Syren (Septimus Heap Series #5)

Syren (Septimus Heap Series #5)

by Angie Sage

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The fifth book in the internationally bestselling Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage, featuring the funny and fantastic adventures of a wizard apprentice and his quest to become an ExtraOrdinary Wizard.

New York Times Bestselling Series

“In Sage’s most thrilling book yet, a new host of characters appear, giving the complex plot even more sparkle.” —VOYA (starred review)

“Once again, Sage’s tale combines humor, adventure, and inventive storytelling and is sure to please her many fans.”ALA Booklist

Syren is Sage at her best; it’s full of fun, adventure, humor, irony, friendship, loyalty and nonstop action” School Library Journal

In this epic Magykal installment, Septimus ends up on a captivatingly beautiful island, one of seven set in a sparkling sea. He's stranded there with his badly injured dragon, Spit Fyre, along with Jenna and Beetle. There are some strange things about the island, including a Magykal girl named Syrah, a cat-shaped lighthouse that has lost its Light, and an eerie presence that sings to Septimus—can he escape the persistent call?

Trouble is also brewing for Lucy and Wolf Boy, who have become entangled with some nefarious sailors at sea, and for Milo Banda, Jenna's father, who is harboring a mysterious treasure chest in his ship's hold.

Charismatic storyteller Angie Sage continues Septimus Heap's Magykal journey with more laugh-out-loud adventures, more enchanting charms and spells, and an ever-deepening understanding of the interior life of a young hero.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061924194
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/29/2009
Series: Septimus Heap Series , #5
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
Sales rank: 79,436
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

ANGIE SAGE was born in London and grew up in the Thames Valley, London, and Kent. She loves the sea, spooky old houses, and time traveling (the easy way, by reading history books). Angie has created many books for children, including the New York Times bestselling series Septimus Heap and Araminta Spookie. She lives in England. Visit her online at and on Twitter @AngieSageAuthor.

Mark Zug has illustrated many collectible card games, including Magic: The Gathering and Dune, as well as books and magazines. He lives in Pennsylvania.

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Syren (Septimus Heap Series #5) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 431 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read every other book in this series and I love all of them!!!!! This book is DA BOM though, seriously. I'm an avid reader and also am IN LOVE with fantasy. I'm always looking for new books to read and enjoy and this one really caught my attention. It's funny, suspensful, and just an all around great book! If you read these ms. (or is it mrs.????) Angie Sage, I just have a couple things to say to you. Keep writing these books and doing your thing because your thing works extremely well for me and many, many others as well. U ROK THIS UNIVERSE TO NO END!!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEEP IT UP!!!!!!!!!! PEACE!!
Magical_cv More than 1 year ago
I don't mean this to be a spoiler. I LOVE these books. This is the first time in a long timet hat I have been so extited and read an entire series back to back. I was hoping to find out more about the status of the dragon boat. It was not mentioned in #4 after such effort was made to get the potion to save it in book 3... It was mentioned for a moment in book 5, but only in passing. That aside, this was a great book. I love the charactors and the inventive foods & gadgets! Sage over all is a great writer who immediately draws you in and holds you for the whole ride.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I havent red it yeet but the first two were amasing and i had read from school and when i checked on my nook and saw 3 4 5 and 6 i knew that i would be reading alot. Septimus heap is epic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is THE best book in the septimus heap sieries yet!!!
wishingstar01 More than 1 year ago
Action packed and fast paced and a few what-the-heck moments!!! This is worth every second reading and I'm happy I bought this book!!!
Rebecca Towe More than 1 year ago
I love all these books, but this is so far my favorite. Harry Potter was my favorite series. Then came along Percy Jackson and now it is Septimus Heap. I love these books!
CarrieinWI More than 1 year ago
I found this series and thought it might be good for my 9 yr. old granddaughter, who loves to read. I decided to read the first one to see what it was like and see if it would really be good for her. I was hooked after the first chapter. I read all the books and loved them. My granddaughter saw me reading one of them and asked if she could borrow them. I told her that I would give them to her for Christmas. She keeps reminding me not to forget to give them to her. She is really looking forward to reading them and I am looking forward to being able to discuss the books with her after she receives them. I recommend them to anyone with children of the age group recommended by the publisher, but also to any adult who liked the Harry Potter series.
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
The book "Syren," by National best-selling author Angie Sage is the fifth installment in the wonderfully acclaimed and Magykal "Septimus Heap" series, which will be seven books when completed. Containing suspense, mystery, humor, and non-stop action, "Syren" certainly does its companions justice and most surely will not disappoint anyone who reads it, from the first page to the last! With its unique storyline and one-of-a-kind characters, this book is impossible to put down and will definitely leave an indelible imprint upon the reader's heart and mind forevermore! Another great thing about "Syren" is that it leaves the reader eagerly awaiting the next book in this irresistible series starring Septimus Heap! A book like no other!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Septimus Heap has just returned from the deadly Queste, alive, no less, and is about to earn some new stripes on his sleeves:Senior Apprentice stripes from Marcia. With the new freedom he is given, he sets off on a mission to bring home Jenna, Snorri, and Nicko. But he and Spit Fyre are blown off course by a sudden storm and are forced to land on an island inhabited by a mystical Syren. Little does Sep know that by accepting a SafeCharm he refused because of past experience, he has given an all-powerful jinnee to his nemesis and doppelganger, Merrin Meredith. Enjoy this return to a land of Magyk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesome. Seriously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a grreat book I definetly recomend it to any body who likes the Bartemeas series.
SamTD More than 1 year ago
It has it all teen drama, magic, good vs evil Read the all in order as with most series they flow into each other
the_artist More than 1 year ago
i just love this entire series, i love the way Sage makes you beive you are there even thoug hthe entire story could never be true, it is beutifully written and i wish this series was more popular, the artwork is amazing, good job Angie
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i think Syren is the perfect sequel to Queste. I makes everything seem so wonderful and thrilling at once. I love it! I give it 5 starts, although more describtion should be put into the's the best...
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bell7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**spoiler warning** for earlier books in the Septimus Heap series.Just a few days after returning from the House of Foryx, Septimus is determined to return to the port with Spit Fyre to bring Jenna and Beetle home. Meanwhile, Aunt Zelda sends Wolf Boy on an important errand that will put him on the path to become her apprentice.I continued to reread this series through sheer will power because this book has been on my TBR list ever since it came out in 2009. I really enjoyed the series when I first listened to and read this, but have been decidedly disappointed in the reread. I was hoping that it was partly from remembering them with such high expectations, and that I would enjoy Syren more. Unfortunately, the same things that irked me in rereading the first four books return. The reason I've been listening to them is that certain words - in this one, Sphere of Light, Magyk, and Darke to name a few, are called out in the text by capitalization and a bold font. I find this somewhat aggravating in the text, especially when a paragraph is so chock full of them that all my eyes want to do is look at the bold text. Unfortunately, since I can read much faster than Gerard Doyle narrates, this means that instead I am bogged down by the much-longer-than-necessary descriptions of events that, if I were reading, I would skim over and not be as bothered by. A no-win situation, and that's purely with format.Lest you think I really hated the book, I should backtrack and say what I enjoyed. Gerard Doyle is a good narrator, with individual voices for the characters and a good delivery for the humorous parts of the story. Sage shows a good deal of imagination in the world she creates, even as it is expanded beyond the Castle and environs. I enjoy the characters of Septimus, Jenna, Beetle, Marcia and Zelda especially. Milo annoyed me, but I think he was meant to. The plots are interesting, and if the books were a bit more streamlined (this book was a doozy at 600+ pages, 12 CDs), I would enjoy them more. As it is, the books are not without flaws, and I am rather gratefully setting this one down to move on to other reads.
wagner.sarah35 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The adventures of Septimus Heap and his circle of interesting friends and enemies continues to be fun and entertaining in this fifth volume of the series. After rescuing Nicko and Snorri from the House of Foryx, Septimus and his friends now find themselves embarking on new journeys and landing on mysterious islands where they encounter a possessed girl, a lighthouse keeper, and an army of jinn. Always amusing and filled with adventure, Syren makes for an engaging read.
midkid88 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Again, an excellent book that continues the story of Septimus, Jenna, Marcia, and all the rest. This story shows how Septimus is always in the right place at the right time, even if he had to make a couple of mistakes to get there. I can't wait to read the next one to know what will happen to these extraordinary characters.
gsmattingly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I finally finished Syren yesterday. It was too long and I forgot that I had not read the preceding book in the series, Queste. Even considering that the first 1/2 to 2/3 (if not more) of the book dragged. Way too much development as far as I was concerned. I liked the earlier books. Maybe the problem was just not reading Queste. It got better when I started skimming it.
devilish2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found the first few chapters slow. But then it got going. The same engaging characters, humour and multiple plot lines. And a few new characters thrown in for good measure. All good fun.
cmbohn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Themes: magic, family, good versus evil, redemptionSetting: the Trading Post, the Wizard Tower, and the islandsThis is book 5 in the Septimus Heap series. I don't know why this is not more popular - it is very engaging and suspenseful. I love Septimus, Jenna, Beetle, and Nikko. They are very strong characters, but even minor characters like Stanley the Message Rat are well defined. They are big books, but they read fast. Maybe they are suffering from being compared to Harry Potter, but just because something is a fantasy book and it involves a child as a main character, it's going to be compared to HP. This series is quite complex, but unlike HP it doesn't get substantially darker as the series progresses. The writing is totally different. They will appeal to different audiences, but the Septimus Heap books are well done and very entertaining.Spoilers for previous books!This one keeps us out of the Castle and the Wizarding Tower for most of the story. Jenna, Nikko, Beetle, Snorri, and Ullr are all on their way back to town when they decide to take a little detour and visit the sea. While they are there, they meet up with Jenna's father and decide to travel home with him. Meanwhile, Septimus and Spit Fyre are flying to meet them. Once they are reunited, they discover that all kinds of things have been falling apart. Simon and Lucy are separated. Wolf Boy sets off on a quest of his own. And someone has set a dangerous plan into motion that will bring a dangerous army right to the very doors of the Castle itself.One of the many things I enjoy about this series is the look of the books themselves. I love the titles and the old-fashioned spelling in here. Every book has a map of some kind, and I love looking at the map and trying to guess what's going to happen. Toward the end of this one I was thinking, "this must be a cliffhanger - there's no way she can wrap all this up by the end of the book." But I was wrong. Maybe it was a little rushed, but it was intense and it was fun. Only 2 more left in the series! 4 stars
kw50197 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the most exciting read so far in the Septimus Heap series. Plenty happens along the way to the myriad characters and Septimus gains new allies and Magykal items in the form of Syrah and the jinnee.Best of all, we see Simon Heap truly take steps to redeem himself when he warns Marcia early on of suspicious doings by Tertius Fume. At the end of the story, Marcia is shown to have forgiven Simon of his past wrongdoings and it is to be hoped that a full reconciliation among the Heap siblings is soon possible. In the past, although Simon has often said he wished Septimus had died as a baby, Lucy does not believe this is truly Simon's wish and in this story continually helps either Simon's little brothers. Perhaps we will see Simon himself doing the same in the future as he has proven to be rather knowledgeable on many things as Marcia learned.On the other hand, with such a powerful creature as the jinnee on Septimus's side one wonders if anything could ever pose difficulty for Septimus again. It would be interesting to see what happens in the next book.
Wosret on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book got off to a bit of a slow start, but I soon found myself turning pages feverishly, anxious and eager to see what would happen next. I'd forgotten a lot of details from the previous books, so it took me a bit to get back up to speed. I would have liked to have seen less of the build up (the parts that dragged at the beginning) and more about the island (its history and what happened on it during the course of this book).I'm not sure about the hints about the ancient past and whether or not I like them. I think this world did just fine without that history being thrown in. I don't feel that it adds anything to the story and I think it's a little over done.Nice set up for the next book in the series. I'm quite looking forward to seeing how this series will end, as it seems to get better with each subsequent book.
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