Fyre is written by Angie Sage. It was published in 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books. It is the seventh and last book in the Septimus Heap series. Sage’s website can be found here. The Septimus Heap site can be found here.
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
“Now that Septimus, Jenna, and Beetle are fourteen years old, they have assumed larger roles in their Magykal world. Beetle is the Chief Hermetic Scribe of the Manuscriptorium and Jenna will soon be Queen, but Septimus is still battling the remnants of the Darke Domaine, which will remain until the power of the evil Two-Faced Ring is destroyed forever. To accomplish that, the ancient Alchemie Fyre must be relit—a task that sends Septimus to the very origins of Magyk and Physik, testing both his skills and his loyalties to ExtraOrdinary wizard Marcia Overstrand and Alchemist Marcellus Pye.
“Septimus,” he said. “Get out of the way. Take cover.”
Septimus heard the warning in Marcellus’s voice and slipped into the entrance of the Labyrinth. He peered out to see what was happening. Marcia was concentrating hard, unaware that Marcellus was now anxiously hopping around.
“Marcia!” said Marcellus. “Marcia. Can you do a protection thing?”
“You need to do some kind of shield thingy.”
Marcia shot Marcellus an angry look. What was he doing? Didn’t he realize he was disturbing her concentration? If he carried on twittering like that he’d be lucky if he didn’t get the barricade dropped on his stupid shoes. “Thingy?” she snapped.
“Spell. I don’t know. Whatever you call it.”
The Witch Mother watched Nursie’s treatment of DomDaniel in amazement. A new respect for her neighbor began to dawn. “Er…Nursie,” she ventured.
“What now?” demanded Nursie.
“Please accept my most humble apologies for any inconvenience that the Coven may have caused you in the past and my assurances that we will do all we can in the future to assist you in any way. Any way at all…” The Witch Mother made an awkward bow to Nursie.
Nursie was on a roll. Her enemies were falling before her like bowling pins and she was going to make the most of it. “And you, you smelly old bat—you can buzz off an’ all,” she snapped at the Witch Mother.
The Witch Mother continued bowing frantically and began to back away. “Yes, thank you. I will indeed buzz off as you so kindly suggest.”
Recommended Age Range: 12+
What I Liked:
It’s so wonderful to see everyone team up and take down the bad guys! And this time, there were no marginal antagonists, like Jillie Djinn in the last book. It was the Big Bad through and through. Almost everyone got to be awesome in this book, including Milo. There was a sad lack of Spit Fyre, though. I missed him.
Marcia! Where did you come from? Why was I suddenly legitimately afraid you would die, and was awfully sad to think that you might (seriously, at one point, I thought, “If Marcia dies right here, I will cry”)? You really just sneakily took over as Awesome Character! Also, your little plotline with Milo was unexpected, but definitely interesting. Also, this quote right here is really heartwarming:
“Marcia,” said Milo. “That was Jenna. I know my child.”
“And I know mine,” said Marcia. “I mean—I know Septimus.”
Also, that moment when Septimus thought Marcia and Marcellus were a couple was hilarious.
In all those awesome things they did, it was so wonderful to see the maturation and development of the characters really shine through. Jenna, for example. Oh, Jenna. How many times did you annoy me in the first few books? And now, look at you!
This is definitely what a conclusion to a series should be like. Wonderful job, Sage. Also, there’s a hint that she may continue the series (or, at least, write in the same world), so I’ll be keeping my eye out for that!
What I Didn’t Like:
There wasn’t quite enough resolution for my taste, especially in regards to the romance, but this is a Middle Grade book, after all, and Jenna, Beetle, and Septimus are only fourteen, after all. It was Marcia and Milo I wanted to see more of, but that didn’t really happen. Except for that really sweet (as in sweet-cute, not sweet-cool) scene at the end.
I didn’t really like the implication that people who did Darke things weren’t responsible for them. (Example: “It was the Darke. Merrin was its tool, just as Simon was” in response to Septimus saying that Merrin killed Bertie). Once again, let’s just excuse away people’s behavior, shall we?
Fyre is a wonderful ending to the Septimus Heap series. Development is finished and really shines through in the actions of the characters, and seeing everyone team up and defeat the villains is so awesome and heartwarming to read about. There were a few “ehhh” things, but overall, it was fabulous.
You can buy this book here: Septimus Heap, Book Seven: Fyre
Coming Up Next: Pillage by Obert Skye