This is the second in the young adult fantasy series, Septimus Heap.
In Flyte, young Septimus takes off on his own to rescue the young Princess Jenna when his brother, Simon, kidnaps her—no one will believe that Simon isn’t just taking her for a ride on his horse. Turns out that Simon is incredibly jealous of Sep’s position as the Assistant to the ExtraOrdinary Wizard and fully intends to oust Septimus by the use of Darke Magyk.
Lots of fun, exciting, and scary adventures for both Jenna and Septimus with the ex-Messenger, now Secret Rat; escaping with the dragon boat; the new baby dragon, Spit Fyre; the Ice Tunnels; and, battling with Simon time after time.
Zelda’s help comes in very handy in unexpected ways while Marcia, the ExtraOrdinary Wizard, proves to be extraordinarily self-obsessed and unaware of anything that’s happening around her. Although that’s not to say that, Jenna and Septimus are necessarily bright in several of their adventures…with Simon on the attack, why on earth would they all ignore him when one of them is hurt. Surely with their existing experience at least one of them would have the smarts to keep on eye on Simon!?? Then when Simon is flying after them when they are on the dragon boat and Jenna uses the magnifying glass she stole from him when she was Simon’s prisoner…and she uses it to great effect…why does she crumple face down to the deck when Simon goes on the attack? Why not keep using the magnifying glass?? Duhh…
Except for a few places where the characters act, well, out-of-character, I enjoyed this installment of the series and although Sage has not provided any tension about the future, I am looking forward to what she cooks up with the hints she has dotted throughout the story.