Summary from Goodreads:
The seventh son of the seventh son, aptly named Septimus Heap, is stolen the night he is born by a midwife who pronounces him dead. That same night, the baby's father, Silas Heap, comes across a bundle in the snow containing a new born girl with violet eyes. The Heaps take this helpless newborn into their home, name her Jenna, and raise her as their own. But who is this mysterious baby girl, and what really happened to their beloved son Septimus?
The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.
I normally don't use Goodreads for summaries, but it was better than what I can think up right now... ;)
I really, truly adore this book. It's got action, adventure, mystery, magic, and family love. It's a book of laughs, gasps of excitement, and complete enjoyment.
Angie Sage is a talented writer; her style is geared toward a younger crew, but anyone would enjoy it. And her ideas spark the imagination: her magyk potions and spells, her world that she has created, and her characters.
Now, I could probably write a whole book about each one of the characters in this series, what their part is, and why they are unique. Honestly. Each one has his or her own way of living, of speaking and thinking. Each one is loveable (or hateable) in his or her own way. My favorites were Boy 412 (he's just plain adorable), Nicko Heap (for his personality), and Marcia Overstrand (for her bossiness).
One word to describe this book would be: simple. However - how Angie Sage manages to keep the story simple, and still make it intense and worth your while, I'm at a loss to say. But I admire it, and I highly recommend it, to all ages and genders. It's a perfect start to a really, really great series.