I’ve finally figured out why I enjoy this whimsical, fantasy series so much—it’s the focus the books have on seeing everything from the children’s rather adult perspectives. I adore the detail and feel of the scenes which Sage writes as well as the connection she builds between the reader and the characters. Each is an individual and one bonds with them.
In this third installment of the Septimus Heap series, Septimus is enthralled with the medical discoveries of a, he thinks, 500-year-dead wizard. Naturally, Marcia, his boss, thinks it’s dreadful nonsense and insists that Sep study for his upcoming predictions test. Unfortunately for everyone, Septimus’ dad, Silas, has just unSealed a Sealed room up in the attic unknowingly releasing a truly evil, malevolent pair of ghosts from a cursed portrait. Ghosts with greater powers than anyone suspects is possible.
The human ghost has wicked plans for the kingdom and she uses Jenna to set them in motion with the kidnapping of Septimus. The inhuman half of the ghost pair throws a wrench into everyone’s lives when an unstoppable sickenesse befalls the population thereby giving purpose to Septimus’ kidnapping and interest in physik. All sorts of strange adventures follow involving pretty much all of the characters we know plus a few new ones: Spit Fyre, Alther, Alice, Nicko, Snorri and Ullr, Sir Hereward, and others.
I am really looking forward to #4 in the series, Queste, after all the unfinished events in Physik. I need to know what happens to Nicko and Snorri. How does Ullr fare split as he is? Is Marcia truly turning the corner on her selfish, officious, know-it-all self? Will Jenna restore the Palace to its former glories? Does Snorri ever get to meet her dad? Will Alice return? And be happy?