in his wizard family. He is the seventh son of the seventh son, and becomes engulfed in a world of magic and darkness he never expected. There are many characters in the series to keep track of, but luckily they are almost all likeable (with the exception of a select few).
Of course there are the expected parallels with Harry Potter–magical boy, evil power who wants to take over, dragons, adventures, etc. But the series is so much more than that and should really be judged on its’ own merits.
SPOILER ALERT FROM THIS POINT FORWARD TO THOSE WHO HAVE NOT READ THE PREVIOUS SEPTIMUS HEAP BOOKS!!
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
So the Darke things that were hinted at in the previous 5 books are finally getting real. Merrin Meredith has been hiding in the Palace for weeks now, and has used the power of the Two Faced ring to place a Darke Domaine on an area of the Palace. Unfortunately what could have been quickly contained is accidentally let loose by the always slightly incompetent Silas Heap. And so everything within the castle walls becomes engulfed in Darkenesse, and it’s up to Septimus to save the kingdom.
There were so so so many characters and subplots to keep track of in this book. The story skips around from Merrin, to Septimus, to Beetle, to Jenna, and so on. Not that it was hard to follow, but it was a bit bothersome to get into what was going on in one chapter only to have the point of view quickly change.
I liked that the author was not afraid to get into what’s considered some pretty sinister stuff for a YA book. There is death, dismemberment, and other gory details I won’t get into. But while is can get quite heavy at times, there is plenty of humor interspersed throughout to add a little levity to grave situations.
I also have to wonder about Marcia’s previous decisions to keep letting Merrin go free even through all the bad things he had done before. If Marcia had been stricter on him after the events of the previous books, none of this would have happened. But, there is one more book left in this series. I can’t imagine what else could happen to the characters in this world, as I thought this book had a pretty well-done ending. But I’ll be there to read Fyre when it comes out.