In the sixth book of the Magykal series, Alther Mella has been banished, a Darke Domaine engulfs the Castle, and a Darke dragon is on the loose. Septimus Heap must use all of his skills to save the Castle and the Wizard Tower from destruction: He must enter the Darke. But he cannot do this alone.
With the help of Jenna, Alther Mella, Marcellus Pye, and Septimus's estranged brother, Simon Heap, Septimus and Marcia Overstrand battle the spreading Darkenesse. Will Septimus succeed in protecting his Magykal world?
Written with Angie Sage's characteristic humor, Darke is a compelling fantasy adventure filled with surprises, thrills, and laugh-out-loud moments. Listeners will revel in the action-packed story as they realize the wisdom of Magyk - that all things are meant to be part of a living whole.
©2011 Angie Sage (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
This book is the first in an ongoing series of book, currently seven. It is an excellent read for young or old, and the imagination of the author makes it a fun story which you just don't want to put down.
Septimus Heap is a great listen, once you start with Book 1 you can't wait to listen to the following books. I loved each and every book in the series. Septimus Heap is the main character, he has a different adventure to protect his Magycal world in each book. He and his friends complete the quests, which are action packed - despite the suspense there are also lots of funny moments. In this last book the story is concluded, it has a great ending but I have to say I will miss Beetle, Septimus and little princess Jenna.
After having been a bit disappointed in Syren, I'm glad to say that I thought Darke was one of the best yet. It took me less than 24 hours to finish the whole book. I started in the afternoon, forewent television in the evening to listen and finished it the next day. The story was intriguing and well written, with lots of twists and turns that came together nicely in the end without being too convenient or contrived. Many of the old characters returned and new ones were introduced. A couple of the story lines took unexpectedly realistic paths without being disappointing as they were handled well. Sage moves on in Darke to reflect the ages of her characters instead of arresting their development as some might be tempted to do, but keeps enough of the surroundings intact to lend the books a sort of homey feel to them. She also obviously loves language and uses it to the fullest advantage and in keeping with "time" and feel of her books. Superb vocabulary, wonderful characters and a great story. Loved this one and can't wait for more!
"Will leave you wanting more..."
This latest installment of Septimus Heap has some unexpected twists and will not disappoint devoted readers of the series. It is interesting to see the characters grow and mature with each book and in "Darke" they are really coming into their own. What I find intriguing is how much responsability the characters are given at a young age and how the author has woven this into the time and setting of her story. I did miss seeing Aunt Zelda and Wolf Boy, though I did not miss Milo at all (we get a little glimpse of them in the end). Gerard Doyle once again gives a great performance. He is truly enjoyable to listen to. Unfortunately it will be another year before we are able to visit the Castle once again. We can only guess what Angie Sage has in store for us next!
"Can't Wait For More!"
I look forward to every single Septimus Heap book. I love listening to them. I think that Angie Sage is a master wordsmith and I get giggles over her use of language. I highly recommend these books. Every time I listen to them, I find myself driving very slow on the way home wanting to get more of the book listened to before I have to turn it off. In addition, Gerard Doyle is an excellent narrator. (Of course, I'm sure it helps with my narration that I am seeing Gerard Butler in my head when I listen to these books).
I'm just really glad that Angie Sage hasn't decided to stop these books at seven - I know that I'll have Septimus around for a while.
"You have to love Gerard Doyle"
It was very exciting and kept you engaged the whole way though the book. Angie does a amazing job with this series I have yet to be disappointed with any of the books.
Gerard brings life to every fantasy book he does. He does an amazing job.
it was very entertainning book probably my favorite is still the first one in the series but they have all been great.
Eragon Series, Sword of Truth Series, etc. Fantasy / SciFi, has magic and fantasy creatures in it.
"Septimus fans rejoice!"
Gerard Doyle's excellent narration makes this sixth book in the Septimus Heap series come alive. Angie Sage has penned another wonderful addition to this series that will have readers enjoying themselves so much they can't help but want more.
"Loved it Again"
My son just enjoys the series and the way it curves through the girls stories and the boys stories without sounding like it's only girly or boy
"I wish I could write like this......"
I stalk Septimus Heap faithfully, waiting.....waiting for the next book! I just love it, cant wait for the movie!
"Gerard Doyle was off his game"
I love the Septimus Heap series and was very excited for a new book. I love the progression of the story and very much look forward to the next one. Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed in Gerard's narration in this book. He narrated the previous four books and was absolutely supreme. He did so many different and fun voices for all of the characters. A lot of that was missing from Darke. The voices weren't as distinguishable as they had been previously and that was a bit disappointing. However, it won't deter me from listing to this book dozens of time like I have the previous ones.
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