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Book review: 'Fyre' is a satisfying ending

By Shelby Scoffield

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, April 25 2013 3:15 p.m. MDT

"FYRE: Septimus Heap, Book 7," by Angie Sage, Harper Collins Childrens Books, $17.99, 720 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

"Fyre" by Angie Sage is the final book in the Septimus Heap series. A worthy conclusion to a popular story, "Fyre" will leave fans satisfied and entertained.

In "Fyre," Septimus is still trying to figure out who he is and what role magic plays in his life. He is fighting a constant battle against evil as he tries to destroy the Two Faced Ring.

In order to destroy the ring, Septimus must relight the Alchemie Fire — a complicated task that will test his skills and loyalties.

In the meantime, other characters are defining their new roles in the Magykal world. Jenna is waiting to be crowned queen and Beetle has become the chief scribe of the Manuscriptorium.

One of the biggest perks of "Fyre" is the return of all the beloved characters that made appearances in previous books. Fans will fondly remember secondary characters like Simon, Marcellus and Julius. Readers will appreciate the fact that they are included in the final book.

Sage is able to incorporate alchemy into "Fyre" and keeps it simple and easy to understand. Sage does not get caught up in the details. She focuses on the story and incorporates several humorous moments in the book as well.

A downside of the book is how long it is. Younger fans of the series will have a difficult time getting through all 720 pages.

Fans will also have a difficult time keeping up with the flow of the book. While Sage does her best to remind readers of past events, it has still been two years since book six was released.

Readers who are just learning of the Septimus Heap novels will want to start with the first book. It will be hard for readers to learn the story if they start with "Fyre."

The Septimus Heap series has no violence or sexual references. All books in the series are suitable for children and adults to read.

All in all, "Fyre" is appealing to all audiences of any gender. Though it is geared towards children, all ages will enjoy this book.

Shelby Scoffield has a bachelor's in English from Brigham Young University and a master's in rhetoric and composition from Stanislaus State University. She is currently working on her teaching credentials so she can teach high school English.

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